A Verizon cellphone can be activated on the company's website by providing the device's ID number. This number, either an IMEI, ESN or MEID, can often be found within the device settings on the phone itself.
The website requires the user's ZIP code to find applicable plans before entering the device ID. After checking the compatibility of the device with Verizon's service, users are able to explore eligible plans. Most of the plans offered by Verizon include unlimited talk and text, with varying amounts of data added. Once the user chooses a plan, a simple button click activates the device.