Verizon Stops SIM Locking Pixel 3 and 3 XL for Now

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The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are now available, depending on where you're getting your device. 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. It runs Android 9.0 Pie on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB RAM and your choice of 64 or 128GB storage.

Google recently launched its new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones globally.

Google announced the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL at an event held in NY a week ago on October 9th. "We have temporarily removed it from Pixel 3 and are assessing where it will be implemented in the future".

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As you know if you read DL comments, people weren't exactly thrilled with this move, especially since the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are built to work on every single major U.S. carrier, even if Verizon is the exclusive carrier partner.

But if you're picking up Google's latest flagship through Verizon or Best Buy in hopes of easily activating it on a different carrier, we've got a bit of bad news. Well, it turns out that shouldn't be much of a surprise, as the Pixel 3 XL's display is made by Samsung. The company said that it has initiated this new policy to help reduce theft at its retail stores. In a nutshell, all phones acquired from the carrier have to be first activated on Verizon before they can be used on other networks, with a wait time of up to 24 hours.

What else? Well, the battery's just a smidgen smaller than the one in the Pixel 2 XL, and the battery is replaceable - if you're really, really careful.