On Thursday, the nation's largest wireless providers purportedly reached an agreement with regard to six standard principles that govern the unlocking of mobile phones and tablet computers.
Essentially, the carriers will make it easier for consumers to unlock devices for use on a competitor's network. That's according to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, who confirmed the agreement earlier today.
Industry sources have said the agreement would ensure that providers notify customers about the eligibility of their phones for unlocking - by text message, for example - and could also cover some pre-paid phones.
In the end, advocates for the agreement assert, consumers will now have a better idea of where they stand with the carriers. And they'll also know that it's no problem to have their phones "unlocked" at the expiration of their contract.