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Cell Phone Questions

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by jboy434, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. jboy434

    jboy434

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    I bought a used phone a while back and i went to activate it and they tell me that I still have to sign a contract. Does this sound right to yall? I thought the whole purpose of signing a contract was so you could get a phone cheap. By the way the company I am trying to get the srevice through is Nextel.
     
  2. blackbmw

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    yep, your not signing a contract for the phone, your signing a contract for the service alloted to the phone itself.
     

  3. dekline

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    You can get a pay as you go plan.
     
  4. pupcuss27

    pupcuss27 CLM

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    You should be given a Free Cell Phone, when you sign up with
    a "Contract". They are usually a year or two, also check the minutes policy
    and special features like texting etc.

    I've had real good service with AT&T Wireless.
    They have stores around most communities.


    Be Safe!

    :thumbsup:
     
  5. jboy434

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    Thanks for yalls help. I have had two two year contracts in the past. I just thought that if I bought a phone straight out that it would keep me from having to sin a contract. If you still have to get a contract when you buy a phone why do they advertise a retail price. Who would pay an extra $400 for a phone when they have to sign a contract. The carrier I have used both the times in the past was ntelos, and I have had no problems with them at all. I just finished up a two year contract with them but my phone that I have now has had it. Plus the phones that i want cost an extra 100-200 bucks with a contract.
     
  6. LippCJ7

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    Pretty simple here bud, play hardball with them. Call Customer Service and/or goto a storefront and tell them a competitor is willing to give you a phone in order to get your contract and SHOP THEM ALL. You should have no problems getting a new phone with your new contract and I mean NO problem at all. Cell service providers are the ultimate whores in the communications industry, they want all the customers they can get and if that means giving you a phone that costs them $25 to get you into a 2 or 3 year contract they really shouldn't hesitate a second, also the longer the contract you sign the better phone they should give you.
     
  7. dglockster

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    Look at https://www.consumercellular.com/ and decide if they offer the cell phone service that you want. my wife and I each have a phone and I think, 500 minutes per month, for a total of $49.95 per month for the both of us.

    There are different models of phones and plan levels available.
     
  8. TangoFoxtrot

    TangoFoxtrot OIF 04-05

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    This is typical. It could be due to your credit or just BS to get you to commit to their service for a longer period of time. Don't do it. Nextel sucks go with T-Mobile instead.
     
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    "Nextel sucks go with T-Mobile instead."
    wut he said..unless you really need walkie talkie feature, go with any provide other than Nextel/Sprint