By Benjamin Goad - 04/16/13 07:45 PM EDT
That rule could be lifted either through legislation or executive branch regulation, Consumers Union contends.
The group is also seeking language that would ensure consumer rights to shop separately for phones and service. Some carriers require consumers to sign up for a service agreement when they buy a new devise.
“In our view, tying these two purchases together provides no benefit to consumers,” the group wrote, “Instead, it steers consumers into long-term service contracts that then make it difficult to switch service providers.”