Verizon may be blocking Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL from operating on its network

While it should not be a surprise to anyone, the fact that Microsoft’s new Lumia flagships are not being...
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13. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I don't think the 950 & 950 XL are going to sell well this year, but I don't think Microsoft cares because most likely they're going to restart the flagship line to be Surface phones next year. If they're anything like the Surface Book I think it's going to be a good move for them.

14. Furbal unregistered

Hp partnership is looking good for them

21. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

Taters, Even though Microsoft may have blocked or didn't include a CDMA band for Verizon and Sprint. You and no one else considered the variants that Microsoft releases like for instance. Lumia 950 with a 955 variant Just like prior Lumia devices all sold on CDMA and GSM

15. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Glad I don't have this carrier.

20. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

GSM all the way, Verizon never cared for Windows Phone anyway. Never promoted or marketed to customers. Always Samsung or iPhone. All about the contract, trust me I know was a sales associate for AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. Here the same pitch for iPhone and S series by Samsung. Id rather buy it unlocked anyway dont care for greedy Verizon.

22. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

It's not an arduous task at all to activate a Nexus 6P or 5X on Verizon. It's as simple as inserting an already activated SIM card into the phone. Not sure what bone he's trying to pick here.

27. semipro1337

Posts: 110; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

It's not that simple. As soon as the phone attempts to register, and its IMEI or ESN, whatever its called now is read it could be denied authentication at that point. As soon as Verizon sees its a Windows phone not branded by them it would be black listed anyway.

29. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

PA failed to give you actually tech info. "The reason is due to the nature of CDMA, which has MEIDs (Mobile equipment identifier) that must be added to the Verizon system and network even if they are unlocked. Without Verizon adding – and in a sense blessing – these phones on their network, they would never work. (Customers typically need to call the carrier and manually enter in the MEID in order to activate the phone. However, if the phone is not listed in the database or the unique ID device code is blocked, it cannot work.)." From the article they copied. It is all on Verizon at this point.

30. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

I told everybody that it was verizon that was blocking the new lumias but the anti microsoft hate is so strong... and PA is so guilty of spreading this anti microsoft sentiment. I've been a member since september 2012 but I feel that I should leave. If I get banned I wont even care.

31. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

hmm why do folks hate Microsoft that is crazy. Rough and Tough Bill Gates has been gone for years now. Mr. Ballmer is gone too. The New MS CEO Mr Nadella is diplomatic in his dealings with people and other businesses. Verizon has not publically said it would not carry the 950 or 950XL. Verizon could allow Microsoft to sell a Verizon 950 and will activate if a person buys a contract in store or on line to use a Verizon network 950

36. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

You guys and all your conjecture and speculation.. silly. We truly don't REALLY know the reason behind this. For all we know, it could be EITHER Microsoft being unreasonable with Verizon's demands, or the other way around. I think it's pretty much a given that Verizon does not and has never liked having unlocked phones brought to it's network. So it is consistent with them not wanting the one way to get the MS phones on through direct purchase from MS. We don't know if MS and Verizon discussed selling the MS phones at the store level. I am betting they did and they couldn't come to an agreement. It's unfortunate, as I was willing to take a hard look at the new MS phone and give it a try. I love the idea behind continium and using the phone more like a PC (especially when traveling). I really think a deep integration between windows desktop and the phones will eventually get MS a much much larger stake in the marketplace.

38. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Verizon needs nothing from MS to add their device info to the Database, seriously you don't understand how this outdated CDMA crap works. Just stop and research it and find out why Verizon is solely responsible for it not working at this point in time.

39. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

This is why I am switching to Android after 10 years of MS incompetence and getting the BB Priv.

41. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

THIS IS A SAD SITUATION for Verizon Windows smart phone fans /users. Since the MS Lumia 950XL is not going to be carried by AT & T it is available to Verizon to put on their network for it's Windows smart phone to upgrade to a flagship Windows smart phone. hell Verizon could rename it the Win-XL smart phone and sell it on their network. I wish some 3rd party group the FCC for instance could find out what the issues are and get the 2 companies to settle their deference's so Verizon customers can get a great MS Lumia flagship smart phone.
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