If you live in the United States and are using an iPhone or any other smartphone that is locked to its carrier, here’s some good news for you. Starting from February 11, you will be easily able to unlock your phone through your carrier.
The process of unlocking phones comes thanks to the new unlocking standards that were announced by CTIA in 2013, which state the conditions under which a carrier will have to unlock your device.
If you are on T-Mobile, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Verizon or AT&T, your iPhone or any other smartphone will be qualified for being unlocked from February 11, 2015. However, to be eligible for being unlocked, you must have already paid in full for your device or your contract must have ended. If you are in Military and will be deployed overseas, you can show the papers to your carrier and unlock your smartphone irrespective of whether you have paid for it in full or not.
Carriers will be offering two types of unlock: Master Subsidy Unlock (MSL) and Domestic Sim-Unlock capable (DSU). Majority of the devices on the market currently will be unlocked through MSL in which owners will have to enter a code given by their carrier in their handset to remove the restrictions.
DSU capable devices will automatically receive an OTA update to remove the restrictions. However, apart from the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 5S — which will be receiving DSU support on February 19th — hardly any other device on the market supports this new unlocking procedure.
As for charges, existing customers will be able to unlock their smartphones for free, while former and new customers will be able to unlock their smartphones at a “reasonable cost.”
If you want to see the full unlocking policy for each carrier, you can check the links below:
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