In days gone by it was nearly impossible to get AT&T (Cingular) to unlock a phone for you. Unlocking of course means that you can use your quad-band GSM cell phone on the other global networks you may encounter while traveling abroad by purchasing local SIM cards. Rates on these SIMS can be very low (sub $.10/min) and include a local phone number. Also, inbound calls are free of charge.
Of course this has always been something AT&T did NOT want to happen because they’d miss out on their often usurious international rates. Rates have been coming down and $.99/min is not uncommon these days but you’ll pay $.99/min inbound and outbound while likely paying some sort of monthly fee to get the rate down to that level.
But I have great news. I’ve just received my UNLOCK CODE and instructions on how to activate it on my Blackberry Pearl 8100 from AT&T’s customer service department with one simple call to 611!
I asked the guys at the local store and they said, "We can’t do it, but customer service will handle that for you". I was shocked to even hear that much support. Imagine my surprise when I call, I ask, I get.
Bravo AT&T. I’m more loyal now that ever. You know odds are, that if I’m traveling for a short period of time, I’ll probably STILL use your service/SIM and pay you the rates you ask for. I’m simply into have the option to do otherwise.
No more paying $20 for a code from someone on ebay. Have at it y’all.