The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL telephones being offered by Verizon won’t assist SIM playing cards from other carriers unless they’re first activated on Verizon’s community. A Verizon spokesperson confirmed this to The Verge, pointing to a brand new coverage that the service applied earlier this 12 months to dissuade thieves from concentrating on its personal retail shops and people of approved resellers.
As soon as a Pixel 3 (or any of Verizon’s other present telephones) is activated, the service will routinely unlock the gadget “in a single day” that very same day, in accordance with the corporate. So there’s not a lot of a wait to get round this, however there is a wait all the identical. Do not forget that Verizon is the unique service accomplice in the USA. So your solely different — and the one of us on other carriers ought to undoubtedly take — is shopping for direct from Google. Google appears to have a very good deal with on inventory (with most storage and coloration choices obtainable inside per week), however delivery is not quick.
This coverage presents a hurdle for anybody who hoped to stroll into say, a Greatest Purchase, and attempt to purchase a Pixel 3 outright at full worth to make use of on their very own service. (Most Greatest Purchase shops in all probability wouldn’t even enable this, for the report.) But it surely’s additionally one thing to concentrate on in case you purchase a new-in-box, unactivated Verizon Pixel 3 from somebody on-line.
You’ll have to seek out a way of briefly activating it on Verizon earlier than it may be used elsewhere. I’ve requested if popping in a pal or member of the family’s Verizon SIM card for a minute or two can be sufficient to inform Verizon’s techniques to set off the unlock.
The unique Pixel and Pixel 2 had been launched earlier than this coverage took impact, in order that they had been instantly unlocked and suitable with most main networks.