It's Legal to Unlock Your Cell Phone

Last week, Congress passed a bill legalizing cell phone unlocking — and this afternoon, President Obama signed that bill into law.

This effort began as a result of the petition you signed, "Make Unlocking Cell Phones Legal." Two weeks after the petition crossed the threshold, we laid out steps that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), industry, and Congress could take.

Your effort culminated in the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act that President Obama signed today. The bill not only restores the rights of consumers to unlock their phones, but ensures that they can receive help doing so if they lack the technological savvy to unlock on their own.

It's the first time a We the People petition has led to a legislative fix. And on Tuesday, we're holding a conference call with Administration officials about the new law and to answer your questions

President Obama signs S. 517


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