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. The bill restores a provision in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The provision will be reviewed by the Library of Congress once every three years. Customers will need to meet certain conditions in order to unlock their phones, such as complete their contracts or own their device outright. Unlocked devices can be used on network operators other than the one who sold the device.
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.
E-Label Act Passage Means Fewer Stickers on Phones
President Obama signed the E-Label Act into law on Wednesday, which will give phone and other device makers the ability to label their hardware electronically rather than with stickers or graphics. By law, devices such as phones require labels from the FCC and other organizations proving the can be sold in the U.S.
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