Tips and Tricks to Activate Your Jethro SC490 Phone With a Verizon SIM Card

Updated: Nov 13

By Holli McKenzie - Marketing Specialist, Oct 30, 2020

So, you’ve purchased your Jethro SC490 phone. What’s next? What SIM card size should I use? What IMEI number should I use if Verizon is my carrier? Well, this blog will help answer questions you have about getting set up on your Jethro phone.

First Things First: SIM Cards

Jethro phones, including the SC490, are unlocked phones. This means you can choose a SIM card from any carrier you would like. However, when purchasing your SIM card make sure you choose the Mini size SIM card. The Mini size SIM card is also known as Standard size and Regular size SIM card. You can purchase a SIM card from the Jethro Shop here.

Next, IMEI Numbers

IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity. This is a 15-digit identification number that is unique to each phone. When activating your Jethro phone, you will need the IMEI number. If you want to use Verizon as your carrier on your Jethro phone, you will need to follow a couple of extra steps.

Jethro IMEI numbers are unfortunately not in Verizon’s database. This means when you go to activate your Jethro phone with Verizon as your carrier, you will receive an error message preventing you from completing the activation process. The simplest way to solve this problem is by inserting a previously activated Verizon SIM card into your Jethro SC490 Phone. If you do not have a previously activated Verizon SIM card, you have two options to bypass this problem:

1. Use any unlocked smartphone’s IMEI number

2. Use any old Verizon phone’s IMEI number

When inputting one of these numbers instead of your Jethro phone’s IMEI number, you can successfully bypass this error message and activate your new Verizon service. If you have any problem at all, do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Other Helpful Tips

Here at Jethro we value keeping technology affordable. If you are purchasing a SIM card kit from Verizon, we recommend purchasing it from Amazon. When purchasing the SIM card kit directly from Verizon’s website you will find yourself spending almost twice as much as if you purchase the SIM card kit from Amazon.

A Note From Jethro

If you are having any trouble inserting your SIM card into your Jethro phone, check out our YouTube video tutorial on how to insert your SIM card here.

Jethro also offers a 30-day return/exchange policy as well as a one-year manufacturer warranty to ensure our customers are well-taking care of even after the purchase.

We hope you found this blog helpful in your journey to setting up your Jethro phone. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact our US and Canada based customer service. We are available by phone Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm and by email after business hours.

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