Verizon Will Stop Selling Unlocked Smartphones This Spring

Verizon to bring back phone locking to protect itself from theft                   By Ida Torres

Verizon to bring back phone locking to protect itself from theft By Ida Torres

Verizon has announced that it will begin to lock its phones to its network alone.

Verizon will start locking the smartphones that it sells to its customers, preventing the devices to be used with SIM cards released by another carrier.

Verizon contends that its upcoming change does not violate the "spirit" of those rules.

This new policy also appears to fly in the face of rules laid down by the FCC more than a decade ago. What are your thoughts on Verizon beginning to lock its phone sometime this Spring? We will update this story if we hear back.

CNET notes that Verizon hasn't mentioned how long it will be locking devices after purchase. But still, it's a big change for the network that's become known for its unlocked devices. It also declined to provide a specific timeline. As for why Verizon is doing this, it says that the move will deter criminals from stealing phones on route to retail stores or from the stores themselves. In return for winning an auction for the spectrum that serves as the backbone of its 4G LTE network to this very day, the FCC required that Verizon stop the practice of SIM-locking phones to its network.

It's worth noting that all three other major U.S. carriers implemented this policy long ago. However, it may also make it more hard for customers to take their business to a competitor if a better deal becomes available, or use their phone on a local network when traveling outside of the United States.

Verizon did not answer our questions about the impact on customers. In spring, once the waiting period is in effect, the unlock will happen either manually or automatically after a yet-to-be-specified period of time.

Verizon's following the industry norm.
Just this weekend employees were held at gunpoint in an armed robbery in California as four masked men loaded inventory phones into a truck, the spokesperson said. It's actually a smart move, considering that many thieves are targeting Apple's expensive iPhones due to their high resale value. According to CNET, Verizon will make a step forward to combating phone theft problems. The biz feels its staff and products are being targeted by criminals because it sells unlocked devices, and wants to put an end to this lawlessness.

Verizon is going to enforce this new policy in steps. So let's dive in to see some more details on the subject. Those robbers could then take the phones they've stolen and sell them on the black market, netting a hefty profit. If anyone complains to the FCC, the burden of proof is on Verizon to "demonstrate that it has adopted reasonable network standards and reasonably applied those standards in the complainant's case".

Verizon is the only carrier to offer the Pixel 2. "But even 'unlocking on demand, ' while pretty good, will still cause headaches because people don't necessarily understand this stuff and there will be people who end up with phones they can't use". "If you have a locked phone, you'll need to Verizon to unlock the device before switching out your SIM card-assuming the carrier will make the exception".