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NET10 Launches Bring Your Own Verizon Phone Site

The NET10 and Straight Talk Bring Your Own CDMA Phone programs appear to be close to going live.

CDMA BYOD was announced last week on social media. The website for Straight's program straighttalkbyop.com is still offline but NET10's net10byop.com went live today.

The new NET10 site lets customers order a GSM SIM OR activate a Verizon CDMA phone on NET10's $50/month unlimited Talk, Text and Data plan or the $65/month plan that also includes unlimited international calling.

According to the site, for CDMA BYOP "... you must have a Verizon compatible phone that has never been activated outside of their network. This program will not work with 4G LTE technology phones even if they are compatible with Verizon. This program is also not available for Blackberries or branded Straight Talk, TracFone, Safe Link, Net10 Wireless, and Telcel America phones."

There's a form you have to fill out to check if your phone is eligible. It asks for the phone's MEID serial number, make and model, whether it's currently active on Verizon and your zip code.

I don't have any phones that meet all the criteria but tried several that don't - all failed:
  •  An old Verizon RAZR V3m flip phone that had been used on Page Plus and has an ESN instead of an MEID. The form's validation rejected the ESN as an invalid MEID.
  • A Sprint EVO 4G previously used on Sprint and Page Plus was rejected with the error "The MEID/Serial Number you entered is not recognized as a Verizon compatible phone for the purpose of this Registration process."
  • A Sprint Nexus S 4G previously used on Sprint and currently active on Page Plus triggered a repeatable "The TracFone website is currently under maintenance" error.
A HowardForums member who tried activating a Verizon iPhone 4 was able to get past the initial validation form, but the site timed out when they tried submitting their credit card information. So it looks like NET10's CDMA BYOP program isn't live quite yet. But the presence of a mostly working website suggests it's not far away and the same probably applies to StraightTalk's CDMA BYOD program.

Update, Ap. 4: Several users have reported successfully activating Verizon iPhones on using net10byop.com. One of the iPhones had been previously used on PagePlus so NET10's requirement that a phone must never have be activated outside Verizon's network to be eligible seems not to be an issue for other Verizon MVNO phones at least.

Also, NET10 sister brand TelcelAmerica's combined CDMA and GSM BYOP site is now live at telcelamericabyop.com.

Update 7/17/2013: According to multiple NET10 and Straight Talk representatives iPhones are officially no longer allowed on NET10, Straight Talk or Telcel America CDMA BYOD. Numerous users who have tried to activate iPhones have all reported failure. iPhone MEID are being rejected by the activation system.

Related: Straight Talk's "Bring Your Own Verizon Phone" Plan Delayed to Until "Later this Week"



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  1. Looks like their Verizon byod is going to be very similar to Verizon prepaid. Good but limited compared to Page Plus, Next G, etc.

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    1. Currently the CDMA map is superior to Verizon or Page Plus coverage.

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  2. Now I got it, it can be a Verizon phone used or new, BUT can't be an LTE phone and cannot be previously "flashed" to MetroPCS or PagePlus

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    1. Page plus doesn't require any flashing whatsoever.

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    2. Flashing is required to get an LTE Verizon phone or any non-Verizon phone activated and fully functional on Page Plus.

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    3. Any vzw phone that has been used or flashed to any of the carriers that use vzw towers that are not lte device nor blackberry's should work fine.

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  3. I've been trying since yesterday and cannot get passed the credit card payment form. Has anyone actually got an access code yet?

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    1. I did but I didn't write down the code during activation and it never gives it to you again and now customer service can't give it to me either so basically I'm out of luck I can't even buy another one. Very frustrating

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    2. That's unacceptable. I recommend complaining on NET10's Facebook page and/or calling the Miami based Tracfone/Net10/StraightTalk Executive Resolution call center at 1-305-715-6500 as soon as they open tomorrow at 8:00 AM EDT

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    3. Yeah, that's not right.
      I still have not been able to purchase an access code. I get to the credit card form and fill it out and the form just reloads. Net10 won't answer my requests for help on the forum or facebook

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    4. I called they got it activated for me but now it doesn't show up under my account online anyone know how I can find it

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    5. I just got off the phone with them to figure out why I can't complete the process and their system went down so I have to call back Monday. Maybe that has something to do with you not beingable to see your phone. Is your Verizon phone activated and being used?

