White House petition started to make unlocking phones legal
As we mentioned earlier, the exemption to the DMCA which allowed for jailbreaking/rooting of phones also allowed for users to unlock devices that they bought from a carrier. But, that second provision is set to expire this Saturday, which will effectively make it illegal for someone to unlock their phone even after a device is off subsidy and is paid in full. Now, if you want to change that, a petition has been created to force the White House to respond to the issue.
Unfortunately, because of the recent petition asking the government to build a Death Star, the White House Petitions website has raised the threshold of signatures needed from 25,000 to 100,000. As of this writing, the current petition has hit 1,370 signatures in its short time online, so there is a long way to go before the White House would be forced to respond, but the petition will remain active until February 23rd, so that is the deadline for the signatures, not Saturday.
If you would like to be able to legally unlock your carrier-locked phone after this Saturday, you'll probably want to go to the source and sign the petition. And, spread this link around of course.
This story is part of: Cell phone unlocking law(6 updates)
6 March Multiple Congress representatives support cell phone unlocking and look to submit bills
4 March The White House responds: phones and tablets should be unlockable
28 February FCC will investigate cellphone unlock legality
21 February Success! Petition to make unlocking phones legal meets goal
20 February Reminder: phone unlocking petition needs signatures by Saturday