Verizon iPhones are now SIM locked (x-post from r/Verizon)
Can anyone else confirm? Here’s my original post from the Verizon subreddit:
I can confirm that in front of me, I have an iPhone 8 Plus which is SIM locked to Verizon. Even after activating with the original Verizon SIM, all other SIM cards will pop up the “activation required” screen which ends up saying “SIM not supported.” I sell these phones online, and I was concerned when a customer had this issue but thought that they were doing something wrong. But apparently they have started without notifying anyone (other than the press release in February of this year when they said it would start at some point “this Spring”). Can anyone else confirm? This appears to have happened at some point within the last two weeks – I can confirm that an iPhone 8 purchased last month is still unlocked after a full factory reset.
Also all of these come directly from Verizon. I’m not sure about Verizon models from Best Buy, Wal-mart, etc.