FCC: Phone Unlocking Ban Raises Concerns
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is uneasy about the recently-implemented ban against unlocking cell phones. Speaking to TechCrunch, he said the ban "raises competition concerns; it raises innovation concerns." Last year, the Library of Congress reversed an exemption built into the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that allowed consumers to unlock their cell phones. Most phones are sold locked to the carrier that sells it, which prevents them from being used on competing networks. The reversal went into effect in January, and it is now illegal to unlock cell phones. Genachowski said, "It's something that we will look at at the FCC to see if we can and should enable consumers to use unlocked phones." However, Genachowski warned that he's not sure what authority the FCC has in this particular case.
Phone-Unlocking Bill Advances to Senate
The full Senate will vote on a bill that aims to reestablish the legality of unlocking cell phones. The bipartisan proposal was agreed to in broad terms last month.
Phone-Unlocking Bill Clears Congress, Goes to Obama
The U.S. House of Representatives today unanimously passed bill S517, which makes it legal once again for consumers to unlock their cell phones.
Unlocking Cell Phones Is Once Again Legal
President Barack Obama today signed into law a bill that makes it legal for Americans to unlock their cell phones. The bill was passed by the Senate and House of Representatives last month.
TracFone Settles with FCC Over Locked Phones
TracFone has reached an agreement with the FCC concerning its policies for unlocking handsets. In February of this year it became mandatory for all carriers to unlock customer handsets and to properly disclose their unlocking policies to customers.
Carriers Have to Unlock Eligible Phones Beginning Today
Wireless network operators are now required to unlock customers' phones once the phones are paid off or no longer under contract. Today's change follows an agreement forged between the FCC, the CTIA Wireless Association and carriers in December 2013.
As far as a customer, there needs to be better education in terms of why the phones are locked and why using a unlocked phone on a different network other then the specific carrier it was made for would impact your service negatively and you would essentially be ...
After all, it is physical property that is paid for, and belongs to the CONSUMER! Not the carrier, or the manufacturer.