Source: Don't expect T-Mobile to introduce carrier unlocking as part of UN-carrier 5.0
posted by Alan F. / Jun 17, 2014, 2:06 AM
And while it sounds crazy to allow a customer to just walk away by clicking on an app, no company has been more pro-consumer in the industry than T-Mobile. If the latter was allowing you to be free by being the first to get rid of two year handcuffs, it wouldn't be out of line to expect that the same carrier would allow you to unlock the phone you bought with your own money, and use it with the mobile operator of your choice.
While many of you hoped to see such an initiative announced on Wednesday, better not count on it happening. One of our loyal readers who has used test handsets before, says that the app is installed on such models just in case it is important to see how the phone runs on a competing pipeline. He goes on to tell us that T-Mobile has made no change to the request-code process. Even with an app, those testing the handset would have to call T-Mobile for the unlock code. Otherwise, as he pointed out, customers could quickly walk away from one carrier to another.
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With only a contract for the phone and not the service, why would T-Mobile care if someone bought a phone from them and then moved to another carrier? The person would still have to pay for the phone.
posted on Jun 17, 2014, 2:14 AM 1
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They don't make any profit by selling the phone. They get their money from the customers paying monthly service bills. It would be completely illogical to let someone buy a phone and then immediately walk away and use it on a different carrier. T-Mobile isn't stupid...
posted on Jun 17, 2014, 2:19 AM 3
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I think the point here would be someone who wants an unlocked phone, but isn't experienced at unlocking one through the internet and are scared of bricking their phone. So instead, they go to T-Mobile, buy a phone at full price, stay for a couple of days, unlock the phone with the app, then cancel the wireless service and go elsewhere. As stated above by fzacek, T-Mobile only makes money off customers staying with them and paying for their monthly service, not the phones. If a customer were to do it this way T-Mobile gets nothing out of it. What T-Mobile could do is maybe offer the unlock app to customers after a certain amount of time with them? I don't know though. I personally think the new taxes/fee's included in the price is pretty big news already and would be happy with just that.
posted on Jun 17, 2014, 2:29 AM 0
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As T-Mobile has no service contracts, only phone contracts, they can do this today. If a phone is paid off completely, then T-Mobile should unlock the phone. If it is not paid off, then then the customer has to wait some grace period. As far as I know, this is how it all works today.
posted on Jun 17, 2014, 2:57 AM 1
If they profit from service plans, why don't they include the unlocking app, and like renting a house, charge 1 month of service at the activation, so whatever the client do with the phone, at least 40$ they will get out of each line, even it cancelled on next day, not mentioning the activation fees and whatnot...
posted on Jun 17, 2014, 3:05 AM 0
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T-Mobile does not charge any activation fees. They also will unlock your phone after 90 days, doesn't even need to be fully paid off. I don't see why the app couldn't be on the phones, only requirement might be to just pay the device in full. Plenty of people walk into T-Mobile to buy a phone and do not get a Post-Paid plan. They can take it overseas, use it with another pre paid service, etc.
posted on Jun 17, 2014, 3:49 AM 0
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Only in America, the land formerly known as of the free and the home formerly used by the brave, are phones locked. Most countries forbid such uncompetitive practices and others require that phones be unlocked when paid in full or the contract is over. Only in the US, where the state and corporations are joined by the hip (AKA Fascism), is it forbidden to unlock a phone without contacting the carrier.
posted on Jun 17, 2014, 11:56 AM 1
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