cellphones http://kplu.org en Law Change Makes It Harder To Unlock Cellphones http://kplu.org/post/obscure-law-change-makes-it-harder-unlock-cellphones Maybe you don't like your mobile phone carrier, but you like your phone and you want to keep it but change providers. An obscure change in federal law makes it illegal to switch without permission from your carrier.<p>If you have, for example, AT&T, in order to switch to T-Mobile you have to unlock the phone, and AT&T can now stop you from doing that.<p>The change in the copyright law has some people upset, and they're petitioning the White House for a fix.<p>Sina Khanifar, who is backing the petition, has been personally affected by the rules. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:57:50 +0000 Laura Sydell 7826 at http://kplu.org Banning cell phone use may prevent collisions http://kplu.org/post/banning-cell-phone-use-may-prevent-collisions <p>That phone call can wait, especially if you are driving, said the National Transportation Board Tuesday. In Washington, using a hand-held phone while driving became a first offense in 2010.</p><p>The National Transportation Board asks each state to ban the use of electronic devices while driving, like cell phones or mp3 players. The board thinks reducing the use of hand-held devices will reduce the amount of collisions.</p><p> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 17:29:05 +0000 Northwest News Network 3463 at http://kplu.org Troopers and cops crack down on driving while cellphoning http://kplu.org/post/troopers-and-cops-crack-down-driving-while-cellphoning <p>Maybe you didn&#39;t get the word that the law changed last June: Using your cellphone while driving -- unless you have a hands-free connection -- is a primary offense in Washington.</p><p>That means officers can pull you over and write you a $124 ticket, even if you&#39;re otherwise obeying the traffic laws. It used to be only a secondary offense, meaning police had to see you speeding, or making an illegal turn, for example, before ticketing you.</p><p>The Seattle Times has <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/traffic/2015258261_cellphone08m.html">figured out that Seattle Police have issued about six times as many cellphone tickets since the law changed</a>, compared to the previous year, and the Washington State Patrol has issued about five times more tickets.&nbsp; Wed, 08 Jun 2011 16:58:19 +0000 KPLU News Staff 1814 at http://kplu.org Troopers and cops crack down on driving while cellphoning