Originally Posted by zapjb
I had this customer who was with Verizon for about a year and a half. He had planned to switch over to PagePlus, but had to wait a while longer for his contract to expire.
In the meantime, as a trucker, he used a Verizon broadband wireless card as part of his service too, and when sleeping in truck stops would just use Wi-fi instead to download and watch movies.
When he ended up going on unemployment and living at home full time, he stupidly ran up an $1100.00 bill that wasn't quite due yet, due to his un-modified surfing habits, yet he was using all of that bandwidth with Verizon.
He was very afraid of losing his longtime phone number and couldn't pay the bill as all he had was an unemployment check coming in.
So I ported his number on that same phone over to PagePlus and he's been fine for several months now - the caveat I gave him was to make sure we do the switch before you go into collections.
Since the phone is now on PagePlus, along with his phone number via LNP, I don't see anyway that Verizon can do more than call the phone number of record and harass him incessantly (Which they do LOL).
But at least he's presumably untouchable now, because neither the phone, nor the MDN are part of Verizon now -it belongs to someone else's service.
The funniest thing was, he gave me a call one night, about a month after we did the port, to tell me he had just received a text message from Verizon telling him that this would be the last message he receives, and that his phone service is now cut off until he pays his whopper bill (I'm paraprasing, of course).
It's been over six months and his service is still running fine.
I could be wrong, or missing something here, but I think that in order for Verizon to blacklist the phone, it actually needs to be one of their phones in the first place, not someone else's - in this case, PagePlus.
Bradley D. Thornton
Manager Network Services
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