The above act came into force in the UK on the 1st of April. It is designed to combat Mobile Phone theft, and make it very hard to re-use a stolen phone. Most of you will be aware that reprogramming a mobile is very easy indeed, the software is available online and most of the tools to do the job can be bought quite cheaply too. It is now a criminal offence to Offer, change or reprogramme any mobile phone from any network which changes it's designed purpose to allow it to unlock or to change the IMEI Number. It becomes an arrestable offence and has a maximum 5 year sentance. The Police will target Markets, shops and online websites which market, provide, or supply the software or associated equipment. It is unlikely they will target individuals, but if you decide to openly discuss and provide this service on message boards or through other media, you will run the risk of arrest and prosecution. This does not include Unlocking the phone from a service provider, UNLESS it includes the IMEI or other identifying features being changed or removed. It has been suggested that no links should be posted to any sites that provide this service, and no forum members are permitted to use these forums to "offer" such services. This is a new peice of law and as such there will be test cases to come in the near future. It is better for us at AVForum to be safe and discorage the use of such sites, and to prohibit the linking or posting of any information which might provide this service, either first hand or through third parties.