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  1. #1
    Jeff Williams
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    I'm a fairly new Cingular customer (4 months or so) on a 2 year plan.
    I signed on in a rush away from Sprint and took whatever phones they
    wanted to give me for free (I got two, one for my wife). I'm now
    interested in upgrading but all of the Cingular stores, the Cingular
    web site and even all of the online third party retailers I can find
    will only sell phones with a new plan.

    I hated Sprint but at least you could just buy a phone from their
    site, with or without a plan, at a reasonable price.

    How can I get a new phone without waiting 20 more months to sign a new
    contract? You'd think the phone manufacturers would *want* people to
    buy phones but they don't seem to make it easy. Is my only recourse
    Ebay?

    Related question - couple guys I know have just bought the Motorola
    V300 for T-Mobile. Now, I know that in New York, T-Mobile and
    Cingular share the same network. I'm a total newbie to this whole GSM
    thing but I've been reading about "unlocking" phones - if I found an
    unlocked V300 somewhere, could I simply remove my sim card from my
    current phone and stick it in the V300 and it'd just work, without
    even calling Cingular or anything? I'm more interested in the V300
    than the V400 that Cingular offers, and don't want to pay the extra
    that I'm sure the V400 would cost.

    Thanks for any help/advice,

    // Jeff Williams
    // [email protected]



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  2. #2
    Joseph
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    Re: Dumb Q - buying a new phone for existing plan?

    On 1 Mar 2004 14:34:44 -0800, [email protected] (Jeff Williams)
    wrote:

    >Related question - couple guys I know have just bought the Motorola
    >V300 for T-Mobile. Now, I know that in New York, T-Mobile and
    >Cingular share the same network. I'm a total newbie to this whole GSM
    >thing but I've been reading about "unlocking" phones - if I found an
    >unlocked V300 somewhere, could I simply remove my sim card from my
    >current phone and stick it in the V300 and it'd just work, without
    >even calling Cingular or anything? I'm more interested in the V300
    >than the V400 that Cingular offers, and don't want to pay the extra
    >that I'm sure the V400 would cost.


    With GSM you can use any phone and just swap the SIM card. If you're
    on one network such as cingular you can either swap it with another
    GSM cingular phone or any unlocked GSM phone.

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  3. #3
    Steven M. Scharf
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    Re: Dumb Q - buying a new phone for existing plan?

    "Jeff Williams" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > I'm a fairly new Cingular customer (4 months or so) on a 2 year plan.
    > I signed on in a rush away from Sprint and took whatever phones they
    > wanted to give me for free (I got two, one for my wife). I'm now
    > interested in upgrading but all of the Cingular stores, the Cingular
    > web site and even all of the online third party retailers I can find
    > will only sell phones with a new plan.
    >
    > I hated Sprint but at least you could just buy a phone from their
    > site, with or without a plan, at a reasonable price.
    >
    > How can I get a new phone without waiting 20 more months to sign a new
    > contract? You'd think the phone manufacturers would *want* people to
    > buy phones but they don't seem to make it easy. Is my only recourse
    > Ebay?
    >
    > Related question - couple guys I know have just bought the Motorola
    > V300 for T-Mobile. Now, I know that in New York, T-Mobile and
    > Cingular share the same network. I'm a total newbie to this whole GSM
    > thing but I've been reading about "unlocking" phones - if I found an
    > unlocked V300 somewhere, could I simply remove my sim card from my
    > current phone and stick it in the V300 and it'd just work, without
    > even calling Cingular or anything? I'm more interested in the V300
    > than the V400 that Cingular offers, and don't want to pay the extra
    > that I'm sure the V400 would cost.


    You want to be certain that whatever phone you buy for Cingular, that it
    supports both 850 and 1900 Mhz. T-Mobile phones typically are 1900 Mhz only.
    The V300 isn't suitable for Cingular.

    Even in Cingular's 1900 Mhz-only areas, once the merger with AT&T occurs
    you'll want that 850 Mhz capability. The weakest areas of Cingular's network
    are in the 1900 Mhz areas, and these areas will benefit greatly from the
    merger, i.e. New York Metro Area, and the entire western region. By the time
    the merger occurs, the bandwidth clearing of TDMA from 850Mhz will be nearly
    complete, and GSM coverage should equal that of CDMA.

    Most of the web merchants selling unlocked phones are selling tri-band world
    phones, but these aren't capable of 850 Mhz. A compatible world phone would
    be quad band (i.e. Motorola V500 or NEC 525).

    I.e. see: http://sentimentalgift.com/worcelphon.html, but the only dual band
    phone is the Nokia 6800.

    Also see: http://store.ustronics.us/cellularphones2.html

    When you see the prices for these unlocked phones, you'll realize that you
    would be better off terminating your Cingular service, paying the
    termination fee, and signing up again to get a subsidized phone that you
    like. This would likely cost you only $250 or so. Prior the deployment of
    850 Mhz GSM in the U.S., things were much easier because there were a lot of
    relatively inexpensive tri-band world phones available.

