Question S22 Ultra Verizon SIM Unlock

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joancolmenares

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Because I'm outside US now
This is a tough one, I don't think any carrier will "unlock" a device that is not paid off as it will increase risk of customer not paying it and selling it overseas (carriers overseas can use phones that are network locked in the US). If you are outside the US or have a trip coming, Verizon will suggest just using roaming. You may try one of those IMEI unlocking sites and pay the price for that.
 
This is a tough one, I don't think any carrier will "unlock" a device that is not paid off as it will increase risk of customer not paying it and selling it overseas (carriers overseas can use phones that are network locked in the US). If you are outside the US or have a trip coming, Verizon will suggest just using roaming. You may try one of those IMEI unlocking sites and pay the price for that.
Actually, Verizon does. Verizon got its peepee smacked by the FCC several years ago. As part of the agreement, Verizon must unlock its devices at sale. A few years ago, several Verizon stores were victims of daylight armed robberies. To protect its stores, employees, and customers, Verizon asked the FCC for a waiver to unlock phones after 60 days.
 

joancolmenares

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Actually, Verizon does. Verizon got its peepee smacked by the FCC several years ago. As part of the agreement, Verizon must unlock its devices at sale. A few years ago, several Verizon stores were victims of daylight armed robberies. To protect its stores, employees, and customers, Verizon asked the FCC for a waiver to unlock phones after 60 days.
This is the perfect example of "everyday you learn something new" I could get my TMO unlocked because I paid it off but did not know Verizon "had" to unlock it 60 days in... well that's the solution for OP
 

drfundy

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This is a tough one, I don't think any carrier will "unlock" a device that is not paid off as it will increase risk of customer not paying it and selling it overseas (carriers overseas can use phones that are network locked in the US). If you are outside the US or have a trip coming, Verizon will suggest just using roaming. You may try one of those IMEI unlocking sites and pay the price for that.
Verizon unlocks all phones automatically after 60 days. They have to. They made an agreement when they purchased a wireless band years ago that their phones would be unlocked. They somehow worked out the ability to lock them for the first 60 days.

More on why they unlock at 60 days and why they have to.
 
Verizon unlocks all phones automatically after 60 days. They have to. They made an agreement when they purchased a wireless band years ago that their phones would be unlocked. They somehow worked out the ability to lock them for the first 60 days.

More on why they unlock at 60 days and why they have to.
To be clear, it was also part of a larger problem. Verizon was also doing things like locking down GPS usage and USB tethering.

As it was rolling out 4G and as turn by turn navigation started becoming more popular, it wouldn't allow its customers to use any turn by turn navigation apps. The only one Verizon customers were allowed to was VZ Navigator and it was not free (~$9.99/month). Verizon also wouldn't allow its customers to use USB tethering.

The FCC intervened, smacked Verizon's peepee and included in the C Block purchase agreement.
 

drfundy

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To be clear, it was also part of a larger problem. Verizon was also doing things like locking down GPS usage and USB tethering.

As it was rolling out 4G and as turn by turn navigation started becoming more popular, it wouldn't allow its customers to use any turn by turn navigation apps. The only one Verizon customers were allowed to was VZ Navigator and it was not free (~$9.99/month). Verizon also wouldn't allow its customers to use USB tethering.

The FCC intervened, smacked Verizon's peepee and included in the C Block purchase agreement.
Yes, I seem to recall some of those dirty tricks. This is the main reason I will not buy a phone financed through a carrier anymore.
 

drfundy

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Based on his original post then his response, it seems he financed the phone then left the US. This makes it seem he wants to get it unlocked so he can use it without paying it off.
Yep agreed. But the suggestion I responded to was to pay it off in full, so I pointed out that doing so would not work. He would still have a locked phone.
 

mc_365

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I thought the VZW phones were all unlock for non US GSM networks right out the box. I switched from VZW a few years back when sprint had the 1 year free offer, i stayed when they merged with TMO because of the 5G.
 
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doubledragon5

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I thought the VZW phones were all unlock for non US GSM networks right out the box. I switched from VZW a few years back when sprint had the 1 year free offer, i stayed when they merged with TMO because of the 5G.
I was with verizon for 18 months.. Leaving them, was the best move I ever made.. Plus it is the only time I enjoyed paying them almost a grand to leave my contract.. Went back to Sprint, then moved over to T-Mobile, long before the merger..
 
I thought the VZW phones were all unlock for non US GSM networks right out the box. I switched from VZW a few years back when sprint had the 1 year free offer, i stayed when they merged with TMO because of the 5G.
Verizon got a waiver from the FCC allowing them to delay unlocking until after 60 days. There were several broad daylight armed robberies of its stores a few years ago. So Verizon asked for the waiver to deter robberies.
 

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    I thought the VZW phones were all unlock for non US GSM networks right out the box. I switched from VZW a few years back when sprint had the 1 year free offer, i stayed when they merged with TMO because of the 5G.