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Success! Petition to make unlocking phones legal meets goal

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Success! Petition to make unlocking phones legal meets goal
With a little over two days to spare, the voice of the people reaches its goal. We have been telling you about a petition started that would force the government to take a look at the law making unlocking carrier-locked phones illegal, and early this morning the petition reached the 100,000 signature mark, which means the White House must respond.

When we reminded you last night all about the petition (and shared the link in a few phone-related Google+ communities), it still needed just under 11,000 signatures to reach its goal, and now that goal has been met. This is especially impressive because this petition was one of the first to be launched after the White House raised the required number of signatures on a petition from 25,000 to 100,000 in an effort to avoid another petition like the one asking the government to build a Death Star.

Now that the petition has reached its goal, the White House is required to respond, although we don't know when exactly that will happen. This is the first step in the process, but now that we've gotten the attention of the government, it's time to push harder. That means contacting your local congressmen and senators, and urge them to change the law that makes unlocking a phone that you legally purchased from a carrier illegal. 

Thanks to everyone who signed, and shared the petition!

source: We The People petition

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  • Multiple Congress representatives support cell phone unlocking and look to submit bills
    6 March Multiple Congress representatives support cell phone unlocking and look to submit bills It's refreshing to see that Congress can actually work and get things done. Soon after the White House officially responded to the petition to make unlocking carrier-locked cell phones legal, multiple congressional representatives from the House and the Senate have stepped forward not only to support the initiative, but to submit legislation to put the will of the people into action...
  • The White House responds: phones and tablets should be unlockable
    4 March The White House responds: phones and tablets should be unlockable The system looks like it's working. We the people signed a petition on We The People. We wanted our voices heard on the topic of being able to legally unlock our carrier-locked cell phones, and the White House has responded. And, interestingly, the White House fully agrees with our complaints, and wants to go a step farther and make sure that tablets are free to be unlocked as well...
  • FCC will investigate cellphone unlock legality
    28 February FCC will investigate cellphone unlock legality So, we're not quite sure if this exactly fulfills the requisite White House response to the petition that successfully went through the We The People site about unlocking cellphones, but it is some sort of action by a government entity. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said today that the FCC will investigate the legality of unlocking carrier-locked cellphones...
  • Success! Petition to make unlocking phones legal meets goal
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    21 February Success! Petition to make unlocking phones legal meets goal With a little over two days to spare, the voice of the people reaches its goal. We have been telling you about a petition started that would force the government to take a look at the law making unlocking carrier-locked phones illegal, and early this morning the petition reached the 100,000 signature mark, which means the White House must respond...
  • Reminder: phone unlocking petition needs signatures by Saturday
    20 February 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...

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