AT&T Will Start Unlocking iPhones for Qualified Customers on April 8th

Starting April 8th, qualified AT&T iPhone customers will be given the option to request a carrier unlock for their iPhone. Qualified customers will be defined as those people off-contract and still in good standing with AT&T. The unlock will allow the customer to use any micro-SIM as long as the specific carrier’s frequencies are supported by the device.

Here’s what an Ma Bell spokesperson had to say officially about the policy change:

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.

It seems only fair that a customer who is in good-standing with a carrier has the option to use any SIM after their device is fully paid off.┬áNo official word on if this surprising policy change was pushed through by Apple or by AT&T, but we’re happy to see that change is on the very near horizon.


  • Tavarius Caldwell

    Lmao well now iPhone users will stop asking for help to unlock that over rated phone

    • Amy Eichelberg

      oh I’m sure there will still be a few iOS users needing some help :)

  • Brian Henry

    Why not open it up to people ON-CONTRACT? People upgrade and sell their phones…buy phones off contract (upgrade early via eBay or Craigslist). AT&T…always giving customers “some” of what they actually want LOL!

    • Amy Eichelberg

      I hear you, but I doubt that will happen anytime soon… I was surprised to see this change actually- about time.