USA TODAY: Congress restores right to unlock phones


Congress restores right to unlock phones

Consumers will soon be able to free their cellphones from the grip of wireless carriers thanks to final legislation that Congress passed Friday allowing mobile devices to be unlocked. President Obama said he looked forward to signing the bipartisan measure that cleared the House, which the wireless industry had fought. “The bill Congress passed today is another step toward giving ordinary Americans more flexibility and choice, so that they can find a cell phone carrier that meets their needs and their budget,” he said in a statement. The legislation, which the Senate passed July 15, reverses a 2012 ruling by the U.S. Copyright Office that prevented consumers from unlocking their mobile devices without the carriers’ permission.

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