Unlocking your cellphone is still illegal, and the FCC still doesn’t like it

Making cellphone unlocking legal may not be the hot-button issue it was earlier this year, after over 100,000 people signed a White House petition and prompted a response from President Obama. But the FCC wants phone companies, Congress, and phone users alike to remember that the issue is still far from resolved. In a statement today, interim chairwoman Mignon Clyburn says the FCC is working to hammer out an unlocking agreement with carriers while several pieces of legislation plod through Congress.

“Months ago, the commission began meeting with carriers and representative trade associations to reach an industry standard policy for unlocking cell phones,” writes Clyburn. “As the 114,000 people that signed on to the White House petition…

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