[Update x2: Statement] The Pixel 3 is the first Verizon LTE Android phone to be SIM locked in a decade, and that'll be a problem for some

Update 1: 2018/10/19 7:58am PDT

In a strange twist, it looks like Verizon has begun to automatically SIM unlock every Verizon Pixel 3 with an active Verizon SIM in it.

Update 2: 2018/10/19 1:22pm PDT

Verizon provided us with the following statement:
At launch, there was an update related to an automatic overnight unlock on Pixel 3s, which also showed up on phones sold in Best

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