The Federal Government, and more specifically the US Copyright office, essentially granted immunity to the more than one million current iPhone users who have switched service providers because even though they liked the usability of the device itself, they were less than pleased with the service from the wireless providers they previously had.
The term is called ‘jailbreaking’ and in this case it refers to iPhone and smartphone users who unlock their phones so that they can switch carriers at their leisure.
Currently, in the United States, AT&T is the only provider of service for Apple’s iPhone and smartphone, and “jailbreaking” has been popular since the introduction of both in 2007.
While previously a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, none of the more than one million iPhone owners who have already done so, in a statement from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, are going to be held accountable.
According to a subsequent statement from a spokesperson for Apple, who makes the iPhone, recently published in the Wall Street Journal, “Jailbreaking can severely degrade the experience” of the iPhone and can violate the warranty causing the iPhone to become unstable and not work reliably.”