Ever buy an iPhone?  Have you ever wished that you could be free to use it with services other than AT&T that it comes locked to?  If so, you’re not alone.  There are literally thousands of people that want to be able to unlock their phones so that they can run software of their own choosing and connect to the provider of thier choice.  The problem is that under current rules, people who do so face lawsuits under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched a new campaign, FreeYourPhone.org, where people can share their stories about cell phone frustrations.  The EFF will be helping people submit those stories Copyright Office before the February 2 deadline.

What’s the deadline about?  YOu see, Every three years, the U.S. Copyright Office holds a rulemaking session to consider granting exemptions to the DMCA’s ban on circumvention.  The Eff has already filed exemption requests but the more people the Copyright office hears about this issue and how locked down phones limit consumer freedom and the development of software, the better.

As it is, if you have an iPhone, you can’t run any software on it that Apple doesn’t approve of or connect to any service besides AT&T.  Thing is, the deadline for getting this to the Copyright office is Feb 02, 2009.  That means it’s time to act NOW.  Everybody with a locked cell phone should go to the project website at http://www.FreeYourPhone.org/

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