Verizon says phone-sale fraud is up, needs to lock new telephones to combat it

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A combination lock sitting on top of a smartphone.

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Verizon—the one main US cellular service that routinely sells unlocked 4G LTE telephones to customers—final week requested for presidency permission to lock its telephones for 60 days after buy.

An unlocked telephone can be utilized by a shopper on any service’s community (so long as the telephone and community are suitable), whereas a locked telephone can solely be used with the service that utilized the lock. Verizon’s telephones are unlocked due to open-access guidelines the Federal Communications Fee utilized to 700MHz spectrum that Verizon purchased at public sale in 2008.

That would change if the FCC grants Verizon’s request to let the service lock telephones for 60 days with the intention to deter fraud when individuals purchase telephones on cost plans that require little or no down cost.

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