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    6. Lots of teething troubles with CDMA BYOD it seems.

      @Anonymous The problem of an active phone not showing up on a user's account is a common one with all the Tracfone brands. Only they can fix it so you are going to have to call them again if it's important to you.

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    7. It is working I have a verizon iphone 4 working right now. But yeah as for the online thing I dont know how else to set up my refills and stuff without it. I called and they said it takes a couple business days for it to show up online? I've never heard that before so I don't know if that it is even believable so who knows I'll probably have to call again for a few more hours. I spend half my day on the phone with them I swear

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  4. NET 10 SUCKS!!! ONCE YOU GO OVER 1.5GB YOUR INTERNET STOPS WORKING. AT LEAST THROTTLE ME OR SOMETHING BUT JUST DON'T CUT IT OFF COMPLETELY.
    THAT'S WAY I SWITCHED TO BOOST MOBILE, A LOT BETTER AND NOW WITH LTE EVEN HAPPIER.

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    1. I've been on Net10 for 7 months and have used 3Gb once and typically use around 2 with no problems. 1.5 GB is ATT. More miss- information

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    2. NET10 does suck. I'll give you that.

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    3. Beats the heck out of paying $55 for Page Plus service and their limited Verizon coverage.

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  5. "limited Verizon coverage"? you are kidding right?

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    1. Nope. I've had both and Net10 has coverage in Wisconsin that Page Plus does not

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  6. Dennis, are you familiar with this possibility of Tracphone brands getting Verizon LTE service? Wow! That would be news
    http://www.phonenews.com/more-on-straighttalk-verizon-byod-and-possible-4g-lte-support-timeframe-22778/

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    1. I read that post and I do hope Straight Talk does get LTE in June. At this point it's just a rumor however.

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  7. I have an iPhone 4 on VZW prepaid, can I switch it to straight talk? Thanks.

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    1. Not yet. Once Straight Talk launches their Bring Your Own CDMA Phone option you will be able to.

      You can use your iPhone on Telcel America (same price and plan as Straight Talk) right now.

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    2. Straight talk's is up now too

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  8. Firstly I wanna say that I enjoy looking at your site. Can I use the an lte capable phone but just not have the lte service?

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    1. NET10 says you can't but we won't know for sure until someone tries.

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    2. Does page plus allow that? Good question.

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    3. Page Plus doesn't care but an LTE phone will not work at all on Page Plus, not even for voice, unless you flash it. Flashing LTE phones to Page Plus is complex and isn't possible with some models including the Galaxy Nexus.

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  9. Does the vzw iphone need to be unlocked first before porting over to net10?

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  10. Unrelated comment to this thread...

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    net10homephoneDOTcom


    youtubeDOTcom / user / thenet10videos

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  11. i went on net10's byod website and its doesn't give me the option to activate my cdma vzw iphone 4

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  12. Can you use a sprint iphone with the net10 bring your own phone thing?

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    1. NET10 says you can't but until someone tries we won't know for sure.

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  13. I just spoke with NET10 technical support. They say that a factory unlocked Iphone 4S will not work on their CMDA bring your own phone program. Doesn't make any sense to me since this is a dual band phone capable of working on either GSM or CDMA cell technology. I really don't think NET10 personnel have any idea what they are doing and their customer service is absolutely terrible.

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    1. Factory unlocked refers to the GSM slot. And the slot may be unlocked, but the phone may still be programmed to block US operator networks.
      The CDMA activation process is controlled by the network operator, and they and/or Net10 are not willing to allow iPhones.
      Fortunately we have many other good choices for a Verizon or Straight Talk iPhone.

