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You have until the end of today to unlock your smartphone (well, legally... as if you'd get caught anyway).
If you want to use an unlocking tool to liberate your phone from its carrier's clutches and use it with another service, you'd better do that today.
How's that? A temporary exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's ban on circumventing electronic locks expires Saturday (http://www.technewsdaily.com/16514-unlocking-cellphones-becomes-illegal.html).
The DMCA's authors, perhaps recognizing the unfairness of banning people from unlocking digital items they own, mandated this review process. But they forgot to mandate any consistency to it: http://blog.ce.org/index.php/2011/12/16/dmca-exemptions-requesting-permission-to-innovate/ .
What if you flout the law and unlock a phone on Saturday anyway? Nothing will happen. People have been jailbreaking and unlocking iPhones for years without incident. Will Congress take the hint and revise the DMCA's anti-circumvention rule? Good luck with that.