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FYI: Verizon Plans to Stop Selling Unlocked Smartphones

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Verizon plans to stop selling unlocked smartphones as a way to deter criminals from stealing the devices, the company told CNET.

As of today, Verizon devices will be locked to the Verizon network and unlocked as soon as a customer signs up for service and activates the phone. Later in the spring, though, smartphones will remain locked until unlocked by Verizon, and Verizon has not yet shared details on how long it will keep phones locked before offering to unlock them.


Not sure how accurate the above second paragraph is, so for those who buy a Verizon postpaid smartphone starting today, please share your experience on the unlocking (if any).

Again, please no fighting and be civil.

Source: https://forums.macrumors.com/thre...es.2105757
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Enjoy,

Would buying Verizon phones a good deal anymore?

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https://arstechnica.com/tech-poli...robberies/

"...CNET describes one scenario in which Verizon's changed policy could be a problem for customers.

"[T]he policy change in the spring could be a hassle for customers who buy a new phone and then go overseas," CNET writes. "One way of saving on international roaming fees is to buy a SIM card from a local carrier. If you have a locked phone, you'll need to contact Verizon to unlock the device before switching out your SIM card—assuming the carrier will make the exception."
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Sure, it's just to prevent armed robbers.
Let me guess, you'll have to specifically request an unlock after you buy it and probably take a few active steps.
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Yea, where are these armed robberies of Verizon phones?
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So would this eliminate buying the phone on a DPP, paying it off then going to another carrier?
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It's only locked until you activate it
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It's only locked until you activate it

Or true. They plan on keeping them locked for an unspecified time. Their details aren't available but it'll be like T-Mobile or sprint.
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Sure, it's just to prevent armed robbers.
Let me guess, you'll have to specifically request an unlock after you buy it and probably take a few active steps.
Exactly how long the wait process is still unknown. If it turns out the same as Sprint unlocking policy, then Verizon is using these robberies as a trick to keep new customers to stay with its network much longer.
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Screw you verizon.
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unless they get away from using 700Mhz they will have to unlock them pretty quick. I also thought they were obliged to do so for all frequencies from a lawsuit??
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Can't be robbed, if they rob you first. Think
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unless they get away from using 700Mhz they will have to unlock them pretty quick. I also thought they were obliged to do so for all frequencies from a lawsuit??
No they don't. FCC is housed by corporate republicans so if you're actually expecting them to hurt their own people then you're naive.
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It's only locked until activated. If purchased and activated on Verizon network it's back to normal.

literally just to make it less valuable when a store gets robbed
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Verizon is finally closing the US retailer flex unlock policy loophole. No honest person would bat an eye, it's an instant unlock for actual VZW subscribers with valid SIMs anyways. Good news for those of us who actually get in on cell phone deals for personal use...

As you would expect, the butthurt comes from thieves, reseller parasites, and other such filth, as it's now much more difficult to buy these up en mass during a sale or outright rob equipment shipments and export on fleaBay or Amazon.
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No they don't. FCC is housed by corporate republicans so if you're actually expecting them to hurt their own people then you're naive.
Unless they stipulate a time period after activation, then you are good. If they don't stipulate, and you still get locked longer than a few weeks. . .well, first of all I would buy it with Amex. Show them the FCC mandate, and they will reimburse under fraud. They don't normally cover cell phones, but this would be different. No need to count on the slanted FCC as you mentioned. Assuming you are not buying a phone to resell or switch carriers, without activating first.

And BTW Verizon, you should really rename, clarify "Robbers" as you are covered by insurance for such instances. So are the retailers.

Me, left VZW recently, to jump into the crap hole of Sprint's unlock, lock, unlock that I'm just wrapping up. Difference is, they don't have the mandates, and have stated 50 days (even though that is crap--that is the part I wouldn't bother with the FCC on)
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