AT&T to unlock off-contract iPhones starting April 8

Apr 6, 2012
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AT&T to unlock off-contract iPhones starting April 8

AT&T has announced today that it will start unlocking iPhones this Sunday, April 8, for customers that either purchased an iPhone off-contract or are now out-of-contract but in good standing. These customers can now request AT&T to unlock their iPhones if they want to switch to another GSM carrier or plan to use the device internationally.

AT&T posted the following statement:

"Beginning Sunday, April 8, we will offer qualifying customers the ability to unlock their AT&T iPhones. The only requirements are that a customer's account must be in good standing, their device cannot be associated with a current and active term commitment on an AT&T customer account, and they need to have fulfilled their contract term, upgraded under one of our upgrade policies or paid an early termination fee."

Unlocked AT&T iPhones will only work on other GSM carriers, which therefore rules out Verizon and Sprint. However, on T-Mobile the device is not officially supported and is limited to its slow 2G EDGE network data speeds for the time being.

AT&T's decision to change its policy on unlocking iPhones reportedly comes after mounting complaints from customers and pressure from Apple.

[via Cult of Mac]


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