You may have already figured this out since your posting was a few weeks ago. You can look on ebay and buy a phone that specifies that it is for Verizon, Cingular, etc. My husband did that so that he wouldn't have to sign a new contract. All you have to do is activate it which is easy enough. Only thing I would suggest is that if you use ebay, find someone with a good feedback rating (I go with 98% or higher) and has A LOT of feedback which translates to lots of sales. Again, make sure it is compatible with whichever network you use.