Woo Hoo! Congratulations on receiving the iPhone 5 as a gift. You can activate a device at anytime with Verizon Wireless for free via MyVerizon http://bit.ly/xB4iTc . There is no contract change to activate customer provided equipment. You will need a Sim card per the iPhone 5 uses our 4G LTE technology. You can go into any local VZW store to get a Sim card http://bit.ly/3SdsA .
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