The wait is over. iPhone users can now get their phones unlocked officially. Yes, no jailbreaks involved. The AT&T has finally announced that a policy that would pave way to unlocking iPhones from the AT&T contracts, allowing the users to use other cheaper service providers.
In the lure to possess the iPhone, which was termed the mesmerizing gadget of the year, many of the customers had entered into the service contracts along with the AT&T for providing the mobile telephony service. However if the customers chose to switch over to a different service provider, they did not have an option till now. ‘Jailbreaking’ was the only way available to free the iPhone from the AT&T service.
Earlier, the AT&T refused to unlock the iPhones which had service contracts with them. The company also has similar service contracts with other handset providers as well. However AT&T provides unlocking codes from time to time, for various handset devices, which would essentially free the subscribers to choose other service providers. But in the case of iPhones, the AT&T had not bucked up for unlocking. Unlocking the iPhone 4S would mean that it can now work with any GSM as well as CDMA service providers worldwide.
“Beginning Sunday, April 8, we will offer qualifying customers the ability to unlock their AT&T iPhones,” the AT&T statement read. The move comes in wake of many of the iPhones being jailbroken for having additional functionalities and moving free from the clutches of the service providers. Jailbreaking is essentially a hacking attempt on the iOS, the operating system used by the iPhone, to overcome the limitations imposed by Apple or other vendors.
AT&T has said that “The only requirements are that a customer’s account must be in good standing, their device cannot be associated with a current and active term commitment on an AT&T customer account, and they need to have fulfilled their contract term, upgraded under one of our upgrade policies or paid an early termination fee.”