Verizon Says It Will Fight Criminals By Locking Your Smartphone

Verizon is hoping that by locking down “unlocked” smartphones, it’ll put a damper on smartphone theft.

The carrier on Monday confirmed to CNET that when customers now buy handsets from Verizon, they’ll be locked until a customer signs up for service and activates them on the network. Sometime later this year, Verizon plans to keep the phones locked for an unspecified amount of time after activation and then will unlock them when that period is up.

According to Verizon, the move will...

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