FCC grants Verizon permission to lock new phones to its network for 60 days

Polycount

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Though this may seem like an unusual decision for the FCC to make, there's a good reason for it: both the organization and Verizon itself believe that this slightly less restrictive version of previous phone unlocking rules will prevent identity theft and device fraud.

"Verizon plans to implement a short, 60 day fraud safety check period, which will go into effect very soon," said Verizon CEO Ronan Dunne. "After the 60 day period the phones will unlock automatically. That means, fraudsters who order and steal phones — clearly with no intention of ever paying for them will have a much harder time."

The original phone unlocking rules that Verizon has been bound by took effect when the carrier acquired "C block" from the FCC during a 2008 spectrum auction -- the FCC's new decision is considered a "limited waiver" of those rules.

The FCC feels that the number of consumers that might be harmed by this waiver is insignificant when compared to the potential for identity theft. "Verizon indicates that only “a tiny fraction” of its customers port their numbers or change carriers within the first 60 days of service and that those who do change carriers usually return their handsets to Verizon within the 14-day return period," the Commission said in an order.

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Uncle Al

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While it might discourage those seeking fast turn around on selling hot phones, it will only mean a slight delay .... not really much of a deterrent ....
 
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brucek

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I wonder if they could instead just lock them to U.S. Carriers as a whole, or an even larger consortium of carriers as long as each agreed to brick phones reported as stolen.

Most customers would never notice / never care and yet they'd become useless for theft for export. There could be a free unlock offered to those who were say moving overseas that would become available after the "check cleared" + a sufficient safety window.
 

MonsterZero

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Aaaaaaaand, Ajit is once again being dumb (as he always is). Why can't we all be like EUR, and have unlocked phones for all???
...Did you even read the article?
What's to read? Verizon shill heading up the FCC grants his old buddies terms and conditions they want so that he can get paid under the table or get kickbacks. I don't even need to read the article to know anything with his or Verizon's name on it is always bad news for the consumer.

Please Verizon, save us from all from the unlocked phone fraud!!!
 
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m4a4

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What's to read? Verizon shill heading up the FCC grants his old buddies terms and conditions they want so that he can get paid under the table or get kickbacks. I don't even need to read the article to know anything with his or Verizon's name on it is always bad news for the consumer.

Please Verizon, save us from all from the unlocked phone fraud!!!
Congrats on making an uninformed comment then, based solely on feelings. I know kids who do the exact same thing!