In what is a big win for consumers, AT&T is now allowing iPhone owners who meet certain requirements to have their iPhone unlocked for use on other networks. After being bombarded with complaints on the matter, it appears that Ma Bell has finally come to reality – with the iPhone at least.
So here is how it all can happen for you. According to AT&T,
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.
Now that you have that information, the only thing now is figuring out how to have your device unlocked. Fortunately, it’s the same as the rest of the world and does not require you to pull teeth or hair to get it accomplished. Check out the instructions below:
- Navigate to Settings > General > About on your phone, and make a note of its IMEI number
- Visit your local AT&T store and give them the number (this can also be done via online chat on its website)
- Within 72 hours you should receive an e-mail saying your unlock is ready
- Follow the instructions in the e-mail, which usually consist of plugging your device into iTunes and running a backup and restore cycle.
So there you have it good people, a win for the consumer. Happy Monday!