This is rather unwelcoming news. In October of last year, the Librarian of Congress added new rules to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. This new rule is one that’s very touchy: unlocking subsidized phones you bought on a 2-year contract with your carrier. Specifically, if not given permission or the consent of the carrier your phone was purchased from, it is illegal to unlock it and use it on another network. Most carriers lock their phones anyway, but under the new law, even if you’re able to unlock it, it would be illegal, unless you were already using an unlocked phone from the start; Apple’s $650 unlocked iPhone 5 and Google’s $300 unlocked Nexus 4 are legal examples.