White House Agrees That Cellphone Unlocking Should be Legal

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The White House has answered a petition to make unlocking of cellphones legal on its ‘We The People’ website.

The official White House answer?

The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties. In fact, we believe the same principle should also apply to tablets, which are increasingly similar to smart phones. And 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. It’s common sense, crucial for protecting consumer choice, and important for ensuring we continue to have the vibrant, competitive wireless market that delivers innovative products and solid service to meet consumers’ needs.

There’s more to the response, and as CultofMac puts it, this doesn’t seem like something that will change in the immediate future. Oh well. At least they issued a statement.

[via White House]

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