Activating Used Verizon iPhone

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  1. DMVillain, Sep 23, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2012

    DMVillain macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2011
    Buying a used verizon iPhone 5 off eBay. How will I go about activating it? Do I need to buy my own VZ nano sim?
  2. pure3d2 macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2012
    Only the iPhone 5 would come with a SIM card when using it on Verizon. The iPhone 4S, 4 don't have SIM cards for Verizon because they are 3G only.

    To activate an iPhone 4/4S, log into your Verizon Wireless account. Click on My Verizon at the top and then choose "Activate or switch a device."

    Follow the screen prompts. It'll ask you for the IMEI, ESN etc.
  3. raremage macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2005
    Orlando, Florida
    If you mean anything up to and including a 4S, no, you'll be able to activate it onto your (presumably) existing account by logging into the my account feature at and choosing the 'activate / change device' option under 'manage my account.'

    If you mean an iPhone 5, then you will need a SIM. You can go to your nearest VZW store and pick one up for free, or you can order one using the same process for switching a device (the website detects that you need a SIM and gives yout he option to order it when trying to add an LTE phone).
  4. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    alternatively, you can also dial *228 and follow the voice prompts to activate an iphone 4 or 4s.
  5. DMVillain thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2011
    sorry, should have been more clear. I am looking to buy an iphone 5. Thank you all for your responses

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