Telstra unlocks iPhones for free

Telstra unlocks iPhones for free

Summary: Telstra announced today that it will no longer charge to unlock iPhone handsets from its network.

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TOPICS: Apple, iPhone, Telcos, Telstra
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Telstra announced today that it will no longer charge to unlock iPhone handsets from its network.

In a post on the Telstra Exchange blog today, Telstra said that it wanted to "better serve customers".

"One way to do this is to no longer charge customers a fee for unlocking an Apple iPhone they purchased from us," the blog said.

The unlock can be executed free of charge; however, all iPhones sold by Telstra will still come network-locked out of the box.

Telstra had previously charged $150 for unlocking an iPhone, driving many users to "jailbreak" their handsets.

Customers can gather their phone's 15-digit IMEI number, iPhone serial number and account details and call 1800 IPHONE to complete the process.

Topics: Apple, iPhone, Telcos, Telstra

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  • WOW! Dedicated phone number and all!! Something must have really gone sour between Apple and Telstra to bring that on! Sounds like Apples demands on carriers to do things only how Apple says has finally pushed Telstra over the edge.
    Why Knot
  • I think you will find this sentance from the story sums it up pretty well on why Apple is forcing Telstra's hand;
    "Telstra had previously charged $150 for unlocking an iPhone, driving many users to "jailbreak" their handsets."
    Jon James
  • If anything, I believe it's the jailbreakers - the iphone DEV Team that are forcing everyones hands... ;) Well Done Dev TEAM!
    esky-d3e49
  • Optus unlock my prepaid iPhone 3g for free when I bought it last two years too.
    Koie
  • But even I've got unlock I still like jailbreak because of its cool function and features.
    Koie