Well, well, well. Look what we have here. Sprint, the No. 3 US wireless carrier, has just agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit by providing unlock codes to customers leaving Sprint’s networks for greener CDMA pastures (Verizon, Alltel). Customers wishing to change their CDMA service provider will be given an unlock code once their phone is deactivated and the last bill has been paid.
Sprint believes that this deal “is fair and reasonable,” adding that the settlement doesn’t indicate any malfeasance on Sprint’s part – the company agreed to the settle “so we can continue to focus on our business.” Sprint won’t just be offering unlock codes for Sprint phones – they’ll be providing instructions on how to use their former-Sprint phone on, say, Verizon Wireless’ network.
Good for you, Sprint. We applaud you. It’s just too bad it took a class-action lawsuit to make this all happen.