Tag Archives: Unlocking

Cell phone unlocking bill passed by Congress

Ever since a specific exemption in the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) made phone unlocking illegal earlier this year, a movement has been underway to make sure consumers had the right to unlock their devices once their contract period is up. A bill was proposed to make it legal, and was passed by the Senate fairly recently. Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the bill, making phone unlocking … [read full article]

Senate passes new phone unlocking bill

This afternoon, the Senate passed a bill that will allow consumers to switch carriers and keep their same phone once their contract is up. The bill was passed unanimously. Senator Patrick Leahy introduced S. 517, the “Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act” which adds an exemption back in to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) that will let customer unlock their phones once they’re paid up. When it was first introduced last … [read full article]

Unlocking your phone will now be possible thanks to official deal between U.S. carriers and FCC

In the past few hours, the FCC and CTIA finally agreed a deal to allow consumers from the five major U.S. networks to unlock their devices. It’s been one of the big sticking points of the carrier/smartphone industry for sometime and is yet another step in the right direction of giving control back to the consumers and not the carrier. This is just weeks after the FCC [read full article]

FCC chairman in a letter to CTIA: Let customers unlock phones, or we’ll start regulating

Yesterday evening an interesting story broke online regarding the FCC’s new chairman, Tom Wheeler. In an open letter to CTIA (a U.S. operator association) he stated that current plans by the organization regarding unlocking handsets are “a hollow shell” unless a further, key point is added to them. And, if CTIA doesn’t instigate more consumer friendly plans, it will step in to regulate itself: “Enough time has passed, and it is now time … [read full article]

FCC Chairman Says They Will Investigate Phone Unlocking Ban

As the law banning phone unlocking enters into another month, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski told TechCrunch will investigate the DMCA decision. The FCC will work to find if the ban is harmful to the competitive nature of the industry and whether or not the executive branch has any authority to effect change. The “ban raises competition concerns; it raises innovation concerns,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said last night at a TechCrunch CrunchGov … [read full article]

Petition To Make Cell Phone Unlocking Legal Reaches 100,000 Signatures, Will Draw White House Response

  A White House petition to make cell phone unlocking legal has reached the 100,000 signature mark, the amount required to draw an official response from the government. With the help of Anonymous, Reddit and word of mouth, it took right around a month to gain the necessary 100,000 signatures. The petition, a response late January move by the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) to make cell phone unlocking illegal, asks for … [read full article]

T-Mobile Releases Statement Regarding DMCA Phone Unlocking Restrictions

With the clock ticking toward the January 26th DMCA deadline for unlocked phones, T-Mobile has released a statement indicating their position. This is an unfortunate kink in T-Mobile’s “bring your own phone” campaign and one that will hopefully be rectified soon. Unfortunately, T-Mobile must adhere to the letter of the law and advises customers to contact the device manufacturer or AT&T directly to request the unlock code for any device they … [read full article]

DMCA Law To Make Unlocking Phones Illegal After January 26th

T-Mobile’s “bring your own phone” campaign is about to take a bit of a dive as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act will make it illegal to jailbreak and unlock phones. According to the act, it is illegal to  unlock both tablets and phones without permission from your wireless provider. Back in last October, the DMCA determined that a 90 day window would be available during which people could still buy a phone … [read full article]