Have you ever brought an unlocked device into a Verizon store? They look at it like the plague don’t they? Well there’s a reason for that. Up until now Verizon has not had a system in place to activate a device on their network that was not bought through the carrier.
Many of us, including myself, experienced this first hand while trying to activate the Nexus 6 on the Big Red. It’s a huge pain. However now Verizon is finally changing this.
With a new program customers can bring their devices to the network by first confirming compatibility with the network by visiting this webpage. There you’ll be requested to input your device ID which would include your ESN, IMEI, or MEID. Once you’ve confirmed your device is in fact compatible, you’ll be taken to a page which will allow you to either use a current SIM or purchase one from a Verizon store (they are $25 if my memory serves correctly). After that you’ll be able to pick from a lineup of plans which your device is eligible for.
This new program comes only a couple weeks after the network moved away from 2-year contracts in favor of installment plans. Hopefully this will only further encourage customers to buy their devices unlocked.
While this move is long overdue, I couldn’t be happier to see it. Hopefully as more devices like the Moto X Style and Nexus 6 release, more devices will be able to use Verizon alongside other networks. So far this program has only been 100% confirmed for iPhones and the Nexus 6, but it should work for any phone that is compatible with Verizon’s network.