Today, many consumers will be the proud new owners of a new Verizon iPhone 5. And many of those users will have stolen an upgrade from a family member or sibling on a different number. Verizon won’t change the iPhone 5 number in-store, instead, it makes users do it online. Here, we show you how to do that.
Those who stole an upgrade to buy the iPhone 5 will likely have different number attached to the phone than the one that they wish to use with it. And because of the Nano SIM in the iPhone 5 and security concerns, Verizon cannot sell an iPhone 5 on one number and switch it to another number in store.
Instead, those who buy an iPhone 5 on one number and wish to switch it to another need to go online and follow some simple instructions in order to get the desired number attached to the new iPhone 5.
Fortunately, the process is an easy one and after a few steps, the number attached to the iPhone 5 will be different than the number the user stole the upgrade from.
Here’s how to do it.
- Head to the My Verizon Home page. You’ll need to be logged in to access the next steps.
- Click Activate or Switch Device under the “I Want To…” section.
- Select which mobile number you want assigned to the new device, and click Next.
- Enter your new device’s identification number in the New Device ID field.
- Click Submit.
That’s all there is to it. Those that run into issues should have Verizon’s support number close by. While they might not be able to change the number on the phone, they can offer some troubleshooting advice if something goes go wrong in the process.
The iPhone 5 is Apple’s latest iPhone and already, it appears that Apple has a success on its hands. The device is sold out online through AT&T, Sprint and Verizon and the Apple Store is showing lengthy waits for those who order today as well.
Today marks the first time the device has been available in physical retail locations. The iPhone 5 launch isn’t over yet either. AT&T, Sprint and Verizon will be joined on September 28th by C-Spire Wireless and Cricket, both of whom previously carried the previous iPhone, the iPhone 4S.