Cellphone unlocking bill approved by House of Representatives, now moves to receive President’s signature
Having a device be unlocked, whether it is tied to an active contract/agreement or not, has been an issue for quite some time. But recently, there’s been a bigger focus put on the effort from government officials. Now, a new unlocking bill is closer to reality than ever before, as it moves through one stage and into the next.
Earlier this year, a bill was passed to make unlocking cell phones legal. While it was passed, there were some caveats that many couldn’t ignore. Further steps are now being taken on the bill, which is being introduced with a new version.
The US House of Representatives passed a bill that makes cell phone unlocking legal on Tuesday, in response to a White House petition from a year ago.
As you might know, unlocking your iPhone through any means other than your carrier or manufacturer became illegal starting this week under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The DMCA prevents unauthorised modification of software, and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has been responsible for winning exceptions for jailbreaking and unlocking since the past few years.