Great write up, thanks!
Not quite sure if anyone's made a guide on how to do this yet. I figured I'd give it a shot, working for FedEx and all.
This method, AFAIK, is best used if you called telesales to order your phone. I haven't been able to verify it for orders placed online. Then again, you can just go to Verizon's website for tracking information, right?
1. After receiving an e-mail confirmation from Verizon about your order, note these two numbers:
2. Go to www.fedex.com/us/ and place your mouse cursor over 'Track', which is under 'Package/Envelope' and to the right of 'Ship' toward the top of the page. 5 options should pop up, but the one that you want is 'Track by Reference'. (Or you can just click here and go straight to the track by reference page )
3. Under 'Enter reference information' you'll see Account number, Reference, Ship date, Destination country, and Destination postal code. You can leave the 'Account number' field blank. Under 'Reference', type in the Location number you noted earlier, place an underscore '(_)' after that number, then type up the order number right after it. It should all be grouped together, with no spaces. (Example: 1530701_837590287).
You can then leave the 'ship date' alone as it should be displaying today's date and will look for anything shipped +/- 15 days from that day.
'Destination country' is self-explanatory and 'Destination postal code' will be where you are having the package shipped to. Not the bill-to ZIP code.
4. Click 'Track' and you should be set! Keep in mind that you should probably wait a few hours after you place your order to check. It isn't instantaneous.
Hope this helps!
Great write up, thanks!
Thanks for that... some people don't know how to track packages, sending or expecting...
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No prob . The Glyde and env2 threads were my sources of inspiration what with everyone managing to get those phones ordered earlier than intended. Not to mention the fact that I tend to do 'reverse lookups' like this at work on an almost daily basis. Can anyone confirm this working for phones being shipped from the east coast?
Thank you for the great information!
Is there some way to obtain the "location" number without having to call Verizon ? When I ordered phones for my family over the phone, I didn't think of asking for a package tracking number and I didn't think of giving the agent an email address.
Edit: I called Verizon and was informed that the location number identifies the call center in your state (I don't know if there are any states that either have more than one call center or no call center); the location number then for every customer in that state is the location number of your state's call center. This agent said that your location code generally will remain the same for a long time.
Last edited by Matt_; 06-25-2009 at 05:36 PM.
AFAIK the agent shouldn't have the tracking number ready as the order would still have to be processed at the warehouse in order to be shipped, which would then yield a tracking number. Since I haven't had to order a phone in a while I forgot if the agent actually asked me for my e-mail address or if their system automatically sends a confirmation to whatever e-mail you have registered with them. Has anyone been able to confirm whether or not this method works with online orders?
This is crafty. Good work :thumbsup:
Verizon Wireless - More bars in more places on the now network.
They can make cell phone technologies that can download faster than my DSL line. Why can't they make a phone that I can use on my submarine?!
Cool info right off the bat