About a week ago, we caught wind that Samsung was working on a handset called the Galaxy Avant that would be making its way onto T-Mobile. Recently the folks at TmoNews have managed to obtain what appears to be leaked photos of the handset which more or less confirms what we have seen so far.
However they have also uncovered additional details about the handset which could clue us in to what T-Mobile has planned for their Uncarrier 5.0 event that will be kicking off on the 18th of June. According to their findings, the Galaxy Avant came preinstalled with a piece of software that allowed the user to unlock their device. However it was also discovered that upon using the app and rebooting the phone, the app disappeared.
What does this mean? Well unlocking your phone has been somewhat of a contentious issue in the past, with carriers preferring their customers to not unlock their device so as to remain with the company. In fact laws were passed early last year that made unlocking cellphones without the carrier’s consent illegal, although this is something that is being worked on.
By allowing their customers to unlock their cellphones without the hassle of calling up a call center or explain why they need their phones unlocked, it would certainly make T-Mobile a more attractive and hassle-free carrier. This isn’t the first time that T-Mobile has gone against convention and we guess we will learn more come 18th of June, so check back with us then for the details.