It appears that AT&T will begin unlocking iPhone’s on Easter Sunday. Unlocking an iPhone grants the owner the ability to make calls on any GSM network worldwide. Which is freaking awesome by the way. There doesn’t seem to be any real reason why AT&T is doing this and there are restrictions. More details after the break.
For example they will not unlock a brand new iPhone 4S for you if you just bought it today! Here is the statement the fine folks over at BGR had with an AT&T spokeswoman.
”Beginning Sunday, April 8, we will offer qualifying customers the ability to unlock their AT&T iPhones,” the spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “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.” – [BGR]
So it sounds like AT&T will only be offering this to older devices that are no longer in contract which actually makes a good deal of sense if you consider that it’s not being used anyway and therefor won’t harm them. Still I’m not quite sure whats in it for AT&T except maybe a PR stunt to keep iPhone users in the U.S., or who like to travel, faithful to AT&T instead of Verizon or Sprint.