Sprint Chalk one up for the little guy! Sprint is going to provide unlock codes to customers who want to use their Sprint branded phone on another CDMA network.

The decision comes as part of a class action lawsuit settlement against Sprint, where it was claimed the company locked the devices to make it difficult for customers to switch carriers and take their Sprint phone with them.

The settlement covers all customers who bought Sprint phones between Aug. 28, 1999, and July 16, 2007. It should allow those phones to be switched to competitors whose networks are compatible with Sprint’s, such as Verizon Wireless and Alltel Corp.

I hope we see all carriers take this step...and hopefully with no charge to the customer!

[ via RIMarkable ]