Unlocking Petition Reaches 100,000 Signatures Required for White House Response

Posted February 21, 2013 at 5:25pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 12374 views

The petition to make cell phone unlocking legal has reached the required 100,000 signatures to receive a White House response.

Here's the details of the petition:

Make Unlocking Cell Phones 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.

The Library of Congress initially deemed both jailbreak and unlocking legal back in July of 2010. However, in October 2012, the Library of Congress reversed part of their initial decision and ruled that jailbreaking the iPad and unlocking iPhones purchased after January 2013 is no longer legal.

Hopefully, this petition will help draw attention to the issue and help reverse the ridiculous decision that made unlocking cell phones illegal.

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namedas - August 23, 2013 at 5:46am
The updated information is.....It is now legal to get our phones unlocked from third party unlocking services in U.S.Recently, I unlocked my mobile .I had to travel outside my country and I had to unlock it very quickly.My network provider prolonged the unlock process...and luckily the amendment of unlocking phone made legal saved my time.I used the service from unBBlock.com and removed the network lock very easily.They unlocked my phone within few hours...
DAvidF - February 23, 2013 at 2:34am
Hey DavidG Why are you called someone Dumass ? It's matter of people opinion right? You DavidG you must vote for Obama ! That why every time people mention the name Obama you got offensive ! I don't like you told people "did you go school so on and so on " educated person never name calling"
xp - February 23, 2013 at 2:11am
first thing i did was to unlock all my iphones n all my friends ones.. so yeah =]
unixes - February 22, 2013 at 12:02pm
You people are wrong. Legally yes, you can do what you want with your phone,because you bought that device, but not the network, the operating system, etc. So if they want, you can stuck with the same nerwork as much time as they want.
FukStupidGovernment - February 22, 2013 at 5:56pm
Only if idiots like u let allow them to tell u what to do. If we get together and tell them to make better laws that make sense, they have no choice but to listen. Got it?
squeaky - February 28, 2013 at 6:38am
to unixes .. am i to understand you correctly in saying i haven't paid for the operating system ? well i fuc#### paid for mine the ones on my phone and the ones on my computers. so if i want to change internet , (cellular ) or operating systems mac,,windows or linix ,android , or ios regardless of the device ... ( ITS FUC#### MINE I'LL DO WHATEVER I WANT TO WITH IT) and to the government we have in power who allow stupid laws which is most of them to slowly take everything that makes or made America great i say. **** you are you smart enough to figure out what i meant squeaky
Dan - February 22, 2013 at 3:49am
I bought it, so legal or not, I will do whatever the f*ck I want with it!!!!!!!
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