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White House backs unlocking mobile phones

9:08 PM, Mar. 5, 2013
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The Obama administration has issued its support of an effort to reverse a ban on unlocking cellphones, echoing customers' calls to allow mobile devices to be used across wireless carriers without risking penalties once a contract is fulfilled.

"If you have paid for your mobile device and aren't bound by a service agreement or other obligation, you should be able to use it on another network," R. David Edelman, senior adviser for Internet, innovation and privacy at the White House, wrote on WhiteHouse.gov.

His response was drafted after the White House received more than 114,000 petitions ...

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