It's always nice to be able to make use of the gifts we're given, Larbak63. There are only a few things that would prevent you from using a phone on your account: if the equipment was already active on another person's number; if the device was reported as lost/stolen; or a prepaid phone that hasn't already met the minimum usage requirements on a prepaid account. You can check to see if this device is able to be used, and if so, get it going with a new number here: https://www.verizonwireless.com/support/activate-your-own-device/ I hope this helps, and enjoy your new phone!
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