AT&T Mobility accuses three former sales reps of scheming to unlock phones

AT&T Mobility accuses three former sales reps of scheming to unlock phones

In a complaint filed in a Seattle federal court earlier this month, Atlanta-based AT&T Mobility has accused three former cellphone sales representatives of scheming to unlock AT&T handsets so that they could work on any network.

According to the AT&T Mobility complaint, three former cellphone sales representatives of the company in Washington state had illegally unlocked thousands of AT&T smartphones which were still under contract.

The former AT&T Mobility employees allegedly received payments from a company called Swift Unlocks – which unlocks a variety of smartphones for a fee - to carry out the ‘illegal smartphone unlocking’ scheme. Each of three accused individuals allegedly earned between $10,000 and $20,000 from Swift Unlocks before AT&T Mobility caught them.

The employees involved in the scheme apparently handled a malware virus within their official computers at AT&T Mobility. The virus seemingly gave Swift Unlocks the ability to remotely access their computers for the purpose of gathering codes which could help unlock an under-contract AT&T smartphone.

The malware virus which the former AT&T Mobility employees snuck onto work computers had the capability to make automated requests for unlocking AT&T smartphones, so as to make them usable without an AT&T contract.

If the alleged AT&T smartphone unlocking scheme is proven, it would underscore an apparent attempt by the former AT&T employees and Swift Unlocks to tap into a resale market for low-cost, unlocked phones.

Popular Stories

Overall childhood ‘asthma epidemic’ levels off in U.S.

The overall ‘asthma epidemic’ among children has... Read More

‘UC Quits’ Working to Help California Smokers Get Rid Of Smoking

As New Year is approaching, people have already... Read More

Scientists begin Stem Cell research to find cure for Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease, the commonest cause of... Read More

New House Bill to Restrict First-Time Opioid Prescriptions

Cases of opioid abuse have been increasing and... Read More

Comcast installs DOCSIS 3.1 modem on customer-facing network in Philadelphia

In an announcement made on December 22, cable giant... Read More