While T-Mobile and AT&T customers have long enjoyed the ability to get their phones unlocked and switch GSM carriers simply by placing a new SIM card in their devices, Verizon and Sprint customers have not always been so lucky. And while it’s true that most modern smartphones on Verizon and Sprint now support GSM and CDMA-based network technologies, Sprint customers in particular have had a hard time getting their phones unlocked at all – and when it happens, customers usually can only use those phones on GSM network abroad, not here in the US.
That’s all about to change.
Sprint has articulated a new unlocking policy, and it expects all its devices to be compliant by February 2015. The new policy states that customers can request to unlock any phone that is capable of being unlocked and used domestically on other US carriers, barring any technical limitations. However, some devices manufactured in the past three years (in particular all Apple devices) cannot be unlocked, and the carrier says it can’t really do anything about it.
Additionally, while Sprint’s new policy only applies to postpaid customers, Sprint is currently working on similar policy revisions in its prepaid divisions, including Boost and Virgin. While this is great news for all current and future Sprint customers, I think we can all agree that this should have been implemented much earlier.
The full statement can be read in the source link below.