The White House said it thinks consumers should have the right to unlock their smartphones.
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The announcement came in response to a petition posted on the White House website titled "We the People," in which thousands of iPhone and Android users called for the Library of Congress to change its position on the legality of unlocking smartphones. Unlocking a phone means that a user can change carriers freely and not be required to buy a new device when switching network providers
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"The White House agrees with the 114,000 of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties. In fact, we believe the same principle should also apply to tablets, which are increasingly similar to smartphones," said R. David Edelman, the White House senior adviser for the Internet, in a blog post on the "We the People" site.