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.
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