Cellphone Unlocking Should Be Legal, White House Says

Law360, New York (March 4, 2013, 4:50 PM EST) -- The Obama administration said Monday that consumers should be allowed to legally “unlock” their cellphones so they can be used on different networks, so long as they are not bound to contracts with specific wireless carriers.

Responding to a petition on the White House's “We the People” website, R. David Edelman, a senior White House adviser for the Internet, innovation and privacy, said in a statement that the administration believes it is “common sense” that mobile phone users should be able to unlock their devices without...
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