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Old February 11th, 2013, 07:03 AM   #62 (permalink)
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I hope you're right. Yes, you could buy it unlocked from Google... IF Google is going to sell the Verizon LTE version online. Which I strongly doubt, because Verizon's not going to have the competition. It'll be in Verizon stores or not at all. I'll betcha this:

Google Play will sell the GSM version. U.S. carriers will sell their versions as usual. Verizon will send a bootloader unlock to your phone upon request for an extra $15/month. Or - you could get clever and use as toolkit to unlock your own phone.

BUT: as soon as your newly unlocked phone signs in Verizon's service, they're gonna see that you're unlocked and they'll slap your bill with a $15/month hit anyway.

Our only hope is to throw enough public fits that Verizon has no choice but to cave on it. As said: this involves a micro-fraction of their users, so we're not talking big money here for Big Red. It's a matter of principle.
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