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You can unlock your iPhone 6 for free on any carrier starting this week – here’s how

Published Feb 9th, 2015 1:10PM EST
iPhone 6 SIM Unlocking
Image: Zach Epstein, BGR

Last summer, President Obama signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into law. This made it legal for consumers to unlock their cell phones, but until now, carriers haven’t been required to sell unlocked phones or honor unlock requests (although most did anyway).

That’s going to change on February 11th.

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As Android Police noted in a recent post, starting later this week, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular will have no choice but to unlock your phone if you ask them to (under a certain set of conditions). If you want to see the full unlocking policy for each carrier, you can check the links below:

In order to have a carrier unlock your phone, you’ll need to be either paid off in full or have completed your contract term. So if you’re in the middle of paying off installments or just a few months into your 2-year contract, the carrier doesn’t have to oblige.

One important exception to the new law: any Sprint handsets sold before February can only be internationally unlocked, but will still be locked from activation on any domestic carriers.

For more information about how to unlock your device, be sure to check out Android Police’s very thorough post on the subject.

Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.