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The Obama administration wants the FCC to require carriers to unlock phones

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The Obama administration wants the FCC to require carriers to unlock phones
President Obama obviously has his hands quite full with various issues both international and domestic, but of course one of the main jobs of the president is to delegate responsibility to the various departments of government, so that a lot more can get done than if it all depended on one man. So, the president has had one of his many aides file a petition with the FCC pushing it to require carriers to unlock mobile devices.

This move is a continuation of the efforts called for when an exemption in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) allowing the unlocking of devices expired back in January. There was a push by the Obama administration to form legislation on the topic back in March, but the efforts have since fallen off. So, the administration decided it was time to prod the FCC once again. The FCC has said it is in favor of requiring carriers to unlock devices. The petition from the administration argues that allowing unlocked devices would increase competition and consumer choice.

Of course, despite the fact that it is technically not legal to unlock devices, it isn't exactly illegal either; and, many carriers will unlock devices owned by customers in good standing. Some carriers don't even require that the customer has fully paid for the device in order to get it unlocked, though this is usually an exception made for users who are going to be traveling internationally. Still, it would be good to get rid of the legal grey area, and remove any potential for misuse by carriers. 

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posted on 17 Sep 2013, 18:13 16

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7683; Member since: 14 May 2012)


This is probably the best news to hit this site all week.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 20:03 6

15. akki20892 (Posts: 3301; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Hey at&t, unlock my HTC One, now or I will call Obama.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 20:28

17. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6215; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


You're right BEST NEWS TO DATE :)

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 18:22 20

2. apple4never (Posts: 931; Member since: 08 May 2013)


That's probably the best thing Obama has done so far lol

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 18:24

3. apple4never (Posts: 931; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Kidding of c course he's a great president and btw I'm Canadian so I want bashing him in any way (don't want to start a prez war lol we already have Sammy and apple

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 19:03

7. dc0321 (Posts: 22; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


lolzzzzzz

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 19:10 5

10. Bernoulli (Posts: 1436; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Nah it is true, everything else that he has done has increased our debt by another trillion, when the main goal is to do the opposite, none the less we have a screwed up system called welfare, which creates parasites among our society

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 19:59

12. Shatter (Posts: 1989; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Cut the welfare and sit back and watch the show.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 22:04 4

24. MartyK (Posts: 693; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


You do know 16 millions children are on welfare right?,
But you don't care, as long a corporate America get their welfare huh?

Mr Buffet says he pay less in tax vs his Secretary. But you're happy to cut some body so get $525 to $700 a month in cash benefit, you're jealous and angry over children getting this little money?

These people can't fend for themselves in our County, they don't need a working stiff to come down on their back

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 00:34 2

26. Dr.Phil (Posts: 894; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Some points:

-Warren Buffett likes to talk all the time about how is he taxed so little, yet he has never once volunteered to give more money to the Treasury Dept. On your tax forms, there is a box that you can check to say that you would like to send more money than what was required of you. Why does Warren Buffett need the government to force him to give to the government? He talks a lot about how he should be giving more, so why doesn't he do it on his own?

-You can't fix the tax system without closing loopholes. There is absolutely no point in raising the tax rates on the top tier without closing the loopholes that they use to pay less in taxes. Both Republicans and Democrats have refused to close any loopholes because of lobbying efforts done on both sides. This is one of the main reasons the Fair Tax system would be better.

-Saying how many children on welfare doesn't necessarily help your cause. Why do you want children to be on welfare? Shouldn't we be trying to get them off of welfare?

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 15:08

42. Bernoulli (Posts: 1436; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


My point exactly, thanks dr.phil!

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 15:06

41. Bernoulli (Posts: 1436; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


No problem with the children, none the less our veterans, the only people that should be on welfare, but the problem is when people over abuse the system, especially when you have grown up people having kids for the sole purpose of food stamps and get a free ride on life

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 19:59

13. gust3r3u (Posts: 78; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)


true , he is just as bad as bush , a puppet for the wall street guys

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 20:47

19. Bernoulli (Posts: 1436; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Not really, at least bush had lower taxes and didn't offer Obama care, my main problem with Obama is the fact that he loves to tax us hard working people, but won't get rid of these programs that create parasites

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 21:37 2

20. MartyK (Posts: 693; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


I guess you're making over $250, 000.00 a year.
Then yeah he's hitting your pocket.

