Secondhand phone - need help

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  1. drew

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    I'm doing something nice for my mother-in-law. She has an LG Ally that she uses to tether to her PC using PDANet. At first the Ally was fine, because all she needed was the tether. I didn't realize she'd actually learn to use the phone. Once she did, I realized how AWFUL that phone is.

    In any case, a guy I work with just sold me his Droid X for $30. He went an got an iPhone, the loser (lol).

    My questions for people who have done this kind of thing before:

    1) Do I need to take both phones to VZW?
    2) Can I just swap the SIM card out myself?
    3) Any "gotchas" with doing this?

    I already have possession of the Droid X, pulled the SD card and did a factory reset. The mother-in-law is visiting this weekend, so I want to make the swap as seamless / simple as possible.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. SFGate

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    Also curious about this. I want to switch SIM cards on phones and was thinking it can't be so easy as just switching the card. :blink:
     
  3. mrkelly88

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    To switch the service all you need to do is have her call Verizon and they can do it over the phone.

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    This.

    Also, I don't think the X uses a sim card, but I'm not 100% sure either.
     
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    You can even do it online if you log onto the account. All you need to do after a few clicks is dial the number to program the phone.
     
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    Make sure the phone w/ the line you want to transfer is off or in airplane mode.

    dial *228 on the X to program and follow the prompts.

    Done.

    This is assuming the line being transfer is on VZW already.
     
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    The Droid x DOES NOT have a sim card, just a micro SD card and all you have to do is the 228 thing to activate the phone on her number.

    Sent from my DROID X2 using DroidForums
     
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    Thanks everyone!