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The White House will soon have to dial in a response to a petition asking that mobile phone users be allowed to switch locked devices to new carriers, a process known as "jailbreaking." 

A South Korean customer looks at the Apple iPhone 4 at the headquarters of KT in Seoul on September 10, 2010. The White House will soon have to dial in a response to a petition asking that mobile phone users be allowed to switch locked devices to new carriers, a process known as "jailbreaking."

An obscure official's decision that the "jailbreaking" of phones violates US copyright law has generated a flurry of protests from civil liberties and digital rights activists.

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