Verizon Stops SIM Locking Pixel 3 and 3 XL for Now

Google Pixel 3 XL teardown reveals Samsung screen, tons of glue

With the newer Pixel 3 XL, Google appears to have solved the problem by going with Samsung for the bigger display and is mostly getting positive reviews around this. But now it looks like that exclusivity is more restrictive than in the past - Pixel 3s sold by Best Buy are seemingly SIM locked to Verizon. This policy is part of an anti-theft initiative that Verizon rolled out earlier this year to discourage folks from stealing from its retail stores.

However, coming back to the display panels, the teardown has revealed that Google has picked LG for giving the 5.5-inch full-HD+ (1080x2160 pixels) flexible OLED display on the Pixel 3.

The first to do so is the trusty iFixit, and while digging through the Pixel 3 XL's innards didn't result in any groundbreaking discoveries, there are still a few interesting changes compared to the last generation of Pixel phones.

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When asked specifically if this means that they have removed the lock on Pixel 3 phones, they confirmed that to be the case. However, the new development seems like their deal is officially closed, at least for Google Pixel devices. Verizon can, of course, unlock any phone that has a SIM lock to its network.

Speaking about the offer, Vani Venkatesh, Chief Marketing Officer, Bharti Airtel said, "We are excited to extend our partnership with Google to on-board their latest range of devices to our Online Store and delight customers". All you need to do is activate the Pixel 3, or any other phone, with Verizon. If there is an official statement issued, we'll update this article - otherwise you might just have to sit tight if you've found this happening on your own Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL. That is, until we get this whole situation sorted out.

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