Verizon will start locking its phones right when you buy them


The days of buying unlocked phones are over.

Verizon is joining other phone carriers in the practice of keeping phones locked for a certain time period after purchase. That means you can’t buy a Verizon phone and start using it on a different network. 

The company says this is a move to prevent phone theft since an unlocked phone that can work on any network is desirable and easier to sell.

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In a statement to CNET, a Verizon executive said, “We’re taking steps to combat this theft and reduce fraud. These steps will make our phones exponentially less desirable to criminals.” Read more…

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