Verizon is tired of people stealing from its stores, so it’s changing one of its most popular policies to deter thieves.
According to CNET, the carrier is planning to introduce a new policy this spring that will lock devices it sells for a predetermined amount of time, similar to competing carriers across the industry.
Currently, Verizon allows devices purchased through its stores to be used with any carrier. It’s why many people opt for the iPhone from Verizon when Apple releases a new device.
“We’re taking steps to combat this theft and reduce fraud,” said Tami Erwin, executive vice president of wireless operations for Verizon. “These steps will make our phones exponentially less desirable to criminals.”
While its phones will be less desirable to criminals, the same could be said for consumers. CNET points out an instance when someone travels overseas. Before, customers could simply swap out their SIM for one that supports an international carrier. But that won’t be so easy once the policy is changed.
Verizon hasn’t said how long customers will need to wait before their device can be unlocked, or whether a manual request is required. Policies from Verizon’s biggest competitors range drastically; AT&T, for example, requires a phone to be active for at least 60 days, while T-Mobile only requires 40 days.
Verizon said it will provide more details about the policy change as its launch gets closer.