White House to Look Into Ban on Unlocking Smartphones

After receiving over 100,000 signatures needed on the “We the People” online petition platform, the White House has responded to the thousands of smartphone owners who disagree with the updated ban on unlocking mobile phones.

In its response, the White House explains that while the process that made unlocking devices illegal is placed for a reason, the ban has failed to reflect on what goes on among smartphone consumers today.

“The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penaltiles,” the office says. “It’s common sense, crucial for protecting consumer choice, and important for ensuring we continue to have the vibrant, competitive wireless market that delivers innovative products and solid service to meet consumers’ needs.”

This response echoes what the chairman of the FCC has said in a recent interview. Julius Genachowski is quoted saying that his office will look into the ban and whether the executive branch has an authority to modify the law.

Source: We The People, via NBC News

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