Obama administration wants to make cell phone unlocking legal

Being able to unlock your cell phone or smartphone so that it can be used by another network is something that many device owners would love to do. In January, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act put in a new rule that made it illegal for US consumers to unlock their phones, unless they got permission to do so by their wireless carrier.

Today, the Obama Administration gave its support for cell phone unlocking via a official response to a online petition on the subject at the White House website. The response to the petition, written by Obama's senior Internet, Innovation and Privacy adviser R. David Edelman, stated:

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 penalties. In fact, we believe the same principle should also apply to tablets, which are increasingly similar to smart phones. And if you have paid for your mobile device, and aren't bound by a service agreement or other obligation, you should be able to use it on another network. 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.

The White House would support a number of different solutions to this issue, according to Edelman, which might include putting in what he called "narrow legislative fixes in the telecommunications space." Today, the Federal Communications Commission's chairman Julius Genachowski put out his own thoughts on the matter, saying that the FCC is looking into the matter. He added, "From a communications policy perspective, this raises serious competition and innovation concerns, and for wireless consumers, it doesn’t pass the common sense test."

Source: WhiteHouse.gov
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moloko said,
It would be easier to make it illegal to LOCK the phones.

Except that would increase the cost of phones by virtually eliminating subsidies...

But that might be in line with Obama's other goal of increasing the cost of everything...

Yes and? Like the rest of the world we would have more freedom in our mobile phones, just have to pay for them instead of leasing them.

M_Lyons10 said,

Except that would increase the cost of phones by virtually eliminating subsidies...

But that might be in line with Obama's other goal of increasing the cost of everything...

You're just a treasure trove of hyperbole, aren't you? Yes you are! Yes you are a little treasure trove of hyperbole! A-wuzza-wuzza-wuzz!

In South Africa a law was passed a couple of years ago, making it illegal to sell network-locked phones. All phones and tablets in SA are unlocked! It really helped wonders for competition, especially since we can easily port from one mobile operator to another without too much hassle.

Similar in Holland, although the carriers can keep their phones locked for the duration of the initial contract (automatic or manual follow up contracts do not count). Fair enough IMHO. They do invest in their customers a bit by handing them a 500-1000 euro phone before receiving any payments

First thought was it was that they dd this so after he leaves his Presidential post in a few years he could have his super secure and private cell phone unlocked.

In reality, with his status, any carrier would probably bend over backwards to have him on thier network later on.

Obama - say one thing that's popular - do nothing when no ones paying attention; typical Obama.

- A democrat who didn't vote for this reject.

pgn said,
Obama - say one thing that's popular - do nothing when no ones paying attention; typical Obama.

- A democrat who didn't vote for this reject.


Same can be said for most Presidents. In a a democracy, the power is in the people. He can't turn water into wine. This reject as you call him, has done a better job than Bush's lying ass!

JHBrown said,

Same can be said for most Presidents. In a a democracy, the power is in the people. He can't turn water into wine. This reject as you call him, has done a better job than Bush's lying ass!

You're right. He's sure done a better job at running up the debts, breaking promises, and dividing the nation. I bet he'll go down in history.

Astra.Xtreme said,

You're right. He's sure done a better job at running up the debts, breaking promises, and dividing the nation. I bet he'll go down in history.

Tell me which President hasn't broken promises? You are talking about running up debts? LOL how about the murderer Bush! I was in the military during 911, my 13th year at the time, and this lying piece of schit cost over 2 dozen of my close friends their lives. Any President taking office after Bush would have had a pile of schit to clean up. Are you saying Romney would have helped the nation debt? My god........ This divided nation you speak of is because of clueless Repulicans.

Edited by JHBrown, Mar 4 2013, 8:03pm :

JHBrown said,

Same can be said for most Presidents. In a a democracy, the power is in the people. He can't turn water into wine. This reject as you call him, has done a better job than Bush's lying ass!

