I have a friend who is under contract and paying a monthly fee for phone. I'm not a Verizon customer, so I'm not sure how that works, so I hope you know what I'm talking about. He pays a monthly fee instead of a flat price on the phone. Anyway, he is wanting to get rid of the line that phone is on and sell the phone. I'd like to buy the phone. He can't end service yet. He doesn't have the money, which is partly why he's selling the phone, and I'd like to buy it. If the phone shows an active status, can someone else put their verizon sim card in it and it be their phone now without anything else? Not sure how to proceed and not sure I want to get wrapped up in it. If I have to root the phone, that's fine, too. ~~EDIT~~ I ran the esn on two different checker sites, and both came back clear and ready for activation.