How to Change a Verizon Contract Phone to a Prepaid Phone

By Robert Schrader

These days, the majority of cell phone companies offer both traditional, contract-based service and "prepaid" service for those who don't want to take on another financial commitment. Verizon Wireless is no different. If you're a Verizon Wireless contract customer and have decided you want to switch to prepaid service, you may do so. You must keep in mind, however, that you may have to pay a termination fee if you contract is not yet fulfilled.

Step 1

Call Verizon's customer service at 1-888-294-6804 to inquire about closing your account. Ask the representative if you've completed the initial agreement you signed, and if not, how much it will cost to terminate your service agreement early. Make arrangements to pay any necessary fees and ask the representative to close your account.

Step 2

Activate your Verizon Wireless phone for prepaid service. Click the link listed under "Resources" to activate your phone. Enter your ZIP code and click the "Enter" button. Select your area code and enter your phone's serial number, which you can find under its battery, and click "Continue." Wait a few moments for your new wireless number to appear.

Step 3

Sign up for a prepaid plan once you've activated your phone. Sign up for and log in to your "MyVerizon" account, which you can access by clicking the second link listed under "Resources," and click the "My Plans" button to choose a plan that's right for you.