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  1. #1
    creative user
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    If I were to purchase a phone on Ebay that is already setup on the
    Cingular network would I have any problems with taking it in to
    Cingular and having it activated to use my plan that I am currently
    on? In other words I want to replace the phone I have now with the
    phone I would buy on Ebay and I am already a Cingular customer but
    because of the contract "rules" I am not eligible for an upgrade yet.



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  2. #2
    Jason Cothran
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    Re: A question about purchasing a phone on Ebay that is already set up with Cingular


    "creative user" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    | If I were to purchase a phone on Ebay that is already setup on the
    | Cingular network would I have any problems with taking it in to
    | Cingular and having it activated to use my plan that I am currently
    | on? In other words I want to replace the phone I have now with the
    | phone I would buy on Ebay and I am already a Cingular customer but
    | because of the contract "rules" I am not eligible for an upgrade yet.

    Depending on the phone/plan you have now, it will likely be as simple as
    swapping out the SIM card. If the phone is on the same technology as the one
    you currently have, you won't even have to call Cingular and tell them you
    have the new phone, simply swap the SIM card out and go.





  3. #3
    creative user
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    Re: A question about purchasing a phone on Ebay that is already set up with Cingular

    I appreciate the replies. The phone I currently have is an Ericsson
    t60 and the one I am looking to purchase is the t616.



  4. #4
    Shizz In It
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    Re: A question about purchasing a phone on Ebay that is already set up with Cingular

    Why don't you purchase an "unlocked phone" on Ebay?


    "creative user" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > If I were to purchase a phone on Ebay that is already setup on the
    > Cingular network would I have any problems with taking it in to
    > Cingular and having it activated to use my plan that I am currently
    > on? In other words I want to replace the phone I have now with the
    > phone I would buy on Ebay and I am already a Cingular customer but
    > because of the contract "rules" I am not eligible for an upgrade yet.






  5. #5
    Jason Cothran
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    Re: A question about purchasing a phone on Ebay that is already set up with Cingular


    "creative user" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    | I appreciate the replies. The phone I currently have is an Ericsson
    | t60 and the one I am looking to purchase is the t616.

    You may want to look into Best Buy for that. Just upgraded to a T616 two
    nights ago for 49.99 there with only a one year contract instead of the two
    Cingular wants. Cingular also wants 99.99 (after rebate), unless of course
    you are still in contract or just wanting to stay out of contract.





  6. #6
    Jason Cothran
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    Re: A question about purchasing a phone on Ebay that is already set up with Cingular


    "creative user" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    | I appreciate the replies. The phone I currently have is an Ericsson
    | t60 and the one I am looking to purchase is the t616.

    Also, just so you know, the T60 is a TDMA/Amps phone, where as the T616 is
    GSM. Make sure you have GSM in your area first





  7. #7
    creative user
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    Re: A question about purchasing a phone on Ebay that is already set up with Cingular

    Wow how were you able to get that phone for so cheap? Is that being a
    new customer or are you already an existing customer? I currently am
    a customer with Cingular and didn't think I had much hope of upgrading
    until the "allowed" me to. What area of the country are you in that
    you were able to get that price? I am in Dallas and I will go to Best
    Buy tomorrow to check out my options with them. Thanks for the post.



  8. #8
    Jason Cothran
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    Re: A question about purchasing a phone on Ebay that is already set up with Cingular


    "creative user" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Wow how were you able to get that phone for so cheap? Is that being a
    > new customer or are you already an existing customer? I currently am
    > a customer with Cingular and didn't think I had much hope of upgrading
    > until the "allowed" me to. What area of the country are you in that
    > you were able to get that price? I am in Dallas and I will go to Best
    > Buy tomorrow to check out my options with them. Thanks for the post.


    I am a current customer. The phone was 149.99 plus $100 in rebates. That
    puts it $50 cheaper than buying straight from cingular. The big kicker is, I
    only had to do 1year contract extension buying the phone through Best Buy,
    but would have had to do 2 years through Cingular. Win win situation for me.
    Also of note if anyone is interested, my wife got an S307 at the same time
    for 129.99-$50 rebate (79.99 when all is done), also with only one year
    extension instead of the 199.99 and 2years Cingular wants.





  9. #9
    creative user
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    Re: A question about purchasing a phone on Ebay that is already set up with Cingular

    You must have gotten lucky then because I went to the Best Buy here in
    Dallas today and they said they couldn't let me have the rebate on the
    phone. They said that Cingular makes them charge and extra $150 for
    any current Cingular customer who trys to go through Best Buy to get a
    new phone so the best they could do is just sell me the phone at
    regular price and waive that charge. So I have given up for the
    moment and I guess I will wait until the Ericsson t630 comes down in
    price on Ebay since that seems to be a better phone anyway. Thanks
    again for those who have helped.



  10. #10
    Jason Cothran
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    Re: A question about purchasing a phone on Ebay that is already set up with Cingular


    "creative user" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    | You must have gotten lucky then because I went to the Best Buy here in
    | Dallas today and they said they couldn't let me have the rebate on the
    | phone. They said that Cingular makes them charge and extra $150 for
    | any current Cingular customer who trys to go through Best Buy to get a
    | new phone so the best they could do is just sell me the phone at
    | regular price and waive that charge. So I have given up for the
    | moment and I guess I will wait until the Ericsson t630 comes down in
    | price on Ebay since that seems to be a better phone anyway. Thanks
    | again for those who have helped.

    Bummer, sorry to hear that. Actually, the deal with the $150 is actually
    Best Buy making the money. The associate there must have been misinformed.
    Cingular pays it's independent retailers $150 for each new customer or
    contract extension they sign. At any rate, the T630 should be a bit better,
    especially since it will have the TFT instead of STN. If you are in no
    hurry, I don't blame you for waiting.





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