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How to Get a Verizon SIM Card for an Unlocked Phone

by Kenyonda Bradley Updated September 28, 2017

A Subscriber Identity Module card is a removable memory card used in GSM phones. A SIM card programs your device to work on a specific network, and it stores data such as phone contacts, media and phone usage for safekeeping. Even with an unlocked phone, you will have to get a SIM card for the device to operate. Retrieving a SIM card from Verizon Wireless is easy to accomplish over the phone with a representative.

Call Verizon Wireless and follow the prompts to speak with a sales associate.

Inform the representative that you have an unlocked phone that you want to activate with Verizon Wireless.

Provide the representative with your name, billing address and Social Security number. In addition, you may be instructed to consent to a credit check and set up a payment method for any activation or security deposits needed to set up your account.

Provide the representative with your unlocked phone’s Equipment Security Number. The ESN is usually located underneath the battery on a sticker affixed to the inside of the compartment.

Wait for the representative to inform you of the available plans from your specific phone.

Select a plan and provide the representative with your mailing address, if it is different from your billing address.

Wait for the representative to process your order. Wait for your Verizon Wireless SIM card to arrive by mail.

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