For the third year in a row, Verizon is the "exclusive" launch partner for Pixel 3 and XL. But things are handled differently this year – the Verizon Pixel 3 is Verizon based by default.
The "Only on Verizon" advertising campaign has been confusing since the original Google Pixel smartphone, but with Pixel 3, things are even more confused. In the past, you could go to Best Buy – which has always sold only the Verizon version of the phone – and go with a model that was essentially an unlocked model (after full payment).
That means you could crack in every SIM you wanted, be it AT & T, Sprint, Cricket, T-Mobile … whatever. It worked that way for pixels 1
But it is.
For the first time in years The Pixel 3 is on Verizon SIM-Lock, regardless of whether you pay for the phone or not. This means that any Pixel 3 purchased from Best Buy or Verizon, despite being able to support all US carriers, can only be used on Verizon.
Since the phone is fully paid, can put it in a Verizon store and request that they unlock the device. You can or may not do this because you are not a Verizon customer, so be prepared to get some backlash. Maybe
Update: It is reported that after 24 hours with a Verizon SIM in the phone is automatically unlocked. That's cool if you're already at Verizon. In this case, nothing matters. It still does not help the Verizon users in the least.
Update x2 : Verizon made a statement to the Android Police:
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