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Presented by Free Press

Dear Member of Congress:

Any bill to legalize cellphone unlocking must do the following:

  1. Free our phones. We shouldn’t have to ask for permission to use our devices how we want, where we want and when we want. Our laws and rules must protect our freedom to connect under all circumstances.
  2. Protect Internet freedom. Free expression online depends on access to open devices and networks.
  3. Protect privacy. Without access to the software on our phones, we can’t ever fully control our devices or protect ourselves from snooping and spying.
  4. Protect innovation and competition. Restrictive practices and policies — including copyright law and carriers’ terms of service — hold us back from creating the next generation of world-changing devices and software, and they hinder wireless competition.

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    Free Our Phones -- For Real

    Last month, more than 100,000 people told the White House that cellphone unlocking — configuring your phone so it’ll work on other networks — should be legal again. The White House agrees and has told Congress and the FCC to do something about it.

    Now all kinds of bills are on the table. But here’s the deal:

    Our phones shouldn't be locked in the first place.

    Here's the bottom line: We should be able to use our cellphones however we want. Period.

    Send Congress a message: Any unlocking bill must incorporate the basic principles of mobile freedom.

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