Resolved Verizon Activation Fee / SIM question

myrtlebee

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This is probably a question with an obvious answer, but I can't seem to find the answer through search. An older family member acquired an unlocked iPhone to use on WiFi and for GPS, and today I activated it by placing the SIM card from my iPhone in it (and then, obviously, removed the SIM card and put it back into my phone). Will Verizon charge me their $30 activation fee onto my account for doing that?
 

timeconsumer

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This is probably a question with an obvious answer, but I can't seem to find the answer through search. An older family member acquired an unlocked iPhone to use on WiFi and for GPS, and today I activated it by placing the SIM card from my iPhone in it (and then, obviously, removed the SIM card and put it back into my phone). Will Verizon charge me their $30 activation fee onto my account for doing that?
Short answer: no

More detail: The only time you would be charged an activation fee is if you add a new line or if you use an upgrade you'd be charged an upgrade fee. But by simply using a SIM to first initialize an iPhone is fine. Verizon doesn't care what device your SIM is in. That said, you should be fine.
 
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C DM

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No, the activation fee is only for new lines. There is no charge to swap SIM cards.
Not just new lines, upgrades on existing lines as well (it's just called an upgrade fee basically).
 

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Not just new lines, upgrades on existing lines as well
That's not an activation fee, that's an upgrade fee.

The activation fee is charged when you get a new line REGARDLESS of whether or not you buy a phone.

The upgrade fee is only charged when you buy a new phone on DPP, AiUP or full retail from Verizon.

Currently the activation fee and upgrade fee are the same price for DPP, AiUP and full retail, but not for subsidized phones. And in the past, the activation fee has historically been higher than the upgrade fee.
 
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