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Can any phone be used in the pre-paid plans?

Discussion in 'alt.cellular.verizon' started by singha_lvr, Jul 28, 2004.

  1. singha_lvr

    singha_lvr Guest

    Do I have to use certain phones with the pre-pay plans? Can I take a
    phone from a normal plan (out of contract) and use it with the pre-pay
    system?
     



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  2. Mike

    Mike Guest

    On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 02:16:13 -0400, singha_lvr
    <singha_lvr@charter.net> wrote:

    >Do I have to use certain phones with the pre-pay plans? Can I take a
    >phone from a normal plan (out of contract) and use it with the pre-pay
    >system?


    As far as I know, you can activate any VZW-compatible phone on prepay.

    Of course, you won't get discounts on the phone price for the most
    part (I think they only sell one or two models that way for prepay),
    but it sounds like you're talking about an existing phone.

    The only other caveat I can think about - you may or may not be able
    to use such things as data features on prepay, even if the phone
    supports it otherwise. I know at one point, they've sold a "pp"
    version of the Motorola T720, which may have been able to do GIN. I
    don't know if the prepay price structure supports it otherwise.

    Mike
     
  3. Mike

    Mike Guest

    On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 02:16:13 -0400, singha_lvr
    <singha_lvr@charter.net> wrote:

    >Do I have to use certain phones with the pre-pay plans? Can I take a
    >phone from a normal plan (out of contract) and use it with the pre-pay
    >system?


    As far as I know, you can activate any VZW-compatible phone on prepay.

    Of course, you won't get discounts on the phone price for the most
    part (I think they only sell one or two models that way for prepay),
    but it sounds like you're talking about an existing phone.

    The only other caveat I can think about - you may or may not be able
    to use such things as data features on prepay, even if the phone
    supports it otherwise. I know at one point, they've sold a "pp"
    version of the Motorola T720, which may have been able to do GIN. I
    don't know if the prepay price structure supports it otherwise.

    Mike
     
  4. Mike

    Mike Guest

    On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 02:16:13 -0400, singha_lvr
    <singha_lvr@charter.net> wrote:

    >Do I have to use certain phones with the pre-pay plans? Can I take a
    >phone from a normal plan (out of contract) and use it with the pre-pay
    >system?


    As far as I know, you can activate any VZW-compatible phone on prepay.

    Of course, you won't get discounts on the phone price for the most
    part (I think they only sell one or two models that way for prepay),
    but it sounds like you're talking about an existing phone.

    The only other caveat I can think about - you may or may not be able
    to use such things as data features on prepay, even if the phone
    supports it otherwise. I know at one point, they've sold a "pp"
    version of the Motorola T720, which may have been able to do GIN. I
    don't know if the prepay price structure supports it otherwise.

    Mike
     
  5. Mike

    Mike Guest

    On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 02:16:13 -0400, singha_lvr
    <singha_lvr@charter.net> wrote:

    >Do I have to use certain phones with the pre-pay plans? Can I take a
    >phone from a normal plan (out of contract) and use it with the pre-pay
    >system?


    As far as I know, you can activate any VZW-compatible phone on prepay.

    Of course, you won't get discounts on the phone price for the most
    part (I think they only sell one or two models that way for prepay),
    but it sounds like you're talking about an existing phone.

    The only other caveat I can think about - you may or may not be able
    to use such things as data features on prepay, even if the phone
    supports it otherwise. I know at one point, they've sold a "pp"
    version of the Motorola T720, which may have been able to do GIN. I
    don't know if the prepay price structure supports it otherwise.

    Mike
     
  6. On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 02:16:13 -0400, singha_lvr
    <singha_lvr@charter.net> wrote:

    >
    >Do I have to use certain phones with the pre-pay plans? Can I take a
    >phone from a normal plan (out of contract) and use it with the pre-pay
    >system?
    >


    Yes. Been there, done that. It helps greatly if it is a VZW phone,
    but any compatible phone which isn't locked by the original carrier
    can be used. You can use a locked one *if* you can get it unlocked.
     
  7. On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 02:16:13 -0400, singha_lvr
    <singha_lvr@charter.net> wrote:

    >
    >Do I have to use certain phones with the pre-pay plans? Can I take a
    >phone from a normal plan (out of contract) and use it with the pre-pay
    >system?
    >


    Yes. Been there, done that. It helps greatly if it is a VZW phone,
    but any compatible phone which isn't locked by the original carrier
    can be used. You can use a locked one *if* you can get it unlocked.
     
