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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: 10434; 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: 3900; 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 (unregistered)


You're right BEST NEWS TO DATE :)

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 18:22 20

2. apple4never (Posts: 1064; 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: 1064; 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: 24; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


lolzzzzzz

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: 796; 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: 11345; 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: 5339; 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: 380; 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: 642; 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: 310; 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: 236; 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 (banned) (Posts: 1153; 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 (banned) (Posts: 1153; 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: 642; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Exactly

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 15:17 1

43. a_merryman (Posts: 749; 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 (banned) (Posts: 1153; 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: 749; 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 (unregistered)


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: 19760; 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 (unregistered)


Go Spread youre hate esle where.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 06:42

33. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10434; 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: 621; 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 (banned) (Posts: 1153; 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: 642; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Exactly. Thanks for hitting the point.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 01:03

45. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


youre welcome, lols show sum +1

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: 752; 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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