By my count hes been as much of a failure as Bush, in fact much of his policies are a continuation of the Bush administration. Continuation of the wars - and only left Iraq because the Iraqi government would not give US troops immunity, still in Afghanistan when the CIA states there are under a dozen alquieda there. Why are we still there again? Then we have wiretapping of Americans, violating Americans civil liberties, Guantanamo Bay still open - was supposed to be closed 18 months in his first administration by executive order and NEVER HAPPENED. Time to blame the last failure - bush is over and has been for some time, this idea that he needs to 'clean' up after Bush is getting tired, its 5 years now. You can't really do cleanup if you keep making a mess yourself.

He talks a lot and does nothing and his supporters are bigger idiots than the tea party retards.

pgn said,

By my count hes been as much of a failure as Bush, in fact much of his policies are a continuation of the Bush administration. Continuation of the wars - and only left Iraq because the Iraqi government would not give US troops immunity, still in Afghanistan when the CIA states there are under a dozen alquieda there. Why are we still there again? Then we have wiretapping of Americans, violating Americans civil liberties, Guantanamo Bay still open - was supposed to be closed 18 months in his first administration by executive order and NEVER HAPPENED.

He talks a lot and does nothing and his supporters are bigger idiots than the tea party retards.

Have you taken the basic course of Political Science 101, I'm sure you have. You would know then about checks and balances, the branches of government, and the lack of power the President really has. Again, please tell me which President before Obama has not lied their ass off during their Presidency? Are people scrutinizing this man more because of the color of his skin? I guess one can say that most Politicians are liars!

JHBrown said,
Tell me which President hasn't broken promises? You are talking about running up debts? LOL how about the murderer Bush! I was in the military during 911, my 13th year at the time, and this lying piece of schit cost over 2 dozen of my close friends their lives. Any President taking office after Bush would have had a pile of schit to clean up. Are you saying Romney would have helped the nation debt? My god........ This divided nation you speak of is because of clueless Repulicans.

For somebody who CHOSE to be in the military, you sure whine a lot...
Typical liberal who would rather blame everything on somebody else than take personal responsibility...

Astra.Xtreme said,

For somebody who CHOSE to be in the military, you sure whine a lot...
Typical liberal who would rather blame everything on somebody else than take personal responsibility...

First, I'm far from a liberal. More conservative than anything. Second, the only whiner here would be you. I'd give you 1 week in Iraq and you'd be whining about the heat. :-) I take my previous comment back about you knowing anything about Political Science, you obviously haven't even gone to college yet. Finally, when you are in the military, you have no choice in who your commanding officer is. You just do your job. My personal responsibility was defending my family and daughter. I wasn't fighting for Bush. You take some personal responsibility and ask yourself what have you done for your country? You'd be surprised!

JHBrown said,
First, I'm far from a liberal. More conservative than anything. Second, the only whiner here would be you. I'd give you 1 week in Iraq and you'd be whining about the heat. :-) I take my previous comment back about you knowing anything about Political Science, you obviously haven't even gone to college yet. Finally, when you are in the military, you have no choice in who your commanding officer is. You just do your job. My personal responsibility was defending my family and daughter. I wasn't fighting for Bush. You take some personal responsibility and ask yourself what have you done for your country? You'd be surprised!

First of all, you're confusing who you're talking to... Scroll up and re-read, please...
And for your information, I have an Engineering degree from a prestigious university and am doing very well for myself. What have I done for my country? Well, let's see... I got a good education, got a good job, not leaching off of anybody, paying a considerable amount of taxes, and will someday employ people when I pay off my school loans and start my business. Is that good enough for you? Care to take any more uneducated stabs?

And how am I the one who's whining? You came in here and started whining about Bush and then whined about how your buddies died while serving as if you expected the military to be a petting zoo... By joining the military, you signed away the rights to your life to fight for whatever the govt wants you to. They own you. If you don't like it, then you shouldn't have enlisted in the first place.

Guys... it's not worth arguing over.

Everyone has their own set of opinions when it comes to politics and nobody is ever going to change their mind over anything anyone else says besides the President and his administration themselves...

