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Help with understanding SIM cards?
gokuguy66
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Simply put, I've never had a smartphone before, as I never felt a need for one, but I'm planning to get one soon for development purposes. Thus, I'll be getting an unlocked phone.

I'm interested in getting an unlocked LG G2 online, thus it won't come with a SIM card. I have decided, however, if I do like the phone better than the basic cellphone I have now, I may make this phone my primary phone in the future. The only thing keeping me from buying at this point is the reassurance that I will be able to use this phone as a casual phone later on.

If this phone that I get is a Verizon brand LG G2, is it possible to get a Verizon SIM card and activate it later? Any help in understanding how SIM cards work is much appreciated.

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Re: Help with understanding SIM cards?
SuzyQ
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gokuguy66 wrote:

If this phone that I get is a Verizon brand LG G2, is it possible to get a Verizon SIM card and activate it later? Any help in understanding how SIM cards work is much appreciated.

Yes, you can get a Verizon SIM card (free at corporate stores) and activate the phone on Verizon as long as you have a Verizon account or open one.  A SIM card basically carries the network information that allows the phone to operate on the network.

And a SIM card (Subscriber Identity Module), and is a small circuit board which is placed in your phone in order to identify it to your carrier.

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Re: Help with understanding SIM cards?
SuzyQ
Sr. Leader
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gokuguy66 wrote:

If this phone that I get is a Verizon brand LG G2, is it possible to get a Verizon SIM card and activate it later? Any help in understanding how SIM cards work is much appreciated.

Yes, you can get a Verizon SIM card (free at corporate stores) and activate the phone on Verizon as long as you have a Verizon account or open one.  A SIM card basically carries the network information that allows the phone to operate on the network.

And a SIM card (Subscriber Identity Module), and is a small circuit board which is placed in your phone in order to identify it to your carrier.

Re: Help with understanding SIM cards?
Snn5
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The Verizon LG G2 is sold unlocked.  It will not work on other carriers though...well, it will 50%, but will not have LTE.  This is because the Verizon G2 variant uses different frequencies and bands than the other variants sold mainly by GSM carriers like ATT and T-Mobile.

Re: Help with understanding SIM cards?
Khines5705
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60% of the time it works every time. LOL

Re: Help with understanding SIM cards?
Snn5
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But, again, you need a Verizon-branded G2.

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