Bill to Legalize Phone Unlocking Clears Committee
The House Judiciary Committee today approved the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which will eventually make it legal for consumers to unlock their cellphones without first obtaining permission from their wireless carrier. It will also allow third parties to help consumers unlock their cell phones. Earlier this year, an exemption in copyright law expired and unlocking cell phones (without carrier permission) became illegal. Consumer advocates immediately campaigned to have the law reversed. "We all live with our phones 24/7, so it is important for consumers to have the flexibility to pick the service plans that work for them," said Internet Subcommittee Chairman Howard Coble, co-sponsor of the bill. Now that the bill has passed committee, it must be approved by the full House of Representatives.
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.
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.
Congress Gives Unlocking Bill Another Shot
Lawmakers on Monday agreed to a revised bill to make it legal for people to unlock their cell phones. Senator Patrick Leahy and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley introduced the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act last year in order to restore consumers' ability to unlock their 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.