Getting angry over other's misguided beliefs or opinions isn't worth the stress it pointlessly creates. You're better off just having your own opinions and co-existing.

Oh and uh, Astra.Extreme, you don't have to wait til you finish school to start your own business! In fact, I would recommend starting it while still in school! Best decision I ever made... My brother and I (who is still up at RIT studying Computer Engineering) started our business early and it's only brought good experiences and much satisfaction our way... we even started from nothing with no loans or startup capital (we also offer services though that got us what we needed to get going).

Astra.Xtreme said,

First of all, you're confusing who you're talking to... Scroll up and re-read, please...
And for your information, I have an Engineering degree from a prestigious university and am doing very well for myself. What have I done for my country? Well, let's see... I got a good education, got a good job, not leaching off of anybody, paying a considerable amount of taxes, and will someday employ people when I pay off my school loans and start my business. Is that good enough for you? Care to take any more uneducated stabs?

And how am I the one who's whining? You came in here and started whining about Bush and then whined about how your buddies died while serving as if you expected the military to be a petting zoo... By joining the military, you signed away the rights to your life to fight for whatever the govt wants you to. They own you. If you don't like it, then you shouldn't have enlisted in the first place.


Typical response from someone who would like to complain about our government but do nothing about. Yes I did miss quote you earlier. Now that's out the way, I understand what signing up to the military is all about. I spent 22 years serving. My great grandfather, grandfather, father, and uncles served. My question was, "what have you done for your country"? Getting an education is an easy cop out. Hell, I had my Bachelors before I joined the military, got my Masters while in. Yes, being educated does help our society, but what else have you done to "really" help our country. Do you take part in lobbying for your person of interest, do you attend rally's, do you volunteer your time to help out a GI that lost a limb or two during the war? You sound like a pompous fool when you say that your helping our country by throwing your education and future expectations as a way to show your patriotism. Now, the question I keep asking that you keep going around is, tell me what President has "not" made ridiculous claims as to what they would do while in office?
You said' and I quote, "By joining the military, you signed away the rights to your life to fight for whatever the govt wants you to. They own you. If you don't like it, then you shouldn't have enlisted in the first place".
I'd invite you to walk up to any GI, man or woman, father or mother, and tell them this. Also tell them about your degree and paying high taxes, and how you are helping our country. You'd either be picking yourself up off the ground or walking away with a face that has been flamed. Final note, prestigious University has nothing to do with Patriotism. You sound very young and act like you are a special citizen because of this prestige.

Edited by JHBrown, Mar 4 2013, 9:23pm :

mDaWg said,
Guys... it's not worth arguing over.

Everyone has their own set of opinions when it comes to politics and nobody is ever going to change their mind over anything anyone else says besides the President and his administration themselves...

Getting angry over other's misguided beliefs or opinions isn't worth the stress it pointlessly creates. You're better off just having your own opinions and co-existing.

Oh and uh, Astra.Extreme, you don't have to wait til you finish school to start your own business! In fact, I would recommend starting it while still in school! Best decision I ever made... My brother and I (who is still up at RIT studying Computer Engineering) started our business early and it's only brought good experiences and much satisfaction our way... we even started from nothing with no loans or startup capital (we also offer services though that got us what we needed to get going).

Agreed

JHBrown said,

Typical response from someone who would like to complain about our government but do nothing about. Yes I did miss quote you earlier. Now that's out the way, I understand what signing up to the military is all about. I spent 22 years serving. My great grandfather, grandfather, father, and uncles served. My question was, "what have you done for your country"? Getting an education is an easy cop out. Hell, I had my Bachelors before I joined the military, got my Masters while in. Yes, being educated does help our society, but what else have you done to "really" help our country. Do you take part in lobbying for your person of interest, do you attend rally's, do you volunteer your time to help out a GI that lost a limb or two during the war? You sound like a pompous fool when you say that your helping our country by throwing your education and future expectations as a way to show your patriotism. Now, the question I keep asking that you keep going around is, tell me what President has "not" made ridiculous claims as to what they would do while in office?

