White House Approves Unlocking Of Cell Phones

The government’s response to netizens petition didn’t sit well with AT&T, but how will you react?!

The Librarian of Congress created an uproar recently when they decided not to exempt cell phone unlocking from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. What this basically means is that unless your wireless carrier allows you to unlock your phone for use on another network, you could theoretically get sued for unlocking the phone on your own.

The decision prompted a petition to the White House, which drew more than 114,322 signatures. This, in turn, drew a response directly from the Obama administration and from the FCC, both supporting users’ ability to unlock their cell phones. A Senate bill that would legalize cell phone unlocking was introduced last week. The Wireless Consumer Choice Act, introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota), would allow consumers to unlock their cell phones without carrier permission.

“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,” wrote White House aide R. David Eldelman. “Consumers should have flexibility and choice when it comes to their wireless service and they deserve to keep and use cell phones they have already purchased,” Klobuchar said in a statement.

AT&T aren’t happy at all with these developments, so it took to its own blog to defend itself with a post titled “Bottom Line: We Unlock Our Customers’ Devices.”

Props: Techland