Why Verizon is locking down your smart phone (The 3:59 Ep. 354)



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We discuss Verizon’s new phone locking policy, break down blockchain and hacking at the Olympics

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18 thoughts on “Why Verizon is locking down your smart phone (The 3:59 Ep. 354)

  • February 13, 2018 at 3:08 pm
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    Stop lying, it is NOT because of theft. They just want the control that locking phone gives. Forcing users to use their service.

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  • February 13, 2018 at 3:08 pm
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    a lot of Verizon phones actually are plastered with a giant Verizon logo….

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  • February 13, 2018 at 3:08 pm
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    Verizon can do what they want now that they ran the FCC

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  • February 13, 2018 at 3:08 pm
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    The audio keeps fading in and out. At some point it gets too loud for my ears and the next instant it gets so low that I don't understand what the host is saying. Didn't expect such immaturity from CNET.

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  • February 13, 2018 at 3:08 pm
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    Post on full episodes on podcast please… thank you. No more 404 I need my CNET fix

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  • February 13, 2018 at 3:08 pm
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    Last year in my local area, there was a string of Verizon store robberies, one of the Verizon employees was actually murdered in the process. Thankfully the thieves were caught some time after. Until I saw this video, I didn’t even know why they kept robbing Verizon stores.

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  • February 13, 2018 at 3:08 pm
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    Screw Verizon, I am going to let everyone unveil their wrong-doings.

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  • February 13, 2018 at 3:08 pm
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    just to clear up some misinformation, AT&T doesn't make you wait 14 days. I paid off my moms 6s plus and had it unlocked less than 24 hours later.

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  • February 13, 2018 at 3:08 pm
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    Do they not realize its easy to unlock a mart phone when you know how to do so?

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  • February 13, 2018 at 3:08 pm
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    Why Verizon is locking down your smartphone

    Because Verizon can't pretend to be the "good guy" for very long before they slip back into dictator robes. Now they're going back on a deal they made with the FCC, just to reimplement their control over customers, under the guise of protecting them. Protecting them from what, exactly? If someone steals your phone and sells it, it has the exact same effect in your life as if they steal it and trash it. Verizon isn't protecting anyone. They just hate letting their customers have the freedom to take their phone to another network, and want to make it as inconvenient as possible.

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  • February 13, 2018 at 3:08 pm
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    That will not deter thieves. A lot of stolen phones are sold for parts. Also thieves won’t ask if the phone is a Verizon carrier.

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