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Discussion in 'Android Help' started by AMaine, Feb 6, 2016.

  1. AMaine

    AMaine Newbie
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    Hello everyone!

    I'm contemplating an upgrade and would love to get my phone outside of a Verizon store/website. However, I can't seem to find a list of what phones work with Verizon and don't feel like comparing stats on every single phone I'm considering. Shouldn't there be a list of compatible phones somewhere?? Can someone help me with this?

    I'd also be happy to take suggestions on an affordable phone with good stats (good battery life being one of my main priorities) that will work on the Verizon network. Any help appreciated!! Thanks!


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    Post #5 by Clementine_3, Feb 6, 2016 (1 points)

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  3. Jfalls63

    Jfalls63 Android Expert

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  4. Slug

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  5. KOLIO

    KOLIO Guest

    Verizon phones are a bit different as the compatibility goes,so,typically,a Verizon Branded phone is your best bet.

    As for comparing stats,PhoneArena has a comparison guide:


    For any questions regarding compatibility with Verizon,use this guide:
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  6. Clementine_3

    Clementine_3 Extreme Android User
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    Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Moto X Pure Edition will all work. If your current phone has a nano sim just pop it in and be on your way!
    I would check swappa as mentioned above, ask questions and make an offer. You can sometimes get a nice deal.
  7. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User

    I've been with Verizon 20+ years, and it is hard to find a CDMA phone that works on VZW bands if it is not Verizon branded.

    The post quotes list just about all of the unbranded phones that will work on VZW.

    If you have the itch to root, do not buy a VZW phone with Lollipop, it won't root, period.
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  8. AMaine

    AMaine Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Thank you all! This is very helpful info!

    I do not have a nano SIM at the moment and I'm really leaning toward the Nexus 5x. However, I DO have a friend who works at Verizon, so he could probably activate one for me if I understand what I've read correctly. Does that sound right?

    Thanks again!
  9. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User

    any Verizon retailer will activate it for you, no charge

    or, you can call 611 from a different VZW phone, or call VZW CS from a landline.
    they will ask you a few ??? and then you are set to go.

    If you already have a VZW web account set up, you can do it yourself.
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