How to Change a Verizon Contract Phone to a Prepaid Phone

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In today's diverse technological climate, you may have discovered that your phone contract is providing far more features and services than you are actually using. Given the abundance of opportunities to connect and share over voice and text with your computer, a heavy cellphone contract may be a financial burden that simply isn't necessary. Fortunately, many of today's largest carriers allow individuals to switch from contract-based plans to prepaid plans without requiring a replacement phone. If you are a Verizon customer, you can switch to Verizon prepaid plans without too much effort on your part.


Verizon Wireless Prepaid Customer Service

In order to transfer your account to a prepaid phone plan with Verizon, your first step should be to contact a member of the Verizon customer service team. Given the complexity of the task required, this particular service operation likely cannot be completed online. Once you have reached a member of Verizon's service team, you will need to determine whether or not you have any duties left relating to the initial contract agreement you signed with the company.


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If, for example, you have not completed the terms of your service contract, you may be required to pay off the remaining fees for unused service in order to ensure that you are in full compliance with Verizon's stated contract. For example, if you are only a month into a year-long agreement, you will likely be required to pay back a large part of your contract. This is an issue which Verizon's service team can help you resolve.


Moving Forward With Prepaid Phones

Once you have been given the go-ahead with your prepaid plan, setting up your phone is relatively easy. Using your online Verizon account, access the "Resources" menu to activate your prepaid account. From here, you will need to input your phone's serial number and your zip code. Once your phone information and your Verizon prepaid number appears, you can select your preferred prepaid plan from the available offerings and begin using your phone as part of your new service arrangement.


Switching Back to a Contract

If you decide that a prepaid plan is not what you had envisioned, you can switch back to a contract-based plan as needed by speaking with a member of Verizon's team and exploring your available service offerings. Given the fact that prepaid plans can typically be terminated at any point, you should have no difficulty switching back into a contract as you see fit. You will also likely be able to keep your same phone number, although this is a topic which only the service team members at Verizon can fully assist you with.