House passes bill to change phone carrier

The bill has already been passed in the Senate.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Soon, your cell phone might not have to operate under its original cell carrier.

Right now, it’s still illegal to “unlock” a phone from its cell provider. It’s considered a copyright violation to unlock the phone without the carrier’s permission.

But on Friday, the House of Representatives approved a bill that was already passed by the Senate to make this practice legal in some circumstances.

Unlocking a phone from a carrier usually involves entering a code, or even hooking the phone up to a computer to new software from a different provider.

Lara McGeer of Holyoke told 22News, “I think it definitely should happen because I’ve gotten stuck in plans for two years before, after my phone is broken or I want to upgrade, and they just don’t let you, so it definitely should happen.”

Many people 22News spoke with said they think cell phone providers will dispute this new act to ensure their control over the phones.

President Obama still needs to sign this bill into law, but he’s said to be looking forward to signing it.

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