Not too long ago, it was illegal to unlock your cellphone. Now, with a lot of hard work, petitions, and making the circuitous route through “the system,” the President of the United States will sign into law legally unlocking your phone.
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.
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.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced today that the agency has reached a deal with wireless carriers that’ll make it easier for consumers to unlock their mobile phones. This news was reported by Reuters shortly after the FCC statement was released.
Apple has started selling unlocked GSM iPhone 5s on its Online Store in the U.S.
Apple had launched iPhone 5s in the U.S. in September. It has always delayed the launch of the unlocked flagship iPhone in the U.S. Last year, Apple had started selling unlocked iPhone 5 on its Online Store on November 30th.
This may be a good sign for iPhone owners in the US. Tom Warren has been at his new job as FCC Chairman for about a week, and he is already taking on the CTIA and the telecommunications companies on the behalf of consumers.