White House officials have slammed laws which make it illegal to unlock a cell phone from a network carrier.
Regulation was passed by the US Copyright Office last month which made it unlawful to unlock a cell phone from its internally locked network provider.
The White House's statement comes following a recent petition which called on government officials to comment on the ban on unlocked cell phones.
White House senior advisor for internet, innovation, and privacy, David Edelman, argued that it is unfair to consumers not to allow them to unlock their mobile phone from a wireless carrier's service.
Furthermore, he said current laws prohibiting the unlocking of mobile phones hurt competition and innovation in the market.
"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," wrote Edelman in a recent statement on the issue.
"It's common sense, crucial for protecting consumer choice, and important for ensuring we continue to have the vibrant, competitive wireless market that delivers innovative products and solid service to meet consumers' needs."
Edelman extends his viewpoint past new cell phones and into the second hand and tablet markets. The senior White House adviser added that consumers who buy used mobile phones and new tablets should be allowed to unlock their device.
The White House's statement encourages the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Congress to review current laws and attempt to change legislation on unlocking mobile devices.
Following the statement from the White House, FCC Commissioner Julius Genachowski released a declaration promising the FCC will look into the matter. Commissioner Genachowski also has prompted Congress to examine the issue.
The statements come following a recent petition by US citizens. Over 144,000 signatories called on the White House to make a statement on the ban on phone unlocking.
Last month, the US Copyright Office's Librarian of Congress ruled that users who buy locked mobile devices after January could not unlock their device from its network carrier.
The Office deemed that unlocking a mobile phone would hurt innovation and a businesses privilege for copyright.
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