Many iPhone users who use AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) as their carrier are anxious to break away. And thanks to a large amount of consumer complaints to Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook, it looks like they are going to get their wish.
Just a few weeks ago, one iPhone user wanted to use his phone with a pay-to-go plan from Canada but needed his phone unlocked first. He first went to AT&T and they refused to help him, insisting that he contacts Apple for help instead. Long story short, he went back and forth to both companies before he was told to jailbreak his phone. He then decided to contact Tim Cook for his help.
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Much to his surprise, AT&T sent him a letter stating that Cook requested that they unlock his phone. And starting this Sunday, AT&T will unlock your iPhone on the condition that your account is still in good standing. To announce the news, AT&T released the following 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.
If you currently have an iPhone with AT&T and you meet the requirements, you can have your phone unlocked and take it anywhere you’d like. This is the kind of news that Apple fans everywhere have been waiting for. At press time, there is no word if Cook will request that Verizon and Sprint follow the same suit.
It’s nice to know that some iPhone users now have more flexibility and freedom to roam.