Force Cell Phone Developers to unlock bootloaders when they stop supporting a device.
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Cellular devices often last for longer than 2 years. The device manufacturers lock the bootloaders in what they claim is to protect users from malicious viruses.
However, the devices typically outlast the updates. As a result, cellular devices are running without the appropriate security updates for their operating system. This is further complicated on the Android System, as each cell service provider takes their time releasing updates, if they even decided to release the updates at all.
Congress needs to pass a law stating that if a cellular device hasn't had a security update in 60 days, OR the cellular device has not been issued an update to the latest OS within 180 days, the cellular device manufacturer must provide a way to unlock the cellular device's bootloader and allow custom operating systems to be installed. The Open Source community has been offering updates for these older phones, but without an unlocked bootloader, users are unable to install the updates onto their personal devices.
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