The most unloved wireless carrier in the U.S. is finally doing something that doesn't screw over its customers. Starting April 8, AT&T will kindly unlock iPhones locked to its network, provided you have fulfilled your contract and your account is in good standing.
Why it took so long for AT&T to unlock iPhones so that customers can swap SIM cards is beyond us.
"Beginning Sunday, April 8, we will offer qualifying customers the ability to unlock their AT&T iPhones. 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."
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9to5Mac suggests it might have to do with customers who wrote in to Tim Cook asking for help unlocking their AT&T iPhones. Tim Cook's minions magically convinced AT&T to unlock those requested iPhones.
Maybe Cook was tired of all the email flooding into his inbox all of a sudden. I've got a confession: I sent Tim Cook an email on Wednesday asking him to unlock my iPhone 4 (Doesn't ever hurt to try, am I right?)
Finally, AT&T does something good that doesn't make its customers want to curse it into oblivion. Now iPhone users won't need to jailbreak to unlock their iPhones. It's about time.