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AT&T Agrees To Unlock All Phones Except iPhone Even If Users are Out Of Contract

May 25th, 2010 05:40 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

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It seems to have taken a class action lawsuit to force AT&T to provide users with a free unlock code for their mobile devices after only 90 days of service.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t apply to Apple’s iPhone and handsets for which AT&T has an exclusivity sales arrangement with a manufacturer for 10 months or longer.

According to the legal notice published on AT&T Cellphone locking Cases Website:

AT&T Mobility agrees to give to its eligible AT&T Wireless, Cingular and AT&T Mobility current and former customers, upon request and where available, codes that unlock AT&T Wireless, Cingular and AT&T Mobility handsets other than (i) the Apple iPhone; or (ii) any handset that AT&T Mobility introduces or has introduced for sale pursuant to a contract with a handset manufacturer that provides for an exclusivity period of ten (10) months or longer (“AT&T Handset”). Unlock codes for AT&T Handsets will be provided to eligible postpaid customers who have completed a minimum of ninety (90) days of active service with AT&T Wireless, Cingular or AT&T Mobility and who are in good standing and current in their payments at the time of the request.

Last week, when AT&T announced that it will be raising the early termination fee, it had explained the reason for locking the iPhone and charging an early termination fee in an open letter to its customers:

At AT&T, we work hard every day to provide you with a great wireless experience at competitive prices.

One of the ways we do this is to offer you the industry’s leading wireless handsets below their full retail price when you sign a two-year service agreement. In the event you wish to cancel service before your two-year agreement expires, you agree to pay a prorated early termination fee (ETF) as an alternative way to complete your agreement. Of course, if you prefer not to enter into a term commitment, we offer the same great selection of devices at their full retail price with no term commitment or ETF, as well as prepaid GoPhone options.

But we can’t understand why AT&T doesn’t provide iPhone users with a free unlock code after they’ve completed their two-year contract. According to AT&T’s FAQ about unlocking iPhone:

iPhone cannot be unlocked, even if you are out of contract.

That's not fair. We hope AT&T changes its stance on this one for the sake of its valued customers without really needing a class action lawsuit.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

[attlockinglawsuits via Consumerist]

Source: AT&T Agrees To Unlock All Phones Except iPhone Even If Users are Out Of Contract

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