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Old Dec 3, 2012, 07:19 AM   #1
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Verizon won't activate my iPhone 5 prepaid

I bought a verizon iPhone 5 from the apple store at full price as I visiting and called verizon to have a prepaid plan activated on the iPhone 5 and the sales guy said I can't activate my iPhone 5 with verizon on a prepaid plan even though I paid the full price for the phone already he wanted me to signal for a contract which I can't because I don't have a bank account or SSN here is this for real ?
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 07:37 AM   #2
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I bought a verizon iPhone 5 from the apple store at full price as I visiting and called verizon to have a prepaid plan activated on the iPhone 5 and the sales guy said I can't activate my iPhone 5 with verizon on a prepaid plan even though I paid the full price for the phone already he wanted me to signal for a contract which I can't because I don't have a bank account or SSN here is this for real ?
Verizon doesn't do prepaid IPhones so yeah it is.

You'll have to go with s GSM provider such as Straight Talk or NET10.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 07:41 AM   #3
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It will be a postpaid account but you will not be locked into a contract.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 07:41 AM   #4
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I bought a verizon iPhone 5 from the apple store at full price as I visiting and called verizon to have a prepaid plan activated on the iPhone 5 and the sales guy said I can't activate my iPhone 5 with verizon on a prepaid plan even though I paid the full price for the phone already he wanted me to signal for a contract which I can't because I don't have a bank account or SSN here is this for real ?
Well you wouldn't have to sign a contract since you already have a phone but you do need an SSN to sign up for service. Try doing AT&T prepaid or t-mobile I think the Verizon iPhone works on both
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 07:43 AM   #5
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is this for real ?
Yup, since VZW doesn't offer prepaid services on the iPhone. They also require SSN for signing up (not sure about SSN on prepaids though).
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 07:46 AM   #6
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sorry about the typos in the original post i was typing from my phone and half asleep, i was trying to get a verizon plan because of the 4G service i dont think any other networks will even give me good 3G, which other networks would be able to give out good internet speeds on the verizon iPhone 5 ?
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 07:54 AM   #7
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No offense, but wouldn't you have called Verizon first to ensure they would/could provide you service before you bought a phone?
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 08:02 AM   #8
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just make up a ssn,,, they have no way of checking...
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 08:46 AM   #9
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Without a social you would have to pay a $400 security deposit and you would be on a regular postpaid account. The good news is after a year of not being late on a payment they pay you back plus like 3% interest.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 08:49 AM   #10
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just make up a ssn,,, they have no way of checking...
...except that they use it for credit verification, so if it doesn't match up they won't give you service.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 08:59 AM   #11
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Verizon does do prepaid on the iPhone, just the 4 and 4s are capable of working on their 80 dollars per month plan.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 09:06 AM   #12
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just make up a ssn,,, they have no way of checking...
Um, what?!

Yes they do!! They run your SSN to check your credit, see how many lines you qualify for, etc.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 09:28 AM   #13
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It will be a postpaid account but you will not be locked into a contract.
You can't get a postpaid acct without some sort of credit check (requires Ssn) or a deposit.

It doesn't matter if he is locked into a contract or not.

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just make up a ssn,,, they have no way of checking...
Dumbest post so far today. Of course they check it.

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No offense, but wouldn't you have called Verizon first to ensure they would/could provide you service before you bought a phone?
You would of thought so...considering how much a full price Iphone 5 costs.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 11:23 AM   #14
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sorry about the typos in the original post i was typing from my phone and half asleep, i was trying to get a verizon plan because of the 4G service i dont think any other networks will even give me good 3G, which other networks would be able to give out good internet speeds on the verizon iPhone 5 ?
You can use an iPhone with PagePlus and they use the Verizon network. It's a prepaid carrier, so no problem if you don't have a SSN.

http://pageplusiphone.net/
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 12:05 PM   #15
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Overseas customers coming into the States find U.S. cellular carriers a convoluting exercise. This case in point. Somewhere else, the guys pays cash, even a debit card, DONE. SSN? WTF.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 12:12 PM   #16
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So where are all of the "What did you think, that the US Govt. doesn't track you?" posts? :P

Wouldn't iPhone 5 work with Metro PCS?

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Overseas customers coming into the States find U.S. cellular carriers a convoluting exercise. This case in point. Somewhere else, the guys pays cash, even a debit card, DONE. SSN? WTF.
And incredibly expensive. I remember getting 3g, 3000+ minutes, free incoming calls, .20/sol texts for $30? in Peru if I remember right.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 12:24 PM   #17
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just make up a ssn,,, they have no way of checking...
Lol what!? How do you think they do credit checks without a ssn?
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 01:00 PM   #18
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Without a social you would have to pay a $400 security deposit and you would be on a regular postpaid account. The good news is after a year of not being late on a payment they pay you back plus like 3% interest.
and how do i get them to do that ? when i called them the sales people were very rude and when i told them i dont have a SSN he just said well call us back when you do have one and just hung up !
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 01:19 PM   #19
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PM me. I can probably take care of it for you.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 04:02 PM   #20
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 11:28 PM   #21
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Can anyone confirm that the verizon iPhone 5 will work on LTE bands (1,3,5)?
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 08:16 AM   #22
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Can anyone confirm that the verizon iPhone 5 will work on LTE bands (1,3,5)?
Check the specs: http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 12:21 PM   #23
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Verizon now does support the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S on prepaid. This started rather recently. They do not support the iPhone 5 on prepaid, however. I don't think they support any 4G phones on prepaid yet.
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 12:58 PM   #24
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If you want a prepaid iPhone 5 then I say return it to apple and buy the GSM to use with another network. You have 30 days from date of purchase.
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 03:21 PM   #25
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Overseas customers coming into the States find U.S. cellular carriers a convoluting exercise. This case in point. Somewhere else, the guys pays cash, even a debit card, DONE. SSN? WTF.
No different in some other countries such as South Korea.
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