Google’s UK-based credit card provider is offering to make the iPhone 5S and 5C unlocked in a bid to make it more attractive to consumers.
The company, CardMaster, says its customers will no longer have to have a UK-issued credit card to purchase a handset, as they do now, and the cardholders will no need to pay extra for the privilege.
This new deal is being introduced to replace CardMaster’s “unlock the phone” programme, which has been available since July 2018.
CardMaster is offering customers with the unlocked iPhone 5 and 5S phones the opportunity to pay a £60 charge-off fee on the phone in exchange for having the phone unlocked.
That means customers will not need to apply for a UK licence for the phone, but they will need to have the phone fully unlocked.
The new card offers customers the opportunity “to unlock your phone without a UK license” and to do so “without paying any extra for your unlock.”
The UK is among a handful of countries that have been using the Visa-Visa MasterCard network to offer credit cards to consumers who are not British.
If you have already used Visa or MasterCard in the UK, you can sign up to use CardMaster on your mobile phone.
As part of the card, Card Master is offering the same offer to users in the US, which is where the deal is currently available, although it is unclear if the same is happening in other countries.
Although this is CardMaster first offer, it is likely that other cardholders in the EU and the UK will be able to use the same terms and conditions as the UK customers.
Other cards in CardMaster offer similar terms to the UK offer, although they require a UK ID, and CardMaster says that it will only offer to customers with a valid passport and a UK address.
“It’s an important step for us to make our UK customers’ experience even better,” said CardMaster UK managing director Ian Lea.
Lea said: “We’re happy to offer this new opportunity to UK customers who have already purchased a UK credit card.”
The same offers we offer in the United States also apply here, so we hope our customers will have no problems using the cards on their phones.
“Card Master says that customers will also be able unlock the phone with the option to pay via credit card via Google Wallet.
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