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

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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34 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

15. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

17. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

You're right BEST NEWS TO DATE :)

2. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

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

3. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 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

7. dc0321

Posts: 24; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

lolzzzzzz

32. Mako3

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 18, 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.

4. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Bravo.

5. Sauce unregistered

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

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

14. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 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.

38. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 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'

8. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

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

11. zennacko unregistered

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.

29. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

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

30. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

39. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Exactly

43. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 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

46. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 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

47. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 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.

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31269; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

23. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Go Spread youre hate esle where.

33. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

your*

44. laheelahee

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

*else

27. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 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

31. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

40. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Exactly. Thanks for hitting the point.

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