Reminder: phone unlocking petition needs signatures by Saturday

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. 

Story timeline



1. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

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

5. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

14. NewTone

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

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

18. tedkord

Posts: 17465; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not blind. Stupid.

26. NewTone

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Ok fair enough =P

2. fur0n

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

yes i'm #746!

10. joseph98

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

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

3. Johnabis

Posts: 66; Member since: Feb 17, 2011

Everyone please sign this.

4. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

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

6. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

25. tedkord

Posts: 17465; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

7. reyenrique

Posts: 99; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

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

8. ray77

Posts: 126; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

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

9. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Already down to 6500 signatures needed. Good job everyone!

12. joseph98

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 03, 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.

13. ray77

Posts: 126; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

good work everbody lm glad to see this

17. hitechredneck

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 21, 2011


19. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

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

20. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

22. factorycrackunlock

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

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

23. w-t-f

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 21, 2012

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

24. Johnabis

Posts: 66; Member since: Feb 17, 2011

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

27. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

28. semitope

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 23, 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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