1. aquaj13's Avatar
    I am currently on at&t but seriously considering switching to verizon for the storm 2.
    my question is how do you activate an unlocked phone for verizon; on at&t i simply put my sim card in?
    Thanks for the help.
    10-03-09 08:42 PM
  2. fabuloso's Avatar
    Different networks, GSM to CDMA, Bold won't work. Even if its unlocked.

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    10-03-09 08:58 PM
  3. aquaj13's Avatar
    i know they r different networks. if i switch to verizon and buy a phone off ebay (unlocked cdma) how would I activate it.
    I have never had a cdma phone or service, I have always been with at&t (GSM).
    10-03-09 09:11 PM
  4. amazinglygraceless's Avatar
    I don't believe that Verizon lets you "bring your own" so that
    option is also probably not going to work.
    10-03-09 09:16 PM
  5. aquaj13's Avatar
    then how r verizon phones activated?
    10-03-09 09:17 PM
  6. Username00089's Avatar
    i know they r different networks. if i switch to verizon and buy a phone off ebay (unlocked cdma) how would I activate it.
    I have never had a cdma phone or service, I have always been with at&t (GSM).
    You can have an unlocked CDMA phone but it's up to Verizon whether they
    want to activate the ESN for you or not.
    10-03-09 09:17 PM
  7. aquaj13's Avatar
    so they tell me what phone i can use and not use. That is lame!!
    10-03-09 09:20 PM
  8. Username00089's Avatar
    so they tell me what phone i can use and not use. That is lame!!
    If they say they don't want you using a phone not branded by them then yes
    they have the right to. This is the downside to CDMA.
    10-03-09 09:22 PM
  9. aquaj13's Avatar
    thanks for the help. I think i will stay where I am for now.
    10-03-09 09:25 PM
  10. daspollak's Avatar
    The other down side is that they charge an activation fee every time you want to activate a new phone. It use to drive me nuts, and now I love the fact that I can just plug the sim into the new phone and thats it.
    10-03-09 09:26 PM
  11. bigdawg384's Avatar
    As long as its a verizon phone all u have to do to activate it is an esn change which u can actually do for free thru your my verizon online or by dialing *228 and selecting option 3. I swap my phones around all the time and never pay for it and if u do pay for it then sorry to say ur a sucker. If you buy for example a sprint phone it gets sent to texas for about 2 weeks to get it verizon approved before u can activate which is lame but wat can u do. As far as the main question of how to activate a phone cdma goes by the serial number on the device (esn) which u can change urself anytime and once the number is in the system u dial *228 and select optio 1 to activate ur phone that's bout it really.

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    10-04-09 09:33 AM
  12. McCracken's Avatar
    buy phones branded verizon off of ebay, if that is your wish. CDMA carriers are all this way.
    10-04-09 09:39 AM
  13. McCracken's Avatar
    The other down side is that they charge an activation fee every time you want to activate a new phone. It use to drive me nuts, and now I love the fact that I can just plug the sim into the new phone and thats it.
    I haven't been charged an activation fee in 10 years with somewhere around 25 different phones on my lines.
    10-04-09 09:40 AM
  14. Username00089's Avatar
    As long as its a verizon phone all u have to do to activate it is an esn change which u can actually do for free thru your my verizon online or by dialing *228 and selecting option 3. I swap my phones around all the time and never pay for it and if u do pay for it then sorry to say ur a sucker. If you buy for example a sprint phone it gets sent to texas for about 2 weeks to get it verizon approved before u can activate which is lame but wat can u do. As far as the main question of how to activate a phone cdma goes by the serial number on the device (esn) which u can change urself anytime and once the number is in the system u dial *228 and select optio 1 to activate ur phone that's bout it really.

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    You forgot to mention that there's a limit to switching ESN's of up to 3 times
    during a billing cycle.
    10-04-09 01:37 PM
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