In 2013, it was made illegal to unlock smartphones and tablets, which brought on cries of disdain from many Thankfully, some individuals in the government decided to take up the charge on settings things right, and now it looks like the process is one step away from completion. And success.
According to a report published by The Hill, the cellphone unlocking bill was voted on and passed with unanimous support. Much like it did when it passed through the Senate on July 16. The bill has seen plenty of support, not only from consumers, but also from other government bodies, the wireless carriers, and advocates across the board. From the report:
“This is something that Americans have been asking for and I am pleased that we were able to work together to ensure the swift passage of legislation restoring the exemption that allowed consumers to unlock their cell phones,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said.“
Now, the only step in front of the bill is to get signed by the President of the United States, which shouldn’t take too long, all things considered. Once that is done, the bill will become law, and those who try to get their devices unlocked should be able to do so without much of an issue. There were also changes made to the bill recently to make it possible for “bulk unlockers” to not be left out in this new bill.[via The Hill]