What you need to know about the government's fight to unlock your cellphone

posted on 28/03/2013 19:34


[…] In late February, copyright reform advocate Sina Khanifar’s White House petition passed the newly-raised 100,000-signature threshold, requiring Obama to address whether unlocking phones should be explicitly legal. Most petitions result in a polite, noncommittal brushoff, but this one was different: a few weeks later, the White House responded with strong agreement. “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,” said White House advisor R. David Edelman. “It’s common sense.”

Within a day, several members of Congress had announced plans to legalize unlocking. […]