Engadget reports that AT&T will be changing its unlocking policies this Sunday, April 8th, and will now begin unlocking iPhones that are no longer on contract with the carrier. We’re going to assume that this service will be offered for free, but an AT&T spokesperson declined to comment on specific details regarding the changes.
We’re sure that many iPhone owners will be happy to know that their handset will no longer be limited to AT&T’s network, especially if those individuals are trying to resell their device to somebody on another GSM network.
This news comes just a few weeks after AT&T agreed to unlock a man’s iPhone after he complained to Apple CEO Tim Cook about the situation. Several AT&T customers then followed suit with emails to Apple, so the Cupertino-based company could have played a role in this new policy change. Apple does sell factory unlocked iPhones, but they are priced substantially higher since the cost is not subsidized by any carrier.
AT&T has issued an official statement on the matter:
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.