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Senate passes phone unlocking bill

The Senate has approved a bill (which already passed in the House) that makes it legal for you to unlock the phones you own so you can choose which carrier you use.

The Senate passed the bill unanimously, and left out the terrible “bulk unlocking” rules that would have made it hard to found businesses that helped people unlock their phone, a common practice in the rest of the world. The bills now have to be synched up and sent to the president for his signature.

This is one of a very small number of bills passed by Congress this year. Kudos to Derek Khanna and all the other activists who campaigned for this.

*Also see http://www.cnet.com/news/house-passes-bill-that-would-allow-cell-phone-unlocking/

*Also see http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/16/senate-passes-unlocking-bill/?ncid=rss_truncated

Learn more here http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/07/senate-passes-cell-phone-unlocking-bill-without-opposition/

This entry was published on July 18, 2014 at 9:15 pm and is filed under Politics. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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