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    2. I agree that NET10 support is pretty bad. But, in this case they are right. NET10 and Straight Talk no longer allow iPhones on their CDMA BYOP. When you try to activate, the MEID will be detected as belonging to an iPhone and the activation will be blocked.

      If the iPhone is unlocked it can be used with a NET10 or Straight Talk GSM SIM.

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  14. Here is a recent conversation with NET10 technical support/customer service on Bring your own Phone CDMA Iphones.

    Tracy has entered the session.
    Steve: I have a question about BYOP. Can I bring a factory unlocked Iphone 4s to NET10 to be activated on your CDMA coverage?
    Tracy: Thank you for visiting NET10 Wireless.
    Tracy: I regret to inform you that iPhones are not compatible with our CDMA BYOP program.
    Tracy: Are you there?
    Steve: Would they work on the GSM BYOP?
    Tracy: Yes Steve.
    Steve: Do you know why not on CDMA since this is a dual band phone capable of working on either technology?
    Steve: Is it an agreement between Verizon and NET10 that keeps you guys from activating as a CDMA phone?
    Steve: Doesn't make sense since this is a factory Apple phone and not from Verizon.
    Tracy: One moment please...
    Tracy: That is just how our CDMA BYOP works. CDMA iPhones are not compatible with the program.
    Tracy: Is there anything else I can assist you with?
    Steve: So if I buy a Iphone 5 from NET10 what do I get a choice of which network it can be activated on? Either CDMA or GSM?
    Steve: Or Iphone 4S?
    Tracy: Our iphones or the NET10 iphones are CDMA phones.
    Steve: Ok, that's for the honesty. It's not about whether they are compatible it's a matter of revenue and selling phones. SAD!!!
    Tracy: One moment please...
    Tracy: Our customers are of great value to us and we consider the comments you have expressed towards our quality, products, and overall service. As per our interest to serve you better, we are continually working on improving and expanding our products and services.
    Tracy: Do you have any other concerns?
    Steve: Thanks for the standard reply. I get it!!!!
    Chat Entry

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  15. Thanks everyone for sharing your knowledge and experience on this subject! I have a Verizon CDMA smartphone I had flashed to cricket. It's been working fine for a couple years now. If I do a factory reset on my phone under the settings menu I assume my phone will be ready for activation on Net10?

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  16. I have a verizon cdma smart phone and made it through the net10 activation thing to buy a network access code but it kept declining my card so I called my bank and they said they dont see where it was declined. So I called net 10 and I talked to an Indian named Jim LOL he said they do not have the system to do this with verizon cdma but on walmart they have a kit...anyone went through this?

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    1. You have probably run afoul of NET10's notoriously brain dead fraud detection system.

      The phone will activate but you will need to use the Walmart code or maybe a different credit card, although once you trip the anti-fraud system usually rejects all orders made with the same billing address or PC IP address.

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  17. Will Casio Commando phones work with net10 service?

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  18. The original Casio G'zOne Commando will work.
    The newer Casio G'zOne Commando 4G LTE won't because it's an LTE phone.

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    1. We called to switch this phone to net10 and were told it was ineligible having something to do with tower not in our zip code???

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  19. What is a good smartphone to purchase with net 10 that is not super expensive?

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    1. Good inexpensive used Verizon Smartphones that can be used with Verizon's CDMA BYOD include:
      Android: Samsung Fasinate, HTC Droid Incredible and Incredible 2, Motorola Droid 2, Droid 2 Global, Droid 3, Droid X, Droid X2, Droid Pro
      Windows Phone: HTC Trophy
      WebOS: Palm Pixi Plus and Pre 2

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  20. Well folks, remember that contract you signed or agred with when you purchased your iPhone ? The part about you can't switch to another carrier. Well guess what, you agreed to the contract !! Capitalism at it's finest !!!
    Has anyone tried to go to Verizon prepaid? Lots of luck, it's all about the $$$$$ !!!

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    1. If you keep reading, your contract says if you cancel, you owe the early termination fee. Just divide the ETF by the monthly savings on prepaid to get your break-even point. There is no problem activating a Verizon iPhone 4 or 4S on Verizon prepaid. Enjoy the $$$ savings.