  8. On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 02:16:13 -0400, singha_lvr
    <singha_lvr@charter.net> wrote:

    >
    >Do I have to use certain phones with the pre-pay plans? Can I take a
    >phone from a normal plan (out of contract) and use it with the pre-pay
    >system?
    >


    Yes. Been there, done that. It helps greatly if it is a VZW phone,
    but any compatible phone which isn't locked by the original carrier
    can be used. You can use a locked one *if* you can get it unlocked.
     
  9. On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 02:16:13 -0400, singha_lvr
    <singha_lvr@charter.net> wrote:

    >
    >Do I have to use certain phones with the pre-pay plans? Can I take a
    >phone from a normal plan (out of contract) and use it with the pre-pay
    >system?
    >


    Yes. Been there, done that. It helps greatly if it is a VZW phone,
    but any compatible phone which isn't locked by the original carrier
    can be used. You can use a locked one *if* you can get it unlocked.
     
  10. SinghaLvr

    SinghaLvr Guest

    On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 16:24:06 -0400, The Ghost of General Lee wrote
    (in article <ol2gg0drm1d6rds778ls6jcra3s9auq0cr@4ax.com>):

    > Subject: Re: Can any phone be used in the pre-paid plans?
    > From: The Ghost of General Lee <ghost@general.lee>
    > Date: Today 4:24 PM
    > Newsgroups: alt.cellular.verizon
    >
    > On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 02:16:13 -0400, singha_lvr
    > <singha_lvr@charter.net> wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> Do I have to use certain phones with the pre-pay plans? Can I take a
    >> phone from a normal plan (out of contract) and use it with the pre-pay
    >> system?
    >>

    >
    > Yes. Been there, done that. It helps greatly if it is a VZW phone,
    > but any compatible phone which isn't locked by the original carrier
    > can be used. You can use a locked one *if* you can get it unlocked.
    >


    Yes: This is an existing phone.

    As for the locking ... if it's a VZW phone is this even an issue?
     
  11. SinghaLvr

    SinghaLvr Guest

    On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 16:24:06 -0400, The Ghost of General Lee wrote
    (in article <ol2gg0drm1d6rds778ls6jcra3s9auq0cr@4ax.com>):

    > Subject: Re: Can any phone be used in the pre-paid plans?
    > From: The Ghost of General Lee <ghost@general.lee>
    > Date: Today 4:24 PM
    > Newsgroups: alt.cellular.verizon
    >
    > On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 02:16:13 -0400, singha_lvr
    > <singha_lvr@charter.net> wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> Do I have to use certain phones with the pre-pay plans? Can I take a
    >> phone from a normal plan (out of contract) and use it with the pre-pay
    >> system?
    >>

    >
    > Yes. Been there, done that. It helps greatly if it is a VZW phone,
    > but any compatible phone which isn't locked by the original carrier
    > can be used. You can use a locked one *if* you can get it unlocked.
    >


    Yes: This is an existing phone.

    As for the locking ... if it's a VZW phone is this even an issue?
     
  12. SinghaLvr

    SinghaLvr Guest

    On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 16:24:06 -0400, The Ghost of General Lee wrote
    (in article <ol2gg0drm1d6rds778ls6jcra3s9auq0cr@4ax.com>):

    > Subject: Re: Can any phone be used in the pre-paid plans?
    > From: The Ghost of General Lee <ghost@general.lee>
    > Date: Today 4:24 PM
    > Newsgroups: alt.cellular.verizon
    >
    > On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 02:16:13 -0400, singha_lvr
    > <singha_lvr@charter.net> wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> Do I have to use certain phones with the pre-pay plans? Can I take a
    >> phone from a normal plan (out of contract) and use it with the pre-pay
    >> system?
    >>

    >
    > Yes. Been there, done that. It helps greatly if it is a VZW phone,
    > but any compatible phone which isn't locked by the original carrier
    > can be used. You can use a locked one *if* you can get it unlocked.
    >


    Yes: This is an existing phone.

    As for the locking ... if it's a VZW phone is this even an issue?
     
