Verizon plans to stop selling unlocked smartphones as a way to deter criminals from stealing the devices, the company told CNET.
As of today, Verizon devices will be locked to the Verizon network and unlocked as soon as a customer signs up for service and activates the phone. Later in the spring, though, smartphones will remain locked until unlocked by Verizon, and Verizon has not yet shared details on how long it will keep phones locked before offering to unlock them.
Verizon previously sold all of its smartphones, iPhones included, unlocked, which means they were not tied to the Verizon network and could be used with any carrier right after purchase.
Verizon this morning announced an offer coming for both existing customers and new customers who are switching to a Verizon line, which will go live on Monday, January 29. With the deal, if you trade in an eligible smartphone and then purchase an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X, you’ll get $699 off a second iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X.
The offer is available when purchasing any combination of these iPhones, as long as they are both purchased on device payment plans and a new line is activated on Verizon unlimited. Afterwards, the $699 discount on the second smartphone comes in the form of bill credits spread out over a 24 month period.
The offer [...]
In November, AT&T shared its plans to launch its „5G Evolution“ network — which isn’t true 5G — in select areas of Minneapolis as part of its overall plan to boost cellular coverage in the city during Super Bowl LII. This week, three of the major United States cellular carriers — AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile — each outlined their own plans to ensure that customers retain quality coverage in the Twin Cities on the weekend of February 4.
U.S. Bank Stadium via Darb02 / Wikimedia Commons AT&T said its users can expect „a better mobile experience“ in the city, with technology it’s been working on for over [...]
Chinese smartphone makers Huawei and Xiaomi are reportedly in discussions with carriers AT&T and Verizon, who may begin selling each company’s flagship Android smartphones in the United States as early as next year.
The negotiations are still in progress, and it’s possible no final agreements will materialize, according to Bloomberg News.
The news echoes an earlier report from The Information that claimed AT&T has tentatively agreed to sell at least one Huawei smartphone, which was believed to be a high-end model resembling the company’s flagship Mate 10 handset.
A partnership with AT&T and/or Verizon would be a major win [...]