All five major phone carriers have agreed to publish standard unlocking policies, after pressure from FCC’s new chairman, Tom Wheeler. The proposed agreement comes from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless, and requires carriers to lay out a clear disclosure for unclocking cell phones, both for multi-year contracts and prepaid phones users.
Further, carriers must provide notice to eligible customers and provide unlocked devices within two days from an unlock request. Carriers have also agreed to unlock devices to military personnel with proper deployment papers. Read more