Having an unlocked device, whether itís tied to an active contract or agreement or not, has been an issue for quite some time. Recently there has been a bigger focus put on the effort from government officials. A new unlocking bill appears to be closer to reality than ever before as it moves past one stage and on to the next.
Originally introduced in 2013, itís been a slow movement towards being passed. While there have been many hang-ups and speed bumps, the majority of steps taken on the bill have been in the right direction, especially recently with language removed to make sure bulk unlockers arenít left out of the loop as they were initially. According to The Hill, the bill has officially passed through the Senate after a recent vote. This means, the next step is for the bill to enter the House for a vote. The report quotes Patrick Leahy on why this bill was necessary.
This straightforward restoring bill is about promoting consumer rights last year. ďWhen consumers finish the terms of their contract, they should be able to keep their phones and make their own decision about which wireless provider to use.
Have any of you had troubles unlocking a device recently?
Source: The Hill