Cell phone unlocking becomes a crime on Saturday – The Feel Good Depot

by Terry on January 25, 2013 · 3 comments

in Feel Good Gadgets, Feel Good Pictures, Feel Good Type Events, Uncategorized Feel Good Stories

In case you haven’t heard… Unlocking a cell phone becomes illegal tomorrow.

Yep, you heard that right…

That’s because the Librarian of Congress – That is who is in charge of interpreting the Digital Millenium Copyright Act – has ruled that cell phone unlocking is a violation of that law. The librarian made this epic announcement back in October, but allowed a 90 day reprieve before it came into effect which ends tomorrow.

You can read all about it here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2012-26308.pdf but the section that explains this is below:

The Register concluded after a review of the statutory factors that an exemption to the prohibition on circumvention of mobile phone computer programs to permit users to unlock “legacy” phones is both warranted and unlikely to harm the market for such programs. At the same time, in light of carriers’ current unlocking policies and the ready availability of new unlocked phones in the marketplace, the record did not support an exemption for newly purchased phones. Looking to precedents in copyright law, the Register recommended that the class designated by the Librarian include a 90-day transitional period to allow unlocking by those who may acquire phones shortly after the new exemption goes into effect…

A petition has been started to change this and you can sign up for it here as there will be grave consequences for some here..

As of right now they are at 93,655 signatures of the 100,000 needed for the O’bama administration to get involved (though it used to only be 25,000)

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/make-unlocking-cell-phones-legal/1g9KhZG7

So as of January 26, consumers will no longer be able unlock their phones for use on a different network without carrier permission, even after their contract has expired.

Peer the petition… Consumers will be forced to pay exorbitant roaming fees to make calls while traveling abroad. It reduces consumer choice, and decreases the resale value of devices that consumers have paid for in full.

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