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Old 12-23-2006, 08:55 PM
Alan Briker
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Default E-bay phones




First time on this ng- please excuse if this question has been asked before.
Currently have a Kyocera phone with Verizon. It sucks, but I'm not eligible
for upgrade for 10 months, which is what is left on my contract.. I don't
want to pay retail at Verizon for a new phone. If I buy a phone on e-Bay
will Verizon activate it (assuming it is aVerizon compatible phone). If so,
what do they charge? Is e-Bay a reliable source?
Alan


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Old 12-23-2006, 09:04 PM
MM
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Default Re: E-bay phones

You can change your phone on line with no charge. If you buy a phone on ebay
get the esn first and check with verizon to be sure it is not blocked. And
yes this question has been answered numerious times. You should check more
to find if you question has been answered in the last week in here.

MM

"Alan Briker" <ajb723@optonline.net> wrote in message
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>
>
>
> First time on this ng- please excuse if this question has been asked
> before.
> Currently have a Kyocera phone with Verizon. It sucks, but I'm not
> eligible
> for upgrade for 10 months, which is what is left on my contract.. I don't
> want to pay retail at Verizon for a new phone. If I buy a phone on e-Bay
> will Verizon activate it (assuming it is aVerizon compatible phone). If
> so,
> what do they charge? Is e-Bay a reliable source?
> Alan
>




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Old 12-23-2006, 09:09 PM
John H. Holliday
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"Alan Briker" <ajb723@optonline.net> wrote in message
news:C1B31007.536F8%ajb723@optonline.net...
>
>
>
> First time on this ng- please excuse if this question has been asked
> before.
> Currently have a Kyocera phone with Verizon. It sucks, but I'm not
> eligible
> for upgrade for 10 months, which is what is left on my contract.. I don't
> want to pay retail at Verizon for a new phone. If I buy a phone on e-Bay
> will Verizon activate it (assuming it is aVerizon compatible phone). If
> so,
> what do they charge? Is e-Bay a reliable source?
> Alan
>


VZW charges to activate it-- but you can do it yourself for free from your
account page on the website.

If you buy from a reliable seller on Ebay, you'll be fine. Check the
seller's feedback ratings. Look for at least 98% positive-- and most
importantly, how they respond edto any negative comments. Avoid adolescent
or emotional folks. I've done better with private sellers rather than cell
phone wholesalers. also, make sure the phone is GPS enabled and the ESN is
clear.

Doc



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Old 12-24-2006, 03:20 AM
Dean
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_________________________________________________
If I buy a phone on e-Bay
will Verizon activate it (assuming it is aVerizon compatible phone).
-------------------------------------------------------------------
Yes, as long as the serial number (ESN) is not listed as stolen, nor blocked
due to non-payment or criminal activity.

__________________________________________________
If so, what do they charge?
-------------------------------------------------------------------
Shouldn't be more than about $15. Depending on your plan, if your old phone
was Get-It-Now capable, and the new one is also, you may get lucky and be
able to activate it online yourself for free.

__________________________________________________
Is e-Bay a reliable source?
-------------------------------------------------------------------
Sorry, but that's kind of like asking if you can get a good deal on
something at ANY auction. It's not eBay that occasionally rips people off
(usually), it's up to the conscience of the individual seller.
I, and most people I know, have had excellent luck with cellphones and
accessories purchased via eBay. The advice given elsewhere here in regard to
checking a seller's feedback is great advice, and fundamental to a positive
eBay experience.
__________________________________________________

One question you didn't ask, and perhaps should, is for a recommendation of
what phone to buy. I can pretty much guarantee some more good advice if you
post that question here.

I'll get my 2c in first. Since you aren't happy with the Kyocera, you may
want to avoid them, even though I had a KX-1 "Soho" for over a year and
never had a problem with it. OTOH, the display is tiny and the reception
wasn't quite up to par with my newer phones. Motorolas: the v60 series,
though dated, are now pretty cheap, pretty much bulletproof. Reception is
good, but I think the display is poor--small, dim, and not enough contrast.
Good battery life. v265's are relatively modern and work well. Again, the
display, though in color, isn't the best. If you find a v325 for a
reasonable price, grab it. Good phone. The v710's, 720's and e815, though
great phones with big bright displays, tend to suffer from flaky software.
Text messages can freeze the phone. The camera can freeze the phone.
Sometimes Bluetooth works, sometimes it doesn't. Everyone raved about the
e815, so I got one. Great reception, great display, great sound. Due to the
chance of getting a bad one, I'd avoid buying a used one. My brand-new one,
never abused, crapped out at six months, and I had to take a refurb, which
was never quite right. Recent LG's, above the 4000 level, are decent phones,
reliable and stable, but again, they really didn't get the reception thing
quite right until the 8300 (possibly the 8000, don't know that phone). The
8300 is a super phone, if they made the display a hair bigger, the
speakerphone a hair louder, the phone a hair thinner, and added a missed
call beep, close to perfect! Actually, LG covered most of these points with
the 8600, with the exception of the missed call beep. It would have been my
next phone, except for the damn beep.

