New White House Petition Started to Make Unlocking Phones Legal


If you’re planning on getting your iPhone unlocked unofficially in the U.S., make sure you complete the process by tonight unless you want to end on the wrong side of the law. From tomorrow, unlocking phones without the approval of your carrier or the phone manufacturer would constitute as a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

A new White House petition, addressed to the Obama administration, appeals to the U.S. President to ask the Librarian of Congress, who originally deemed unlocking illegal in October last year, to reconsider the decision given the legitimate reasons a customer might want to unlock his or her carrier locked phone:

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 petition concludes with a request to the administration to pass a law that makes phone unlocking permanently legal.

The DMCA prevents unofficial modifications to the copyrighted firmware found on the iPhone, so while an unlock could be allowed, it would have to be from the “owners” of the software, that is Apple or by extension, the carrier.

At the time of writing, there nearly 5,000 signatures on the petition. An official White House response requires signatures on to cross a minimum threshold of 100,000, so if this law affects you, be sure to head over to this link to help make unlocking legal again.

Via: The Next Web

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  • Kimk69

    I’m signing for sure. Damn, they only have 5100 so far. Go sign everybody.

  • Sergio


  • VV

    singed ,I paid my iphone in fulll it is mine and I will use it where ever I want !!!!!!

  • Kraken


    I’m looking forward to the sarcastic “Because we know better than you do” sarcastic response the WH usually gives to these petitions.

    These petitions have never changed anything. They are just a data mining tool for tracking people who may disagree with the government. If you want to really have change, you need to contact your congressmen and the FCC directly about this.

    Also, speak with your wallet. Only buy unlocked phones, and if the carrier won’t reduce your monthly payment accordingly, leave.


    Signed: 2013 JAN 28tFFFh 01:35PM


    SIGNED: 2013 JAN 28TH: 01:35PM EST/EDT GMT -05:00