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Mobile phone unlocking is now legal in the US

Obama signs the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act
Mon Aug 04 2014, 16:15
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MOBILE PHONE UNLOCKING is now once again legal in the US, after US president Obama signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act on Friday.

The White House announced the news, saying in a statement on its website, "Today, president Obama will sign into law the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, and in doing so, will achieve a rare trifecta: a win for American consumers, a win for wireless competition, and an example of democracy at its best - bipartisan congressional action in direct response to a call to action from the American people."

This legislation means, in short, that Stateside consumers can now legally unlocked their network-locked smartphones to use them on any operator they wish. The law also permits companies and other third parties to unlock phones for consumers.

President Obama said in a statement, "I applaud members of Congress for passing the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act.

"Last year, in response to a 'We the People' petition from consumers across our country, my administration called for allowing Americans to use their phones or mobile devices on any network they choose.

"The bill Congress passed today is another step toward giving ordinary Americans more flexibility and choice, so that they can find a cell phone carrier that meets their needs and their budget."

While the passage of this legislation is good news for US consumers, the law could become obsolete as soon as 2016.

The Librarian of Congress, which imposed the unlocking ban in the first place, is due to review the issue again next year and could revert the legislation the following year. µ

 

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