NTT DOCOMO has relaxed the conditions for unlocking SIMs for smartphones sold by NTT DoCoMo. Applicable from today [February 19, 2020].
In the future, even if the terminal is purchased separately, you can unlock the SIM within 100 days after purchase-that is, even on the same day-by setting the line fee payment to a credit card.
Until now, unlocking within "100 days after purchase" was basically possible when the terminal was purchased in a lump sum or the balance of the installment payment was settled in a lump sum.In other words, this relaxation has finally opened the door to “ purchase SIM lock on the same day while paying in installments '' which will likely benefit many usersThat means.
NTT DoCoMo's explanation of this change is as follows.
Changes to acceptance conditions
If the payment method of DoCoMo's mobile phone fee is "credit card", you can unlock the SIM even within 100 days after split purchase of the mobile phone. [At mass retailers and general retailers, procedures for unlocking SIM only are not accepted.]Details of the acceptance conditions will be announced in the future by SIM unlock procedure.
The procedure for unlocking the SIM itself is the same as before. Cancellation requests can be received via the docomo website "My docomo", at docomo shops, or at telephone counters. The administration fee is free via My docomo, and the other fee is 3,000 yen [excluding tax] per unit.
▲SIM unlock procedure pageBut it has already been revised. This is where the sentence in the red frame was added
Now, regarding the unlocking of SIMs for smartphones and tablets sold by major carriers, recent efforts by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications to reduce mobile phone charges have greatly eased in the past two years.
In particular, in 2019, the so-called "unlocking of used devices" has become possible, increasing convenience for users who have been actively using used smartphones. In this case, DOCOMO has been responding to other carriers for about six months.
This time, DOCOMO's condition change has a very significant significance, breaking the premise that there was a sanctuary place as long as the terminal is paid in installments and it is impossible to unlock the SIM for a certain period of time. What can be called a "hole of an ant" with.
Both the expected number of users and the merits of the users should have a huge impact even in the current trend of mitigating SIM unlocking.
It is still unclear whether other carriers will follow this move [as mentioned above, DOCOMO was only half a year away from the removal of used devices], but I would like you to follow it.