- US Citizens: Sign The White House Petition To Make Unlocking Cell Phones Legal
  • US Citizens: Sign The Petition To Make Unlocking Cell Phones Legal

    We reported last month that US lawmakers decided that unlocking cellphones that are bought on contract with a carrier would become illegal in the United States. This law took affect as of Jan 26. And while some may not think that it's a big deal, and more than likely you won't be hunted down for breaking the law, it's still another one-up on personal freedoms for fully paid products. The creator of the petition goes on to make a few great points. See below, and then follow the link to sign it yourself:

    WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Make Unlocking Cell Phones Legal.

    The Librarian of Congress decided in October 2012 that unlocking of cell phones would be removed from the exceptions to the DMCA.

    As of January 26, consumers will no longer be able unlock their phones for use on a different network without carrier permission, even after their contract has expired.

    Consumers will be forced to pay exorbitant roaming fees to make calls while traveling abroad. It reduces consumer choice, and decreases the resale value of devices that consumers have paid for in full.

    The Librarian noted that carriers are offering more unlocked phones at present, but the great majority of phones sold are still locked.

    We ask that the White House ask the Librarian of Congress to rescind this decision, and failing that, champion a bill that makes unlocking permanently legal.
    The petition was created on Jan 24, 2013, and as of yesterday the goal of 100,000 signatures has been met. However, that doesn't mean you shouldn't still sign the petition. The more signatures it has, the more our numb-skulled political leaders will listen.

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