News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday April 22, 2014.
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Sprint is currently one of the more difficult networks to deal with when unlocking a device, but the nation's third-place carrier is working to remove some of the technological hurdles that keep it from unlocking smartphones next year. According to a revised policy page on unlocking smartphones, Sprint says that it hopes to "ensure that all devices developed and launched on or after February 11, 2015 are capable of being unlocked domestically."
Sprint currently is unable to unlock some of its existing phones because they are not compatible with other networks or because of the way that they are manufactured. The Apple iPhone line is the biggest example of this problem because they are manufactured in a way that doesn't make them compatible with other networks. That should hopefully change next year when new phones should be be built with cellular radios that are compatible with other networks and able to be unlocked. Sprint participates in the CTIA's voluntary commitment to make phones unlockable, and this effort will make that possible for new devices released later in 2015.source: Sprint, via: 9to5 Google
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.