Obama Signs Cell Phone Unlocking Bill Into Law, iPhone Unlocking No Longer Illegal

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    United States President Barack Obama will today sign a bill that makes cell phone unlocking legal again, writing the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into law following its unanimous approval by the Senate and House of Representatives.

    Obama has long supported the act, which was originally introduced via a 2013 "We the People" petition that gathered more than 100,000 signatures calling for cell phone unlocking to be made legal. It first became illegal to unlock a cell phone in January of 2013, after an exception in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act expired, restricting U.S. customers from shifting their service to other carriers or using their devices abroad with local SIM cards.

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    Now that cell phone unlocking is once again legal, consumers and third-party unlocking services will be able to unlock paid-for cell phones and tablets without receiving express permission from carriers and without facing criminal penalties. The changes will make it easier for consumers to take their devices to the carrier of their choice after contractual obligations have been fulfilled and it will also be easier to use existing devices abroad.
    In December of 2013, U.S. cellular carriers and the FCC also came to an agreement over a set of voluntary principles that will make it easier for wireless customers to unlock their devices and switch from carrier to carrier after a contract has been fulfilled.

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    This is the only good thing he has done in his Presidency.
     
  4. Michael Goff macrumors G4

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    Really?

    The ONLY thing?
     
  5. luckydcxx macrumors 65816

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    Yea, the only thing.
     
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    This and Bin Laden.
     
  7. GeneralChang macrumors 65816

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    Yay! Not that there was any doubt it would happen at this point, but yay still.
     
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    the one thing he gets right......

    thats good news.
     
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    eh, he doesn't really get credit for that one...... ;)
     
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    Thread going to be moved in 3, 2, 1, ...
     
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    Actually, it was the analyst who combed through the surveillance/satellite images and noticed "the Pacer."
     
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    It's already int eh PRS section :lol:
     
  13. Michael Goff macrumors G4

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    Moved from the PRSI, where it started, to where?
     
  14. FloatingBones macrumors 65816

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    This legislation should never have been needed...

    This has been dealt with administratively through the Copyright Office in the past. From this article:

    Why did the Copyright Office reverse their earlier exceptions for smartphones?
     
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    Jessica Chastain, right? :p
     
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    Can't understand why this was ever illegal... Land of the free my arse
     
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    I think the credit people are talking about is Obama actually giving the go ahead to the operation. Not that Obama found Bin Laden.
     
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    Hell yea!!! I agree 110%. But others sadly believe he's God.

    On the side note, this restores things exactly how they were prior to Jan. 2013, correct? The freaking phone should not have to be paid off to be unlocked. The consumer should be able to unlock it when he damn well feels like it. It's HIS phone.
     
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    Well done!
     
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    Yes.
     
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    Well atleast Obama exists :cool:
     
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    Only thing I support Obama on so far, remember guys, HE didn't kill Bin Laden, Seal Team 6 did.
     
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    Fortunately, I EXIST so I can HATE on him for his pathetic presidency.
     
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    Really a lot of election year smoke and mirrors. The law really only will help a slim minority of cell phone users because it only makes unlocking legal once a contract is 100% completed. So if you are traveling overseas but still on contract... sorry. But when you are at the end of an ATT contract ATT will unlock your phone anyway. T-Mobile's phones are unlocked anyway.

    And the funny thing is this legislation is temporary. At the next DMCA review period the LOC can make unlocking illegal again.

    The only people this helps are people that bought a locked phone via a 3rd party and ATT wouldn't unlock that phone. You now can for the time being.

    So again, lots of smoke and mirror. Sorry you got excited for nothing.
     

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