Hello, regarding your message about calling virgin, I guess you could go either way, I just prefer to do any account administration from my virgin phone. You could probably call from your house phone. The meid transfer is all automated now. After 30 minutes, when you turn on the evo it will go through hands free activation. Just make sure that you delete any voicemails from your old phone and turn the phone off when the virgin mobile support tells you to. Now, regarding your message about when to switch to the $35 plan, do it today if possible. Go ahead and switch to the $35 plan on the 5th and then top up with $35 right after you switch. When you're switching, the computer asks if you want to switch now, or at your next month. Select your next month. You will automatically be switched on the 7th. Do the phone swap on the 8th.