There are others, of course, (I'm not real familiar with the VZ Nokias), but
choose carefully. Unlike a new phone, no 15 day return policy....




"Alan Briker" <ajb723@optonline.net> wrote in message
news:C1B31007.536F8%ajb723@optonline.net...
>
>
>
> First time on this ng- please excuse if this question has been asked
> before.
> Currently have a Kyocera phone with Verizon. It sucks, but I'm not
> eligible
> for upgrade for 10 months, which is what is left on my contract.. I don't
> want to pay retail at Verizon for a new phone. If I buy a phone on e-Bay
> will Verizon activate it (assuming it is aVerizon compatible phone). If
> so,
> what do they charge? Is e-Bay a reliable source?
> Alan
>




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Old 12-24-2006, 03:56 AM
Alan Briker
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Default Re: E-bay phones

Thanks so much for the useful advice and would appreciate any further
recommendations on a Verizon phone. Anyone with experience with the LG 8500-
looks sexy. One other question- what do the ads mean that say "locked" or
"unlocked"?


On 12/23/06 11:20 PM, in article oenjh.3526$sz5.14@trndny03, "Dean"
<dean173@yahoo.com> wrote:

> _________________________________________________
> If I buy a phone on e-Bay
> will Verizon activate it (assuming it is aVerizon compatible phone).
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
> Yes, as long as the serial number (ESN) is not listed as stolen, nor blocked
> due to non-payment or criminal activity.
>
> __________________________________________________
> If so, what do they charge?
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
> Shouldn't be more than about $15. Depending on your plan, if your old phone
> was Get-It-Now capable, and the new one is also, you may get lucky and be
> able to activate it online yourself for free.
>
> __________________________________________________
> Is e-Bay a reliable source?
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
> Sorry, but that's kind of like asking if you can get a good deal on
> something at ANY auction. It's not eBay that occasionally rips people off
> (usually), it's up to the conscience of the individual seller.
> I, and most people I know, have had excellent luck with cellphones and
> accessories purchased via eBay. The advice given elsewhere here in regard to
> checking a seller's feedback is great advice, and fundamental to a positive
> eBay experience.
> __________________________________________________
>
> One question you didn't ask, and perhaps should, is for a recommendation of
> what phone to buy. I can pretty much guarantee some more good advice if you
> post that question here.
>
> I'll get my 2c in first. Since you aren't happy with the Kyocera, you may
> want to avoid them, even though I had a KX-1 "Soho" for over a year and
> never had a problem with it. OTOH, the display is tiny and the reception
> wasn't quite up to par with my newer phones. Motorolas: the v60 series,
> though dated, are now pretty cheap, pretty much bulletproof. Reception is
> good, but I think the display is poor--small, dim, and not enough contrast.
> Good battery life. v265's are relatively modern and work well. Again, the
> display, though in color, isn't the best. If you find a v325 for a
> reasonable price, grab it. Good phone. The v710's, 720's and e815, though
> great phones with big bright displays, tend to suffer from flaky software.
> Text messages can freeze the phone. The camera can freeze the phone.
> Sometimes Bluetooth works, sometimes it doesn't. Everyone raved about the
> e815, so I got one. Great reception, great display, great sound. Due to the
> chance of getting a bad one, I'd avoid buying a used one. My brand-new one,
> never abused, crapped out at six months, and I had to take a refurb, which
> was never quite right. Recent LG's, above the 4000 level, are decent phones,
> reliable and stable, but again, they really didn't get the reception thing
> quite right until the 8300 (possibly the 8000, don't know that phone). The
> 8300 is a super phone, if they made the display a hair bigger, the
> speakerphone a hair louder, the phone a hair thinner, and added a missed
> call beep, close to perfect! Actually, LG covered most of these points with
> the 8600, with the exception of the missed call beep. It would have been my
> next phone, except for the damn beep.
>
> There are others, of course, (I'm not real familiar with the VZ Nokias), but
> choose carefully. Unlike a new phone, no 15 day return policy....
>
>
>
>
> "Alan Briker" <ajb723@optonline.net> wrote in message
> news:C1B31007.536F8%ajb723@optonline.net...
>>
>>
>>
>> First time on this ng- please excuse if this question has been asked
>> before.
>> Currently have a Kyocera phone with Verizon. It sucks, but I'm not
>> eligible
>> for upgrade for 10 months, which is what is left on my contract.. I don't
>> want to pay retail at Verizon for a new phone. If I buy a phone on e-Bay
>> will Verizon activate it (assuming it is aVerizon compatible phone). If
>> so,
>> what do they charge? Is e-Bay a reliable source?
>> Alan
>>

