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Discussion in 'Verizon' started by cosmonaut1959, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. cosmonaut1959

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    I hope I post this in the right place. I have service with Verizon and use a Samsung Note 2. I use it a lot at work but on weekends I wish I had a smaller flip phone. Can I buy a flip phone and just put the SIM card in it on weekends and switch back on weekdays without it causing issues? If yes is there certain phones I should be looking at or avoiding?
    Thanks in advance.
     

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    I don't think so. Verizon still works by ESN, not by SIM, and flipping ESNs every weekend is going to cause them to wonder.
     
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    Welcome to Android Forums.

    I moved this thread to the forum where Verizon-specific issues are discussed.

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    EDIT: Depends on if the SIM is just for 4G and normal phone functions use CDMA (which I think is the arrangement in some US phones) or if everything is SIM based. If it's the former, you can't switch, as others have stated.

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    In theory yes, that's no problem. Bear in mind though that your note uses a microSIM (I believe) but more basic phones will probably use the larger standard size SIMs. When you were given your microSIM it probably came inside a full-SIM sized piece of plastic that you snapped it out of, in which case you can pop it back in. Or you can buy one for a few dollars.
     
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    You can transition between phones manually via their website. You have to do it manually and I highly doubt they will credit you for the days you don't have data. The Sim is for 4g only, you'll not find a Sim card on a flip phone.

    What you are trying to do would work on a gsm network but not in CDMA.
     
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    Thanks everyone. yes it's a 4G card. Bummer. I am not worried about the lost data on weekends.
     
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    You should be able to switch to a 3G phone just by turning off the Note and dialing *228 on the flip phone. To switch back you have to use the website.
     
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    I know that you would be able to switch on the website, as I've done it many times, but I don't think that Verizon flip phones take any type of sim. The problem would be, I think, when you try to switch back to your Note, you might be starting a new contract each time, since you would be re-adding a data plan. If you opened a second line for the flip phone, then you could just swap devices on your line each time via the website.
     
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    Smart phone to smart phone isn't an issue, but going to a non-smart phone might be since the plans are different. I had to have a customer rep manually manipulate my account when I had issues with my first smart phone and wanted to temporarily switch back to a non-smart phone. This was 6-ish years ago, so maybe it's different now though.

    I think the only way to find out for sure is visit a VZN store or talk to a CSR...
     

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