Sprint to make all devices domestically unlockable from February 11, 2015

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Sprint has updated its unlocking policy, which now states that it will make all devices launched after February 11, 2015 unlockable so that they can be used on other domestic networks such as AT&T or T-Mobile.

Folks at AndroidPolice were the first to spot this change on Sprint’s website:

I’ve been told by another carrier that Sprint needs to unlock my SIM slot in order to use my phone on the other carrier’s network.

For eligible devices, Sprint will unlock the SIM slot, to the extent that a device SIM slot is capable of being unlocked. It is important to note that not all devices are capable of being unlocked, often because of the manufacturers’ device designs, and that even for those devices capable of being unlocked, not all device functionality may be capable of being unlocked. Specifically, devices manufactured with a SIM slot within the past three years (including, but not limited to, all Apple iPhone devices), cannot be unlocked to accept a different domestic carrier’s SIM for use on another domestic carrier’s network. Sprint has no technological process available to do this. In accordance with Sprint’s voluntary commitment contained within CTIA’s Consumer Code for Wireless Service (“Unlocking Commitment”), Sprint is working to ensure that all devices developed and launched on or after February 11, 2015 are capable of being unlocked domestically. 

Late last year, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reached a deal with five of the major wireless carriers in the U.S. to make it easier for consumers to unlock their mobile phones.

The change in unlocking policy by Sprint seems to be part of that agreement, so we expect other carriers to make similar changes to their unlocking policies as well.

[Sprint via Android Police]