  13. SinghaLvr

    SinghaLvr Guest

    On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 16:24:06 -0400, The Ghost of General Lee wrote
    (in article <ol2gg0drm1d6rds778ls6jcra3s9auq0cr@4ax.com>):

    > Subject: Re: Can any phone be used in the pre-paid plans?
    > From: The Ghost of General Lee <ghost@general.lee>
    > Date: Today 4:24 PM
    > Newsgroups: alt.cellular.verizon
    >
    > On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 02:16:13 -0400, singha_lvr
    > <singha_lvr@charter.net> wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> Do I have to use certain phones with the pre-pay plans? Can I take a
    >> phone from a normal plan (out of contract) and use it with the pre-pay
    >> system?
    >>

    >
    > Yes. Been there, done that. It helps greatly if it is a VZW phone,
    > but any compatible phone which isn't locked by the original carrier
    > can be used. You can use a locked one *if* you can get it unlocked.
    >


    Yes: This is an existing phone.

    As for the locking ... if it's a VZW phone is this even an issue?
     
  14. On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 20:23:25 -0400, SinghaLvr <singhalvr@charter.net>
    wrote:

    >On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 16:24:06 -0400, The Ghost of General Lee wrote
    >(in article <ol2gg0drm1d6rds778ls6jcra3s9auq0cr@4ax.com>):
    >
    >> Subject: Re: Can any phone be used in the pre-paid plans?
    >> From: The Ghost of General Lee <ghost@general.lee>
    >> Date: Today 4:24 PM
    >> Newsgroups: alt.cellular.verizon
    >>
    >> On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 02:16:13 -0400, singha_lvr
    >> <singha_lvr@charter.net> wrote:
    >>
    >>>
    >>> Do I have to use certain phones with the pre-pay plans? Can I take a
    >>> phone from a normal plan (out of contract) and use it with the pre-pay
    >>> system?
    >>>

    >>
    >> Yes. Been there, done that. It helps greatly if it is a VZW phone,
    >> but any compatible phone which isn't locked by the original carrier
    >> can be used. You can use a locked one *if* you can get it unlocked.
    >>

    >
    >Yes: This is an existing phone.
    >
    >As for the locking ... if it's a VZW phone is this even an issue?


    No, because VZW doesn't lock their regular account phones (not sure
    about Free-Up phones), and even if they did, they are the ones who
    would have the unlock code. So if it is an old VZW phone, locking is
    a moot point. They will gladly sign you up for pre-paid (Free-Up)
    service on that phone. OOC, is it a digital phone (with or w/o
    analog)?
     
  15. On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 20:23:25 -0400, SinghaLvr <singhalvr@charter.net>
    wrote:

    >On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 16:24:06 -0400, The Ghost of General Lee wrote
    >(in article <ol2gg0drm1d6rds778ls6jcra3s9auq0cr@4ax.com>):
    >
    >> Subject: Re: Can any phone be used in the pre-paid plans?
    >> From: The Ghost of General Lee <ghost@general.lee>
    >> Date: Today 4:24 PM
    >> Newsgroups: alt.cellular.verizon
    >>
    >> On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 02:16:13 -0400, singha_lvr
    >> <singha_lvr@charter.net> wrote:
    >>
    >>>
    >>> Do I have to use certain phones with the pre-pay plans? Can I take a
    >>> phone from a normal plan (out of contract) and use it with the pre-pay
    >>> system?
    >>>

    >>
    >> Yes. Been there, done that. It helps greatly if it is a VZW phone,
    >> but any compatible phone which isn't locked by the original carrier
    >> can be used. You can use a locked one *if* you can get it unlocked.
    >>

    >
    >Yes: This is an existing phone.
    >
    >As for the locking ... if it's a VZW phone is this even an issue?


    No, because VZW doesn't lock their regular account phones (not sure
    about Free-Up phones), and even if they did, they are the ones who
    would have the unlock code. So if it is an old VZW phone, locking is
    a moot point. They will gladly sign you up for pre-paid (Free-Up)
    service on that phone. OOC, is it a digital phone (with or w/o
    analog)?
     
