Thinking of taking your current device to Verizon? This step-by-step guide will explain how to do just that. To make the transition, you’ll need a paid off, compatible and unlocked phone. Read on for specifics.

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Steps to Switch to Verizon

  1. Make sure your phone can be used on Verizon’s network by checking your phone’s IMEI.
  2. Check your current plan and see if there are stipulations that would keep you from moving to Verizon.
  3. Make sure your phone is paid off, then call your carrier to unlock it.
  4. Check Verizon coverage in your area.
  5. Research and compare the best Verizon Plans for you using the Let’s Talk search engine.
  6. Get a SIM card from Verizon.
  7. Activate your plan and port your number.
  8. Verizon will cancel your current plan for you.


To bring your own phone (BYOP) to Verizon, it will have to be compatible with the network. If you’re coming to Verizon from Sprint, you don’t have to worry. Sprint and Verizon use the same technology for their network.

Sprint and Verizon use CDMA technology, where as T-Mobile and AT&T use GSM tech to operate their network. Newer phones are compatible between each carrier, but older phones will struggle to make the switch.

It gets more complicated if you’re coming from T-Mobile or AT&T. Verizon uses a different type of technology than AT&T and T-Mobile, so your phone may not be compatible. To check and see, use Verizon’s compatibility checker. Just type in your IMEI (your phone’s identification number), then Verizon will tell you straight away if your phone is good to go.

Unlock Your Phone

You need to make sure your phone is unlocked before taking it to Verizon. If your phone is not fully paid off, your carrier will not unlock it; and even if it is balance-free, your carrier won’t necessarily automatically unlock it. A phone call to your current carrier should be all that’s required to start the unlocking process.

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Port Your Number to Verizon

Once you’ve found a plan you like, you can order a free SIM card from Verizon by going online or to a local Verizon store.

Verizon will cancel your current service for you, so you don’t need to worry about having two plans at once

If you want to port (or transfer) your current number to Verizon, don’t cancel your current cell phone service. Verizon will port your number and cancel your current service for you. You need to give them your account number and they will take care of it.

Transferring your number to Verizon can take up to 24 hours, so plan accordingly. Verizon also recommends having a backup form of communication for emergencies in case the porting process takes longer than expected.

Verizon Coverage Map

Verizon’s 4G network covers 70% of the United States, making their coverage the nation’s best. If you take a look at the map below, you’ll notice there are only a few areas of the country that aren’t covered by Verizon. To check Verizon’s coverage in your specific area, punch in your address into Let’s Talk coverage checker.

Verizon Coverage by State

State Percentage Covered Mile Covered (mi²)
Alabama 96.46% 49,926 mi²
Alaska 1.92% 11,428 mi²
Arizona 82.01% 93,810 mi²
Arkansas 99.53% 52,990 mi²
California 74.18% 122,015 mi²
Colorado 81.67% 85,156 mi²
Connecticut 98.31% 4,947 mi²
Delaware 96.82% 2,009 mi²
Florida 94.17% 55,258 mi²
Georgia 99.07% 58,409 mi²
Hawaii 86.21% 5,894 mi²
Idaho 65.71% 54,527 mi²
Illinois 94.43% 53,206 mi²
Indiana 98.86% 35,806 mi²
Iowa 95.27% 53,754 mi²
Kansas 99.69% 82,028 mi²
Kentucky 66.00% 26,662 mi²
Louisiana 96.29% 45,002 mi²
Maine 59.32% 19,818 mi²
Maryland 92.36% 10,079 mi²
Massachusetts 96.01% 8,016 mi²
Michigan 90.18% 53,778 mi²
Minnesota 88.30% 74,615 mi²
Mississippi 97.96% 46,719 mi²
Missouri 88.19% 61,412 mi²
Montana 58.93% 86,843 mi²
Nebraska 97.48% 75,936 mi²
Nevada 59.43% 61,795 mi²
New Hampshire 84.38% 8,147 mi²
New Jersey 97.52% 7,542 mi²
New Mexico 84.53% 101,463 mi²
New York 87.21% 42,705 mi²
North Carolina 92.67% 46,892 mi²
North Dakota 97.81% 68,393 mi²
Ohio 96.18% 39,764 mi²
Oklahoma 81.96% 57,286 mi²
Oregon 74.39% 72,327 mi²
Pennsylvania 93.08% 42,178 mi²
Rhode Island 92.21% 1,087 mi²
South Carolina 98.73% 30,821 mi²
South Dakota 96.65% 74,320 mi²
Tennessee 96.59% 40,673 mi²
Texas 91.10% 243,085 mi²
Utah 78.25% 65,286 mi²
Vermont 89.91% 8,646 mi²
Virginia 93.24% 38,050 mi²
Washington 69.16% 47,326 mi²
West Virginia 52.24% 12,650 mi²
Wisconsin 87.52% 49,834 mi²
Wyoming 80.56% 79,864 mi²

Verizon Pros and Cons

Let’s Talk Pros

  • Best nationwide coverage
  • Plenty of plan options for everyone
  • 11 MVNO carriers to choose from
  • Great unlimited data plans

Let’s Talk Cons

  • Verizon plans tend to be expensive
  • New Verizon customers pay a one-time activation fee

Verizon Plans

Because Verizon wields the best coverage in the United States, they charge a premium for their plans. But there are still plenty of great options.

Popular Verizon Plans

If you’re in the military or a veteran, they offer multiple discounted plans. These special discount plans range from prepaid plans to family plans. With verification, veterans and military personnel also get 25% off select accessories.

There are good deals for other carriers that operate on the Verizon network as well. Also known as MNVOs, these smaller carriers offer less expensive plans on Verizon’s network. If you want to be on the Verizon network but don’t want to pay Verizon premiums, mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) are a great option. Use Let’s Talk comparison tool to find the best BYOP plan on Verizon’s network.

If you’re not sure where to start when looking for Verizon plans, we have you covered. We curate the best Verizon plans and update them monthly.

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Popular MVNO Plans

If you’re not sold on Verizon, you can bring your own phone and switch to other carriers.