Mobile phone unlocking might soon be rendered legal again, in spite of the DMCA, but legislators are proposing different ways to make it so.
The bizarre story of America’s legislators decision to make phone unlocking illegal took another twist this week when a bipartisan bill to make cellphone unlocking legal again was introduced in the Senate.
Back in January it became illegal to unlock your cellphone in the US without the consent of your carrier, but the FCC has said that it wants to take a look at the new legislation.
The petition asking the White House to consider removing the ban on mobile unlocking has reached its 100K goal, which means we can expect an official response soon.
The White House Petition to make mobile phone unlocking still needs 28,000 signatures in 5 days before the authorities are compelled to respond or act. Have you signed already?
A White House petition asking the Obama administration to “Make Unlocking Cell Phones Legal” needs 38K more votes in the following 12 days to go through.
Do you want mobile unlocking to be legal? You can sign the White House We the People petition to compel government to act on the issue.
Mobile phone unlocking will be in violation of the DMCA by January 26. Users will need explicit permission from carriers if we don’t want to break the law.