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  • Cell Phone Unlocking Close to Being Legal Again

    Legal without the permission of you carrier... That's what most consumers wanted. No limitations on what they can do with their cell phones. This should increase the number of resources for unlocking devices and hopefully lower the cost of unlock codes.

    This bill is on the doorstep of the President and just has to pass through the Senate. The President already acknowledged that he will sign it into a law.

    During this time period Cricket has gone from CDMA to GSM. This unlocking bill is still just as important for us.

    HOWEVER, I am curious if anyone actually got in trouble for unlocking during this time period? I don't know of one story.


    SOURCE: LA Times

    Cellphone unlocking bill passes Congress and heads to Obama's desk

    Currently, most cellphones are locked to the provider that sold them, but legislation on the president's desk would allow consumers to legally unlock phones and transfer carriers. Above, shoppers look at iPhones in an Apple store in Manhattan. (Michael Nagle / Bloomberg)

    By Rebecca Bratek

    Bill to allow consumers to unlock their cellphones when switching providers goes to Obama for signature

    The House on Friday unanimously passed bipartisan legislation that would allow consumers to “unlock” their cellphones when switching providers.

    The chamber's approval comes a week after the Senate passed the bill, so it advances to the president’s desk with a few working days left before Congress’ August break.

    President Obama applauded Congress for passing the pro-consumer legislation and is expected to sign the act into law.

    "The bill Congress passed today is another step toward giving ordinary Americans more flexibility and choice, so that they can find a cell phone carrier that meets their needs and their budget," Obama said in a statement.

    Passing any legislation these days can be considered a major accomplishment for the 113th Congress, which remains in partisan gridlock over immigration issues and how to pay for Veterans Affairs Department reform.

    This session, Congress had enacted 125 bills as of June 30, according to GovTrack, a website that aggregates data on the legislative body. That’s the lowest number of bills passed within the first 544 days of any Congress since 1973, the earliest data GovTrack has. Seventy-two of those bills were approved in 2013.

    On average, the previous five Congresses, in which neither party controlled both chambers, approved 254 bills in the same time period – more than double what current lawmakers have agreed on.

    Work on the Unlocking Consumer Choice Act began after more than 100,000 people signed a White House petition to reverse a 2012 U.S. Copyright Office ruling that made it illegal for people to unlock their phones without the carrier’s permission.

    “This is something that Americans have been asking for and I am pleased that we were able to work together to ensure the swift passage of legislation,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte (R-Va.) said in a statement. But the negotiations weren’t without difficulty. The House approved a similar bill in February, but that version included language that many consumer groups found problematic.”

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Cell Phone Unlocking Close to Being Legal Again started by Chris Rodriguez View original post
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. wiseoldman's Avatar
      wiseoldman -
      In trouble? Im guessing they remembered the colossal waste of time and money without results prosocuting a few people who downloaded a few songs off napster. As long as they can still blacklist phones then their probably not worried. Manufacturers mught not like it as it slows down sales but they seem to be doing a good job making people want to buy new phones. Imagine buying a ford car and only being allowed to buy exxon gas for it. Yea, the public should not be restricted when they own a phone not under contract. ....2 cents.
    1. rsdin559's Avatar
      rsdin559 -
      From what I read, any pursuit was for the folks doing the unlocking, not the people who owned the phones
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