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  1. #1
    Timothy J. Trace
    Guest
    Greetings,

    I'm moving to a Treo 600 very soon.

    However, I've been told by 2 Sprint CS reps that I am currently only eligible for their
    1/2-rebate upgrage-your phone promotion. Further, I won't be eligible for their
    full-rebate promotion until the end of August. So the Treo 600 will set me back a cool
    $600, today, if I buy it from Sprint.

    So, I'm considering buying an "unlocked, unbranded" phone from a reputable eBay merchant.
    These seem to average around $520. I think it would be nice to have a phone that is not
    restricted to one particular carrier, nor functions as an advertising device for their
    network.

    But I have a few questions, centering around a comment in the item listings that read,
    "...all you need is your SIM card to start using this SmartPhone."

    Will someone translate that comment for me? What is this SIM card, and how hard is it to
    obtain a SprintPCS SIM card? Where do I get one? How expensive are they?

    Thanks,

    Tim ==



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  2. #2
    RonInCal
    Guest

    Re: Buying a Treo 600

    Hi-

    The SIM Card applies only to the GSM version of the Treo 600 (Cingular, AT&T
    and T-Mobile). This is a different technology compared to Sprint's - This
    phone will not work with Sprint. You want to make sure you get one that will
    work with Sprint (CDMA - no SIM card).

    Good luck.

    "Timothy J. Trace" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Greetings,
    >
    > I'm moving to a Treo 600 very soon.
    >
    > However, I've been told by 2 Sprint CS reps that I am currently only

    eligible for their
    > 1/2-rebate upgrage-your phone promotion. Further, I won't be eligible for

    their
    > full-rebate promotion until the end of August. So the Treo 600 will set

    me back a cool
    > $600, today, if I buy it from Sprint.
    >
    > So, I'm considering buying an "unlocked, unbranded" phone from a reputable

    eBay merchant.
    > These seem to average around $520. I think it would be nice to have a

    phone that is not
    > restricted to one particular carrier, nor functions as an advertising

    device for their
    > network.
    >
    > But I have a few questions, centering around a comment in the item

    listings that read,
    > "...all you need is your SIM card to start using this SmartPhone."
    >
    > Will someone translate that comment for me? What is this SIM card, and

    how hard is it to
    > obtain a SprintPCS SIM card? Where do I get one? How expensive are they?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Tim ==






  3. #3

    Re: Buying a Treo 600



    Timothy J. Trace wrote:

    > Greetings,
    >
    > I'm moving to a Treo 600 very soon.
    >
    > However, I've been told by 2 Sprint CS reps that I am currently only eligible for their
    > 1/2-rebate upgrage-your phone promotion. Further, I won't be eligible for their
    > full-rebate promotion until the end of August. So the Treo 600 will set me back a cool
    > $600, today, if I buy it from Sprint.


    You may have waited too long. I got mine for $250 after all the rebates
    (I was out of contract on my previous phone, and got both Sprint and
    Amazon rebates, back in February.) Looks like the current best deal at
    Amazon is $520 ($570 Amazon price, less $50 Amazon rebate).

    > So, I'm considering buying an "unlocked, unbranded" phone from a reputable eBay merchant.
    > These seem to average around $520. I think it would be nice to have a phone that is not
    > restricted to one particular carrier, nor functions as an advertising device for their
    > network.


    Nah, get a new Sprint phone for that price, or go for a used Sprint Treo
    for as little as $450, perhaps less at eBay -- but be VERY careful with
    eBay purchases.

    > But I have a few questions, centering around a comment in the item listings that read,
    > "...all you need is your SIM card to start using this SmartPhone."
    >
    > Will someone translate that comment for me? What is this SIM card, and how hard is it to
    > obtain a SprintPCS SIM card? Where do I get one? How expensive are they?


    No such thing. SIM cards are a GSM thing. Sprint is CDMA, and there is
    no SIM card. Be certain that you ONLY purchase a Sprint phone if you
    intend to activate it on Sprint. OTW, you'll be out of luck.




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