The White House responds: phones and tablets should be unlockable
posted by Michael H. / Mar 04, 2013, 4:11 PM
The White House response said that a group of experts in "telecommunications, technology, and copyright policy" was pulled together last week to discuss the issue, and there was agreement that consumers should be able to unlock phones and tablets as they wish.
And, the response gives a few options for how the laws can be changed to make this happen. One possibility is to change the law so it is clear that "neither criminal law nor technological locks should prevent consumers from switching carriers when they are no longer bound by a service agreement or other obligation." The White House also said that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) would be working with the FCC in its efforts to change the laws, as stated by the FCC chairman last week.
Lastly, the response included a call to wireless carriers to "ensure that their customers can fully reap the benefits and features they expect when purchasing their devices." That's a pretty broad thing to as of carriers, but we have heard that some carriers are already helping users to unlock devices at the end of their contracts, but that was part of the original DMCA agreement, requiring "carrier permission" to unlock your device.
To go along with the response, the White House is asking people to fill out a survey on the topic, so be sure to do that.
source: We the People
This story is part of:Cell phone unlocking law (6 updates)
6 March Multiple Congress representatives support cell phone unlocking and look to submit billsIt'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...
4 March The White House responds: phones and tablets should be unlockableThe 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...
28 February FCC will investigate cellphone unlock legalitySo, 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...
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20 February Reminder: phone unlocking petition needs signatures by SaturdayWe'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...
Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 04, 2013
Nokia is always making phones unlock able, it is standard for lumia!
posted on Mar 04, 2013, 4:15 PM 1
Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012
and where did you get that? out of your ass?
posted on Mar 04, 2013, 4:40 PM 15
Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010
Now if we the people can ask congress to make changes on things that really affect our lives with a petition! Your voice does count when you exercise the right to use it.
posted on Mar 04, 2013, 4:16 PM 8
Came in to post just this. We will let them strip away our liberties and freedoms one by one, but we'll be damned if they try and f*ck with our gizmos and toys.
posted on Mar 04, 2013, 4:35 PM 14
I still don't really see this as an issue.
posted on Mar 04, 2013, 4:22 PM 2
Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 18, 2011
The U.S. market is bigger than our in Brazil, but all phones sold here are Unlocked, even those sold on contract. Is law here give the consumer the right to choose, and the carriers are obligated to make the portability in 24 hours if the consumer want to change from carrier.
posted on Mar 04, 2013, 5:23 PM 5
Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009
Great. They heard us. Now it will take another ten years to put it into law again that all phones should be unlockable. Of course, let's not forget all the additional pork that will be added to the bill.
posted on Mar 04, 2013, 6:27 PM 3
Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010
I would say that any non-subsidized product be unlockable.
posted on Mar 04, 2013, 10:37 PM 0
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