Congress Passes New Bill that Allows Phone Unlocking

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  1. dgstorm

    dgstorm Editor in Chief Staff Member Premium Member

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    It's easy to assume Congress never gets anything accomplished. It seems like they are constantly gridlocked, fighting about partisan politics instead of accomplishing anything meaningful. Still, on rare occasions that proves untrue and something cool happens.

    Here's a case in point: Congress just passed a new bill which will make it legal for users to unlock their phones. It's called the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act," and it aims to do exactly what it sounds like. For now, it simply directs the Library of Congress to let consumers and third-parties legally unlock phones which were received through their carrier.

    Here's a quote with a few more of the details,

    I think I will be on the lookout for flying pigs on my way home from work today... o_O

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    Thanks for the tip, Quicksilver7714!

    Source: The Verge
     
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    While this is good news in the sense that the govt isn't going to try to deter people from unlocking their phone, the bill doesn't say anything about forcing wireless companies to make their devices unlockable which is what would really make a difference (especially for Verizon customers).
     
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    Yeah, chief. Another thing that it doesn't prevent is the foolishness that VZW does by preventing the activation of phones that can work on their network. Just because your phone is unlocked and can work on their network they don't have to let you use it on their network.
     
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    Or if they (carriers) allow it, they might use this as an excuse to make an extra charge to your bill if you do..
     
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