Can I upgrade without activating on Verizon?
March 13, 2013 7:32 AM Subscribe
I have not been able to find a definitive answer on this question.
If I am eligible for an upgrade on my Verizon mobile phone, can I buy a new phone at upgrade price without activating it?
If not, what is the minimum amount of time it needs to be activated?
posted by jozxyqk to technology (5 answers total)
My wife and I share a mobile phone plan on Verizon.
Both of our upgrade dates are coming up within the next couple of months, but she is not interested in upgrading her phone (for reasons outside the scope of this question).
What I'm hoping to be able to do is use the "first" upgrade to get a phone at upgrade price, keep it in a sealed box, and sell it or give it as a gift.
Then use the "second" upgrade to get my actual new phone.
I could wait until both of the upgrades are available and do it all-at-once, or I could wait a few months between the steps.
My current phone is a Galaxy Nexus, so as far as I know, the "activate" step is just swapping the SIM card into the new phone (I could also be wrong about this).
So can I do it? Online and/or in the store?
If I can't, and I have to do a token activation of the new phone, what is the minimum amount of time that the phone has to be activated before I can swap my SIM back?