Three to sell unlocked phones

6 August 2014

three Three are going to start selling phones that are unlocked, which is the first time anyone in the UK has sold unlocked phones without charging for it (if you don't include O2's unlocking service, but that's slightly different).

Three’s director of customer strategy, Danny Dixon, said: "We'd rather focus on making the services we offer attractive and useful rather than limiting what our customers can do with their phones. We’re confident in our network and want to provide the best experience to those that purchase their device from us."

Of course, there's been a number of campaigns and ranty articles about this matter. Really, it'd be fairer on the consumer if all phones could be sold unlocked, but it seems that Three are the only ones with the brass neck to do it.

If you’re already a Three customer, they're saying that you can unlock your previously locked phone for free with them - all you need to do is use their new Device Unlock service.

So there you have it. Is everyone else going to follow suit?


  • dvdj10
    Erm this isn't true at all. The past two phones I've had have both been unlocked at standard. Most recently from Vodafone which I'm now using a Virgin sim in. It may be true for buying phones direct from networks but your statement "which is the first time anyone in the UK has sold unlocked phones" But then who's stupid enough to buy directly from a network and get ripped off when places like mobile phones direct massively under-cut them on the phone cost?
  • NTP
    Three have been selling phones factory unlocked and without software branding for a few months now.
  • NTP
    Plus, if you buy any phone from Carphone Warehouse or Phones4U (with the exception of iPhone), your phone will always be unlocked, regardless of network. This is because those stores only carry the country variant, unbranded handsets.
  • Reser
    Apple sells unlocked phones, as do plenty of UK based online stores, article is just bullshit really.
  • Alex
    My tmobile Sony xperia sp came as an upgrade direct from tmobile unlocked. My work phone on Orange came from a 3rd party retailer UK unlocked. So I'm pretty sure other networks get lazy and don't lock all phones

What do you think?

Your comment