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mobile-securityJust one week after President Obama signed the phone unlocking bill into law, T-Mobile has launched a phone unlocking app.

The app’s launch should be seen as partly symbolic since T-Mobile CEO John Legere has long railed against the clingy business practices of the big wireless companies. And locking a phone to a single carrier is a case in point.

The app, called Device Unlock, is now available in the Google Play store, but so far it unlocks only one kind of phone: the Samsung Galaxy Avant, a downmarket phone that launched exclusively on T-Mobile in late July.

Device Unlock lets users unlock the Avant either temporarily (for traveling abroad, perhaps) or permanently.

It’s likely that the app will extend to unlock other T-Mobile phones.

The new unlocking law requires carriers to have a system in place for unlocking out-of-contract phones by February of 2015.

Source: VB