Verizon Pixel 3 models must be activated first on Big Red before inserting SIM from other carriers (UPDATE)

Verizon Pixel 3 models must be activated first on Big Red before inserting SIM from other carriers (UPDATE)
Before you go to Best Buy to purchase a Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, keep in mind that all Verizon variants of the phone are SIM locked to the carrier, and must be activated first on Verizon before a SIM card from another carrier is inserted. Once a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL is activated, Verizon will unlock the device overnight. This is a new policy from the nation's largest carrier, and is not limited to the Pixel 3 series.

UPDATE: Verizon has temporarily removed the automatic overnight unlock on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. The company plans on reinstating it in the future. It also issued the following statement: "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. We have temporarily removed it from Pixel 3 and are assessing where it will be implemented in the future."

As you may recall, earlier this year we began locking phones until they were initially activated on the Verizon network to prevent theft and protect employees.

Under Verizon's new rules, any financed handset purchased after October 8th will be SIM locked to the carrier. Verizon says that it implemented this new policy to protect itself from theft and fraud. This applies to all of the phones sold by Verizon. Last year, before the new practice took effect, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were unlocked immediately, making them instantly compatible with most U.S. carriers.

Since Verizon is the Pixel's exclusive U.S. carrier partner, if you're not a subscriber to the nation's largest carrier, you might want to purchase your unit from the Google Store where you will get the option to buy it unlocked. The only problem with this is that the unlocked Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL models from Google don't ship until October 23rd.

So the choice is yours. Buy a Pixel from Best Buy, but if you plan on using it on another carrier other than Verizon, you'll have to wait 24 hours to install your wireless provider's SIM card. Or, you can buy the device unlocked from Google, but wait a few days for it to ship.

source: Reddit via TheVerge

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Pixel 3
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh
Pixel 3 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3430 mAh

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6 Comments

1. tuminatr

Posts: 1122; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Is this any different than what T-Mobile,At&t and sprint are doing. I believe it is because if you buy a phone from one of those carriers it wont unlock until its paid for. I know with My At&t I had to have a paid off device and then request the code to unlock it.

2. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Just wait for the unlocked version..... Wtf it is not rocket science and this phone is just MEH..... I like Google rocked N5 N6 N6p... I just had enough of the mediocre phone good software, poorly made devices. My Nexus 6 is in immaculate condition... Battery won't charge... No support period. Back with Samsung since the Gs3 with the Note 7 Note 8 and the Note N9..... F the software update..... Just wait for the unlocked version if you must have this

3. middlehead

Posts: 456; Member since: May 12, 2014

This is different from other carriers. Everyone else is allowed to lock their phones much more strictly, Verizon is not. Verizon has extra rules on them that require their phones to be more open because they were the primary winner in a spectrum auction a few years back. Theoretically, even the bit they're doing now "to prevent theft" is against the rules, but no one's challenged it yet.

4. tuminatr

Posts: 1122; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I know, but honestly how dumb is that. The rules should be the same for all the carriers

6. Paximos

Posts: 282; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

"The only problem with this is that the unlocked Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL models from Google don't ship until October 23rd"....who cares?

7. tuminatr

Posts: 1122; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Not true I received my phone yesterday, factory unlocked bought from the play store

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