    I always warn people to not get enticed by "free" phones, as the free phones
    are usually not the greatest. What's $50-100 when you're spending $35+ per
    month on service. Also, the phones they try not to sell you are usually the
    best ones (just went through this with Verizon, they absolutely did not want
    to sell me the phone I wanted, said it was discontinued, available only to
    new subscribers, etc.).

    At this juncture, I'd try to get the Nokia 6340i GAIT phone as it supports
    both TDMA frequencies, both GSM frequencies for the U.S., as well as AMPS.
    Until GSM coverage is ubiquitous in the U.S., this is a the best handset,
    see:
    http://store.ustronics.us/no63gsmuncep.html

    You can see my handset recommendations at:
    http://nordicgroup.us/ssub/handset.htm

    You might want to wait for a Cingular contract change that would let you out
    of your contract, but there's no guarantee that this will occur as the
    carriers have gotten more sophisticated with their contracts.

    Steve
    Cell Academician
    [email protected] (fix the address to respond)





  4. #4
    mikey
    Guest

    Re: Dumb Q - buying a new phone for existing plan?

    A little bit cheaper here:
    http://shop.store.yahoo.com/digitalbynet/motorola.html
    Still around $300 for unlocked V300 and V400.
    mikey




    "Steven M. Scharf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    "Jeff Williams" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > I'm a fairly new Cingular customer (4 months or so) on a 2 year plan.
    > I signed on in a rush away from Sprint and took whatever phones they
    > wanted to give me for free (I got two, one for my wife). I'm now
    > interested in upgrading but all of the Cingular stores, the Cingular
    > web site and even all of the online third party retailers I can find
    > will only sell phones with a new plan.
    >
    > I hated Sprint but at least you could just buy a phone from their
    > site, with or without a plan, at a reasonable price.
    >
    > How can I get a new phone without waiting 20 more months to sign a new
    > contract? You'd think the phone manufacturers would *want* people to
    > buy phones but they don't seem to make it easy. Is my only recourse
    > Ebay?
    >
    > Related question - couple guys I know have just bought the Motorola
    > V300 for T-Mobile. Now, I know that in New York, T-Mobile and
    > Cingular share the same network. I'm a total newbie to this whole GSM
    > thing but I've been reading about "unlocking" phones - if I found an
    > unlocked V300 somewhere, could I simply remove my sim card from my
    > current phone and stick it in the V300 and it'd just work, without
    > even calling Cingular or anything? I'm more interested in the V300
    > than the V400 that Cingular offers, and don't want to pay the extra
    > that I'm sure the V400 would cost.


    You want to be certain that whatever phone you buy for Cingular, that it
    supports both 850 and 1900 Mhz. T-Mobile phones typically are 1900 Mhz only.
    The V300 isn't suitable for Cingular.

    Even in Cingular's 1900 Mhz-only areas, once the merger with AT&T occurs
    you'll want that 850 Mhz capability. The weakest areas of Cingular's network
    are in the 1900 Mhz areas, and these areas will benefit greatly from the
    merger, i.e. New York Metro Area, and the entire western region. By the time
    the merger occurs, the bandwidth clearing of TDMA from 850Mhz will be nearly
    complete, and GSM coverage should equal that of CDMA.

    Most of the web merchants selling unlocked phones are selling tri-band world
    phones, but these aren't capable of 850 Mhz. A compatible world phone would
    be quad band (i.e. Motorola V500 or NEC 525).

    I.e. see: http://sentimentalgift.com/worcelphon.html, but the only dual band
    phone is the Nokia 6800.

    Also see: http://store.ustronics.us/cellularphones2.html

    When you see the prices for these unlocked phones, you'll realize that you
    would be better off terminating your Cingular service, paying the
    termination fee, and signing up again to get a subsidized phone that you
    like. This would likely cost you only $250 or so. Prior the deployment of
    850 Mhz GSM in the U.S., things were much easier because there were a lot of
    relatively inexpensive tri-band world phones available.

    I always warn people to not get enticed by "free" phones, as the free phones
    are usually not the greatest. What's $50-100 when you're spending $35+ per
    month on service. Also, the phones they try not to sell you are usually the
    best ones (just went through this with Verizon, they absolutely did not want
    to sell me the phone I wanted, said it was discontinued, available only to
    new subscribers, etc.).

    At this juncture, I'd try to get the Nokia 6340i GAIT phone as it supports
    both TDMA frequencies, both GSM frequencies for the U.S., as well as AMPS.
    Until GSM coverage is ubiquitous in the U.S., this is a the best handset,
    see:
    http://store.ustronics.us/no63gsmuncep.html

    You can see my handset recommendations at:
    http://nordicgroup.us/ssub/handset.htm

    You might want to wait for a Cingular contract change that would let you out
    of your contract, but there's no guarantee that this will occur as the
    carriers have gotten more sophisticated with their contracts.

    Steve
    Cell Academician
    [email protected] (fix the address to respond)






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