FCC to look at ‘unlocking’ policy

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WASHINGTON—The White House is weighing in on an online petition that protests a ban on cell phone “unlocking.”

“Unlocking” occurs when someone takes their phone to a different carrier without first getting the permission of the service provider.

Violators who get caught face fines as well as prison time.

The White House website is protesting the ban.

Providers say they do not oppose cell phone unlocking after a contract.

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to take a look at changes in the cell phone unlocking policy.

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