(Image Source: The Droid Guy)

BY ERIK SHUTE

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

Starting Sunday, April 8th AT&T will unlock your iPhone to its service. The move is a first for the cell carrier, who has kept the iPhone under lock and key.

According to Engadget, the Easter Sunday surprise will only affect iPhone holders who qualify. So what’s the catch?

An official spokesperson from the cell carrier says...

“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.”

If you’re accepted, you can request an unlock and your phone is freed. Now, any micro-SIM card from any international carrier can be used — but only if the carrier's frequencies are supported by Apple’s iPhone.

It might seem like a lot of hoops to jump through, but All Things Digital explains an unlocked phone has its advantages.

“… the move could help longtime iPhone owners traveling overseas, who can get their phone unlocked and buy a local SIM in the country they are visiting.  AT&T, of course, is more than happy to let you call and surf on its network while travelling, but its steep roaming prices add up quickly.”

Historically, AT&T refused to unlock iPhones — even those out of contract. This didn’t go over with customers heading outside the US.  The New Times says this unprecedented move should be welcomed by AT&T’s customers.

“The ability to unlock an iPhone has been available for several years now, but only through jailbreaking, or installing unauthorized software on the phone. This new move by AT&T will make it legitimate.”

Before Sunday, AT&T customers had the option to “jailbreak” their smartphone or more recently -- buy an unlocked iPhone directly through Apple.

As Apple Insider reported, freedom from your carrier comes with a price.  When unlocked iPhone 4’s shipped last June,  the 16 GB version was $649, while the 32 GB model costs $749, and a 64GB topped $849.

AT&T declined to give out any further details, so no word on whether your request to AT&T will come with a price tag as well.
 

 

AT&T to Unlock Off-Contract iPhones

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Apr 8, 2012

AT&T to Unlock Off-Contract iPhones

(Image Source: The Droid Guy)

BY ERIK SHUTE

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

Starting Sunday, April 8th AT&T will unlock your iPhone to its service. The move is a first for the cell carrier, who has kept the iPhone under lock and key.

According to Engadget, the Easter Sunday surprise will only affect iPhone holders who qualify. So what’s the catch?

An official spokesperson from the cell carrier says...

“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.”

If you’re accepted, you can request an unlock and your phone is freed. Now, any micro-SIM card from any international carrier can be used — but only if the carrier's frequencies are supported by Apple’s iPhone.

It might seem like a lot of hoops to jump through, but All Things Digital explains an unlocked phone has its advantages.

“… the move could help longtime iPhone owners traveling overseas, who can get their phone unlocked and buy a local SIM in the country they are visiting.  AT&T, of course, is more than happy to let you call and surf on its network while travelling, but its steep roaming prices add up quickly.”

Historically, AT&T refused to unlock iPhones — even those out of contract. This didn’t go over with customers heading outside the US.  The New Times says this unprecedented move should be welcomed by AT&T’s customers.

“The ability to unlock an iPhone has been available for several years now, but only through jailbreaking, or installing unauthorized software on the phone. This new move by AT&T will make it legitimate.”

Before Sunday, AT&T customers had the option to “jailbreak” their smartphone or more recently -- buy an unlocked iPhone directly through Apple.

As Apple Insider reported, freedom from your carrier comes with a price.  When unlocked iPhone 4’s shipped last June,  the 16 GB version was $649, while the 32 GB model costs $749, and a 64GB topped $849.

AT&T declined to give out any further details, so no word on whether your request to AT&T will come with a price tag as well.
 

 

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