>
>






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Old 12-24-2006, 05:17 AM
Dean
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Default Re: E-bay phones

Phones have the capability of being "locked" by the service provider.
Providers do this to keep you from taking the nice phone they "gave" you to
use with another provider's service.

Verizon, for whatever reason, doesn't lock their phones, so it really isn't
an issue for you. In fact, most providers who lock their phones use GSM
technology, which isn't compatible with Verizon, so I'd be quite leery of
buying a phone advertised as "unlocked". You could wind up with a GSM
version of a phone (for instance, Moto makes a GSM version of the RAZR)
which absolutely will not work on Verizon.

HTH,
Dean

"Alan Briker" <ajb723@optonline.net> wrote in message
news:C1B372AB.53870%ajb723@optonline.net...
> Thanks so much for the useful advice and would appreciate any further
> recommendations on a Verizon phone. Anyone with experience with the LG
> 8500-
> looks sexy. One other question- what do the ads mean that say "locked" or
> "unlocked"?
>
>
> On 12/23/06 11:20 PM, in article oenjh.3526$sz5.14@trndny03, "Dean"
> <dean173@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>> _________________________________________________
>> If I buy a phone on e-Bay
>> will Verizon activate it (assuming it is aVerizon compatible phone).
>> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>> Yes, as long as the serial number (ESN) is not listed as stolen, nor
>> blocked
>> due to non-payment or criminal activity.
>>
>> __________________________________________________
>> If so, what do they charge?
>> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>> Shouldn't be more than about $15. Depending on your plan, if your old
>> phone
>> was Get-It-Now capable, and the new one is also, you may get lucky and be
>> able to activate it online yourself for free.
>>
>> __________________________________________________
>> Is e-Bay a reliable source?
>> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>> Sorry, but that's kind of like asking if you can get a good deal on
>> something at ANY auction. It's not eBay that occasionally rips people off
>> (usually), it's up to the conscience of the individual seller.
>> I, and most people I know, have had excellent luck with cellphones and
>> accessories purchased via eBay. The advice given elsewhere here in regard
>> to
>> checking a seller's feedback is great advice, and fundamental to a
>> positive
>> eBay experience.
>> __________________________________________________
>>
>> One question you didn't ask, and perhaps should, is for a recommendation
>> of
>> what phone to buy. I can pretty much guarantee some more good advice if
>> you
>> post that question here.
>>
>> I'll get my 2c in first. Since you aren't happy with the Kyocera, you may
>> want to avoid them, even though I had a KX-1 "Soho" for over a year and
>> never had a problem with it. OTOH, the display is tiny and the reception
>> wasn't quite up to par with my newer phones. Motorolas: the v60 series,
>> though dated, are now pretty cheap, pretty much bulletproof. Reception is
>> good, but I think the display is poor--small, dim, and not enough
>> contrast.
>> Good battery life. v265's are relatively modern and work well. Again, the
>> display, though in color, isn't the best. If you find a v325 for a
>> reasonable price, grab it. Good phone. The v710's, 720's and e815, though
>> great phones with big bright displays, tend to suffer from flaky
>> software.
>> Text messages can freeze the phone. The camera can freeze the phone.
>> Sometimes Bluetooth works, sometimes it doesn't. Everyone raved about the
>> e815, so I got one. Great reception, great display, great sound. Due to
>> the
>> chance of getting a bad one, I'd avoid buying a used one. My brand-new
>> one,
>> never abused, crapped out at six months, and I had to take a refurb,
>> which
>> was never quite right. Recent LG's, above the 4000 level, are decent
>> phones,
>> reliable and stable, but again, they really didn't get the reception
>> thing
>> quite right until the 8300 (possibly the 8000, don't know that phone).
>> The
>> 8300 is a super phone, if they made the display a hair bigger, the
>> speakerphone a hair louder, the phone a hair thinner, and added a missed
>> call beep, close to perfect! Actually, LG covered most of these points
>> with
>> the 8600, with the exception of the missed call beep. It would have been
>> my
>> next phone, except for the damn beep.
>>
>> There are others, of course, (I'm not real familiar with the VZ Nokias),
>> but
>> choose carefully. Unlike a new phone, no 15 day return policy....
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> "Alan Briker" <ajb723@optonline.net> wrote in message
>> news:C1B31007.536F8%ajb723@optonline.net...
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> First time on this ng- please excuse if this question has been asked
>>> before.
>>> Currently have a Kyocera phone with Verizon. It sucks, but I'm not
>>> eligible
>>> for upgrade for 10 months, which is what is left on my contract.. I
>>> don't
>>> want to pay retail at Verizon for a new phone. If I buy a phone on e-Bay
>>> will Verizon activate it (assuming it is aVerizon compatible phone). If
>>> so,
>>> what do they charge? Is e-Bay a reliable source?
>>> Alan
>>>

