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Unlocking phones is illegal? Let’s fix this. Sign the White House petition.

When you buy a phone, it is your property. If you have a contract that provides a subsidy for that phone, after that contract ends, you should be able to do whatever you want with the phone. You bought it.

Unfortunately, the Library of Congress sees it differently. It recently ruled that unlocking phones is illegal.

Our phone service in the United States is already more expensive than other countries because of lock in. This will make it worse.

Please sign this petition to make the White House review the policy.

We need ~24k more signatures before February 23 in order to get the White House to respond to the petition so after you sign it, please pass it on. Everyone with a mobile phone is impacted by this ruling.

3 Comments on “Unlocking phones is illegal? Let’s fix this. Sign the White House petition.”

  1. Ivan Vasquez says:

    Can’t really help you guys, but I’ll give you my support from Colombia. Unlocking your phone is legal (and the carriers have to give you an unlocked phone always) since a couple of years ago. It only makes sense, since, as you say, the phone is already yours.

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  3. Art Marchuk says:

    Yep, mobile voice and data plans in the US are huge! I believe in large due to lock in.
    Here in Ukraine business voice/data plans start at about $10/mo and at $100/mo you can get nearly unlimited plan.
    All US people sign the petition!