AT&T has filed a lawsuit against three of its former employees in the Washington state for stealing the unlocking software and then use it for contract-bound smartphones. The phone sales representatives have been accused of helping the people in unlocking their smartphones for monetary benefits.
All the contract-based smartphones going on sale are locked by the carrier that would enforce the usage of SIM only of the respective carrier, unlocking allows the owner to use the SIM card of any carrier in this world. These two employees did exactly the same for apparently a few hundred bucks. One Google search can land you several fake and illegal websites offering such services, however, soon your contract expires the carriers in the US have vowed to remove the lock from the phone.
As per the initial reports, AT&T said that these two employees first installed a malicious software on the company’s computer and then stole the software required for unlocking the smartphones. Carriers like AT&T takes a hefty amount of money to let the users go without the contract, and this illegal unlocking made the company unknowingly suffer an enormous loss.
AT&T lawyers said that the people involved in such work is very common, and a small business based in the Anaheim, California allegedly used the stolen software to unlock the smartphones for a small fee.
Apparently, the employees left so much of trail for the detectives to follow and catch them for unlocking the smartphones in just a few milliseconds. The lawsuit mentioned that these former employees were able to capture the cash stash worth $20,000 or more.
There is no criminal fraud described in the lawsuit, but the company wants an arrest. There are high chances that the AT&T would win this lawsuit that can further lead the employees ending up in paying the amount they lost due to the unlocking of devices. Presumably, it is going to be larger than the $20,000.
Swift Unlocks is also going to face such fines under the Federal Criminal Act for illegally processing the unauthorised unlocking of smartphones registered with the AT&T.
Earlier, once purchased on contract, the smartphone used to stay locked even when the contract expires, however, a new pact from the cellular companies in the United States allows the customers to have their smartphones unlocked automatically soon the contract expires. Otherwise, a user can also call the company to unlock out of contract smartphones for free of cost.