Welfare?, I prefer if they stop sending money over seas to other countries, and make every company and religion sect pay their share of taxes!

Obamacare, the only reason people want to get rid of that is so we can keep paying these bums medical bill. No more get a job you bum!

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 17:05

48. Bernoulli (Posts: 1436; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


no dude, it starts to affect us once we start making over 60,000$ a year, which well that's pretty much the lower midde class, out of 1,300$ weekly check they are now snatching 350$!

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 21:50 2

21. MartyK (Posts: 693; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


It cost us workers $260 billion a year for peoples who don't pay their medical bills,
Obamacare will recover some of my tax dollars you bums are skipping out on, your free ride is over!

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 01:19

28. a_merryman (Posts: 637; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Don't bother arguing with them, those types of people don't believe in facts. They probably get their "news" from Fox News.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 23:21

25. trustory (Posts: 104; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


I want to see you do better

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 14:07

37. donfem (Posts: 520; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Very dumb statement

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 03:12

32. Mako3 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)


anything too good to be true has a catch.. I'm assuming its to track us more easily with, or for syncing to all those damn radars/cameras that are going up every main interstate/hwy in the country.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 18:35 2

4. cncrim (Posts: 476; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Bravo.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 18:45 7

5. Sauce (unregistered)


Sweeeet sauce. Verizon wouldn't unlock my phone so I had to threaten switching providers which made them change their mind.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 18:57

6. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3303; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


This is a bs move. There's way more important things to worry about. If I wanted an unlocked phone I'd buy one.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 19:06 7

9. joey_sfb (Posts: 2722; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


My country has telco unlock phones by law for a long time. If give the phone higher resell value and help reduce wastage.

Best effort to recycling and redeploying phones.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 20:03 1

14. Pancholo (Posts: 377; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


It's only called a "BS move" when the public knows about such news. Makes you wonder about all the wonderful "BS moves" that have gone right under your nose. Then, when somebody doesn't do anything about a certain thing, then either a specific group or the masses start wondering "zomg, it would be nice if the president did this or that which has little to no relevance to bigger problems."

If they do something, it's bad. If they don't do something, it's also bad. Oh, politics.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 14:08

38. donfem (Posts: 520; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Just shows the length people will go to just to spite the president. I guess if he was caucasian, then every step he takes will be the "best'

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 19:04

8. Immolate (Posts: 274; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


Putin must have made him another offer he couldn't refuse.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 19:17 4

11. zennacko (Posts: 227; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


If Putin were to do something, he would ask Obama to ban gay people, undo marriages and adoptions by gay couples in the same way he did on Russia.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 02:57

29. reckless562 (Posts: 675; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


"its all for the children" he said many times, and is right.
i dont want kids being exposed to homosexuality, like its an option to be that way. kuz some kids will choose that if its an option.
Remember, people are SOCIALIZED into their being. its very rare when someone is "born gay," and when its found out, its usally because of hormone imbalances. fix the hormones, mabey the gay person can like women again.
oh and Lesbians usualy jus got screwed over by some male figure in life, so yea they need therapy.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 20:06

16. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Well we all know that the Obama administration is great at working on the smaller issues vs. the bigger ones. Next time we should vote for someone who will fix our country instead of wanting to make history. Sorry that I got a little political. But again, glad they're doing this! #unlockthephones

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 03:02 2

30. reckless562 (Posts: 675; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


ok fox news. u realize the repubs block everything he does, right? even when it was their OWN IDEA to begin with. hmmm wonder why?? hint... they dont like black people very much, Especially the idea of a Black President.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 14:09 2

39. donfem (Posts: 520; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Exactly

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 15:17 1

43. a_merryman (Posts: 637; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


And the funniest thing is that we wouldn't have this problem if the republicans hadn't gerrymandered districts. They lost the popular vote of the house by over 1 million votes and yet have 33 more seats than Democrats.....because Democracy T_T

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 01:10 1

46. reckless562 (Posts: 675; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


thanks for further explaining it @a_merryman , thats exacty y we have such a hard time voting out these idiots that "think" a womans body can shut down a rape pregnancy. THANKS 'MERICA

