iPhone 4S lockscreen

AT&T will give select iPhone customers the opportunity to unlock their devices starting on April 8th. This comes with a set of stipulations outlined in an email to PhoneScoop from AT&T spokesperson Seth Bloom, which TechnoBuffalo also confirmed with AT&T. It reads:

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.

AT&T has kept the iPhone locked to its network, regardless of account status, since the phone’s release in 2007. As a result, many customers have chosen to seek outside help in unlocking their devices — there are several websites that will unlock most smartphones for a fee. Why would someone want to unlock their phone? It’s great for international travel when an iPhone user might not want to pay AT&T’s roaming fees and may instead wish to purchase a local SIM card for lower rates.

We’re not exactly sure what brought on AT&T’s sudden change of heart, but this is definitely a move that should go over well with its customer base.

[via: Phone Scoop]