Activating Used Iphone Vzw
I've done dozens of searches but I still appologize if this has been asked and answered.
I'm buying a used Iphone 4 for Vzw on friday off CL. I'm going to call and make sure the ESN is clear of course before buying but how do i go about:
#1 getting the ESN since it doesn't have a removable battery
#2 Activate it once I have it, can it be done over the phone while im there or only through Itunes.
- 05-12-2011, 04:48 AM #2
- 05-12-2011, 04:59 AM #3iPhone Newbie
- 36 Posts
Its in the settings under general and then about. Get the MEID number and give that to the rep. Good luck with the purchase. They will need to have it activated from itunes (not VZW service) at the time of sale, because if it's on the activate from itunes screen you won't be able to get to this info.
- 05-12-2011, 10:54 AM #4
I found this the other day when I was switching my phone over to a friend. When we hooked up itunes after I wiped the phone clean, it kept wanting to activate the iphone on my number. Because it was the number it had last. I actually had to take the phone to the VZW store to have them transfer her number over to it then we could go back and hook itunes up and start with a fresh set up. Kind of starnge but it never asked to set up a new number of any kind. I wonder if you would have that problem as well if you are buying a used device from from someone or ebay if it has a number assigned to it already?
Has anyone else has this issue?
- 05-12-2011, 12:50 PM #5
I said this in another post, safest way is to meet at a Verizon store, not a 3rd party but the actual corporate store. They do it right there in front of you and takes 5 minutes. And if it doesn't work you won't have to worry about the seller trying to rob you or make a big scene. I tried this a few weeks back and the phone was reported lost/stolen. I looked at the guy and said sorry, here is your phone back. I wound up just adding a line later that day just to get the phone.
- 05-13-2011, 09:14 AM #7
- 05-13-2011, 11:01 AM #8
Well to update:
First guy gave me the ESN so i could check it on my way over to save time, found out it was still associated with another account and couldn't be activated, after i mentioned it to him he stopped returning my texts.
Tonight i found another person who easily agreed to meet me at a Verizon store, went through everything there, no activation charges or anything it was very smooth.
Moral of the story, meet at a verizon store!
- 05-14-2011, 01:41 AM #10
I bought two ip4v's of Craigslist this month. Had both Sellers meet me at Verizon.
Verizon reps in store were more than happy to help check out the phone and tell me the brief background on the previous owner. I really made an effort to get to know one of the reps and he gave me his card for future issues and changes. Also previous to this, made a contact online customer service who told me to contact her (email) with any issues. She waived both my Craigslist Vzn activation fees.
Some of my friends now want help with Craigslist transactions.
- 05-14-2011, 08:30 AM #11
- 05-14-2011, 12:11 PM #12
- 06-21-2011, 07:39 PM #14
- 06-21-2011, 08:45 PM #15
Does anyone think that maybe the iPhone SHOULD have a removable battery? It would save us users a lot of trouble when attemPting to troubleshoot the iPhone or switching batteries if it goes bad or dead. Idk. I come from blackberry so maybe there are reason for the lack of a removable battery?
- 06-21-2011, 09:23 PM #16
Google "Buying Used iPhone 4? Warranty?"
Last edited by VZWiP4; 06-21-2011 at 09:33 PM.
- 06-27-2011, 10:58 AM #17iPhone Newbie
- 13 Posts
I recently traded my Thunderbolt for an iPhone 4 last month. I had the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 4 on AT&T so I was spoiled by the battery life. I had the highest insurance plan available on the Thunderbolt and when I switched phones, it automatically adjusted to the $10.99 iPhone insurance plan. I called Asurion to ask if it could actually transfer over to me and they said since I have always had an insurance plan on my line that it could switch over and it would be honored. Does anyone know if this really is true?
- 06-27-2011, 04:09 PM #18
- 06-27-2011, 07:29 PM #19