How to Change a Tracfone Into Verizon

By Chanel Adams

Both Tracfone and Verizon Wireless cell phones use a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card. This card lets you switch networks with ease. However, you will need to unlock your phone to remove any restrictions. Tracfone will provide you with an unlock code. Once the phone is unlocked, you can have your phone flashed and activated to the Verizon Wireless network. Verizon will also install a new SIM card for your phone.

Things You'll Need

  • IMEI number
  • Unlock code
  • Verizon SIM card

Step 1

Enter *#06# in your phone's keypad. Press the "SEND" button. Write down the IMEI number. You can also locate this number under your phone's battery.

Step 2

Contact Tracfone customer service. Ask the representative for an unlock code. Provide him or her with your phone's IMEI number. Write down the unlock code.

Step 3

Remove the protective cover from the back of your phone. Take out the battery and old SIM card. Reinsert the battery and replace the cover.

Step 4

Enter the unlock code, as provided by Tracfone. Press the "SEND" button. Wait for notification that you unlocked the phone.

Step 5

Bring your phone with you to your nearest Verizon store. Ask to have your phone flashed and activated to the network. Flashing removes the Tracfone software and replaces it with Verizon's software. Upon activation of the phone, the Verizon associate will insert a new SIM card for your phone to let you access the network.

Step 6

Pay any fees associated with flashing and activating your phone. Choose a plan that best fits your budget and your needs.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure to enter the unlock code correctly. Entering it wrong results in a permanently locked phone.