I haven't bought a phone from a third-party retailer before, so I'm not sure how the process works. Hoping someone (maybe someone from Verizon?) can clarify for me. If I buy a phone online using my employee discount, the activation fee is waived. If I instead buy the phone from a third-party retailer (in this case Best Buy), can I still get the activation fee waived? Verizon's website indicates that the activation fee isn't charged until the first bill, so I'm hoping that I can get my account properly associated with my employee discount after the purchase and avoid the charge. But I'm not really sure how the activation process works. I called Verizon's customer service, but unfortunately the lady I talked to did not seem to have a clue.