  16. On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 20:23:25 -0400, SinghaLvr <singhalvr@charter.net>
    wrote:

    >On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 16:24:06 -0400, The Ghost of General Lee wrote
    >(in article <ol2gg0drm1d6rds778ls6jcra3s9auq0cr@4ax.com>):
    >
    >> Subject: Re: Can any phone be used in the pre-paid plans?
    >> From: The Ghost of General Lee <ghost@general.lee>
    >> Date: Today 4:24 PM
    >> Newsgroups: alt.cellular.verizon
    >>
    >> On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 02:16:13 -0400, singha_lvr
    >> <singha_lvr@charter.net> wrote:
    >>
    >>>
    >>> Do I have to use certain phones with the pre-pay plans? Can I take a
    >>> phone from a normal plan (out of contract) and use it with the pre-pay
    >>> system?
    >>>

    >>
    >> Yes. Been there, done that. It helps greatly if it is a VZW phone,
    >> but any compatible phone which isn't locked by the original carrier
    >> can be used. You can use a locked one *if* you can get it unlocked.
    >>

    >
    >Yes: This is an existing phone.
    >
    >As for the locking ... if it's a VZW phone is this even an issue?


    No, because VZW doesn't lock their regular account phones (not sure
    about Free-Up phones), and even if they did, they are the ones who
    would have the unlock code. So if it is an old VZW phone, locking is
    a moot point. They will gladly sign you up for pre-paid (Free-Up)
    service on that phone. OOC, is it a digital phone (with or w/o
    analog)?
     
  17. On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 20:23:25 -0400, SinghaLvr <singhalvr@charter.net>
    wrote:

    >On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 16:24:06 -0400, The Ghost of General Lee wrote
    >(in article <ol2gg0drm1d6rds778ls6jcra3s9auq0cr@4ax.com>):
    >
    >> Subject: Re: Can any phone be used in the pre-paid plans?
    >> From: The Ghost of General Lee <ghost@general.lee>
    >> Date: Today 4:24 PM
    >> Newsgroups: alt.cellular.verizon
    >>
    >> On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 02:16:13 -0400, singha_lvr
    >> <singha_lvr@charter.net> wrote:
    >>
    >>>
    >>> Do I have to use certain phones with the pre-pay plans? Can I take a
    >>> phone from a normal plan (out of contract) and use it with the pre-pay
    >>> system?
    >>>

    >>
    >> Yes. Been there, done that. It helps greatly if it is a VZW phone,
    >> but any compatible phone which isn't locked by the original carrier
    >> can be used. You can use a locked one *if* you can get it unlocked.
    >>

    >
    >Yes: This is an existing phone.
    >
    >As for the locking ... if it's a VZW phone is this even an issue?


    No, because VZW doesn't lock their regular account phones (not sure
    about Free-Up phones), and even if they did, they are the ones who
    would have the unlock code. So if it is an old VZW phone, locking is
    a moot point. They will gladly sign you up for pre-paid (Free-Up)
    service on that phone. OOC, is it a digital phone (with or w/o
    analog)?
     
  18. SinghaLvr <singhalvr@charter.net> wrote:

    >> Yes. Been there, done that. It helps greatly if it is a VZW phone,
    >> but any compatible phone which isn't locked by the original carrier
    >> can be used. You can use a locked one *if* you can get it unlocked.
    >>

    >
    > Yes: This is an existing phone.
    >
    > As for the locking ... if it's a VZW phone is this even an issue?


    If it's a VZW phone and being used on VZW, no.

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  19. SinghaLvr <singhalvr@charter.net> wrote:

    >> Yes. Been there, done that. It helps greatly if it is a VZW phone,
    >> but any compatible phone which isn't locked by the original carrier
    >> can be used. You can use a locked one *if* you can get it unlocked.
    >>

    >
    > Yes: This is an existing phone.
    >
    > As for the locking ... if it's a VZW phone is this even an issue?


    If it's a VZW phone and being used on VZW, no.

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  20. SinghaLvr <singhalvr@charter.net> wrote:

    >> Yes. Been there, done that. It helps greatly if it is a VZW phone,
    >> but any compatible phone which isn't locked by the original carrier
    >> can be used. You can use a locked one *if* you can get it unlocked.
    >>

    >
    > Yes: This is an existing phone.
    >
    > As for the locking ... if it's a VZW phone is this even an issue?


    If it's a VZW phone and being used on VZW, no.

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     

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