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theMezz
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If I buy a used iPhone to add to my account - does it need a sim card?

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mikedamirault
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No, Verizon uses CDMA which doesn't use SIM cards

 

If you get an iPhone that has a SIM card slot, that means it will only work on GSM networks (like AT&T or T-Mobile), Verizon uses the CDMA iPhone, if you find a CDMA iPhone that has not been flashed to another CDMA network (like MetroPCS or Sprint) and the ESN is clear, then you should be able to use it on your account by either taking it into Verizon or by dialing *228 and selecting option 1, then syncing it to your computer through iTunes as a new iPhone, and if you haven't done so, create an AppleID and password

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mikedamirault
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No, Verizon uses CDMA which doesn't use SIM cards

 

If you get an iPhone that has a SIM card slot, that means it will only work on GSM networks (like AT&T or T-Mobile), Verizon uses the CDMA iPhone, if you find a CDMA iPhone that has not been flashed to another CDMA network (like MetroPCS or Sprint) and the ESN is clear, then you should be able to use it on your account by either taking it into Verizon or by dialing *228 and selecting option 1, then syncing it to your computer through iTunes as a new iPhone, and if you haven't done so, create an AppleID and password