How to Use Any Phone With Verizon Service

By Josh Moorhead

Any cellular phone can be switched to the Verizon Wireless network using a process called "unlocking." Unlocking a cell phone frees it up for use with any network. Unlocking a phone is easy and only requires a few things. First you will need to retrieve an identification number called an IMEI code from the original network provider. You will also need to acquire a memory card called a SIM card from Verizon, the new provider.

Things You'll Need

  • SIM card
  • IMEI code

Step 1

Contact customer service for your cell phone network provider. The original provider must consent to the unlocking of the phone. This consent is granted in the form of the phone's identification number, or IMEI code. Depending on the conditions of the contract you entered with the provider, they may charge for this information.

Step 2

Turn off the mobile device. Find the battery cover on the phone and remove it. Near where the battery is housed is a smaller slot with an exposed chip. This is the phone's SIM card from the current provider. Slide it out and replace it with the new Verizon SIM card, which Verizon will provide when you enter a service agreement with them.

Step 3

Restart the phone. It will detect the Verizon SIM card. A message will appear on the screen asking for authorization to proceed using this SIM card. Enter the IMEI code on the phone's dial pad. Once the phone accepts the code it will begin using Verizon's network.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do research before switching network providers. How a given phone works from one network to another may vary depending on the services and data packages offered by the different providers. Before switching from the current provider to Verizon, contact Verizon with the model of the phone and ask how the phone will work with their service.