Today’s article will be all about Verizon SIM card replacement. We will cover everything related to the topic; from the most basic stuff to the more advanced aspect.
To make the article as useful for you as possible, we’ve constructed it in a way so that each section answers a particular question. As such, you may simply skim the questions and devote your attention to the ones that are of your interest.
Are you ready to dig in? Let’s do this!
What Do You Need To Do If Your Phone With A Verizon SIM Card Got Stolen or Lost?
Losing your phone or have it stolen is an extremely unpleasant situation and if you have a new upper-level phone quite costly as well. To mitigate the consequences as effectively as possible, it is important to take the right actions.
In order to prevent any unwanted cost to be inflicted upon your account, you need to call Verizon’s support ASAP. Explain your situation so that they can proceed with deactivation, which will protect your account.
If you are not sure whether your phone is lost or stolen, we advise you to use Find My Phone or another phone locating option if you might be able to find it. However, if you are highly convinced that your phone was stolen, you may also file a report with your local police department.
Once on the phone with Verizon, they will provide you with the information on how to proceed in order to attain a Verizon SIM card replacement. (We will cover those details in the following sections.)
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What to Do If The Verizon SIM Card is Not Working or is Damaged?
SIM cards are typically well protected with phones, however, sometimes errors or damages occur that cause SIM cards to stop function properly.
If that is the case, make sure to get in touch with Verizon support. You can call them at *611 from your mobile or you can request a replacement SIM card online. More details regarding where to get a Verizon replacement card are provided in the next section.
NOTE: Verizon SIM cards are free for Verizon customers.
Where Can I Get A Verizon Replacement SIM Card?
At this point you know that as a Verizon customer you are entitled to a free replacement SIM card but where do you get it?
There are several options available. These days probably the most practical one is to do it online. Of course, there are in-person options available as well.
- Online (Official Verizon website): Visit verizon.com/sales/digital/buySim.html?flow=BUYSIM#/ (you’ll need to log in) and complete the form. When ordering online with Verizon, you can choose to have a SIM card mailed to you or pick it up at a Verizon Retail Store or Authorized Retailer store.
- Verizon Retail store – if you personally visit one of the official Verizon retail stores, you can get a replacement SIM card right there on the spot. Here is the link that will help you locate Verizon retail store: verizon.com.
- Verizon’s Authorized Retailers – there are many authorized retailers, including Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and others. They offer Verizon phones and also can help you with SIM replacement. However, unlike with Verizon Retail stores, you can’t necessarily get a replacement SIM on the same day as it can take up to 3 days. Use this link to locate Verizon’s Authorized Retailers: verizon.com.
How Do I Order A New or Replacement Verizon SIM Card?
First determine whether your SIM card is lost, stolen, or damaged. In case you are dealing with a lost/stolen phone with your SIM inside, it is best to call Verizon support at 1 800 922 0204. They will deactivate your current account and help you prevent any unwanted cost to be inflicted.
Then you get to order a new/replacement Verizon SIM card using any of the methods presented in the previous sections.
Also, consider whether or not will you also be getting a new phone. That way you can sort both things out simultaneously.
Is My Verizon 4G LTE SIM Card or 5G SIM Card Compatible With Any Other Provider’s Device?
This depends on the carrier’s device. These days there are quite many wireless providers that offer so-called Bring Your Own Phone options and Verizon has that as well. You just need to check the compatibility of that device with Verizon’s network.
Visit verizon.com and click the ‘Check IMEI number’ to check the compatibility.
Can I Use My Verizon 4G LTE SIM or 5G SIM Card in More Than One Verizon-certified Device?
Generally speaking, Verizon SIM cards can be interchanged between Verizon-certified devices. However, since you can’t have your SIM card in two devices at the same time, it is recommended to get separate SIM cards in order to avoid the need to switch SIM cards from one device to another regularly.
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How Do I Secure My Verizon SIM Card?
SIM cards come with PIN codes, which prevent unauthorized individuals to access your phone. The SIM PIN is disabled by default, however, you can turn it on in the menu > settings > security. You can also set a PIN code that you want.
With the PIN code turned on, you will need to enter it every time your device is turned back on or rebooted.
What Do I Do If I forgot My SIM Card PIN?
This tends to happen to people quite often, especially if they haven’t turned off their phone in a while. DO not worry. Verizon has a special section ‘My Devices’ in My Verizon. To access this, go to m.vzw.com (you will of course need to log in to your Verizon account).
Then go to the My Device page, where you can view PIN and Personal Unblocking Key (PUK).
NOTE: The PIN number that can be seen using the above method applies only to the preselected PIN. In case you’ve changed your PIN code, Verizon isn’t able to retrieve it. In that case, you will need to use your PUK number to reset your PIN.
What Care Should be Taken in Handling The SIM Card?
Generally speaking, you should keep your SIM card either in your phone or in a storage compartment where it will be safe.
However, especially if you are switching your SIM card between devices, you need to take extra care. Here are the most important tips to consider.
- If possible, avoid touching the gold contacts on the SIM card.
- Do not apply physical force to the SIM card. Especially, do not bend the SIM card.
- Ensure that the gold contacts are properly aligned to the gold contacts on the device. Use an angled cut-off notch on the SIM card to determine the orientation of the SIM to the device.
- “SIM Card Failure” or “No SIM card inserted. Please insert SIM card.” These are the messages you’ll see if the SIM card is incorrectly inserted, or an incompatible SIM is inserted.
- Make sure to keep the SIM card clean and dry at all times.
- Prevent extreme temperatures and magnetic fields to be inflicted upon the SIM card.
What is the Verizon SIM card PUK code?
Personal Unblocking Key (PUK) is a number assigned to every SIM card. It serves to unlock the card in case a wrong PIN code is entered three times in a row.
Can I get a free Verizon SIM card with data and minutes?
Verizon offers free SIM cards to their users, Also they offer Lifeline Discount Phone and data. however, you will have to pay for the data and minutes. You may choose between post-paid or pre-paid plans.
How long does it take to replace a Verizon SIM card?
The fastest way is to go to the Verizon retail store, where you can sort it on the spot. If using an Authorized Retail store or online order with mail delivery, it takes a couple of days.
How much does it cost to get a SIM card from Verizon?
Verizon offers their customers free SIM cards. So it cost you nothing.
Can I buy a Verizon SIM card at Walmart?
Yes. However, keep in mind that not all Walmart local stores may offer that option. Use verizon.com to locate stores.
Can I just swap Verizon SIM cards?
Yes, Verizon SIM cards may be swapped among all Verizon certified devices and other unlocked devices that support Verizon SIM cards.
Can I replace the Verizon SIM card online?
Yes. You can order your replacement Verizon SIM card here: https://www.verizon.com/sales/digital/buySim.html?flow=BUYSIM#/.
Should I get a new SIM card when I upgrade my phone?
If you have a working SIM card and you don’t plan to use it with your old phone, you may transfer it to your new phone.
Do I have to change my SIM card when I get a new phone?
No. As long as the SIM card is compatible with a new phone, you can simply swap it.
Can you track a lost Verizon SIM card?
Whenever a SIM card is out of the phone, it cannot be tracked. However, if you lost your phone with your Verizon SIM card inside, you can locate it. Depending on your phone’s OS, you have several options to locate it. In some cases, you may even contact Verizon to help you locate your phone.
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