s mobile carriers inch closer to one another year after year, there are fewer and fewer reasons to choose one over another. That trend will continue this spring as Verizon has announced that it will start locking its phones in the coming weeks. For years, the phones that Verizon has sold to customers have been unlocked the moment they are activated, but in order to combat mobile phone theft, Verizon will begin locking phones for a set time after purchase.
As CNET explains, unlocked phones are appealing targets for theft as they can be sold to and used by anyone in any country. By locking the phones upon purchase and activation, they become less valuable for thieves.