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Old Apr 21, 2013, 09:50 PM   #1
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Since I'm not going to do another contract with Verizon and lose my unlimited data, I'm going to buy an S4 off contract. I've never done this before and don't know what I'm actually looking for, is it called an unlocked phone or something? If most carriers are getting the S4 at the end of the month when can I expect to buy one without a contract?
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Old Apr 21, 2013, 10:36 PM   #2
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any verizon phone with a clean esn (not reported lost or stolen) can be activated by calling verizon and giving them some info over the phone (usually some account specific info and the meid of the phone)

if you're buying new just pay the full price and give them a call

now if your current phone doesn't have an LTE sim card you'll need one of those as well
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Old Apr 21, 2013, 10:42 PM   #3
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So I can just walk into a Verizon store whenever they get one and buy it off contract? Why the hell didn't I realize that... derp.

LTE sim cards don't come with it?
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Old Apr 21, 2013, 10:45 PM   #4
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So I can just walk into a Verizon store whenever they get one and buy it off contract? Why the hell didn't I realize that... derp.

LTE sim cards don't come with it?
well at a verizon store they will likely give (or sell) you a sim third party retailers might be more hit and miss on that
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 07:21 AM   #5
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So I can just walk into a Verizon store whenever they get one and buy it off contract? Why the hell didn't I realize that... derp.

LTE sim cards don't come with it?
I wouldn't buy it from verizon. Just look for an for unlocked phone from amazon. It's cheaper.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss...phone+unlocked
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 07:31 AM   #6
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I wouldn't buy it from verizon. Just look for an for unlocked phone from amazon. It's cheaper.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss...phone+unlocked
How long does it take them to get brand new phones though? My current one isn't going to make it much longer, I need to get it as soon as I can (i.e. as soon as it's released).
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How long does it take them to get brand new phones though? My current one isn't going to make it much longer, I need to get it as soon as I can (i.e. as soon as it's released).
Not long, if not same day as everyone else.
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I wouldn't buy it from verizon. Just look for an for unlocked phone from amazon. It's cheaper.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss...phone+unlocked
Somebody feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. But a unlocked phone like that is not what you want. If you were on a GSM network like AT&T or T-Mobile they would be fine but remember even that we use a sim card it is for LTE 4G purposes only. You need a Verizon only phone. Either new from a Verizon store or from a individual such as Craigslist. Remember to check the IMEI on the spot either by calling Verizon or you can do it on their website. And there still is a slight chance someone could still report it after you buy. I have bought many this way and I believe Lupine has as well. Good luck.

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Old Apr 22, 2013, 08:40 AM   #9
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If you look at the specs to the ads you linked to they do not have CDMA listed. Will not work. Not at all.
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Basically what kytprice said. I believe the vast majority of unlocked phones are AT&T and T-Mobile.
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Yeah, the international variant of S3 will not work on Verizon. But a Verizon S3 can be made to work with GSM networks iirc. Not sure if this will be the same on the S4.
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I was reading today that those of us grandfathered in can utilize the new payment plan deal going on to get a new phone. For those who don't want to shell out $600 up front you pay for it over 12months. I should say 12 months, 8 months, 4 months or however many months you want.

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I was reading today that those of us grandfathered in can utilize the new payment plan deal going on to get a new phone. For those who don't want to shell out $600 up front you pay for it over 12months.
Eh? Where did you read this?
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According to Verizon, if you are an existing customer with an unlimited data plan, keeping your unlimited data can still be accomplished by purchasing phones at full retail price, and the new Device Payment Plan is considered an option.
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http://shopamerica.htc.com/cell-phon...htm?prId=41599

Great phone, unlocked, CDMA, GSM and LTE.
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Never mind, might not work on VZW
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Buy from Craiglist and have the guy meet you at the verizon store to get it activated on spot. Buying from verizon will land you tax and an activation fee ( no fee if you bought the phone elsewhere). If you don't trust random ppl on CL. Shoot me a pm when your ready to buy. I will sell it to you at Verizon price without the tax and shipped and you can swap your LTE sim in and out and your good to go. I will have quite a few of them on hand anyway.
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Verizon isn't launching the phone until May 30 anyway ****ing dipshits.
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