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Reminder: phone unlocking petition needs signatures by Saturday

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Reminder: phone unlocking petition needs signatures by Saturday
We've told you about it an important petition that is up on the We the People government website. The petition is asking that lawmakers reconsider the current laws which make it illegal for users to unlock a phone that has been purchased carrier-locked. As of this writing, the petition still needs about 11,000 signatures by Saturday in order to hit the signature threshold.

If the petition can hit the 100,000 signature threshold, it will require the White House to respond to the matter, and would act as a great first step towards changing the laws. The trouble started when part of an exemption to the DMCA expired, which allowed for users to unlock devices that they bought from a carrier. When that expired, it effectively made it illegal for someone to unlock their phone even after a device is off subsidy and is paid in full. 

So, if you want to change that, please sign the petition and share it to anyone who hasn't yet signed. 

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posted on 20 Feb 2013, 16:38 18

1. threed61 (Posts: 116; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Never been one for petitions, but I added my signature.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 18:10 13

5. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


This is website to sign up.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/make-unlocking-cell-phones-legal/1g9KhZG7

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 19:37 1

11. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I'm not signing. If you want an unlocked phone, pay the full price.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 20:19 10

14. NewTone (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


Are you blind? Even if they paid full price the phones are still illigal to unlock...

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 21:27 8

18. tedkord (Posts: 3939; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Not blind. Stupid.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 11:51

26. NewTone (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


Ok fair enough =P

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 17:02 8

2. fur0n (Posts: 69; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


yes i'm #746!

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 19:30 4

10. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


I am in the 93,000. Better late than never.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 17:25 12

3. Johnabis (Posts: 52; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)


Everyone please sign this.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 17:51 9

4. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


so you mean to tell me that if i buy a car and paid the notes off fully on it, i cant change the tires on it if i wanted to!!? Wouldnt NOT allowing that person that option be.... against the law?? Friends , we have got to sign this they're tryna pull a fast one on us

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 18:20

6. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I didn't and don't intent to.... but good luck to that

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 20:24 5

15. Bernoulli (Posts: 1402; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


go put that rooster in your rari

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 09:13

25. tedkord (Posts: 3939; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


OF course you don't. You prefer to have someone control your products and make up your mind for you.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 18:45 10

7. reyenrique (Posts: 84; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)


well l did my part now did up to u to sign it !!! screw the govenrment... freedom for all !!!

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 18:54 13

8. ray77 (Posts: 121; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


it look like there are cowards on this site , freedom to the people !!

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 19:18 7

9. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Already down to 6500 signatures needed. Good job everyone!

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 19:40 4

12. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


Down to 6092 now. come on guys sign it. I always buy an unlocked phone but I did it for the people who need it. I like to give whenever I can cause maybe someday I need someone's else help.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 20:24 4

16. Bernoulli (Posts: 1402; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


5,221 now! :D

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 20:07 2

13. ray77 (Posts: 121; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


good work everbody lm glad to see this

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 21:23 4

17. hitechredneck (Posts: 55; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


95,880

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 21:34 2

19. madmikepr (Posts: 68; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


4,220 now!!! hope this madness end!!! freedom to the people :D!!! almost there friends spread the words with you friends!!!

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 22:26 3

20. JC557 (Posts: 704; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Luckily practically every tech site is reporting this petition so it shouldn't be too hard to get that many signatures.

The only problem is that these asshats in office won't listen and thus deserve a swift beating... possibly their families as well.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 04:17 2

22. factorycrackunlock (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


412 to go! Good job everyone! Lets hear wat the govt have to say about this. 100k can't be wrong!

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 06:37 3

23. w-t-f (Posts: 42; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)


only 15 more :) signed mine first time I saw it.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 06:46 3

24. Johnabis (Posts: 52; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)


We did it! we passed the 100,000 signatures needed! good job everyone.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 19:20

27. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1473; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Now if only they will let us build a deathstar :)

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 13:30

28. semitope (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


Not signing this.

I am on the verge of changing my view on these things. My current realization is that, if they had the power, individual persons who protest these things would make the very same decisions and take the same actions. After seeing how quickly and irrationally individuals react negatively to perceived infringement on THEIR copyrights and financial interests, I really do not think any of them deserve to be spared from any decision like this.

It is unreasonable, but unreasonable isn't beyond regular consumers apparently. Work around it and buy unlocked phones from the outset or take it in to the carrier for them to unlock it for you.

I probably won't object to "milking" of consumers either when it comes to hardware, services etc. Seeing things in a different light.

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