Just when you thought the White House was on our side when it came to unlocking cellphones and Jailbreaking it turns out it might have a dark secret.
But first let’s back track.
After it was ruled that cellphone unlocking was illegal earlier this year there was a petition with over 114,000 signatures to make unlocking legal again.
As why should you be restricted to do something with an off-contract device that you paid for and should belong to you?
Due to the fact the petition received so many signatures it had to be acknowledged by the White House and the Obama administration flat-out agreed that cellphone unlocking should be legal… but it turns out they could have been misleading us.
According to a recent report from Slate (via the latest Wikileaks data dump) it has been discovered that the Obama Administration have been secretly working against it with the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty. This treaty would make the technology required for unlocking cellphones illegal by international law.
By the sounds of it, it wouldn’t just be unlocking that would become illegal either, but Jailbreaking as well.
It would ban numerous other technologies that have beneficial uses. In particular, the legislation would ensure that jailbreaking—which is installing a different operating system on your phone, tablet, or e-reader—is illegal. It’s already on precarious ground in the United States, but under TPP it would be illegal in all circumstances.
It is worth noting, however, that the treaty is still being negotiated and the Obama Administration many not have been aware of the fact they are contradicting themselves. As when it comes down to it Washington seems to have a dim understanding of how technology works at the best of times…
Regardless, any kind of device that you own you should be allowed to do what you want with it! Now is the time to speak up against the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty.
Sound off in the comments section below.
I’m still jailbreaking even if I risk getting arrested. Hmph.
Prof. H. Farnsworth says
We checked a checkbox of some agreements withour reading and changed things that we own, so WE ARE MONSTERS!
Government rule of thumb: If we get a hold of it, we will turn it to shit.
As long as I’m alive I’mma live illegal — The Infamous Mobb Deep in Shook Ones.
Joshua Jones Makaveli says
I dont give a fuck about the white house they cant possibly hunt down all the jailbroken devices :D!
its not gonna happen
what are they gonna fine/arrest anyone who jailbreaks/unlocks their phone?!
Pissed off citizen says
I’m doing what I want with mine. I BOUGHT IT THE GOVERNMENT DIDNT! THEREFORE THEY CANT TELL ME I WHAT I CAN ABD CANNOT DO WITH MY OWN DAMN MONEY!!
This is the same administration that wants to regulate and tax the internet as well as restrict political speech online. Don’t be fooled, those of us who say we don’t agree with this or with the government outlawing jailbreaking, are exercising political speech. We must fervently oppose this.
Ethyn Resausk says
And this is why the US government is a piece of shit and can burn in hell. that’s all the US wants to do is take control of our lives and take control over everything we revolve around. This country is practically turning into
Hellooo be smarter people, obviously the gov can’t go after everyone who unlocks and jailbreaks and tell people what they can or cannot do with their own devices. But they can go after people that provides the services/software specially the Dev Team for the jb putting an end to the source, our source.
paul turley says
where the fuck is my human rights now the right to choose o well apple will go bust due to lac of sails and android will win if this happens