Grasping at straws, are we? It's pretty clear that you have a high and mighty opinion of yourself as if serving in the military is the best way to "do something for your country". The money that I pay in taxes goes towards paying the salaries of your fellow soldiers and all the people that rely on the govt's teet. So let's see... Is it more important to fight a pointless war, or provide funds for people in poverty? I can think of a million and half more important ways I can provide for the country than serve in the military.

And regarding your question, why do you even have to ask that? Of course every politician out there is a liar in their own ways. Politics is all about lying and manipulating people, so the only way to fit in is to do the same. Nobody here is saying otherwise. Besides 9-11 and the wars, this country was doing exceptionally well under Bush. Under Obama, this country has been horrible, hasn't been improving, and he's made sure that we stay this way for decades due to how insanely in debt he's put us. Anything good that he's tried to do has been at the expense of the middle and upper class, both of which are shrinking and expanding his beloved lower class. If he can't lead some sort of remarkable turn-around, he'll surely leave his mark as one of the worst presidents in history.

mDaWg said,
Guys... it's not worth arguing over.
Oh and uh, Astra.Extreme, you don't have to wait til you finish school to start your own business! In fact, I would recommend starting it while still in school! Best decision I ever made... My brother and I (who is still up at RIT studying Computer Engineering) started our business early and it's only brought good experiences and much satisfaction our way... we even started from nothing with no loans or startup capital (we also offer services though that got us what we needed to get going).

Oh I know. If I could, I would. I do consulting on the side, which I've considered expanding into a true business, but I have a few other ideas in mind that require a bit of funds. With the amount of school loans I have left, I have my doubts that I'd be able to borrow the amount I need. Plus an engagement ring and house are in the not-so-distant future, so I have a few of those loose-ends to tie up before taking the plunge.

JHBrown said,
Have you taken the basic course of Political Science 101, I'm sure you have. You would know then about checks and balances, the branches of government, and the lack of power the President really has. Again, please tell me which President before Obama has not lied their ass off during their Presidency? Are people scrutinizing this man more because of the color of his skin? I guess one can say that most Politicians are liars!

I graduated college about 12+ years ago and took a Political Science 101 course. But it's quite clear you haven't.

The president has the power to remove troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq without congresses approval. The president has the power to shut down Guantanamo bay without congresses approval. The president has the power to NOT SIGN the patriot act renewal bill but CHOOSE to do so when he claimed during the election HE WOULD NOT. Bailing out failure companies was entirely the presidents POOR choice, the health care bill that he went and CUT DEALS with the healthcare companies behind everyones back when he CLAIMED he would have open meetings then ensuring all healthcare companies would get a defacto monopoly from every citizen in this country with the bill being so watered down to **** that it is helpful to a miniscule number of people was entirely the FAILURE PRESIDENTS idea and that he SIGNED into law. There were enough votes in the congress and senate to add a public option into the healthcare bill and the members came out numerous times during the summer to tell Obama this - he had his failure press secretary come out and directly state Obama made no such promise during the campaign and even if there were enough votes it would not be added into the bill - because he specifically cut a deal with healthcare companies to give them full monopoly power and no competition from a government option.

So again your checks and balances is full of pure s***. What you are is an Obama Apologist, then to top it off you go throwing out the race card at the last sentence to ensure that your flawed argument sounds credible - it doesn't. I am a minority and have been a democrat my whole life, I didn't vote for the failure Obama because he was all talk from day one and it was obvious to anyone with a brain this guy had ZERO experience to solve problems but had the ability to be a preacher - nothing more.

You voted in a failure and now you are trying to find excuses for him, don't be like republicans who provided excuses for the failure bush for 8+ years and continue to do so.

