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Discussion in 'Northeastern US Wireless Forum' started by lady51, Mar 6, 2003.

  1. lady51

    lady51 New Member

    Sep 29, 2002
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    These may well be dumb questions with obvious answers, but I would like to run them by the forum experts. . .

    When I orginally bought VZW, I had signed up for a Local Choice plan and was issued a Nokia 5180i for free. Later I wanted to upgrade to America's Choice and discovered that this model was obsolete and incompatible with the national plans (probably why I got it for free). I got around this by purchasing a tri-mode telephone from a private party and had it activated by CS and changed my plan. Anyway, a friend of mine is interested in getting a cheap pre-paid type phone for a family member to use locally (that would be in the New York city area). I recommended Verizon's Freeup plan and would like to give him the 5180i since I have no use for it. What I would like to know is

    a. Would Verizon be able to activate that model on pre-paid?

    B. Can I give away/sell that telephone or do I have to keep it as part of my contract? I know I would have to pay for it if I cancel service.

    c. Would that telephone show up as being mine if someone else tries to activate it? Would that have some negative effect on my account or phone number? I understand only one cell phone can be linked to a number at a time, so it seems it shouldn't, but I have learned never to assume anything with the phone company. Would I have to confirm that I gave him the phone and it wasn't stolen?

    Thanks for reading this.
  2. jayc

    jayc Bronze Senior Member
    Senior Member

    Dec 21, 2002
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    Johnson City, TN
    My Phone:
    Samsung A670
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Verizon Wireless

    A.) yes they wsould be able to activate it on prepaid... there is a $25 activation fee and you have to purchase a $30/$50 starter card. With this phone you will not be able to pick up on PCS signals (mainly in Florida and Texas.)

    B.) Once you buy the phone it is yours... unless you get it through an agent store, in that case you would have to pay for it if you cancel but if you don't you won't have any problems.

    C.) No, the only time a ESN will be shown as duplicate is if it's actually still being used on another line (in your case it won't be.)

    Anymore questions feel free to let me know.

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