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    How can I temporarily disable a phone without having another esn to switch it to?

    How can I temporarily disable a phone without having another esn to switch it to?

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    call and report it lost when you ant it back on call and tell them you found it adn want to get turned back on.

    I believe they will do this for 30 days

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    .. That's a pretty drastic measure, though. Before you go to such lengths, care to tell us what this is for, Ceed? Do you perhaps want to disable it before selling it on eBay or something?

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    how do you mean disable it?



    you could just shut it off?

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    I think he wants it un-activated. He doesn't want the ESN in the Verizon system, have a person able to make phone calls from it, etc.

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    Call up verizon, tell them it's your son's phone, he's grounded and you want the phone turned off for a while. My dad threatens to do that all the time, so I'm assuming they must be able to

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    Call and say its stolen - if you call and just ask them to disable it you will be charged $15.00. I called last week to disable someone on my account for using 1800 minutes in 20 days and the rep. said he would mark it as stolen to save me the $15.00 to put a hold on the phone.

    Just call them up and they will suspend the phone.
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    here is what ya do

    Here is what you do, I do this all the time.

    Tell them you were borowing a buddys phone and you need to give it back to him and ask them to put a dummy esn on your account and that will take care of your problem.

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    I have a family share plan with 5 lines, and one person is making too many calls, and I just want to disable it to teach them a lesson, and to show them that yes in fact I will disable their phone if they dont watch how many minutes they use. (They live in another state)

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    One idea is to look for an old phone on eBay... I just sold a couple for $10 shipped. Then you can change the ESN to one on a phone you have but don't use. It may also come in handy as a spare if someone in the family loses a phone.

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    ????....

    I am learning about Verizon because a friend is starting to sell them at his store.

    Nextel has was they call seasonal standby for for a few dollars to no more than $5.00, I don't see why Verizon can't come up with something like that.
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    Verizon has a seasonal suspend as well.

    Don't remember the details of it at this moment.

    But you don't need to go to those lengths. Call CS & tell them you want to dummy out the phone.

    They will put in a fake ESN (one not attached to any phone). When you feel like being nice to the other person, call CS back & have them undummy the phone.

    It costs nothing except for the monthly access you still pay for the phone.

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    Could just use a dummy ESN such as 13901111111. Not sure if you can use that on My Account though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NextelNutt
    I am learning about Verizon because a friend is starting to sell them at his store.

    Nextel has was they call seasonal standby for for a few dollars to no more than $5.00, I don't see why Verizon can't come up with something like that.
    My mom did that to my line for 2 months, and it costed her $15 to reactivate.
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