Can I do this with my VZW phone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Eldiablojoe, May 11, 2012.

  1. Eldiablojoe macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2009
    West Koast
    Here's the situation: my friend has some type of VZW LG phone that doesnt have an accessible SIM. He is going on a road trip and wants an iPhone to use the GPS, apps, etc. he is currently eligible for a $150 iPhone4.

    Could he buy a cheap iPhone4 on Craigslist, add an iPhone data plan to his Verizon account thereby maintaining his eligibility for an upgrade until the new (rumored) iPhone comes out in Sept / Oct, and then transfer his LG phone's number to the newly added iPhone?

    When that new iPhone comes out he would use his upgrade eligibility towards that and then sell the Craigslist iPhone4 privately.

    Seems like a waste of an upgrade to get an iPhone4 within months of a rumored new generation iPhone release.

    Is this, or something like it, doable? Thanks!
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    Verizon phones (with exception of LTE) don't use SIMs - they are internal, but yes, you could put the iPhone on by switching the ESN for his account to the iPhone.
  3. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Yes, it should be easily doable.

    I often buy an interim phone and switch my number to it, while waiting for a phone that I later really want to use my upgrade eligibility for.
  4. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Sure, as long as it's a Verizon iPhone 4 with a clear ESN.

    There's no iPhone data plan. He just needs to transfer to the iPhone.
  5. breezyf808 macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2012
    If u have one of those old phones I'm thinking before data (Internet surfing)
    Then u'll (or friend) would need to get a plan when u wanna use an iPhone.
    There's no way around it and if it does go thru
    Verizon might just tack on the cheapest data plan on until u choose to.
  6. Eldiablojoe thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2009
    West Koast
    So, anyone have the step by step on this?

    1. Buy a used VZW iPhone4 off CL
    2. Obtain the ESN
    3. Contact VZW (or online?) and have number ported from old LG cell to iPhone4.
    4. Add iPhone4 data plan
    5. Ensure upgrade eligibility maintained
    6. Upgrade to new iPhone 5 (or whatever)
    7. Sell used iPhone on CL

    Sound about right? It's the issues 3 and 4 might cause with 5 that are of primary concern.
  7. ace198 macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2007
    You can do all the above. Just make sure the ESN is clear and able to be activated with Verizon.
  8. Eldiablojoe thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2009
    West Koast
    How would one make sure the ESN is clear before buying it off CL?
  9. Eternal 28 macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2008
    Call your local Verizon verizon store and ask them to verify the esn number.

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