AT&T Claims New Cell Phone Unlocking Laws Won’t Affect Their Customers

If you’re an AT&T customer who was worried about the new law that bans cell phone unlocking, they say don’t. VP of Federal Regulatory Joan Marsh has defended AT&T’s seemingly noble stance on cell phone unlocking for their customers. In an effort to be the “good guy” in this situation, she says:

If we have the unlock code or can reasonably get it from the manufacturer, AT&T currently will unlock a device for any customer whose account has been active for at least sixty days; whose account is in good standing and has no unpaid balance; and who has fulfilled his or her service agreement commitment. If the conditions are met we will unlock up to five devices per account per year.

If this policy is consistently adhered to, this would make AT&T a little more attractive to travelers and those who like to unlock their phones. Not having to finish a two year contract just to unlock your phone sounds great. Unfortunately, that statement has a lot of conditions that have to be met. Nothing is guaranteed. But what do you guys think? Is this good of AT&T to do? Or is it not good enough? Tell us in the comments!


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