Verizon won't activate my iPhone 5 prepaid

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  1. EhsanAhmad
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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 ?
     
  2. Jtludwig
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    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.
     
  3. bidwalj
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    It will be a postpaid account but you will not be locked into a contract.
     
  4. josh995
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    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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    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).
     
  6. EhsanAhmad
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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 ?
     
  7. Leonard1818
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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?
     
  8. jamaggic
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    just make up a ssn,,, they have no way of checking...
     
  9. gfunk1122
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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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    ...except that they use it for credit verification, so if it doesn't match up they won't give you service.
     
  11. lulla01
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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.
     
  12. josh995
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    Um, what?!

    Yes they do!! They run your SSN to check your credit, see how many lines you qualify for, etc.
     
  13. Jtludwig
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    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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    Dumbest post so far today. Of course they check it.

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    You would of thought so...considering how much a full price Iphone 5 costs.
     
  14. Bob Coxner
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    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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    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.
     
  16. BigMcGuire
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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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    And incredibly expensive. I remember getting 3g, 3000+ minutes, free incoming calls, .20/sol texts for $30? in Peru if I remember right.
     
  17. Jordan921
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    Lol what!? How do you think they do credit checks without a ssn?
     
  18. EhsanAhmad
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    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 !
     
  19. gfunk1122
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    PM me. I can probably take care of it for you.
     
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    Can anyone confirm that the verizon iPhone 5 will work on LTE bands (1,3,5)?
     
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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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    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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    No different in some other countries such as South Korea.
     

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