Verizon will never lock the iPhone 5. Really!
18 Oct 2012
This has caused a bit of a stir online over the past couple of weeks since the launch of the iPhone 5. Customers who had purchased the phone directly from Verizon initially expected their handsets to be locked (as you would), but quickly discovered that theirs wasn't.
At first customers started posting online to check with others to see if it was just their handset, but since more and more people came out of the woodwork to declare that their iPhone 5 isn't locked to Verizon either, the company themselves have had to come out and comment.
The comments have surprised a few people (us included) but Verizon have stated that for the iPhone 5, they will never lock it. Does this symbolise a new era for previously perceived harsh networks? Who knows. Networks may start doing this as a form of competitive advantage over each other, which could lead to it happening in more countries and more often. We won't be holding our breath however.
It isn't the first time that an iPhone has been launched and sold by a network as unlocked (another US network called Sprint did it in 2011). However, the last time it happened, the network did a software update further down the line that locked the handsets. To ease fears that this will happen with Verizon iPhone 5's, these comments will go down as well as a hot meal.
It does raise a question for me however. Why didn't Verizon tell everyone they were going to be doing this before the iPhone launch? Surely it would have prevented a ton of customers purchasing it from the other networks in the first place. Hmm.
If you weren't one of the lucky ones to find out that your iPhone 5 was miraculously unlocked, you can get it done on our iPhone 5 page. Check to see if your network is available for unlocking first and if it is, order away.
Article by Darren Kingman