Sprint has updated its unlocking policy, which now states that it will make all devices launchedÂ after February 11, 2015 unlockableÂ so that they can be used on other domestic networks such as AT&T or T-Mobile.
The US House of Representatives passed a bill that makes cell phone unlocking legal on Tuesday, in response to a White House petition from a year ago.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced today that the agency has reached a deal with wireless carriers that’ll make it easier for consumers to unlock their mobile phones. This news was reported by Reuters shortly after the FCC statement was released.
Apple has started selling unlocked GSM iPhone 5s on its Online Store in the U.S.
Apple had launched iPhone 5s in the U.S. in September. It has always delayed the launch of the unlocked flagship iPhone in the U.S.Â Last year, Apple had started selling unlocked iPhone 5 on its Online Store on November 30th.
This may be a good sign for iPhone owners in the US. Tom Warren has been at his new job asÂ FCC Chairman for about a week, and he is already taking on the CTIA and the telecommunications companies on the behalf of consumers.Â
While in the early days of the iPhone, software unlocking was quite popular, permanent factory unlocks took them overÂ in popularity due to the unavailability of a software unlock for newer iPhones.
It appears that AT&T is now making it quite difficult for third-party unlock sellers to unlock iPhones in bulk.
The Washington Post reports that the Obama administration has just filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking that all carriers be required to unlock all mobile devices.
Having your iPhone locked to a carrier can be a pain if you need to switch SIMs. Especially while you’re travelling, and you try slipping in another SIM card only to find that you’re blocked from using it. Knowledge is power, and to be forewarned is to be forearmed. Here’s how to find out, in advance, if your iPhone is locked to your carrier or not.
Last week, some folks had figured out a way to enable LTE on an unlocked iPhone 5, which involved installing a jailbreak tweak and loading a custom carrier bundle.
Bloomberg reports that the bill introduced by Senators last week to make cell phone unlocking legal again may get support from small regional carriers.
These carriers hope that by allowing users to unlock their cell phones without carrier permission, will allow them to attract customers after they finish their contract with larger carriers like AT&T, Sprint etc.Â