How-To: Activate Verizon iPhone on different phone number

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by daaaaaan, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. daaaaaan, Feb 7, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2011

    daaaaaan macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2010
    Just went through the process, figured this may help some of you.

    1) Activate iPhone on the line it was ordered on via iTunes (lets say phone number ends in 1234). Do not allow it to sync anything from your iTunes (music, apps, contacts, calendars...etc..)

    2) Once activated, long into MyVerizon for phone 1234, re-activate it (under "activate a device) using the old MEID number that the 1234 phone was on before the iPhone. Dial *228, and the old phone is now back to being 1234 line.

    3) CALL VERIZON and have them add the iPhone MEID number on the phone number you want the iPhone on (lets say 6789). The rep will ask you to dial *228 to activate iPhone and will quickly realize *228 DOES NOT WORK on iPhones. Say that is all I needed, and hang up on them (you have to call verizon, logging into My Verizon like you did for the 1234 phone will not allow you to add the MEID number for the iPhone, it will give you an error).

    4) With your iPhone disconnected from iTunes, go to Settings-->General--->Reset---> Erase All content and Settings. Your phone will take a few minutes and reset itself Once done, it will prompt you to connect to iTunes

    5) Connect to iTunes to activate your phone just like you did with the 1234 number but now it will activate on the 6789 number.

    Hope this helps and Verizon tech support was completely useless to me and I figured this out while I was on hold with them.
  2. Fresh1 macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    I'll be needing to do this soon. Can anyone else verify that this has worked?
  3. Remmnever macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Sounds like a pain having to call them. I'm going to try tomorrow. I think I'm just going to try and activate it on the line it came on and then re-activate the old phone back on to that line. Then active the iphone on the other line. Sounds good in theory but we'll see.

    I've activated phones on VZW website before without issues.
  4. richpjr macrumors 68030


    May 9, 2006
    I did not have to call Verizon. I just did this:

    I activated the iPhone using iTunes, which deactivated the other line I used to upgrade.

    I logged onto MyVerizon and actived the phone that was deactivated in the step above. I then called *228 option 1 to complete the activation on it.

    I called *228 and activated the iPhone by entering the new number. I then had to power it off and on and everything worked perfectly.

    The entire thing took less than 5 minutes.
  5. Remmnever macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nice, this is what I will do.
  6. macuserjhs macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2010
    There are tons of people calling tonight because of the iphone and it takes a while to speak with a rep.
  7. Remmnever macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2011
    I was at the Verizon store tonight and even one of their reps was on hold for 40+ minutes.
  8. Rated macrumors member

    Nov 15, 2010
    gotta be an easier way, cant activate it on itunes with a different #?
  9. rlav macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2009
  10. Icecoldcoke macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2010
    Their website almost makes it sound easy.

    I got an error on Step 2, had to call Verizon, and it took 40 minutes for him to get it to activate it on my line.

    Now I don't even think he did it correctly because when I go to add my old phone onto my mom's line it wants to activate the iPhone.

    I tried to get them to fix this but they continuously hung up on me from 10:30 until 11 when their support line closed.
  11. johnnyboyvzw, Feb 7, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2011

    johnnyboyvzw macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2011
    This is the process they're using in-store. Great catch. The online info was posted prior to actual devices being in customers hands.
  12. mightygitis macrumors 6502


    Feb 3, 2011
    Hampton Roads
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_6 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8E200 Safari/6533.18.5)

    This did not work for us. When we attempted it we were directed to call customer service. It went very smooth though. I was on hold for a little bit, but the guy understood exactly what I wanted. We even had a fun little chat about the iPhone mania.
  13. rlav macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2009

    I have had to call CS a few times in the last few days and they have been very nice and always been able to answer my questions. Kudos to the CS people at Verizon, I'm sure they have been incredibly busy
  14. ExiledMafia macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2011
  15. martiansoldier macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2010
  16. mikeabbz macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2007
    :D excellent advice. Thanks. Just received phone and activated it on my line instead of fathers. Your advice worked perfectly!!!
  17. tdar macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2003
    On the Space Coast
    so much of this is not correct. The simpler procedure posted above is correct and much better as is of course the one from the VZ support page.
  18. bretto macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2008
    Good thing I bookmarked this thread. I got my phone transferred to my line after calling Verizon, but when I tried activating it kept failing. Apparently I needed to do the reset on the phone, but none of the 3 tech support people I talked to thought that would do anything. I tried it anyway after being on the phone for an hour and remembering having read this thread, and it allowed me to reactivate the correct number in iTunes. Thanks.
  19. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    Call VZW technical support and came out of process within 45 minutes. Clerk was nice and walked me through the whole process. iTunes would get stuck up on "Waiting for Activation" but *22899 resulted in "Activation is complete." Not sure why everyone is saying *228 doesn't work cus it did for me. Anyways, I'm happy.
  20. snakelda macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2006
    I had to call verizon for them to transfer the iPhone to my primary line. Hopefully the instructions work for others.
  21. richpjr macrumors 68030


    May 9, 2006
    One of the guys I work with got his iPhone, followed these instructions and they worked for him as well. I'm not quite sure why it works for some and not others.

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