Obama administration calls on FCC to enforce free phone unlocking

At the Obama administration’s direction, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has petitioned the FCC with suggested rules to formalize not only the legality of unlocking phones, but that carriers be required to do so free of charge. The NTIA’s proposal says that any customer — whether under contract or not — should be allowed to unlock his or her phone or tablet. One of the reasons many carriers lock phones is to keep customers from switching, but the NTIA argues that carriers already have plenty of levers to keep customers on board, writing that carriers “effectively prevent consumers from subverting that [contract] model through long-term service contracts, enforced by penalties or fees for early…

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