Verizon will lock phones despite FCC rules against it

Verizon will lock phones despite FCC rules against it”

You can use an unlocked phones on any carrier, so long as it has the appropriate SIM card inserted. A new policy would keep the phone locked to Verizon.

Some analysts and consumers claim that Verizon is breaking a stipulation it made to acquire the "C" block of 700MHz spectrum from a 2008 FCC auction - that prohibited the inter-network compatibility-locking of any handset sold by a bandwidth licensee - with the new policy. FCC policy says Verizon can't lock its phones to prevent them from being used on other carriers, ZDNet said. Fixing the handsets to Verizon's network while they are on the shelves should deter crooks. According to Verizon, however, the carrier is still following the intention of the requirements of the C block. They appear to have told CNET that this move should help stop criminals from jacking your new phone as you make your way to a store to get it activated, or leave with one.

Verizon has yet to say how long it'll make customers wait before it allows them to use one of their phones on another network.

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The change shouldn't dramatically impact users, given devices are unlocked immediately through a software update. Armed robberies were up more than 200 percent in the last year over the year prior. 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. Each offers the ability to unlock a handset at some point after service has been started, but each carrier also requires the the handset has been active on the network for a certain amount of days and that the device has been completely paid off.

"If Verizon just keeps phones locked while they're in its own retail inventory, then that's fine", Bergmayer said. "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". The change could make it more hard to switch carriers in the U.S. or use a local SIM card to stay connected while traveling overseas, our sister site ZDNet said. "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".

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