White House Believes People Should Have The Right To Unlock Their Device

When unlocking phones for use on other carriers became illegal thanks to the DMCA, many people were angry. This spawned a petition to contest that new law, which quickly got 100,000 signatures. This meant that the White House was obligated to give an official response to it. And respond they did, very much in our favor.

The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties. And if you have paid for your mobile device, and aren’t bound by a service agreement or other obligation, you should be able to use it on another network. It’s common sense, crucial for protecting consumer choice, and important for ensuring we continue to have the vibrant, competitive wireless market that delivers innovative products and solid service to meet consumers’ needs.

Looks like we are on the winning side here. It’s great to see that the White House has some common sense in it and sees that the DMCA, meant to protect copyright, is venturing into anti-competition. And with the Federal Communications Commission on board, we have a pretty good chance of getting back our right to do what we please with our phones. Only time will tell what happens though. What do you guys think? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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