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Phone drowned; now what?

By peregrino615 ·
I'm a couple of months from completing an AT&T-morphed-to-Cingular cellphone account I have planned to terminate. Yesterday, my old Nokia fell (dived?) into some water and, of course, drowned. In my work, I have to have a cellphone; I want to replace my phone ASAP; I'd be fine with finishing my current contract, but don't want to lock in with Cingular again; and I need a phone now, with my old number. How should I proceed? Thanks!

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by JamesRL In reply to Phone drowned; now what?

First make sure your old phone is truly dead. If you have some desicant packages (silica gel is one kind) that come with electronics - use em. Take your phone apart and put it in a baggy with the desicants overnight.

If that doesn't do it (and that process has rescued me on several occasions) then you need ot determine whether its a SIM Card phone. If it is, you should be able to buy a phone that can be used on your current and any other provider, and then just transfer the SIM card.

If it doesn't have a SIM, you might be better off to just pay off the penalty and switch now. Some phone companies will give you credits to switch to soften the **** from paying the contract penalties.

James

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by TheChas In reply to Phone drowned; now what?

Check with Trac-Fone, Virgin Mobile, Net 10, or any of the pay as you go phone providers to see if you can port your old number over to their service.

Then buy enough minutes to cover your needs.

Or, check with your chosen new provider to see if they can port your number over early.

Another option would be to check web sellers and ebay for the same model of phone you have and have Cingular set it up for you.

Chas

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by TheChas In reply to Phone drowned; now what?

Check with Trac-Fone, Virgin Mobile, Net 10, or any of the pay as you go phone providers to see if you can port your old number over to their service.

Then buy enough minutes to cover your needs.

Or, check with your chosen new provider to see if they can port your number over early.

Another option would be to check web sellers and ebay for the same model of phone you have and have Cingular set it up for you.

Chas

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