30,000 Signatures Needed in 8 Days for Government Response to Unlocking Petition

Posted February 16, 2013 at 4:05am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 20576 views

There is only 8 days left to accumulate the additional 30,000 petition signatures required for an official response from Washington on making cell phone unlocking legal.

The Librarian of Congress decided in October 2012 that unlocking of cell phones would be removed from the exceptions to the DMCA. As of January 26, consumers will no longer be able unlock their phones for use on a different network without carrier permission, even after their contract has expired. Consumers will be forced to pay exorbitant roaming fees to make calls while traveling abroad. It reduces consumer choice, and decreases the resale value of devices that consumers have paid for in full. The Librarian noted that carriers are offering more unlocked phones at present, but the great majority of phones sold are still locked. We ask that the White House ask the Librarian of Congress to rescind this decision, and failing that, champion a bill that makes unlocking permanently legal.

Sina Khanifar, the person who started the petition, says "With the unlocking exemption removed, it’s only a matter of time before entrepreneurs and consumers are once again bullied by carriers and manufacturers seeking to protect their profits by constraining consumer choice. Next time around, a Verizon, AT&T, or Apple will likely take the case to court, and it’s possible that someone will end up in jail."

The Electronic Frontier Foundation recently said "It's absurd that this small group of copyright lawyers and librarians is tasked with making decisions about the future of electronics markets." We strongly urge that you sign the petition as soon as possible to ensure that Washington addresses this issue.

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Illan - October 23, 2013 at 7:28pm
I want unlock iphone at&t
justabrake - February 21, 2013 at 1:52pm
I just tried to unlock mine and it still says AT&T 14.0 !, I did like the instructions said
justabrake - February 21, 2013 at 2:09pm
MY mistake it said it in itunes it was unlocked I thought it was suppose to say it on the iphone my mistake, Thanks SwiftUnlocks
Ly Hoang - February 21, 2013 at 5:18am
go go go vote vote vote :)
Mr.D - February 18, 2013 at 11:52pm
Want to get your ATT iPhone unlocked for FREE? Sign the petition and we'll unlock it for you at NO CHARGE!!! Please do the following:1. Go to http://www.signunlockpetition.com 2. Follow the 3 STEPS 3. Please read terms & conditions 4. USE REFERRAL CODE: SWIFTUNLOCKS and REQUEST TO UNLOCK YOUR ATT USA IPHONE WILL THEN BE PROCESSED WITHIN 12-48 HOURS. FOR BEST RESULTS WAIT 48 HOURS BEFORE DOING THE UNLOCK PROCESS.
justabrake - February 18, 2013 at 11:56pm
done that five minutes ago ! good deal
Mr.D - February 18, 2013 at 11:58pm
Thank you for your support.
Tito - February 19, 2013 at 9:36pm
WOW, that's awesome. Thanks!
mtaman201 - February 20, 2013 at 11:36pm
Got my phone unlocked and signed it. Only 8k signatures to go!
Mazcech - February 18, 2013 at 11:45pm
Everyone please vote this is an important case for phone shops everywhere as well as people who provide unlocking services! Who cares if you need to register just do it!!!!
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