In a move aimed at gunning down rival iPhone carriers, which include the likes of Orange and Vodafone, O2 has announced that it will alloq its users to have their iPhones unlocked for free in order to use it on the network of their choice.
Although some reports are suggesting that O2 will charge a small fee for the process, but the network operator told TechRadar that it would not be the case for contract users.
O2 has been an official carrier of the iPhone in the country since November 2007, and now it will let its pay monthly users who have business or consumer accounts to get their iPhones unlocked for free as it is set to become available on other networks.
However, pay as you go users can only get their iPhones unlocked after 12 months since they have purchased the handset and a one-time charge of £15 will be levied, which will be deducted from their airtime balance.
When asked whether the operator wouldn’t be going ahead with its plans of unlocking the iPhone once Vodafone and Orange kick off with distribution of the handset, O2’s chief executive Matthew Key responded that this wouldn’t be the case at all.
In an interview with The Times, he mentioned: “Once the iPhone becomes available on other UK networks, we will allow O2 customers to unlock their iPhones, although of course they will still need to honour any outstanding contract period they have”.