White House Petition Looks to Overturn Controversial Mobile Policy

In late January, it officially became illegal to unlock a new smartphone without the permission from the wireless carrier that initially locked the device.

Last fall, the Register of Copyrights at the Library of Congress determined that unlocking mobile phones would no longer be permissible, but a 90-day window was established for people to still buy a phone and unlock it.

As of this writing, it is against the law for certain mobile phone owners to unlock their devices for use on other carriers.

In response to the controversial policy, a White House petition has been drafted to reverse the decision that outlaws unlocking newer cell phones. The collection of 100,000 signatures would mandate a response from the White House.

As of February 15th, the petition has collected approximately 68,500 signatures. 31,500 more signatures are required by the February 23, 2013 deadline.

“We ask that the White House ask the Librarian of Congress to rescind this decision, and failing that, champion a bill that makes unlocking permanently legal,” the petition creator writes.

Should the recent decision barring cell phone unlocking be overturned?

To learn more about the petition in question (or to sign it), click here.