AT&T will begin unlocking off-contract iPhones on April 8thAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Good news for iPhone-toting customers on AT&T today, as the carrier has confirmed that it'll begin unlocking the iPhones of out-of-contract customers this Sunday, April 8th. In a statement to Phone Scoop, AT&T said that it will offer customers the option to unlock their iPhone so long as they're not currently under contract and have an account that's in good standing. The full explanation from AT&T is as follows:
"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."
We've heard in the past that AT&T would be willing to provide an unlock method for customers in good standing after a certain period of time, but the iPhone has long been an exception to that policy. iPhone owners locked to AT&T have long resorted to things like jailbreaking or other methods to get their device unlocked, but today's news means that customers that wish to use their iPhone with another GSM carrier can simply get their phone unlocked by AT&T once their contract is up. Good on AT&T for finally changing its stance on the situation, even if it's taken longer than I'm sure many would've liked.