Those of you who have purchased your iPhone off-contract, aka for the full price, will be happy to hear that AT&T will begin unlocking iPhones at customers’ request this Sunday. Carrier unlocking will allow customers “in good standing” to switch out the AT&T SIM for a SIM on another network, as long as the bands are supported. This is great for customers who want to travel with their AT&T iPhone internationally.
An AT&T spokeswoman confirmed the news to Engadget, saying that “a policy change concerning iPhones” will be rolling out on Sunday. Presumably, all customers will have to do is call AT&T support to get their device unlocked. AT&T explained to us in a 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.”
Getting AT&T to unlock the iPhone has been a highly requested feature among customers. Customers will not only be able to use their AT&T iPhone overseas, but will also be able to use it with other carriers like T-Mobile. There have been numerous methods and bugs allowing you to unlock, but AT&T’s new policy is much easier. Historically, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook reportedly forced AT&T to unlock certain customer’s iPhones through a special request.
For those of you whose two-year contract has run out, you will also be able to unlock your iPhone. However, if you’re still on a two-year contract with AT&T, you’re still locked in.