The leak of an internal memo from T-Mobile indicates a new Samsung handset will be available on July 30th. Called the Avant, this is a mid-range handset with one very interesting feature. As reported by TMoNews, the Avant will have a 1.2GHz Quad Core cpu, 4G LTE, Android KitKat, a 5 MP camera, and a 4.5″ qHD (540 x 960 pixel) display. All specs are decidedly mid-range.
What makes this phone interesting is that it will apparently be T-Mobile’s first phone to feature a remote SIM unlock feature. Samsung’s leaked internal memo says:
T-Mobile is adding another Android device, the Samsung Galaxy Avant, to our device line up on July 30! This powerful 4G LTE smartphone has been designed to simplify customers’ lives at an affordable price. The Samsung Galaxy Avant was designed for performance with a 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor and Samsung smart features, such as Easy Mode, Safety Assistance and Motion UX. In addition, the Samsung Galaxy Avant will be the first phone with Remote Device Unlock capabilities, launching July 30.
Remote Unlock allows the phone user to unlock their phone to use SIMs from non-T-Mobile carriers quickly and simply, without calling and begging the carrier for permission. The Avant will come with an unlocking app pre-installed. The user simply starts the app, selects either a permanent or temporary unlock, waits for the phone to connect to T-Mobile’s servers and request the unlock, and then reboots the phone.
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With the U.S. Congress ready to overturn the Library of Congress’ ban on phone unlocking, T-Mobile is getting ahead of the game. It’s likely this will be offered on more phones in the future.
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