Politix is looking for active military personnel to help investigate how a new ruling affects our service members. If you'd like to participate, please write to email@example.com.
Did you know you can be fined up to $1 million and imprisoned for 10 years for the heinous crime of unlocking your cell phone? That became the law of the land on January 26, a development that was widely hailed as the "most ridiculous law of 2013."
This has an incredible impact upon one particular segment of the American population, our service members deployed abroad - many of whom have to unlock their phones to use them overseas.
Some of the major phone carriers state, in their official policies, that they now allow service members to unlock their phones if the service member calls for "permission." We'd like to find out whether that's true.
Are you a service member about to deploy, and would you be willing to phone your cell provider and record a call in which you ask to have your phone unlocked? Or do you know a military member who'd be up for doing this?
You'll need to announce at the start of the call that you will be recording, to comply with federal and state law.
We suggest you say something like the following:
I'm a member of X unit and I will be deployed in X country in X weeks. Could you please unlock my cell phone?
*** Remember, you need to announce at the start of the call that you will be recording it ***
If you'd like to participate, please send your recording to firstname.lastname@example.org. For info on how to record calls, see here or use Skype or Google Voice. Also feel free to email email@example.com with any questions or post in the comment thread below.
Politix is pursuing this investigation alongside Derek Khanna (@derekkhanna), the maverick former Republican staffer and civil liberties advocate whose Atlantic op-eds on cell phone unlocking went viral in January.