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contrast agent

Nov 8, 2005, 6:21 PM
What is this I am reading about buying this phone from BEST BUY for ~ $70.0, then activating it over the verizon website? Is this true? Is the phone packaged as a verizon phone at BEST BUY or is it packaged as a VIRGIN MOBILE phone?
Appreciate is someone could help me out.
Thanks.
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c44335

Nov 8, 2005, 10:17 PM
Packaged as Verizon "inpulse" phone.

Take it home, Change ESN on Verizonwireless, *228 send for programming & your done.
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cause4alarm

Nov 9, 2005, 12:47 AM
I'm sort of new to wireless shopping. What's ESN?

Here's my situation: I already have Verizon service, but my phone is pretty beat up so I'm looking for a cheap replacement.

Since they've taken the 2128i down from the VZW website, I've tried looking into replacing my phone with the prepaid version of the 2128i. Here's what I've been told so far:

1) At one VZW store, I was told that I can have my current phone number transferred to a prepaid phone for $15--simple.

2) At Best Buy, the sales rep told me that it wasn't that simple to convert a prepaid phone into postpaid phone, and that they have to be "unlocked".

3) At another VZW store, I was told that prepaid phones aren't "supposed to" or "can't" be changed from prepaid t...
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cause4alarm

Nov 9, 2005, 3:24 AM
From the verizonwireless.com's InPulse section of the site's FAQ:

12. How do I switch from Verizon Wireless INpulse service to traditional monthly billing?
To switch your service from prepay to our traditional monthly billing service, simply contact our telesales department at 1-800-2-JOIN-IN to see if you qualify for a monthly-postpaid service. Be sure to use up any remaining time on your Verizon Wireless INpulse account, as we cannot transfer funds between INpulse and postpaid plans.

Okay, so it's possible to convert prepaid customers into 'regular' customers (it makes business sense, right?). So would anybody be able to tell me if there'd be any problem buying a prepaid phone and just having them port my existing phone number?
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Hillzy

Nov 9, 2005, 5:18 PM
I just did this and I have a traditional Verizon account. Its not too difficult, here is what I did:

1- I bought the 2128 phone that was in the inpulse packaging at Best Buy for about $70. I told the cashier that I did not want it activated, that I would do it at home. (This is KEY - do not let them activate the phone at the store!!!)

2 - At home I took phone out of packaging and wrote down the ESN number before I attached the battery and charged it. The ESN is a 12-digit number on the back of the phone in the battery compartment area (battery must be out of phone to see it). It's labeled "ESN" - hard to miss!

3 - So now I logged onto my traditional existing Verizon account online. (if you don't already have an acct you can creat...
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supafly

Nov 9, 2005, 10:21 PM
Hillzy said:
I just did this and I have a traditional Verizon account. Its not too difficult, here is what I did:

1- I bought the 2128 phone that was in the inpulse packaging at Best Buy for about $70. I told the cashier that I did not want it activated, that I would do it at home. (This is KEY - do not let them activate the phone at the store!!!)

2 - At home I took phone out of packaging and wrote down the ESN number before I attached the battery and charged it. The ESN is a 12-digit number on the back of the phone in the battery compartment area (battery must be out of phone to see it). It's labeled "ESN" - hard to miss!

3 - So now I logged onto my traditional existing Verizon account online. (if you don't a
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Hillzy

Nov 9, 2005, 10:46 PM
No problema! Sounded like some folks needed more information on how to do this properly.
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albee

Nov 13, 2005, 9:39 AM
Hillzy,
Congratulations on a very informative write up. Nice job.
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TJM97306

Nov 24, 2005, 8:37 PM
My wife wants a basic phone where the buttons light up clearly enough that she can see to dial a number in the dark. How is this phone for that?
Thanks
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snazzqueen

Nov 30, 2005, 10:39 AM
The keypad and all buttons are lit VERY brightly and are quite easy to read in the dark. When lit, the numbers on the keypad are black against a bright white lit background. The keypad is translucent and the bright light shines through it.
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TJM97306

Nov 30, 2005, 8:04 PM
Thanks! This is just what I needed. My wife should be happy with it. Smile
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snazzqueen

Nov 30, 2005, 10:50 AM
My activation experience:

I'm an existing Verizon customer and needed to transfer my service from my broken Samsung A670 (damn those clamshells! I'll never get another one if I can help it!) to a cheap new phone. I purchased the inPulse-packaged 2128i from a BestBuy brick-and-mortar store, brought it home, and was actually not able to activate it online through normal means. When I entered the ESN, the website told me to call the Verizon customer service number (800-922-0204) to activate. Perhaps this might mean that they're wising up to us using the cheaper inPulse phones to activate regular Verizon service? Are others still able to activate these according to Hillzy's instructions?

Regardless, I called and spoke to a customer ser...
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snomelc

Nov 10, 2005, 12:03 PM
The instructions by Hillzy look great but I have one problem. I can't find the phone on BestBuy.com and neither can the folks who answer their 800 number. What zip code needs to be entered? Or maybe you could post a link. I'm in California, so maybe it's a lost cause here.
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Hillzy

Nov 10, 2005, 1:13 PM
I went into their brick and mortar store to buy it. I did not buy it online. It was hanging in their cell phone section with the other pre-paid phones.
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snomelc

Nov 10, 2005, 5:51 PM
OK, thanks. I called my local store and they have it, so I'll go there instead of ordering online where they apparenty don't have it listed yet.
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monicata

Nov 14, 2005, 6:11 AM
Does anyone know if this could with other phones in Best buy that are made for verizon Like the UTStarcom (Audiovox) CDM-8615 / Vox 8610??
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dequardo

Nov 14, 2005, 6:14 PM
Absolutely you can.
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monicata

Nov 15, 2005, 3:19 AM
Well I bought it... the 2128i... and I love it.
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joshson

Nov 30, 2005, 6:03 PM
Can the 2128 be bought from BestBuy's web site
w/o activation?
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