Q: Does the phone come active?
A: When selecting a number you have two options - request a new number from zip code or keep an existing number (request a port in). If selecting to get a new number the phone will ship active. The phones activate upon shipping, not ordering.
Q: Can I order a phone now and activate later?
A: No, you cannot currently order a phone and activate later.
Q: I'm paying for a month service up front. What month am I paying for?
A: This is best explained by understating Prorate: