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Here’s how T-Mobile might make phone unlocking easier than any other carrier

Published Jul 22nd, 2014 8:25PM EDT
T-Mobile Smartphone Unlock App

T-Mobile is reportedly working on a new application that could make phone unlocking a walk in the park, TmoNews reveals, and it could be sold as another advantage for the mobile operator, which is already making plenty of waves in the business.

The application will let smartphone users perform a simple unlock, although there’s apparently a big catch for the moment: the app will work only with certain Android handsets, and isn’t compatible with the iPhone.

The publication says that all a customer would have to do to unlock his or her device is to launch the “Device Unlock” app and hit “Continue.” The app will then connect the smartphone to a server and offer a choice between a temporary and permanent unlock. The phone should be unlocked after a reboot, no matter what choice the user picks.

However, while such an app makes sense for T-Mobile, considering its “Uncarrier” method of selling devices, it’s not clear when Device Unlock will be released. TmoNews says that according to its sources, nothing has been finalized yet, and the app is still in testing. The app could be preloaded on future devices, and the publication says it’s unlikely the app will be released as a free download through the Google Play Store.

Images showing troubleshooting guides for the rumored app follow below.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.