If you're thinking about switching to Verizon Wireless for your cellular service, there are some things you'll need to know. According to many industry measurements, Verizon offers the best mobile network available. Whether you're looking for the best senior cell phone plans or you're on the prowl for the cheapest iPhone plans, now is a great time to switch to Verizon.
In this guide, I'll tell you about current deals for switching to Verizon as well as whether you can bring your own device with you to your new carrier. I'll also answer some basic questions you should be asking before you make the change.
Promotion to Switch to Verizon
Verizon cell phone plans offer promotions which make it a little easier and cheaper to change carriers. Just make sure you read the fine print in order to know exactly how to qualify for these deals. You may claim any of these promotions for each phone number you switch to Verizon, up to 10 lines.
Verizon offers a contract reimbursement program similar to most of the other major cell phone companies, with a couple of notable differences.
- You must trade in your device and purchase a new one from Verizon.
- You must port in your old phone number.
- You must pay off any contract amount owed to your old carrier.
- You must submit your final bill to Verizon.
- Your new line must remain active for six months.
Once you've met all requirements and made your claim, you will receive up to $350 in ETF (early termination fee) reimbursement in the form of a prepaid Visa card.
If you are no longer under contract with your current carrier and you don't owe any device payments, you may still be eligible for a Verizon switch promotion.
Device Payment Reimbursement
Verizon will pay you up to $650 to help cover any remaining device payments you made to your old carrier. You need to follow the same steps as above, in addition to turning in your old device and ordering a new one from Verizon. Your device must have a trade-in value higher than $0. You will receive a prepaid Visa card in the amount you owed your old carrier for your device, minus the trade-in value of your phone.
$100 Credit for Switching
If you are no longer under contract with your current carrier and you don't owe any device payments, you may still be eligible for a Verizon switch promotion. The carrier offers $100 prepaid Visa card for each line that you switch over. You must port in your existing phone number in order to qualify.
Switching from T-Mobile to Verizon
You can switch to Verizon from T-Mobile either by purchasing a new device and having Verizon transfer your phone number, or you may be able to bring your old device over. Some global phones, LTE devices, and newer iPhone models are compatible with the Verizon network. The carrier is fairly restrictive about devices they allow on their network, however, so be sure to check with them about compatibility.
How to Switch to Verizon from T-Mobile
- Pick a new device or check compatibility for your current phone. Getting the ETF and device payment deals for switching to Verizon requires purchasing a device from the carrier. If you'd rather forego these incentives, you may be able to bring your phone.
- Choose a data plan. You'll need to shop Verizon's best cell phone plans to find the right fit for your budget and usage requirements.
- Request a number transfer. Verizon will transfer your phone number to your new account, as long as it's eligible for transfer. You can submit a request through their website. If you're buying a phone from this carrier you will be able to enter the relevant information during checkout.
If you're bringing your device with you, you will also need to submit a request to T-Mobile so that they can unlock your phone for use on another carrier. Do not cancel your old account until your new Verizon phone is activated, as this will result in losing your current phone number.
Switching from Sprint to Verizon
To make the switch to Verizon from Sprint, simply follow the steps outlined above.
As far as bringing your own Sprint phone to Verizon, you may or may not be able to do so. Even though Sprint operates on the CDMA network, Verizon may not accept all Sprint phones for use with their service. If your device happens to be compatible with Verizon, you will have to ask Sprint to unlock it for use on other carriers.
Switching from AT&T to Verizon
AT&T cell phone plans operate on GSM rather than CDMA. This means that it may be difficult to bring your own device from AT&T to Verizon, because it may not be compatible. If you're looking to take the carrier up on their ETF or device repayment incentive, however, the switch to Verizon from AT&T is as simple as choosing a device and data plan.
How to Switch from AT&T to Verizon
The steps for switching to Verizon are similar among all carriers. If you're keeping your own device, you may need to perform additional steps, such as activating your Verizon SIM card.
- Choose your device and data plan.
- Follow the instructions at checkout for transferring your phone number.
- Wait until your new service is activated before canceling your old account.
AT&T phones are carrier locked. You can submit a request for the carrier to unlock your phone for use on Verizon as long as you meet all of their criteria. Typically you cannot have any remaining contract or device balance, and the phone cannot be reported lost or stolen.
Questions to Ask Before Switching to Verizon
Before you switch to Verizon, make sure you understand the answers to the following questions.
How Do You Activate a Verizon SIM Card?
If you've ordered a new device from Verizon it will arrive with activation instructions. If you're bringing your own device, you can order a 4G LTE SIM card from the website or by phone, or get one in a Verizon retail store. You can then activate the card online or by phone.
Can You Take Your Existing Phone to Verizon?
As I outlined earlier, you may be able to bring your phone if it meets Verizon's 4G LTE capability requirements.
Will Verizon Buy Out My Contract?
While offers do change from time to time, at the time of this writing Verizon is offering up to $350 for ETF reimbursement and up to $650 for device payment reimbursement.
Can I Transfer My Phone Number to Verizon?
Yes. Verizon will allow you to bring your number - in fact, you are required to do so in order to qualify for their switch to Verizon promotion.
Does Verizon Have Coverage in My Area?
How Do You Port a Phone Number?
Verizon will take care of porting your current phone number into your new service. Do not cancel your old carrier account until the transfer is finished and your new device or SIM card activated, as you will lose your phone number.