The Phone Unlocking Game Became A Bit More Official Today

Today marks a significant day as far as unlocking smartphones goes as it gains an official set of guidelines. We know what some of you may be thinking about this and the answer is no, we are not talking about unlocking bootloaders. We are talking about unlocking your phone so that you would be capable of taking it to almost any carrier that you heart desires.  

Yes we know it has been possible to get your carrier to unlock your phone for awhile now but there was always a pretty big issue with that. That issue was that carriers were always very picky and choosy about who’s phones they would unlock and there was no real formula to it. One day your carrier could unlock a customers phone after meeting a requirement and then the next day they wouldn’t, it made no sense and was frustrating. Today that changes with a set of guidelines that carriers have to follow for unlocking customers phones. 



The new unlocking guidelines that carriers will be required to follow consist of 6 bullet points. They are as follows:

  • Every carrier is required to post on their website a clear policy pertaining to unlocking devices on both prepaid and postpaid plans
  • For postpaid devices, carriers must provide the customer with the appropriate information needed to unlock their device or unlock it themselves. This must be done once the customers contract is over or financing plan is paid. Said customers account must also be in “good standing”
  • For prepaid devices, carriers must unlock a customers device no later than a single year after it has been activated. 
  • Carriers must give customers notice once their device has become eligible for unlocking. 
  • Within two business days after receiving a request to unlock a smartphone, a carrier must do so if the customer has met the requirements. Or the carrier must at least reach out to the device manufacturer for assistance unlocking. 
  • If you are deployed military personnel then carriers must unlock your device if your account is in “good standing”

Sure, these may not be the best unlocking guidelines in the world but they are a huge step in the right direction. What do you guys think of these new guidelines? Let us know in the comments below. 

Unlocking Policies: AT&T | Verizon | T-Mobile | Sprint | US Cellular 

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