How to Switch a Verizon Phone Plan to a Prepaid Phone

By Kristin Jennifer

Prepaid calling plans are wireless phone plans that require customers to pay upfront for calls. Customers add a minimum dollar amount of $25 or more to a prepaid card and top up that amount when necessary. Mobile phone users may find prepaid service beneficial if they use their phone infrequently or have a tendency to overspend their monthly minute allowance. Any Verizon Wireless customer can switch from a monthly phone plan to a prepaid calling plan. Verizon Wireless requires that the customer's monthly phone contract terminate or be terminated prior to his switching to prepaid service.

Things You'll Need

  • Verizon Wireless account
  • Verizon Wireless dual-mode or tri-mode CDMA GPS-compatible phone
  • Activation fee

Step 1

Confirm that your Verizon Wireless service contract has ended. The contract end date will be identified on the service contract. Verizon Wireless service contracts are usually one or two years in duration. If you wish to cancel your monthly service contract to switch to prepaid service, prepare to pay the early termination fee set in the terms of your contract for early cancellation.

Step 2

Contact Verizon Wireless customer service by dialing 611 and pressing "Send" on your Verizon Wireless phone. Press option 4 for other options. Say "I want to change my plan" when prompted. Alternatively, visit a local Verizon Wireless store.

Step 3

Inform the sales representative that you wish to switch your account plan to a prepaid service plan. The sales person will inquire after the end of your service contract. If you plan to buy out your contract, let the sales person know. The sales person will give you a list of plan options to choose from.

Step 4

Pick a prepaid plan. Verizon wireless offers a premium daily access plan where a fee is charged for daily use and unlimited mobile-to-mobile and night and weekend usage. A mid-range plan is offered for a lower daily access rate for unlimited, mobile-to-mobile use only. A pay-per-minute plan is also offered. You do not need to purchase a new phone if your current mobile phone is a dual-mode or tri-mode CDMA GPS-compatible phone.

Step 5

Pay any early termination fees associated with your contract. Pay the activation fee. Purchase a prepaid phone card to make calls on your phone. The minimum prepaid amount is $25 dollars, but there is no limit to the funds you can add to your prepaid card.

Tips & Warnings

  • Top up your prepaid phone amount prior to the expiration date.
  • Usage expiration dates are set according to the dollar amount of prepaid service purchased at the time of purchase.
  • Any prepaid amounts not used by the expiration date will be lost.
  • Prepaid customers risk losing their phone number if additional prepaid service is not refilled prior to expiration date.
  • The math for prepaid service may not amount to greater savings than a monthly plan, depending on how much service is routinely used on a monthly basis. Monthly service customers should calculate their monthly usage rates before switching to prepaid service.