How to deal with verizon....

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Peyton, May 14, 2006.

  1. Peyton macrumors 68000

    Peyton

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    I desparately need a new phone. I do not like much of anything verizon has available, but I cannot change carriers (as they are by FAR the best in my area) and far cheaper.

    Can I just buy a phone, take it in, and have them make it work?

    There are plenty of phones I like better (SLVR) but don't want to just buy one and have it not work. Anyone?
     
  2. Saluki Alex macrumors 6502

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    You can look for unlocked phones on Amazon or eBay.
     
  3. yg17 macrumors G5

    yg17

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    Be careful though since some phones (SLVR for example) are GSM and I believe Verizon is TDMA
     
  4. Peyton thread starter macrumors 68000

    Peyton

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    cool, so if I go with a TMDA phone that is unlocked I'm good?

    Thanks again
     
  5. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Verizon is CDMA. Phones such as the SLVR, ROKR, and RAZR (excluding the RAZR V3c) are all GSM and are not cross compatible.
     
  6. yg17 macrumors G5

    yg17

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    Oops. I knew it was one of the DMAs :D
     
  7. Peyton thread starter macrumors 68000

    Peyton

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    So I've been looking for hours... verizon has some crap looking phones. Does any one recommend any?

    1. Looks are really important
    2. Size is important (not huge)
    3. functionality (needs to be functional. not much else)
     
  8. iBlue macrumors Core

    iBlue

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    aren't these the criteria for so many things in life? :D

    I have Verizon, their service is great but the phones are just mediocre I guess. It's just a phone though, I suppose I just don't care that much so long as it works. <shrugs>
     
  9. slagonnee macrumors member

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    As long as the phone you get is Verizon branded - it doesn't need to be unlocked. Make sure the ESN # is clear however (especially if you get a phone off eBay or oft times sketchy local phone dealers).

    IIRC, you can use the the Verizon webpage (login to your account) to switch from one phone to another by entering the ESN of the new phone. You can also do it over the phone - or at a Verizon dealer.

    Verizon has quite a few crappy phones... I have a friend that really likes the Kyocera KX2 (I have an old LG VX4400 ).
     
  10. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Verizon carries the Vcast RAZR (Motorola RAZR V3c), which is available in most areas.

    Might be your best bet....
     
  11. Peyton thread starter macrumors 68000

    Peyton

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    yep, just doesn't come in all black... and yes, I'm vain about my phone :eek: but yeah, I guess the V3c will have to due, at least until the iphone comes out...:mad: :cool:

    thanks again everyone

    UPDATE I bought the RAZR V3c today, from verizon, not a bad phone, quite like the screen in fact, thanks for the advice, I know its cliche, but still a good phone. ;)
     

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