Unlocked cellphones: What do they mean for consumers, recyclers?

Last year, the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act passed successfully, reversing a congressional decision that previously banned people from unlocking their cellphones. President Obama’s signage of this bill overturned the Copyright Office’s 2012 ruling against cellphone unlocking. With further review of this bill down the road, there is a chance the previous unlocking ban…

ISRI Continues Push For Bulk Unlocking of Mobile Devices

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, with the support of mobile device refurbishers and recylers, told the U.S. Copyright Office that bulk unlocking of cellphone and tablets for resale does not violate copyright law and should continue to be allowed. Eric Harris, ISRI’s associate council, testified before the United State Copyright Office May 26. ISRI’s position…