AT&T's new agreement allows for unlocks on most phones except for exclusives

AT&T's new agreement allows for unlocks on most phones except for exclusives
There are going to be some big smiles on the faces of many AT&T customers after a pre-trial class action lawsuit resulted in a settlement that would essentially allow unlocks to AT&T customers. Specifically, the agreement would allow AT&T to provide prepaid customers unlock codes for the handsets as long as they have proof of purchase for their locked device. Conversely postpaid customers are going to be treated a little bit differently with some stipulations such as the requirement of having an account in good standing and must have “completed a minimum of 90 days of active service.” The news will become especially welcomed for international travelers who are constantly moving from one place to another. Unfortunately the one major drawback can be found in devices that are exclusive to AT&T – such as the BlackBerry Bold 9000 and Apple iPhone. The settlement said, “handsets for which AT&T has an exclusive sales arrangement with a manufacturer of less than 10 months will have to wait until the 10-month period expires before they can receive an unlocking code.” Nonetheless, we're sure that there are going to be some people happy about all of this.

via BGR & The Consumerist

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3 Comments

1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

This is not really news as you can call in to AT&T and get almost any phone unlocked as it is. BLACKBERRY BOLD and NOKIA unlock requests have to wait for more time as a case is sent to the manufacturer asking for the unlock code. Most other phones, except IPHONE, can be unlocked when you call in and qualify , and most customers will qualify, and the rep will even provide instructions on how to unlock. If you mess up 5 times in a row, the phone is permanently locked to the network. Iphones are locked to the network per APPLE and not AT&T, but if you really want to JAILBREAK your phone, just GOOGLE it and you'll find your answer.

2. matistight

Posts: 976; Member since: May 13, 2009

Furious Gold is better because it takes like 1 minute to give me the unlock code for blackberry, and like 15 minutes to jailbreak an iphone, and unlock it :)

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Awesome - thanks!!

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