The FCC reached a deal with five major wireless companies in the U.S. last year, the deal would make it easier for consumers to unlock their mobile phones.
Sprint seems to be keeping their part of the agreement by making all devices launched after February 11, 2015 unlockable, which means if you purchase a device after February 11, 2015 you will be able to to unlock it and use it on another domestic network such as AT&T or T-Mobile.
AndroidPolice first discovered the change on Sprint’s website:
I’ve been told by another carrier that Sprint needs to unlock my SIM slot in order to use my phone on the other carrier’s network.
For eligible devices, Sprint will unlock the SIM slot, to the extent that a device SIM slot is capable of being unlocked. It is important to note that not all devices are capable of being unlocked, often because of the manufacturers’ device designs, and that even for those devices capable of being unlocked, not all device functionality may be capable of being unlocked. Specifically, devices manufactured with a SIM slot within the past three years (including, but not limited to, all Apple iPhone devices), cannot be unlocked to accept a different domestic carrier’s SIM for use on another domestic carrier’s network. Sprint has no technological process available to do this. In accordance with Sprint’s voluntary commitment contained within CTIA’s Consumer Code for Wireless Service (“Unlocking Commitment”), Sprint is working to ensure that all devices developed and launched on or after February 11, 2015 are capable of being unlocked domestically.