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

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 6 months ago '06        #1
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Verizon will start locking phones to its network to prevent armed robberies
 

 
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Verizon Wireless will soon begin locking the phones it sells to customers, a move that will prevent the phones from being activated on any other carrier's network. But Verizon says it is taking this measure to deter theft that occurs before customers purchase phones, and that Verizon will unlock the phones for customers after they're purchased.

What isn't clear is how long customers will have to wait before the phones are unlocked, and exactly what steps customer will have to take to do the unlocking. Verizon says its stores have been victimized by increasingly frequent armed robberies.

Verizon isn't allowed to lock phones to its network because of open access requirements that are specific to the "C Block" 700MHz wireless spectrum that Verizon purchased in 2008 and uses for its 4G LTE network. Since then, Verizon has generally had more customer-friendly unlocking policies than other carriers.

Verizon contends that its upcoming change does not violate the "spirit" of those rules. The change was reported today by CNET, which has several quotes from a Verizon official and Verizon spokesperson.

"This change does not impact the spirit of that agreement as it is designed to deter theft by those who engage in identity theft or other fraud," a Verizon spokesperson told CNET. "It is not inconsistent with our obligations under the C Block."

We asked the FCC for comment about whether the new locking policy violates the open access rules. We will update this story if we hear back.

As of now, Verizon's Device Unlocking Policy still says, "We do not lock our 4G LTE devices, and no code is needed to program them for use with another carrier."

According to CNET, the change will occur in the spring. The news site says that there will be "little immediate impact" for customers because the phones will be "unlocked immediately through a software update."

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 6 months ago '15        #2
GusMan 2 heat pts
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I don’t think it has anything to do with theft, it has more to do with Verizon loosing customers to other providers and them taking their phones to other providers and not paying off their Verizon debt. It makes sense, as a company they want their money. As a consumer it sucks, but I pay off my Phones anyway so who gives a fu*k. It may also have to do with Verizon moving to GSM this year, but I’m not sure how they would relate.
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 6 months ago '05        #3
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 GusMan said:
It may also have to do with Verizon moving to GSM this year, but I’m not sure how they would relate.
HOW?
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 6 months ago '05        #4
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Right cause an armed robber is going to ask if you got Verizon before robbing you
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 6 months ago '15        #5
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Lmao being a sprint owner in jhs-hs was the sh*t nobody wanted to rob me and the n*ggas that robbed ppl sold me my upgrades
 6 months ago '05        #6
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Article is bullsh*t, and so is Verizon for doing this. They are going to start SIM-locking phones again so they can profit more off of their international plans. They are tired of people putting other sims in the phones when traveling instead of using their ridiculously expensive data plans.

This is also in violation of FCC suggestions to NOT SIM-lock phones. But they are doing it anyways...why? Because fu*k the customer.

Also, FCC isn't enforcing sh*t anymore now that Trump is in office. And coincidence...guess who use to work for Verizon? Ajit Pai...the same f*ggot that is currently head of the FCC.

I hope they all die a slow death

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 86'd said:
Article is bullsh*t, and so is Verizon for doing this. They are going to start SIM-locking phones again so they can profit more off of their international plans. They are tired of people putting other sims in the phones when traveling instead of using their ridiculously expensive data plans.

This is also in violation of FCC suggestions to NOT SIM-lock phones. But they are doing it anyways...why? Because fu*k the customer.

Also, FCC isn't enforcing sh*t anymore now that Trump is in office. And coincidence...guess who use to work for Verizon? Ajit Pai...the same f*ggot that is currently head of the FCC.

I hope they all die a slow death

All of them MF's. I'm right with you
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 86'd said:
Article is bullsh*t, and so is Verizon for doing this. They are going to start SIM-locking phones again so they can profit more off of their international plans. They are tired of people putting other sims in the phones when traveling instead of using their ridiculously expensive data plans.

I hope they all die a slow death

n*gga just pay off your phone then or buy used, if your paying monthly for a cellphone then that means its technically not yours, its still theirs lol. I can see why they don't want ppl switching and not giving back their sh*t.
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 DaKid91 said:
n*gga just pay off your phone then or buy used, if your paying monthly for a cellphone then that means its technically not yours, its still theirs lol. I can see why they don't want ppl switching and not giving back their sh*t.
I see you completely missed my point. Sim-locking has nothing to do with the fact that a phone is on an installment plan or not. Its also completely against fcc policy but they know they can get away with it now without repercussion because of trump era fcc
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 6 months ago '07        #10
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^^Yeah my bad, I thought you were referring to the article in the OP, and if thats the case, there will be lawsuits to combat that from happening, unless they change the policy
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Only a idiot would believe that
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n*gga still gonna blow ya a.ss off if you don't give it up...and you just got smoked over a useless phone
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So they found a loophole...

No news here...
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I think they are speaking about their stores being robbed not the customers.

 JoNu said:
Right cause an armed robber is going to ask if you got Verizon before robbing you
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 DaKid91 said:
^^Yeah my bad, I thought you were referring to the article in the OP, and if thats the case, there will be lawsuits to combat that from happening, unless they change the policy
Ajit Pai has been a cancer since he became head of FCC. America hates him.

Same guy that helped reverse net neutrality.
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 6 months ago '05        #16
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 LEE OH said:
I think they are speaking about their stores being robbed not the customers.
Verizon Wireless will soon begin locking the phones it sells to customers, a move that will prevent the phones from being activated on any other carrier's network. But Verizon says it is taking this measure to deter theft that occurs before customers purchase phones, and that Verizon will unlock the phones for customers after they're purchased.
oh okay, 1st paragraph was a little confusing. So this lock is to protect Verizon's pockets and in-store employees from getting robbed, customers are still a walking lick either way
 6 months ago '04        #17
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Lol my boy works at verizon and multiple stores get robbed here weekly.

Not saying yall wrong with ur profit points but they really do get licked a lot too lol
 5 months ago '08        #18
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"Leasing phones" or doing payments on phones. Still blows my mind lol. Americans and their love of "debt" just to look "cool". If you can't drop the price for an unlocked phone or paid in full. Just buy something less appealing. It's crazy how many stories, I hear of n*ggas still paying late 90's and early 2000's bills. Then add in a $19-40 a month phone loan as well
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 GusMan said:
I don’t think it has anything to do with theft, it has more to do with Verizon loosing customers to other providers and them taking their phones to other providers and not paying off their Verizon debt. It makes sense, as a company they want their money. As a consumer it sucks, but I pay off my Phones anyway so who gives a fu*k. It may also have to do with Verizon moving to GSM this year, but I’m not sure how they would relate.
came in to say the same thing


Verizon 4g devices are globally unlocked
 5 months ago '04        #20
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 JoNu said:
Right cause an armed robber is going to ask if you got Verizon before robbing you
the stores not individuals
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