Back in January a law came into place in the US that made unlocking of cellphones illegal, and as you can imagine a lot of people were less than pleased about this so they decided to start a We the People petition with the White House.
The petition ended up getting 114,000 signatures, and once a White House petition reaches 100,000 then the White House must respond to the petition, they have done and have agreed with the petition that unlocking of cellphones should be legal again.
“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,” wrote R. David Edelman, Obama’s Senior Advisor for Internet, Innovation, & Privacy. “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.”
The White House has said that they hope to change the law to make unlocking of smartphones and cellphones legal again in the US.
Source Digital Trends