Verizon Stops SIM Locking Pixel 3 and 3 XL for Now

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That means you'll have to activate your handset with Verizon, if that's where you got it from, before unlocking it for use on a different network.

The chip is integrated into the bootloader of the phone, so it participates in verifying that the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL is running the right version of Android, by storing the last known safe version of Android for the device.

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are now available, depending on where you're getting your device.

With in-depth integration between AI capability and hardware/software components, the next-generation Pixel phones aim to bring new user experiences to local consumers, Prunuske said. Verizon has not yet clarified if it's enough to stick in an active Verizon SIM to perform the activation but even the 24-hour wait might be a hassle. This policy isn't limited to Pixel 3 phones; it applies to all Verizon phones. If they couldn't access a Verizon SIM card to complete the process, they effectively could not use the phone on their own network at all. Our friends at Telus hooked us up with a Pixel 3 XL to give to one lucky victor. In case you are planning to buy the all new Pixel smartphones, then telecom operator Airtel has good new for you. For example, this could simply be a policy change created to circumvent the current situation Verizon's now finds itself in.

In a statement released to The Verge, a Verizon representative stated, "At launch, there was an update related to an automatic overnight unlock on Pixel 3s, which also showed up on phones sold in Best Buy stores".

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