$500 via Verizon e-gift card (sent w/in 8 wks). Activation of 4G LTE/5G phone on 5G Get More plan req’d. Device must remain active for 45 days. $500 charge back if service cancelled w/in 12 mos or eligibility req’s are no longer met. See vzw.com/bring-your-own-device for details.
You aren't being stupid. You should be able to verify that your data is turned on by going to Settings > Data Usage and ensure that Mobile Data is On. You also should see a 3G or 4G symbol in your notification area, noting that you're connected.