Good news for those iPhone users who wish to unlock their AT&T iPhones to use on the carrier of their choice; on Friday, AT&T announced it will start unlocking customers’ iPhones starting on April 8th.
AT&T’s official statement reads:
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.
This is excellent for customers who are constantly traveling abroad with their AT&T iPhone. Not only they will be able to enjoy their AT&T iPhone overseas, but as long as the bands are supported, many owners could use it with other U.S. carriers like T-Mobile.
Previously AT&T’s policy didn’t allowed customers who finished their two-year term contract to unlock the iPhone through official avenues. Customers therefore couldn’t bring their iPhone along with them when switching carriers.
While many U.S. AT&T customers will rejoice over this, keep in mind that the iPhone is not compatible with T-Mobile’s faster 3G network. Since AT&T operates at a different frequency than the T-Mobile network, most users will have to get used to slower 2G(EDGE) data speeds.