The act of unlocking a smartphone was perfectly acceptable in the United States until January of last year, when an exemption in the Digital Millenium Copyright Act expired and thereby made the process illegal. All one had to do is look at the White House petition that gained over 100,000 signatures to realize how much consumer backlash ensued, but the issue was largely swept under the rug until recently…
According to Reuters, the United States House of Congress has passed a bill that would allow users to unlock their smartphones and use them on any wireless network. The bill still has to pass the Senate, however, and it is unclear if that legislative chamber will even consider the bill. If it does, we will be sure to update you on the situation.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday that would give mobile phone users the right to “unlock” their devices and use them on competitors’ wireless networks, although Senate action was uncertain.
The House approved the bill easily, by a 295-114 vote, although some Democrats had pushed back against what they said was a last-minute Republican maneuver to change the legislation.