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U.S. mobile carriers will unlock phones for free starting today (Feb 11, 2015)

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Due to the Cellular Telephone Industries Association's [ctia.org] new standards on unlocking phones, most U.S. carriers will unlock their customer's devices on request starting today. Some of the carriers on board include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon.

These are the unlocking policies for the carriers on the code:
AT&T [att.com]
Verizon [verizonwireless.com]
T-Mobile [t-mobile.com]
Sprint [sprint.com]
U.S. Cellular [uscellular.com]
The wireless industry's voluntary plan for phone unlocking, adopted last February, finally goes into full effect TODAY.

More info:
The Verge [theverge.com]
ZDNet [zdnet.com]
ExtremeTech [extremetech.com]
GizModo [gizmodo.com]
Mashable [mashable.com]
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#3
Can i unlock if I am no longer a customer with the carrier? Specifically Sprint HTC One m7 and m8?
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Can i unlock if I am no longer a customer with the carrier? Specifically Sprint HTC One m7 and m8?
If the phone is not unlockable (i.e. it just can't be done,) then no. But if it can be, Sprint will do it but they may charge you now.
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#5
I'm not really sure how this is different than past policies. Were companies not required to provide unlock after contract terms were fulfilled / ETFs were paid?
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Will metropcs unlock nokia 521?
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#7
pretty much same old BS from TM
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The question is will Verizon unlock the GSM side of their iPhones for use in the US - currently GSM usage is available only outside the country.
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im assuming this wont unlock my bootloader on my att note 3? seems that carriers will be locking bootloaders and unlocking the device sim.
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#10
I called Virgin mobile (reseller of sprint) and they told me that this was going to be an option through them as well as of today's date. its cool cause my gf has virgin mobile, but I bought a sprint android phone for cheap around christmas, and have been waiting to switch her over to sprint, but after hearing this, now we can activate it with virgin and be good to go Smilie
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#11
Nothing changed with ATT. Same process as it has been for a long time. I thought most carriers were already doing this.
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#12
AT&T has been doing this for a long while, ever since Congress and Obama administration pushed for it to be easier to unlock. Not sure why this is news.
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#13
going to call sprint!!! i need it for international use since i do alot of mission trips
wonder if i still have to wait 3 months to be eligable with a new device
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#14
Yes, pretty much the same crap from Verizon as well. They are claiming that their 4G LTE phones are not locked - yet I put a T Mobile SIM into a Verizon phone and it would not work….
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Does this effect my Note 3 in anyway?
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