Carriers Have to Unlock Eligible Phones Beginning Today
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Feb 11, 2015, 9:49 AM by Eric M. Zeman
Wireless network operators are now required to unlock customers' phones once the phones are paid off or no longer under contract. Today's change follows an agreement forged between the FCC, the CTIA Wireless Association and carriers in December 2013. That agreement set a number of provisions, some of which were to be met in May 2014 and the rest by today. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless all agreed to the unlocking policies. Under the terms of the agreement, carriers are required to post clear details that define which phones can and cannot be unlocked to their web site. Carriers are required to unlock all phones upon request as long as customers have fulfilled their contractual obligations. Prepaid devices will be unlocked no later than one year after their initial activation date. Carriers have to unlock devices within two days after customers request that their phones be unlocked, or initiate a request with the OEM to unlock the device, or explain to consumers why their device cannot be unlocked. The carriers have to notify customers proactively once their devices are eligible to be unlocked. Last, carriers have to unlock the devices of all deployed military personnel who are in good standing. The carriers' individual unlocking policies vary slightly.
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They may have to unlock phones...
If you have a T-Mobile unlocked phone and put an at&t SIM in it, the phone will just start working.
No activation needed...
I love Sprint 🙄
Prepaid customers pay full price for their phones. What possible justification could there be for keeping a prepaid device locked for even one day? Furthermore, why should they even be locked in the first place? This is a joke.
if you need it unlocked your better off getting it through the manufacturer
Prepaid customers pay full price for their phones. What possible justification could there be for keeping a prepaid device locked for even one day? Furthermore, why should they even be locked in the first place? This is
That is why..........
Maybe you specifically don't stop in the store but the retail store reps on this website feel what I'm saying. Hated when I did all the wo...
How is this a less restrictive policy?
but in most case...