updated 07:09 am EDT, Mon June 16, 2014
Report claims T-Mobile Galaxy Avant can be unlocked using onboard app
A smartphone heading to T-Mobile could have an app for carrier unlocking pre-installed as part of a new T-Mobile initiative, according to a report. The Samsung Galaxy Avant, an Android device believed to be heading to the carrier in the near future, will apparently unlock itself after following a number of prompts in the app, resulting in a completely unlocked smartphone which can be used on other carrier networks.
A source of TmoNews claims the smartphone worked fine with a Verizon Wireless SIM after following the process, though after doing so and rebooting, the Galaxy Avant no longer showed the app as available to use, potentially deleting itself after outliving its usefulness. The same source apparently called the customer care team to confirm the status of the device, with the team stating "according to our local business support, gen care solution centers no longer own the device unlocking process as part of their scope of support (or won't soon enough.)"
T-Mobile is holding another event on June 18th, with the carrier giving Uncarrier 5.0 the tagline "We don't play it safe and sound." While this could relate to some form of insurance-related update, as initially speculated, it could potentially be the launch of devices with the pre-installed unlocking app. If it is for the unlocking of devices, this would be a bold move from a carrier, especially considering the preference for mobile phone services to lock a device to their network to dissuade customers from going elsewhere.
Specifications for the Galaxy Avant remain largely unknown, aside from it having 16GB of storage and running Android 4.4.2. An earlier image leak from @evleaks shows the date July 28th on its display, suggesting it will be released at that time.