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Verizon states customer's responsibility to check phone's ESN # prior to activitation

Coolbreeze1726 1 10 November 30, 2015 at 10:08 AM
Hello All:
First time posting on website. I hope someone can shed some light on issue. As you all know, Verizon has don everything they can to get me to drop my UDP. If I want a new phone and keep my UDP, they say I can either do monthly device payments or I can buy a phone from a 3rd party and activate it on my account. They have suggested and encouraged me to do the latter to keep my UDP. Today I went to the store and I was told "If you purchase a phone from a 3rd party, it is your responsibility to check the phone's ESN. If at ny point, the phone was originally purchased using an upgrade and was subsidized (regardless how many user have used it before me), then when I activate the phone, I will lose my UDP." He stated to me that Verizon computers will view the phone as discounted, no matter who it was sold to, and I will lose my UDP. Has anyone ever been told this before?? I was going to look for deals on Cyber Monday, (the manager tried selling me on buying a Nexus from a 3rd party) but if this is true, I am much more hesitant. Thank you all for your time.

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I wouldn't doubt it, either that or hes lying to you so you sign up for a contract. They're really trying hard to get everyone off the unlimited data plan. Is it even worth it anymore? I would dump it and just get a different plan tbh. Just me though. Sounds like its a PITA to keep it going.

How much data do you use monthly? Is it really cheaper compared to a new plan? I know the new plans have gotten cheaper.
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After the $20 increase to UDP that happened this month, I dropped Verizon altogether. I didn't mind paying $30/mo for unlimited, but $50/mo was too much.
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I have never heard of this. If the phone was completely paid off it should have a clean ESN and would behave like an unlocked phone. I have never had this issue with a used phone. If the phone was not paid off then Verizon would refuse to connect it and that would be then end of it.

After that extra $20 garbage I dropped my UDP and went with a normal plan. I ended up saving about $50 a month after that.

Unless you are using more than 12 gb a month on that phone you are not coming out ahead. Verizon no longer subsidizes phones for you so there isn't even a good reason to try and get a 2 year extension.
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anyone successful doing an aol for a udp plan?
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Never heard of the either. I'm pretty sure it's the SIM card that causes you to lose your udp if you used an upgrade.
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anyone successful doing an aol for a udp plan?
No, Verizon stopped that last November. Now if you do an AOL you have to choose a new, current plan.

Using a subsidized phone from someone else does not drop your UDP. They say that to scare you. They want everyone off UDP.
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you will not use your unlimited. I've been contract free on a UDP for years now and have always bought all my phones second hand. Yes, do check the ESN to find out if it's lost or stolen. I've never had a issue, but I would recommend checking that it's paid off just in case it was purchased on DPP.
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Buy one on Carigslist and have them meet you at the Verizon store. Say you will pay them when it activates. Or buy from a used phone website that tracks ESNs.
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Quote from Novakingwai View Post :
No, Verizon stopped that last November. Now if you do an AOL you have to choose a new, current plan.

Using a subsidized phone from someone else does not drop your UDP. They say that to scare you. They want everyone off UDP.
What is doing AOL for Verizon, and how does that related to UDP?
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What is doing AOL for Verizon, and how does that related to UDP?
AOL is Assumption of Liability. You take over someone elses account. You keep their plan. So people who didn't want Verizon any more can sell their accounts on Ebay with UDP. that's how I got mine. Verizon stopped doing that last year. Don't know if it's hard coded in their computers, or they just tell the sales reps to do it. But now if you do an AOL you have to choose a CURRENT plan, which destroys UDP.
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