Can anyone tell me what this means?

we replaced our iphone 5 phones with iphone 6s on verizon network.  Verizon sent us the new phones with new sim cards in there.

one of the iphone 5 phones, after resetting / wiping says the attached message when walking through the startup (I'm trying to get them working without a cellular contract.  just for wifi, etc.

I took sims from the other iphone 5 phones and get the same message.

I thought all verizon iphone 5 phones were unlocked?

http://www.verizonwireless.com/aboutus/commitment/safety-security/device-unlocking-policy.html
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BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
It means that the phone is Tied to a carrier, like vodafone, but that the SIM is from a different carrier like O2.

You must use a SIM that the phone was locked to to activate it.

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BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
That's what's weird.  It's a verizon phone and the sim is stamped verizon / same sim that was in there when it was on my account.

and you say 'tied to a carrier'.  is that 'locked'? Supposedly, from that verizon link above, it
should be unlocked.
BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
Check this out - so I am in the US.  I took the 3 other sim cards that I have from other iphone 5 phones we replaced.  same sim not valid message.

Then I took a (prepaid?) sim for some foreign carrier I bought when in Costa Rica earlier this year and was used in a DIFFERENT  iphone, put it in and was able to walk through getting the phone to work with just wifi / as an ipod, etc.  no cell service.

Interesting this foreign sim works and US SIMs don't.  

It's out of apple care so who to deal with to see if they can push the appropriate policy to the phone!?
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