Unlocking your cell phone could result in fines, jail time

By WEEK Producer
By NBC News

Unlocking your cell phone could result in fines, jail time

January 30, 2013 Updated Jan 30, 2013 at 1:10 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- You'll soon face a hefty fine and even jail time if you unlock your cell phone.

According to NBC News, a new federal law will take affect Saturday, making it illegal to unlock your phone's software so you can switch cellular networks.

The process has become popular in recent years with people who want to keep their smartphone, but change cell companies.

Those who break the law face thousands in fines and possible jail time.

The change in the law does offer a grandfather clause for anyone who unlocked their phone prior to Saturday.

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