Verizon: We Are Locking Phones Down To Combat Theft

Customers of US-based wireless carrier Verizon won’t be able to swap SIM cards in the coming days. This is because Verizon announced that it would soon stop selling unlocked phones. For customers, this would mean that they could no longer use their smartphones on various carriers both in the US or in other countries.

 

To combat theft, Verizon  is locking phone down

 

The US-based wireless carrier announced this month that it would eventually phase in the company’s new SIM lockdown on smartphones it sells this 2018.

 

So how does this system works? The company said that as customer signs-up and activate one of the company’s services; it would initially unlock smartphones. But there’s an exemption, come spring,  the US-based wireless carrier said that it would keep the phone locked for a specific period after the customers purchased the device.

 

Meanwhile, tech users claim that this practice is common to other US-based carriers. Verizon also agreed to sell their unlocked phones. But these phones, according to the company, are under the Federal Communications Commission’s open-access rules.

 

 

It can be recalled that the company has won the auction of the C Block of 700MHz spectrum. The carrier runs its LTE network using the C Block of 700MHz spectrum.

 

This would also mean that the US-based wireless carrier customers with locked devices should contact the company to unlock their devices. This set-up, however, is somewhat difficult for other customers since they are not allowed to use other US carriers using the Verizon phones.

 

“We’re taking steps to combat this theft and reduce fraud. These steps will make our phones exponentially less desirable to criminals,” Tami Erwin, executive vice president of wireless operations for Verizon, told CNET in a statement.

 

A company official said that the company’s locking policy is meant to prevent thieves from further stealing other phones.

Important Phones Unveiled Before The End of 2017

The So-Called Important Phones of 2017

The end is near so we might as well have a list of the best or important phones of the year 2017. I’m actually very happy to own one of them myself. And I can say that it really reached my expectations.

  • Samsung J7 Pro

Now this is what I call my dream phone. This is just a mid-range phone from Samsung which makes it even cooler. Having great specs in just a small amount of money is very rare. With its 13-megapixel camera both on rear and in the front, this is a must-have for photo enthusiasts. We reviewed the Samsung J7 Pro not too long ago.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8

After the very dangerous issue that happened last year with the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung made a major comeback with their Galaxy Note 8. With its slim bezels and large screen-to-body ratio, it’s not a shock that the phone made it to the list. Waterproof and wireless charging are some of the sought-after features of this phone.

  • iPhone X

Well, the Face ID is a great addition when it comes to a phone’s feature. And it is also the reason why this phone made it here. Using Face ID to unlock phones and verify payments are a great deal.

  • Moto 5G Plus

It’s steady-on for Motorola’s phones for cost-conscious buyers, and the 5G Plus rises to the top of the heap.

With a metal build, good camera and splash-resistant coating, the G5 Plus measures up — especially for the price. But it’s the way that the hardware and software, a near-stock version of Android, come together that makes the Moto’s effort our favorite budget phone of the year once again.

So, did your phone make it to the list?

CES 2012 News Roundup

This post was contributed by Simon from Best Mobile Contracts, the leading UK mobile phone comparison website.

The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is always worth keeping an eye on, because it’s often the first look at the new technologies we can expect to see on the high street for the rest of the year. We take a look at the most exciting highlights of the 2012 show.

 

Huawei Ascend P1S’s Smashes Into The Market

Huawei isn’t exactly a known name in phones, at least in the West, but the Ascend P1S is going to get everyone talking about it. It’s incredibly slim, at just 6.68mm thick, but boasts a high-end specification including a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor running Android 4.0, a 4.3 inch screen, 8 megapixel camera, 5.1 surround sound, a solid 1 GB of RAM, and 4 GB of storage space. The Ascend P1S’s sleek good looks come in three colour options, black, pink, or white. Huawei is the biggest phone manufacturer in China, with massive factories and a huge market presence there.

 

Lenovo’s Intel Smartphone

Lenovo, best known for manufacturing what used to be IBM’s ThinkPad brand of reliable, matt-black business laptops, have made their first foray into the mobile phone market with their K800 smartphone. It comes with a 4.5 inch screen, and a Medield Atom 1.6 GHz processor running Android 4.0. It’s the processor that really makes this handset distinctive: it’s essentially a shrunk-down PC processor, designed specifically for mobiles. The K800 is launching in China first, with no info about a UK release date as yet. Look out for a new range of Motorola phones using the same Atom chip this year, too.

 

Fujitsu’s Dunkable Phone

Fujitsu also launched a new Android machine, the F07D. The technical specs are nothing too special: 1.4 GHz processor running Android 2.3, with a 5 megapixel camera. What’s really impressive is the slimness of this device (6.7mm) and the fact that you can drop it in the bath or even some swimming pools without losing functionality. Yes, it’s fully waterproof, to a depth of 1.4m, for up to thirty minutes. With a bit of luck, that should even mean it’ll still work OK if you accidentally leave it in the garden overnight during a rainstorm, too. The clumsy or absent-minded – shouldn’t be ashamed of picking this phone: it has to be better than destroying a more expensive one every few months.

 

Sony’s Latest Xperia

Sony announced its newest Xperia model, the Xperia S. This is another top-of-the-range smartphone, with a staggeringly impressive 12 megapixel camera and a respectable dual-core 1.5 GHz processor. At present it only runs Android 2.3, but an upgrade to Android 4.0 is said to be on the cards for later this year.

 

Nokia Lumia 900 Launch

The long-rumoured Lumia 900 is basically a slightly upgraded Lumia 800, adding a front-facing camera to the critically acclaimed Windows Phone handset from Nokia. It’s intended for the US market, though, being LTE-compatible (Long Term Evolution: a 4G standard that’s unlikely to be rolled out in many other parts of the world anytime soon). So, we should probably expect some kind of new Lumia variant later this year, but it won’t quite be this Lumia 900.

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