Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones sold by Verizon do not support SIM cards from other carriers unless they are activated first on Verin’s network. A verizon spokesman confirmed this to The Verge and pointed to a new policy that the carrier implemented earlier this year to deter thieves from targeting their own stores and authorized dealers.
When a Pixel 3 (or any of Verin’s other current phones) is enabled, the operator will automatically unlock the device “overnight” the same day, according to the company. So there is not so much of a wait to get around this, but there is a wait all the time. Remember, Verizon is the exclusive transportation partner in the United States. So your only option ̵
1; and the second on other carriers should definitely take – buy directly from Google. Google seems to have a good handle in stock (with most storage and color options available within a week), but shipping is not immediate.
This policy constitutes an obstacle for anyone hoping to enter a Best Buy, and try to buy a Pixel 3 directly at full price to use on their own carrier. (Most Best Buy stores probably would not even allow this for the record.) But there’s also something to be aware of if you buy a new inbox, unactivated Verizon Pixel 3 from someone online.
You must find a way to enable it on Verizon before it can be used elsewhere. I have asked to pop in a friend or family member’s Verizon SIM card for a minute or two to suffice for Verin’s system to trigger the unlock.
The original pixel and pixel 2 were released before this policy came into effect so they were immediately unlocked and compatible with most major networks.