JHBrown said,
First, I'm far from a liberal. More conservative than anything. Second, the only whiner here would be you. I'd give you 1 week in Iraq and you'd be whining about the heat. :-) I take my previous comment back about you knowing anything about Political Science, you obviously haven't even gone to college yet. Finally, when you are in the military, you have no choice in who your commanding officer is. You just do your job. My personal responsibility was defending my family and daughter. I wasn't fighting for Bush. You take some personal responsibility and ask yourself what have you done for your country? You'd be surprised!

Why would I be in Iraq or Afghanistan? You are not seal team 6, you are seal team dipsh8 acting like some toughguy on the internet because you joined the military. It doesn't take the smartest people in the world to signup to be a puppet of their government, in fact it takes the opposite.

Hey Rambo I don't need to do anything for 'my country', I need to provide a living for myself and my family that'ts it. You want to be Rambo and shoot people - great go do that be a puppet, I'm here stacking cash paying for a useless war so Neanderthals like YOU can go proving how much testosterone they lack.


The idea that you state which president did not lie during their presidency? All of them do, the difference between me and the puppet (you) is that I will call him/her out on it, while you make excuses for them. You are used to mediocrity and so if someone lies to you its just a fact of life, the rest of us speak up about it and ensure those lies don't get swept under the rug. You are stuck on the mentality that he's on your 'team' (democrat/republican) so you have to make excuses for the failure leader on your 'team', I don't care for the team mentality.

Edited by , Mar 5 2013, 12:41am :

Hopefully you are not from the USA, because, if you are, you should go back to school, and kick your history teacher in the rear. The USA has never been a democracy. A democracy, basically is mob rule, emotional rule. The USA is a republic, a representative republic, and always has been.
You probably think that you have the right to vote for president of the United States too, which, according to the constitution, you don't.

JHBrown said,

Same can be said for most Presidents. In a a democracy,

JHBrown said,

Same can be said for most Presidents. In a a democracy, the power is in the people. He can't turn water into wine. This reject as you call him, has done a better job than Bush's lying ass!

Really? And what was the unemployment rate when Bush left office? How much debt did we have? How far from recovery was the economy? All things Obama made worse.

JHBrown said,
Have you taken the basic course of Political Science 101, I'm sure you have. You would know then about checks and balances, the branches of government, and the lack of power the President really has. Again, please tell me which President before Obama has not lied their ass off during their Presidency? Are people scrutinizing this man more because of the color of his skin? I guess one can say that most Politicians are liars!

Ah, there we go. Thanks for not disappointing. I love how people like you always stoop to claims of racial discrimination when people legitimately complain about an ineffectual and incompetent president. Race has nothing to do with it, but you already knew that, you were just using that to distract from his appalling record.

M_Lyons10 said,

Really? And what was the unemployment rate when Bush left office? How much debt did we have? How far from recovery was the economy? All things Obama made worse.

Unemployment rate when Bush left office 7.8%
Current unemployment rate 7.9%

OMG GET THE PITCHFORKS!

Might want to get a new bag of tricks....

Astra.Xtreme said,

Oh I know. If I could, I would. I do consulting on the side, which I've considered expanding into a true business, but I have a few other ideas in mind that require a bit of funds. With the amount of school loans I have left, I have my doubts that I'd be able to borrow the amount I need. Plus an engagement ring and house are in the not-so-distant future, so I have a few of those loose-ends to tie up before taking the plunge.

I know this is off-topic (because I hate politics and I think it's a waste of time), but that's perfect! Keep going with the consulting. I would suggest registering an LLC with someone you trust or a sole proprietorship and setting up a bank account just to do business. That's how I got started with my brother. We just banked all of our service revenue for consulting and doing the actual project work and one thing lead to another, which lead to another, which is now leading to a possibly large software development project with a team that has come together through the making of this business. Right now we're pretty much considered an MSP and I have several virtual hosts for setting up labs as well as running our own servers to teach new people that we bring on board. Ontop of that, we've gained the clients and the trust out in the field that once our software is done and we can adjust it to work for any business, we'll already have the client base to sell such a product to (Ahm... I mean... License...)