Confirmed - as of January 26th, it is illegal to personally unlock your smart phone, as there is cost incurred by the carrier to purchase the phone and sell it to you at the reduced price.As I understand it, unlocking your phone is now a crime.
That said, what is the estimated value of your phone?
..You'd think they'd just make penalties for cancellation higher - or outline a per-device depreciation method over the course of the contract and roll that into the cancellation fee....
Nope. Gotta be law!