Verizon temporarily unlocks all Pixel 3 phones after complaints

Verizon will allow both Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones to be instantly used by other carriers, and the spokesperson confirmed it to The Verge by email. When cell phone sales started yesterday, the buyer noticed that Pixel 3 was fixed in Verizon's network until it was activated. Verizon SIM-activated devices are unlocked overnight for use with other carriers.

But Verizon is now releasing a full and immediate lock – but it may be temporary. "At the time of release, there was an update related to the automatic night unlocking of Pixel 3s, and it also appeared on cell phones sold at Best Buy stores," the spokesman said. "We will temporarily remove it from Pixel 3 to evaluate its future implementation."

This has a direct impact on Best Buy customers. It's not like you can go to the Verizon store and buy a phone without an account. Google runs a pop-up store that sells Verizon Pixels, but it's not clear whether it can be purchased without an account. More details have been emailed to the company.

Earlier this year, Verizon announced that it would start locking in newly purchased smartphones until it became active on the corporate network. According to Verizon's claim, Verizon claims to prevent theft of retailers and resellers. However, this policy was quickly retracted at the same time as yesterday's release, as it is an American exclusive carrier offering Google's new mobile phone.

Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL can be unlocked directly by Google.

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