U.S. government OKs iPhone 'jailbreaking'

Option allows consumers wider choice of content, carriers

The U.S. government is making it legal, under new rules announced July 26, for iPhone owners to disable -- also called "cracking" or "jailbreaking"-- digital locks on their smartphones, allowing consumers to purchase iPhone-useable applications from Apple's competitors.

The new federal rules, which originated from the Library of Congress' Copyright Office, also allow iPhone owners to unlock controls on their cell phones in order to switch wireless carriers.
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