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    I am searching for a new or refurbished phone that is compatible with my Cingular subscription. I had a Sony-Ericsson Z500z phone that was damaged. I know I need to find one compatible, GSM but does the band (dual vs tri) matter? If so, what is the difference - - does it affect transmission? I am looking for a basic phone without the bling-bling ...a basic phone that I can use when I have to. Any suggestions and answers are appreciated...I need to get this phone within next few days. I am NOT looking to spend a lot of $$$ either. Thanks again.


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    i'll try to help.

    for the band, look for the 850 and 1900 range. those are the ones most used in the US. the rest is bonus, since you're looking for a 'basic phone.'

    do a search in the forums for purchasing phones. there's links to online dealers, advice on where/what to buy, and other info.

    also if you're looking for a cheap alternative, cingular go phones will work if you transfer in your current sim card. at least that's the impression i'm under. and they're brand new phones for low $.

    let us know how your search turns out. good luck!



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    That's a good idea. Just purchase a Cingular prepaid phone that is GSM and just insert your Cingular sim card, it should work fine. You will probably be able to find some cheap ones at like Wal-Mart or something for around $50 I'm guessing.



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    do they have them at walmart? i'm actually thinking of doing this because i don't like the c1300.

    but, i also don't do it because i know i won't be happy until i have a razr or v551!



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    I know they have prepaid phones but I'm not sure if they are Cingular or not.



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    well, i guess that's an important question!



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    The Wal-Mart where I live has a Cingular Authorized Agent inside but I've never asked if they have the prepaid phones. If you want to know your going to have to check.



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    it's not that huge of a deal. i'm sure i can find them somewhere. i've seen some of them online at cingular.com, but don't like the phones. thanks, though.



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    Thank you for all the info. Just wondering, if I buy an unlocked phone that meets the criteria that you stated above, all I would have to do is slide in my SIM card and it should work...right?



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    yeah, it should be that easy. but if it's not a cingular branded phone, it must be unlocked. make sure that if it says 'unlocked' that you actually have an unlocked phone. i hear there's some fraudulent people with this online.



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