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    Verizon locking phones this spring

    So verizon will start again locking their phones starting this spring, no more unlocked devices out of the box


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    Isn't this in violation of their agreement with the FCC on band 13 devices?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kneedragger32 View Post
    Isn't this in violation of their agreement with the FCC on band 13 devices?
    That’s what I was thinking.
    Quote Originally Posted by ChocoDough View Post
    You have been trying for 5 years to work for AT&T? Are you retarded?

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    They say it’s temporary and done to deter theft 🙄

    https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/12/1...-change-policy

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    Quote Originally Posted by robbielarios View Post
    So verizon will start again locking their phones starting this spring, no more unlocked devices out of the box


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    What's your source?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WiredGuy View Post
    What's your source?

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    https://www.cnet.com/news/verizon-wi...-combat-theft/


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    HoFoers were right when we predicted that Verizon would continue pushing the boundaries of its agreement with the FCC after Trump took office (since Trump is notoriously pro-deregulation). First it was deprioritizing, then video throttling, and now device locking.

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    https://consumercomplaints.fcc.gov/h..._form_id=39744


    with enough complaints, it may not go through

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    Verizon should be able to provide a theft count of phones in transit to stores since the policy change is to deter those types of theft.

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    My guess is that they will require that the device be paid off in full and that the line must be active for 60 days just like AT&T requires.

    I wonder how this will affect the US Reseller Flex Policy iPhones? I suspect that using a Verizon SIM for the initial activation of a USRFP iPhone will lock them to Verizon with no way to unlock them unless you are a postpaid customer for the minimum time period required for unlocking them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CallmeJake View Post
    Verizon should be able to provide a theft count of phones in transit to stores since the policy change is to deter those types of theft.
    It's a line of BS. This isn't about deterring theft. It's about making it harder for customers to switch to another carrier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VVivian View Post
    It's a line of BS. This isn't about deterring theft. It's about making it harder for customers to switch to another carrier.
    Oh definitely. They want to stop people from adding lines just to get discounted phones that they sell. And some people even open up postpaid Verizon accounts just to get the discounted phones and close them within 3 days.

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    It's simple.
    Unlock on request, no time limit.
    Phone must be completely paid off.

    I don't see a problem as long as there is no time requirement, only a device ownership requirement.
    That would not violate the spirit of the FCC agreement. Any time limit would.

    As long as you own the phone is should be able to be unlocked.
    Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters. -- Daniel Webster

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    Quote Originally Posted by VVivian View Post
    It's a line of BS. This isn't about deterring theft. It's about making it harder for customers to switch to another carrier.
    Correct or Verizon should have the $$$ figure or ### Phone thefts to substantiate the quantifiable claim.

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    I'm fine with them locking phones as long as they unlock them when they are paid off.

    People are always trying to do shady stuff with Verizon and it's time they do something.

    I think they are catching on to these people opening accounts just to let discounted phones because the latest phone I purchased from them only applies the credits over a period of 24 months, and not instant.

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