Unlocked phones vs. locked phones: Why you should care - CNET

Verizon has long been the best bet for those who want unlocked smartphones. Almost every major handset that Big Red sells is unlocked out of the box which lets customers change SIM cards and use other carriers if they want. However, the company is going to change this behavior in the spring when it starts locking smartphones to its network in a bid to combat theft. Verizon is going to enforce this new policy in steps. It will initially unlock the handsets once customers have finished the activation process so that it can prevent people from stealing smartphones from its stores.The second step will take place by spring this year when Verizon will implement a waiting period. It will then lock new smartphones to its network for an unspecified time before allowing customers to unlock them. It hasn’t confirmed as yet how long customers will have to wait to unlock the devices and if they’ll have to manually submit a request to get their device unlocked.Unlocked phones are particularly targeted by thie

Unlocked phones vs. locked phones: Why you should care - CNET

In this edition of Ask Maggie, CNET's Marguerite Reardon breaks down what you need to know about the carrier practice of locking phones.

Sat 17 Feb 18 from CNET

Verizon will start locking phones to its network to prevent armed robberies

Verizon will let customers unlock phones post-sale, but just how isn't clear yet.

Mon 12 Feb 18 from Arstechnica

Verizon will soon stop selling unlocked phones in a bid to reduce device theft

If you've been interested in picking up an unlocked phone through Verizon, now is the time to do it. According to a CNET report, the company will soon be changing their policy, opting to ...

Mon 12 Feb 18 from Techspot

Verizon Will Soon Resume Carrier-Locking Its Smartphones Over Theft Concerns

Phone theft and the theft of phone numbers is a real thing that everyday Americans deal with all the time. T-Mobile warned its customers recently of a SIM jacking scam that threatens the entire ...

Mon 12 Feb 18 from HotHardware

Verizon to Begin Carrier-Locking Its Smartphones Again

Verizon has announced that it will begin locking phones again, at least until they're activated. Verizon says this is to combat device theft, but it seems like Verizon just wants an excuse to ...

Mon 12 Feb 18 from Extremetech

Verizon To Start Locking Smartphones To Its Network

Verizon has long been the best bet for those who want unlocked smartphones. Almost every major handset that Big Red sells is unlocked out of the box which lets customers change SIM cards and ...

Mon 12 Feb 18 from Ubergizmo

Verizon will begin locking phones to deter thieves

Verizon currently has the most generous unlocked phones policy of all wireless carriers, but according to CNET, that will be changing soon. In an effort to combat phone theft, Verizon ...

Mon 12 Feb 18 from Engadget

Verizon is locking its phones down to combat theft - CNET

The wireless carrier has been selling all of its smartphones unlocked, allowing you to swap SIM cards and use other carriers immediately.

Mon 12 Feb 18 from CNET

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