>>
>>

>
>
>
>




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Old 12-24-2006, 01:11 PM
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On Sat, 23 Dec 2006 17:04:17 -0500, "MM" <marvinsnot@here.com> wrote:

>You can change your phone on line with no charge. If you buy a phone on ebay
>get the esn first and check with verizon to be sure it is not blocked. And
>yes this question has been answered numerious times. You should check more
>to find if you question has been answered in the last week in here.
>
>MM
>
>"Alan Briker" <ajb723@optonline.net> wrote in message
>news:C1B31007.536F8%ajb723@optonline.net...
>>
>>
>>
>> First time on this ng- please excuse if this question has been asked
>> before.
>> Currently have a Kyocera phone with Verizon. It sucks, but I'm not
>> eligible
>> for upgrade for 10 months, which is what is left on my contract.. I don't
>> want to pay retail at Verizon for a new phone. If I buy a phone on e-Bay
>> will Verizon activate it (assuming it is aVerizon compatible phone). If
>> so,
>> what do they charge? Is e-Bay a reliable source?
>> Alan
>>

>

To swap online the phones must have the same technologies as in EVDO
to EVDO or VCast to VCast. A search of forums here and elsewhere would
add that bit of information.

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Old 12-25-2006, 03:47 AM
Alan Briker
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Is that like A-Hole


On 12/24/06 7:42 PM, in article 1i7uo2pe4fcuriduksn667mtjrs9af8jrf@4ax.com,
"Evan Platt" <evan@theobvious.espphotography.com> wrote:

> On Sun, 24 Dec 2006 04:20:36 GMT, "Dean" <dean173@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>> _________________________________________________
>> If I buy a phone on e-Bay
>> will Verizon activate it (assuming it is aVerizon compatible phone).

>
> FYI, it's eBay, not e-Bay.






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Old 12-28-2006, 05:48 PM
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Alan Briker <ajb723@optonline.net> wrote in
news:C1B4C20B.53990%ajb723@optonline.net:

> Is that like A-Hole
>
>
> On 12/24/06 7:42 PM, in article
> 1i7uo2pe4fcuriduksn667mtjrs9af8jrf@4ax.com, "Evan Platt"
> <evan@theobvious.espphotography.com> wrote:
>
>> On Sun, 24 Dec 2006 04:20:36 GMT, "Dean" <dean173@yahoo.com> wrote:
>>
>>> _________________________________________________
>>> If I buy a phone on e-Bay
>>> will Verizon activate it (assuming it is aVerizon compatible phone).

>>
>> FYI, it's eBay, not e-Bay.

>
>


Ouch !

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Old 12-29-2006, 09:25 PM
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On Sun, 24 Dec 2006 23:47:23 -0500, Alan Briker <ajb723@optonline.net> wrote:
: Is that like A-Hole

Very well put. And as it happens, "www.e-bay.com" will get you there just
fine.

: On 12/24/06 7:42 PM, in article 1i7uo2pe4fcuriduksn667mtjrs9af8jrf@4ax.com,
: "Evan Platt" <evan@theobvious.espphotography.com> wrote:
:
: > On Sun, 24 Dec 2006 04:20:36 GMT, "Dean" <dean173@yahoo.com> wrote:
: >
: >> _________________________________________________
: >> If I buy a phone on e-Bay
: >> will Verizon activate it (assuming it is aVerizon compatible phone).
: >
: > FYI, it's eBay, not e-Bay.


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