      PS: If there was no capitalism, you would still be living in a small public apartment and using a government monopoly operated dial phone. Maybe an old Bell model with a crank-operated generator.

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  21. I have a Verizon samsung galaxy 3 and want to use it with net10 byop will it work ??

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    1. No you can't as the Galaxy S III is a 4G LTE phone.

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  22. So for a verizon phome though what are the apn settings I have to enter ?

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    1. You don't. Over the air activation sets up the APNs on the Verizon network.

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  23. What doesn that mean


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    1. You don't have enter APNs on CDMA phones. The activation process does it for you.

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  24. I have read on online about both straight talk and net10 not accepting 4G LTE phones being "brought over" from other networks. I'm hoping this will change soon as I have an LG Revolution that I wish to transfer from verizon! Any advice is appreciated! I've confirmed with Verizon that my phone is unlocked already. The customer service representative over the phone told me that if I upgraded my phone with them not only would I have to pay a $30 per line upgrade fee, but I would also lose my grandfathered unlimited data plan and be forced to pay more $$$ for less data on their current shared data plan! Now I really want to switch to something cheaper like net10/straight talk.........soooooo frustrating!!!!

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    1. Either:
      1. Sell the phone and get something that works on the service you want to use
      2. Pay someone to flash the phone to PagePlus or Selectel. However I don't really recommend this route. It's not easy to find a competent flasher who can get all features working. Software updates can break the flash and require paying to have it done again.

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  26. Thanks, what advice (good or bad) can you give regarding Boost mobile services?

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    1. I'd rate Boost average.

      Phone prices are good, customer support is better than average. Their throttled data speed of 256 Kbps after the 2.5 GB cap is actually usable provided the network isn't too overloaded. Boost is a good value for moderately heavy data use with an LTE phone in an LTE area.

      But plan prices are on the high side until you reach full shrinkage after 18 months.

      Most importantly, Boost is only as good as the Sprint network where you need to use the phone. Sprint has the smallest coverage footprint of the four major operators and its data network is badly overloaded in some areas. Check the coverage maps and ask local Sprint, Boost or Virgin Mobile users about data reliability and speed.

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  27. I have a verizon Droid Razr will it work with net10's byop?

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    1. No, NET10 will not activate Verizon LTE phones like the Droid RAZR.

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  28. I have a Verizon HTC Thunderbolt that Net 10 says I can use with a SIM card. Everything I've read says this phone is CDMA??

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    1. LTE phones on CDMA do use a sim card but LTE/4G Verizon phones will not work on Net10/Straight Talk. I believe you can use LTE Sprint branded phones but that will only get you the Sprint network

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    2. Jeff is correct. The Thunderbolt is a Verzion CDMA/LTE phone. The SIMs that Straight Talk sells are for AT&T and T-Mobile and will not work in a Thunderbolt which doesn't support the GSM standard that AT&T and T-Mobile use.

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  29. What about the HTC one or HTC DNA?
    My boyfriend uses a Samsung note II on net10. Isn't it LTE?

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  30. The LTE ban only applies to Verizon phones and CDMA BYOP.

    You can't activate a Verizon HTC One or HTC Droid DNA on NET10 or Straight Talk.

    But an AT&T, T-Mobile or unlocked GSM HTC One or Samsung Note II can be used with the appropriate NET10 or Straight Talk SIM

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  31. So I have a Verizon Wireless iPhone 4S, am I able to use it on Net10?

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    1. You can't use a Verizon iPhone on NET10 but it would work on PagePlus, Selectel or Verizon Prepaid.

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  32. I have a Verizon note 2 an also a driod 4 is it possible to use either one on net 10?

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  33. I put in the MEID from my Verizon iphone 4s and it said good news your phone is compatible to use on Net10. Does this mean it will work?

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    1. Unlikely. The initial MEID check on the NET10 and Straight Talk BYOP sites isn't very reliable. I've seen many reports of it saying a phone was OK and that phone being rejected later in the process.

