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. No 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.