California Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) said Wednesday that she plans to introduce a bill that would lift the ban on consumers unlocking their cellphones.
"The ban on unlocking cellphones puts consumers in the back seat when it comes to choosing the mobile device and service that best suits them," Eshoo said in a statement. "Competition and consumer choice are equally fundamental to a vibrant mobile marketplace."
Eshoo's comments come just two days after the White House said it would support legislation to make cellphone unlocking legal. The White House's comments came in response to a petition that calls for deleting the ban.
Unlocking cellphones makes it possible for consumers to use their device with a carrier other than the one from which they purchased the phone. This is useful for people who take their phone abroad or plan to sell it.