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    prepaid phone on postpaid?

    Is there any way to use a new prepaid phone on Verizon postpaid?

    My other option is switching back to Verizon prepaid, since the coverage area is similar. But I'm looking for ideas on how to avoid switching to prepaid. Any advice?

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    yeah once you fulfill the terms of the prepaid device. it should be on the box he phone came in.

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    Like I said, I'm looking for ideas on how to avoid switching to prepaid, but thanks for the input.

    Maybe I'll switch to Cricket for awhile, since their prepaid phones are so cheap.

    But I'm still open to ideas on how to stick with Verizon postpaid.

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    You could buy a cheap unlocked phone
    To use on Verizon. Phones from US Cellular are supposed to be unlocked.

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    Or iPhones from Xfinity Mobile if you have their services. Swappa is a good place to find decent phones.

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    You can't go right from VZW Prepaid to postpaid -- You'll need to fulfill their terms for unlocking first. Getting an eBay unlock won't work. I speak from experience trying to put an eBay-unlocked Verizon Prepaid Moto E4 on Verizon Postpaid. It worked initially, but after a day or so, the phone was disabled. When the Verizon account holder contacted them, Verizon CS advised that the phone wouldn't work on Postpaid until the terms of prepaid had been fulfilled.

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    You could just buy a decent unlocked phone and use that. There are a number of Moto phones under $200 that you can get from Amazon, unlocked & ready to go. Has to be cheaper than fulfilling prepaid plan terms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fyrfyter View Post
    You could just buy a decent unlocked phone and use that. There are a number of Moto phones under $200 that you can get from Amazon, unlocked & ready to go. Has to be cheaper than fulfilling prepaid plan terms.
    It depends on the subsidy. A year ago I bought a Moto E4 that required $70 worth of service to be added. After I used it up I moved to ATT to get an iPhone.
    iPhone X on ATT Prepaid. Backup iPhone 7+ on inexpensive Verizon MVNO plan. Hopefully covers me in the continental US for phone usage. Cheaper than a single unlimited plan on ATT or Verizon or T-Mobile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevink1 View Post
    It depends on the subsidy. A year ago I bought a Moto E4 that required $70 worth of service to be added. After I used it up I moved to ATT to get an iPhone.
    If you buy an unlocked phone there is no subsidy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fyrfyter View Post
    If you buy an unlocked phone there is no subsidy.
    No. But buying unlocked and unsubsidized MAY be more expensive than buying with the subsidy. Especially if relatively low requirements. Verizon Prepaid is one of the easier to unlock, as long as you are using their service. 2 months service got it unlocked. ATT is 6 months. Some MVNOs are 12 months.

    If the unlocked phone is compatible with the service you want, it is definitely easier. No unlocking requirements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevink1 View Post
    No. But buying unlocked and unsubsidized MAY be more expensive than buying with the subsidy. Especially if relatively low requirements. Verizon Prepaid is one of the easier to unlock, as long as you are using their service. 2 months service got it unlocked.
    I agree with you here, but warning that Verizon might not want to unlock the phone even after you meet the requirements, so you might have to stand up for yourself when they try to make excuses for not giving you the unlocking code. If you stay strong, they will give in and provide the unlock code.

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    Quote Originally Posted by computercrashed View Post
    I agree with you here, but warning that Verizon might not want to unlock the phone even after you meet the requirements, so you might have to stand up for yourself when they try to make excuses for not giving you the unlocking code. If you stay strong, they will give in and provide the unlock code.
    Once you meet the terms the phone can be unlocked. Only an poorly trained and/or incompetent rep would give anyone a hard time. Why would they care? No conspiracy theories.

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    YMMV, but a year ago after I activated the Verizon Moto E4, I verified it showed up on my online portal as the active phone, added the required money specified with the phone to the account, and the next day I called up Verizon and unlocked it. So I was able to unlock it within a couple days just by adding the money to the account. I then used up the balance over the next couple months before changing to another carrier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hagar View Post
    Once you meet the terms the phone can be unlocked. Only an poorly trained and/or incompetent rep would give anyone a hard time.
    LOL, you act like that's uncommon.
    I hope you don't work there.

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