Verizon has recently started allowing customers to bring non-Verizon devices its network and will activate them. The program officially began this week and Verizon confirmed to 9to5Mac that it applies to the iPhone, as well as Google’s Nexus 6. Verizon notes, however, that the devices must be unlocked prior to being activated on its network.
Potential customers can see if their Nexus 6 or iPhone is compatible with the program by heading to this webpage. First you must enter your device ID, such as an ESN, IMEI, or MEID, and then you will be taken to a webpage that prompts you to input your SIM ID number or to purchase a new SIM card from a Verizon store. Once you do that, Verizon will show you the plans for which your device is eligible and allow you to activate it.
Verizon’s likely end-goal by allowing other carrier’s devices to be activated on its network is to get users onto its network and ensure that all of their future device purchases are of Verizon-branded variants. Not having to buy a new device obviously makes the idea of switching to Verizon a lot more appealing to most users.
Earlier this month, Verizon killed device subsidies and launched a new, simpler line of data plans. Instead of having the cost of their device subsidized, Verizon users now must pay for their smartphones in monthly installments or purchase them outright. If you were to bring a non-Verizon device to the carrier as part of this new program, you would fall into the latter category and would only have to pay for service every month.
You can check to see if your device is eligible to be activated on Verizon’s network here.