      In addition it says on the site "This program is compatible with Sprint iPhone 4 and 4S, but will not work with other iPhone models".

      You can try if you are willing to gamble $15 but I have not heard of anyone successfully activating a Verizon iPhone on NET10 or Straight Talk since July, 2013.

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  34. I have an unlocked Verizon HTC one I put the att net10 SIM in that I had in my at&t note I can call and TEXT and it gives Me edge data... When I typed my meid in net10 says it's compatible is this correct?

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    1. The Verizon HTC One only supports 3G on one (1900) of the two bands (850 and 1900) that AT&T uses. So it will be limited to Edge in some areas.

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  35. I have an LG Spectrum 2. The NET10 site and a customer service rep said my phone is compatible. True or not true?

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    1. The Spectrum 2 would work with a Straight Talk AT&T SIM. It won't work on Straight Talk Verizon.

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  36. Anyone have a net10 cdma activation card they dont need??? Would greatly appreciate it...thanks

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  37. Anyone have a cdma card i can have i have a straight talk one i can trade

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  38. Wondering if my Verizon HTC one will work with net 10's BYOP? Do I need to unlock it? I don't want to pay for the kit if it won't work, as it is non refundable.

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    1. The HTC One is an LTE capable phone so it won't work with NET10 Verizon BYOP.

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  39. I had the huawei from NET10 it used verizon towers just 3g but it was always very reliable and data was actually unlimited. now I own a note 3 from sprint i dont know if its flashed or unlocked to page plus (I pay 70$/monthly) but I really wanted to jump to my old account to run service like my old huawei phone that I paid 50$ a month for an unlimited plan unlike page plus I only get 5gb and given my phone is a note3 it uses alot of data on its own. any advice someone can give me to be able to switch my sprint (currently page plus/verizon) to the NET10 VERIZON service and be able to get an actual unlimited plan. by the way NET10 on my huawei worked awesome . best service I have ever had.

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  40. I just ordered a Motorola Verizon RAZR v3n cell phone. Can I get any prepaid plan or prepaid card for it? This is my first time having one and I'm not shure what to do.

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    1. As long as it's a postpaid Verizon phone it should work on NET10, TracFone, Straight Talk, Page Plus or Selectel.

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  41. I have a Gz one phone I wanted to switch to Net10, I already have a net10 phone though. I understand I'll have to change my plan, but I want to keep my number.

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    1. You can do that online. Change plans, then using a BYOP activation code change phones.

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  42. Will my current Verizon Moto X Android now work on the Net 10 network ?

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    1. No, LTE phones are not supported by NET10 CDMA BYOP.

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  43. 1 thing to remember is that CDMA phones have better coverage than GSM in the US! Specifically for the interest of this blog and anyone interested in it, I went to Ra@dioSh@ck and bought a brand new AT&T ZTE 4G Compel & put it on my Net10. (I did a 2 MB speed check & showed around 6,500 kbps, not bad at all but since I go out of town on occasion I won't be getting the coverage I need). That was after I bought a Verizon 'no contract' moto G at the Sh@ck and tried to get net10 to activate it for 2 1/2 hours. Customer service finally told me it's locked and they can't activate it! I believe it has to do with the fact that it's a no contract Verizon phone & the net10 branded phones wouldn't be able to compete. Anyways, my speeds are pretty good. It's a shame the Sh@ck doesn't have a nice compact 3G Verizon CDMA smartphone.
    Just remember if you're bringing over a verizon phone to net10 go to the Verizon website and check their coverage. Ignore the data 'roaming' map since you cannot use that on net10. Again in my opinion a Verizon CDMA (non-LTE) smartphone is the way to go on net10 .

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    1. There's nothing about the CDMA that gives it inherently better coverage than GSM. One CDMA operator coverage may have better coverage than a one GSM operator at a specific location. At a different location the opposite may be true.

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    2. Valid point and I should have pointed out I live in Nebraska & Verizon's CDMA outshines AT&T's GSM.

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