Free Your Phone

Last month, EFF filed proposals with the Copyright Office seeking DMCA exemptions to cover mobile phone ‘unlocking’ (allowing the phone to be used on any carrier’s network) and ‘jailbreaking’ (allowing the phone to run any software). Carriers like MetroPCS and Pocket Communications have also asked for an unlocking exemption, but the Copyright Office needs to hear from users, too. That’s where you come in.

  • Ever wanted to unlock your cell phone to take it to another carrier?
  • Frustrated by not being able to swap SIM cards when taking your phone overseas?
  • Eager to unlock an iPhone to use it on T-Mobile instead of AT&T?
  • Need to ‘jailbreak’ your iPhone in order to install the great applications that Apple won’t allow into the iTunes App Store?
  • Want to get (and keep) root on your Android G1 phone?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please visit and sign EFF’s petition and tell your story. The Copyright Office granted an unlocking exemption in 2006 based in part on input for individual users. This year, we can renew that exemption and expand it to cover ‘jailbreaking,’ too, with your help.

(Via Updates.)

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About Brian Greenberg

Brian Greenberg is a Partner at Fortium Partners where he helps organizations by providing executive technology leadership on an as-needed basis by being a companies interim or fractional CIO or CTO. Brian is a Forbes contributor and is a member of the Forbes Technology Council. He is a Chicago resident and has been working at companies of all sizes from the Fortune 100 to startups for nearly 30 years, including international experience and an expatriate in Japan. Brian has expertise in digital transformation, automation, turnaround management, security, and data protection. He is also a storyteller and an improvisor in Chicago’s comedy community.