Verizon temporarily removes SIM locks from Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

By | 19th October 2018

Verizon has announced that it has temporarily removed SIM locks from Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL devices, including those sold at Best Buy. The announcement comes on the heels of a hot controversy that exploded across the tech world when Verizon confirmed yesterday that it would be locking Verizon Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 SIM cards until they had been activated on Verizon. Such news did not go over well and now the carrier has removed the SIM locks while it tries to figure out a long-term solution.

Since Verizon is the exclusive carrier for Pixel devices, the only two options for buying a Pixel device are to buy it through Verizon (via a Verizon store or Best Buy) or to order an unlocked version from Google. But the Pixel 3 devices are designed to work on every major carrier. Thus, Verizon’s SIM locks prevented customers of other carriers from purchasing the Pixel 3/XL through any source except Google.

For now, though, customers from any carrier can walk into a Verizon or Best Buy store and purchase an unlocked Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL. While this may last for the long-haul, we’ll keep our fingers crossed.