Source: Don't expect T-Mobile to introduce carrier unlocking as part of UN-carrier 5.0

Source: Don't expect T-Mobile to introduce carrier unlocking as part of UN-carrier 5.0
On Wednesday, T-Mobile is expected to introduce UN-carrier 5.0. On the menu should be a plan to simplify data plan pricing with tax and regulatory costs already priced in, similar to what you might see from a pre-paid carrier. On Sunday, we told you about a version of the Samsung Galaxy Avant, heading for T-Mobile, that featured a carrier unlocking app in the app launcher. Clicking on the app unlocked the phone, allowing it to work with a Verizon SIM card.

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. 

Stay with us. As soon as we find out exactly what new marketing tool T-Mobile CEO John Legere has announced on Wednesday, we will pass it on to you.

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14 Comments

1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

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.

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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...

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

How many people are going to buy a T-Mobile phone for full retail price and then use it on another carrier? I think this number will be relatively small.

13. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

I did it with two iPhone 5s, their price is $50 cheaper per phone. Good deal, would do again

3. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

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.

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

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.

8. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

You pay the phone off a little every month thru the bill....do they even allow u to pay it completely?

11. g2a5b0e unregistered

Of course they do. You can pay it off as quickly as you want.

14. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Sounds good. I brought my own phones to them so I didn't get any thru them.

6. zennacko unregistered

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...

7. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

I don't remember paying activation fees for when I started with Tmobile, but your plan is smart.

9. Kude_1

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

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.

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

No big deal...the majority of their phones are easy to unlock...

15. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

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.

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