questionscan i activate a jitterbug phone with regular…

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I can not recommend any specific site, but there are MANY websites that offer a bevy of cellphones. Verizon specific are a bit harder as Verizon is pretty much a USA-only technology. Most everywhere else is SIM-based.

I did a quick search for "watch cellphones" on google and it came up with several China-based online retailers for ordering from a more diverse custom selection such as you are looking at.

BTW - No, you can't add a Jitterbug phone to a Verizon account, new or existing. I would suggest looking into http://cellphonesforseniorcitizens.com

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@chris12345: Saw your very nice comment to @thefenst, and realized that I hadn't actually read your question. I think that the other responder is mistaken, since I see:

http://www.engadget.com/2009/08/27/jitterbug-comes-to-verizons-network-can-you-hear-me-now-guy/

There are plenty of complaints out there for the jitterbug, by the way, but they seem to be complaints about the service provider, Great Calls, rather than the phone itself.

I hate to ask such an obvious question, but have you tried asking Verizon directly?

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Verizon is pretty straight forward about which phones they will and will not allow to be activated on their network. As shrdlu said, you should give them a call. They will tell you. Also you might want to check out Howard's Forums (Google it, great cell phone forums) as even if the phone works on Verizons service books you may still need to "unlock" the phone.

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@shrdlu: An excellent question! I did ask someone on the other end of the "ask a rep" popup on their site who said no, but I can't let it end there. I can't help but think that he would have gladly sold me a phone, but because I didn't want to buy a phone and he was more of a sales rep and not a service person, it was an easy "no" for him. I'll need to venture out to a Verizon Wireless store tomorrow and ask face-to-face, but I figured I'd try to get a better, quicker answer here tonight.

I have heard that the Jitterbug service is among the most expensive, but I've heard nothing but good things about their phones, and they look to be about perfect for the person I'm trying to get it for.

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I went to a Verizon store today and learned the sad truth. Verizon will not knowingly activate a Jitterbug device.

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@chris12345: I can't speak for Verizon, but as for at&t I would recommend you to look into basic prepaid phones & buy one outright. There is quite the variety of handsets out there with large keypads & without all the extra gizmos so to speak. If you already had an existing line that you wanted to use that phone on, we could add that phone to that number at no cost or contract change. I can only assume that verizon would be able to do this as well. Were you adding a new line to an existing plan or just replacing a phone on an existing number?

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@wilcononomous: I wanted to upgrade the phone for that line. It does seem that it would be possible - I mean, Jitterbug phones operate on the Verizon network - but they won't to it.

It seems wrong. Not incorrect wrong, policy is policy, just morally wrong that you must buy their phone to use their service, even though there are other phones that use the same technology that probably would work if they let them.

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@chris12345: I'm not totally positive about the Jitterbug, but I believe that Jitterbug is seperate from Verizon, meaning locked to the Jitterbug Network (which is hosted by Verizon, but the service is not actually Verizon?). Basically, from my standpoint, if someone were to bring me a sim card based phone that wasn't at&t (example t-mobile) I wouldn't be able to activate it on at&t because the phone is locked to t-mobile. The same probably goes with Verizon & Jitterbug. If this is the case, the Jitterbug would need to be unlocked (tampered with) for use with the Verizon Network, or you can probably look on ebay (search jitterbug unlocked) & that might be an option.