Sprint to Stop Locking Handsets from Next Year
Published on: 23rd Apr 2014
USA based Sprint has revealed that it plans to offer all phones sold by the mobile network available without a network lock from next year.
The move will come into effect for all handsets sold from February 11th 2015.
Neither Sprint nor its prepaid affiliates (Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless) currently unlock devices for prepaid customers. A new unlocking policy will also come into effect from next February for those customers.
The move is more headline than meat though, as the company itself noted, even if unlocked, Sprint devices will not necessarily work on another mobile network.
The company also warned that, devices manufactured with a SIM slot within the past three years (including, but not limited to, all Apple iPhone devices), cannot be unlocked to accept a different domestic carrier's SIM for use on another domestic carrier's network.
Sprint said that it currency has no technological process available to do this.
The move is part of a voluntary code agreed with the CTIA, and should also be applied to the other mobile networks over time.