Verizon has always sold their phones unlocked, now that is changing.
Carrier locked phones. We all hate it. When it comes time to change carriers, or if you purchase a new phone and wish to sell your old phone, locked phones are always a problem. Luckily, carriers are now forced to unlock user’s phones by law, as long as the contract and phone is paid off. Verizon customers have always had it easy, their phones have always come unlocked. That is now changing.
The company has announced that it will begin carrier locking the phones. For now, the phones will be unlocked as soon as the phone is sold, and service has been activated. But this is a temporary move. Later this spring, the carrier shall begin to follow the standard set by other wireless carriers, and the phones shall remain locked, presumably until the phone’s contract has been fulfilled.
Why is the carrier suddenly changing the way they do business? As a deterrent to theft. Apparently Verizon’s unlocked phones are too much of a enticing to thieves. “We’re taking steps to combat this theft and reduce fraud,” said executive vice president of wireless operations Tami Erwin, “These steps will make our phones exponentially less desirable to criminals.”
No one can fault Verizon for securing their merchandise from would be thieves, but we can always be sure that some customers will be unhappy about the change.