1 Remember that if you opt for the Verizon prepaid option, you’ll have to wait a year before switching to a different service provider. Showing slide 1 of 8 - Best Selling. Activating an unlocked phone. Unlocked phones can be moved from one network to another, typically by swapping the SIM card inside. 99 Verizon is in the process of shutting down their CDMA network but there may yet be areas on Verizon’s network that only have CDMA coverage. it even shows the T-Mobil loading screen instead of the Verizon one when booting up the phone! You can still switch your unlocked Verizon phone over to T-Mobile or AT&T, but Verizon warns that you may experience decreased functionality with your device. However, you have to pay a certain amount of fee to get one. For your convenience HowardForums is divided into 7 main sections; marketplace, phone manufacturers, carriers, smartphones/PDAs, general phone discussion, buy sell trade and general discussions. 1 Remember that if you opt for the Verizon prepaid option, you’ll have to wait a year before switching to a different service provider. Also, updates to your smartphone's software can relock the phone, requiring you to unlock it again, an option that may not be available immediately after an update. It just depends on if Verizon is willing to accept your device and if the phone is unlocked. Something strange happened recently though, I use t-Mobil and for whatever reason the last update changed the boot loader from Verizon to t-Mobil and now wifi calling (which was not an option before) showed up and some network settings unlocked. Can I use my old sim card or do I need to bring in the device pick up a new one? It just depends on if Verizon is willing to accept your device and if the phone is unlocked. Just choose either of the 2 and enter at the prompt. Here are our best picks for premium devices on the country's biggest carrier. Are there any other fees aside from the activation fee? HowardForums is a discussion board dedicated to mobile phones with over 1,000,000 members and growing! Keep in mind, all cell phone networks want your business, so it’s more common than not that Verizon would accept a phone (See table below with phones that work on Verizon). Sprint and Verizon operate under the same radio network, making devices between the two compatible. The AT&T and T-Mobile variants, however, only come with a GSM chip. That means you can’t use an AT&T or T-Mobile iPhone on Verizon or Sprint, since those versions don’t have CDMA chips.

Buying a sim free phone from Apple also allows you to avoid ATT’s $30 upgrade fee. Carrier unlocked may not work immediately but you can convert to a Samsung OEM unlocked by changing the firmware. Sometimes this can be reversed (Samsung is notorious for updating carrier-locked smartphones before unlocked ones), but in most cases, an unlocked phone will be … You can still switch your unlocked Verizon phone over to T-Mobile or AT&T, but Verizon warns that you may experience decreased functionality with your device. In short, an unlocked phone is a phone that is not exclusively tied to a single carrier.