It’s been a week since The US government officially approved the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act (Phone Unlocking bill) and T-Mobile has responded promptly to become the first American carrier to launch it’s own SIM unlock app called Device Unlock. The free app will let you unlock T-Mobile phone with a tap and you don’t need to have a lengthy customer support call.
T-Mobile’s SIM unlock app comes with one major limitation: Currently, it only unlocks a single device Samsung Galaxy Avant and we should expect this to support more devices as the time passes on.
Currently, it offers two kind of unlocking options for Galaxy Avant owners:
The permanent unlock option will allow the customers to completely get rid of carrier ties, allowing the phone to work on any compatible network going forward. To unlock your phone permanently it has to be completely paid off, haven’t been reported stolen, you also need to have been with T-Mobile for at least 40 days and your account must be in good standing.
Temporary unlock allows users to unlock their devices on temporary basis. It’ll unlock the device for 30 days, allowing users to do things like use their device during an overseas trip. You can swap out your SIM card, for instance, and avoid costly international roaming charges.
If you visit the App listing on Google Play Store you’ll notice that the app has received quite bad ratings from users, that could come up to the fact that it supports only one device at this time and probably the users are upset why it’s not working on their particular device. Until that changes, the app will probably continue to be bombed with the kinds of negative reviews it’s already receiving from non-Avant users.