1. tvezier's Avatar
    Hello,

    I have a question, as of right now I have a non-black berry, LG EnV Touch and the contract does not end until 2011, If I were to buy any blackberry off of say ebay, will verzion allow me to switch it to that and add a data plan, without any other charges?

    These are the two I was looking at,

    It won't let me link may have to copy paste

    cgi.ebay.com/BRAND-NEW-BLACKBERRY-CURVE-8330-SILVER-VERIZON-PDA_W0QQitemZ180417113668QQcmdZViewItemQQptZCell_P hones?hash=item2a01b2ae44

    cgi.ebay.com/New-GSM-UNLOCKED-Blackberry-STORM-9530-Verizon-ATT-8GB_W0QQitemZ270468018272QQcmdZViewItemQQptZCell_P hones?hash=item3ef9267060
    10-10-09 12:00 PM
  2. jrod3055's Avatar
    Have you called CS and find out. We have VZW perusing the site, but if you need your answer much quicker, call them. Also, one important thing to keep in mind. If you buy a BB from a second party, make sure it was not on a BES network. Otherwise, you will run into IT Policy issues. While they can be remove, why go to the all the hasel if you don't have to.
    10-10-09 12:05 PM
  3. Krynj's Avatar
    Shouldn't be a problem, since you're not canceling service or anything.

    Edit: Verify it has a clean ESN, and can be used on Verizon.
    Last edited by Krynj; 10-10-09 at 12:10 PM.
    10-10-09 12:05 PM
  4. tvezier's Avatar
    I have time, I was just wondering.
    10-10-09 12:14 PM
  5. jrod3055's Avatar
    I have time, I was just wondering.
    No problem, glad to help.
    10-10-09 12:20 PM
  6. spark09223's Avatar
    As long as it has a clean ESN, it should be fine. I've done this many times before.
    10-10-09 12:21 PM
  7. tvezier's Avatar
    Other than eBay do you have any other recommended websites?
    Last edited by tvezier; 10-10-09 at 12:28 PM.
    10-10-09 12:23 PM
  8. TwinsX2Dad's Avatar
    eBay has buyer protections. You could also try Craigslist & Backpage.com for potential local sources.

    Before you buy, get the ESN & PIN, then call VZW to make sure all is well.
    10-10-09 12:28 PM
  9. jrod3055's Avatar
    eBay has buyer protections. You could also try Craigslist & Backpage.com for potential local sources.

    Before you buy, get the ESN & PIN, then call VZW to make sure all is well.

    Twins, I like your disclaimer. Very nice job.
    10-10-09 12:32 PM
  10. TwinsX2Dad's Avatar
    Thanks - you should've seen it before I had to cut it down to clear the signature size requirements.
    10-10-09 12:35 PM
  11. Gitpicker51's Avatar
    I buy and swap phones around all the time using the Verizon page. It's easy. Sign on, set up your info, look for Activate a Phone...put in the hex ESN, make sure the old one is turned off, wait 5 to 20 minutes, punch in *228 and select Option 1.
    10-10-09 12:39 PM
  12. Krynj's Avatar
    You're definitely gonna want to verify ESN and PIN though. Some Berrys get banned from the BIS, and sometimes people try to sell those phones to unsuspecting buyers.
    10-10-09 12:42 PM
  13. tvezier's Avatar
    You're definitely gonna want to verify ESN and PIN though. Some Berrys get banned from the BIS, and sometimes people try to sell those phones to unsuspecting buyers.
    So make sure to call VZW to verify that the ESN and PIN are good, is BIS separate from that or will verifying with VZW be enough?


    Is there an Activation Fee of some sort as well?
    Last edited by tvezier; 10-10-09 at 12:48 PM.
    10-10-09 12:44 PM
  14. Krynj's Avatar
    BIS is BlackBerry Internet Service, which is owned by RIM. When carriers offer BlackBerry internet access, it goes through the BIS. So when RIM bans a PIN or ESN, the phone becomes useless. It's not terribly common, but it is something to check first.
    10-10-09 12:48 PM
  15. tvezier's Avatar
    So I would need to contact RIM to verify the PIN & ESN as well?
    10-10-09 12:50 PM
  16. Krynj's Avatar
    Nope, Verizon can do it for you. Let them know you're buying a phone from eBay, you have the PIN and ESN, and you want to make sure it'll work on the network.
    10-10-09 12:52 PM
  17. itsthemusic's Avatar
    As long as its a Verizon branded phone with a clean ESN (meaning its not on the lost/stolen list) You will be fine.
    10-10-09 01:12 PM
  18. Super_Mario's Avatar
    No there is no fee to switch to the phone. And just as everyone else has said, make sure that the phone is not stolen on on a BES.
    10-10-09 04:29 PM
  19. xMx Reaper xMx's Avatar
    Thanks - you should've seen it before I had to cut it down to clear the signature size requirements.
    I think that would be a very enjoyable read, you should consider posting it for us to read, i know i'd get a good laugh out of it.
    10-10-09 05:43 PM
  20. tvezier's Avatar
    Can anyone confirm, A VZW rep said, "that theres a $35 activation fee." But I don't think so, maybe I'm wrong?
    10-10-09 06:52 PM
  21. TwinsX2Dad's Avatar
    New line, $35 activation.

    Existing line, no fee.
    10-10-09 07:12 PM
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