Petition to Legalize Phone Unlocking Surpasses 100,000 Signatures

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If you don’t like something. Start a petition. That seems to be the way to go now. People obviously aren’t happy about phone unlocking being illegal now, so they took to the whitehouse.gov petition page.

Because it has reached the 100,000 mark, it will be passed forward to the administration for consideration. That doesn’t mean anything will happen. After all, we didn’t end up building a Death Star.

Below is the wording of the petition:

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:

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.

Well, there it goes. We’ll see what happens.

[via SlashGear]

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