The CTIA has announced that the major US mobile carriers have agreed to a set of guidelines that will make smartphone unlocking easier for consumers.
The list of companies include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and US Cellular, and the companies have agreed to a new set of rules, that will make things easier on consumers when they want to get their smartphone unlocked.
- You can see a list of the rules that these mobile carrier have agreed to below.
- provide a clear, concise and readily accessible policy on unlocking
- unlock mobile devices for legitimate owners of those devices once their service contract has been fulfilled
- notify customers when their devices are eligible to be unlocked and/or automatically unlock those devices for free (but they can charge a reasonable if you aren’t a current customer)
- unlock devices or provide an explanation of a denial of any unlock requests within two days
- unlock devices for military service men and women upon deployment
These new rules will come into force over the next 12 months in the US, this is something that the FCC has been pushing for recently, and the set of rules above were created by the FCC and CTIA.