It all started last year when the Library of Congress has ruled out that unlocking cellphones would become illegal in the US in 2013, which it did on January 26th. A simple cell unlocking could lead an honest american to 5 years in jail according to the new law that went into effect at the beginning of the year, however ten of thousands of people all over US unhappy with this decision went online to sign a petition that was forwarded to the White House administration in hopes to solve this problem.
Today, the White House issued a public statement regarding this matter agreeing “with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties,” R. David Edelman, senior advisor for Internet, Innovation, and Privacy to the Obama administration.
“This is particularly important for secondhand or other mobile devices that you might buy or receive as a gift, and want to activate on the wireless network that meets your needs – even if it isn’t the one on which the device was first activated. All consumers deserve that flexibility.”
This is a huge step forward made by all the people who signed the petition towards the removal of this ban.