Cellphone unlocking bill clears U.S. House, heads to Obama
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 00:44
Congress gets rid of pesky law that made it illegal to ''unlock'' mobile phones without permission, giving consumers the option to use the same phone on a competitor's wireless network. Mana Rabiee reports.
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Cell phones...they're so convenient.
But right now, wireless carriers routinely tether, or "lock", smartphones to their own network.
It's designed to encourage customers to renew their mobile contacts and it makes moving to another carrier inconvenient for customers.
Unlocking a cell phone without permission is technically illegal. It could even mean jail time.
But that pesky rule is about to change.
On Friday, the House voted to give cell phone users the right to unlock their phones.
The move means they'll be able to take a phone they bought through Verizon, for example, and use it on the T-Mobile network.
The measure's already cleared the Senate and President Obama says he's looking forward to signing the bill into law.
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