Sprint has just made a huge leap forward in being more customer-friendly, they have just announced that all of their Android smartphones sold on or after February 11, 2015 will be SIM unlockable. No other US carrier has done this, not even T-Mobile has dared tread this water. It’s going to be interesting to see which carrier follows in Sprint’s footsteps first, if any of them do that is, fingers crossed.

Like was said above, even T-Mobile, aka the uncarrier, still locks their smartphones they sell, if Sprint was to allow all their smartphones to be domestically unlocked this would allow Sprint customers to take a Sprint bought smartphone to another network. Here is Sprint’s unlocking policy where they say that all smartphones sold on or after February 11, 2015 will be SIM unlockable:

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.

Source | Sprint

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Nicholas Terry

Nicholas Terry

(Author) - I am currently attending college to receive my degree in Computer Science with a pipe dream to someday work at Google. I love everything about android and smartphones and always love learning more about them or anything else tech wise. I also love developing Android apps and learning new types of code in my spare time. My current devices I use are my LG Optimus G and Nexus 7, Pebble watch is still on the way.
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