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 01:48

47. a_merryman (Posts: 637; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


You're welcome, I only hope that eventually people who believe fox news and reaganomics will wake up. Because, as of right now, they are the single greatest threat to maintaining our position in the world theater. Why they want to spend more on the military while spending less on education, science, and building our infrastructure to compete in the modern age is beyond me. To name just a few things.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 20:29 5

18. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6215; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Pres Obama must also tell FCC not to play favorites when it comes to BANNING devices/bogus patents and law suits

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 21:59 3

22. darkkjedii (Posts: 10372; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


How about you head up to the White House, and tell him what he must do.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 22:01 1

23. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6215; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Go Spread youre hate esle where.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 06:42

33. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7683; Member since: 14 May 2012)


your*

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 18:46

44. laheelahee (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)


*else

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 00:48 1

27. zachattack (Posts: 541; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


This is beyond moronic. Why does Obama give two s**ts about unlocking phones. Try focusing on out s**tty economy. Unbelievable that this is even being posted IMO. Obama cares more about his phone than he does our country. Doesn't surprise me one bit #yolo

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 03:02 1

31. reckless562 (Posts: 675; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


ok fox news. u realize the repubs block everything he does, right? even when it was their OWN IDEA to begin with. hmmm wonder why?? hint... they dont like black people very much, Especially the idea of a Black President.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 14:10 2

40. donfem (Posts: 520; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Exactly. Thanks for hitting the point.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 01:03

45. reckless562 (Posts: 675; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


youre welcome, lols show sum +1

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 17:09

49. Bernoulli (Posts: 1436; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


that's the most stupid thing I've ever heard, if anything they don't like some of his ideas like taking from the rich to give the poor, it's called working, not creating parasites that want a free ride on life, like this stupid obama care that's eating my pockets

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 06:53

50. reckless562 (Posts: 675; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


you my friend, need to read what obabacare will actually do for you. the fine for not having health care the 1st year u dont have it is barley $95, and dont have to pay it if ur under the poverty line. some other factors make u exempt too like tax bracket, kids, n income but i dont remember all of the top of my head.
also u cant be DENIED coverage from pre existing conditions, which is worth the reform itself, also, God forbid u get a cancer or an accident or shot or something, u cant be CAPPED or limited on ur insurance. they MUST cover you!!! they cant DROP u when ur slowly DiYING.....
all bs aside politically, i really dont care what these benifits cost kuz insurance should have done it in the 1st place. to many ppl EVEN KIDS died kuz of those assholes. see what i mean now?

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 09:08

52. Bernoulli (Posts: 1436; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Yeah they won't do that, my sister recently had an asthma attack and sure they took her to the emergency room but immediately after they asked if we had insurance, we of course do but but if this was free health care for all, why ask for insurance, along with asking for our insurance deductibles? So you may call me cruel, but I'm not going to keep contributions to these parasites that over abuse the system and not only get free health care, but free rent, free food, free utilities all at the expense of us working Americans

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 06:59

51. reckless562 (Posts: 675; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


o yea, so tell me also, Y are the repubs always aginst obama when he does what they said, when the repubs have said it first??? if u awnser that then u win. if not, stop being a hater and find a charity u like n see how it feels not to hoard ur money so greedily.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 10:11

53. Bernoulli (Posts: 1436; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Because of his screwed up way of doing things, for instance, Romney care was going to be just like the obamacare, but taxing goods like alcohol and cigarettes, things we don't need, but Obama didn't do that, plus now he wants to tax people if they own foreign possessions?! Really?! That's just being desperate for money, and yes that would affect me as well, since I own land out of the usa, my plan b if this country goes to s**ts

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 08:29 1

35. djteqneek (Posts: 8; Member since: 10 Jul 2012)


so...at your job you've never been able to do two things at once? that's sad on your part

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 08:04 1

34. jamesish (Posts: 13; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


Best news in the past 5 years of his administration. ;)

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 09:01 2

36. ibap (Posts: 690; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


Yes, let's catch up with the rest of the GSM world.

And why don't we have a thumbs down button on this site any longer? Some of these posts surely deserve it.

Oh wait - how about CDMA phones? And the Verizon move not to activate Nexus 7 tablets?

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