In response to a petition demanding consumers be permitted to use the hardware that they bought:
“The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties. In fact, we believe the same principle should also apply to tablets, which are increasingly similar to smart phones. And 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. 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.”via White House urges reversal of ban on cell-phone unlocking
If restricting what consumers can do with the cell-phones, smartphones and tablets that they own is unconscionable, isn’t it time personal computers of all kinds were freed from the unconscionable terms of end-user licence agreements (more likely, decrees by monopolists) which are clear attempts to monopolize hardware and to extend copyright beyond what legislators conceived? This is not a new concept. Richard Stallman was decades ahead of the US government when he called for Free Software to be used everywhere.
The government of the USA is on the verge of getting the concept. You own the hardware. You have a right to run whatever software you want on it. You have a right to get maximum benefit from your hardware. You should be able to buy a personal computer with no software on it or with software of your choice and you should be able to install whatever software you want on your personal computer. It’s about time.