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Lost Cingular Phone

Discussion in 'Northeastern US Wireless Forum' started by OsyaBender, Mar 7, 2005.

  1. OsyaBender

    OsyaBender New Member

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    Hello everyone!

    I'm looking for an advice on how to proceed about getting a replacement phone for my Cingular Service. As you guessed from the title of this thread, I lost my phone over the weekend. Of course, I didn't have any insurance and I'm about 6 months into my 1 year contract. What suggestions anyone might have for getting a new (not used) phone relatively inexpensively?

    I have a $70 Family Plan. Would adding an extra line for $10 a month qualify me for getting a new phone free or at a discount price? Will it automatically extend my contract? If this can be done, will I be able to transfer my number to a newly acquired phone? Any other ideas?

    Thank you,

    O.Bender
     
  2. AnthroMatt

    AnthroMatt Big Meanie
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    Adding a line will qualify you for a new free/discounted phone. It will require a contract on that line...I am not certain if it will require a contract extension on the already existing lines.

    Using the new phone with your other line will not be difficult. I hope you reported the phone lost/stolen so that CIngular could deactivate the SIM card. If not, you should do that first. You will need to buy a new SIM card for the phone number that was assigned to the phone you lost, I think it is $25. ONce you do that you can simply put that card into your new phone.

    Another option is to look at new phones on eBay or a place like myworldphone.com.
     
  3. pcardoza

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    Adding a line will get you a great price on the phone for that new line. It won't do a thing for you on your old line. You can call and plead your case, hoping to hook up with a sympathetic rep, but they don't have much room to play with.

    You can also check on Ebay and see what kind of deal you can get there. Unfortunately, your choices are few. that's what insurance is for!!!
     
  4. AnthroMatt

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    Not entirely true. Once a new line is added there is nothing to stop anyone from putting an old sim into the new phone. Only problem in this case is that the OP will need to buy a new SIM card to replace the one that was lost.
     
  5. OsyaBender

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    Thank you guys for responding so quickly.
    I was extremely lucky to recover my old phone. My 4-year old accidentely threw in into the trash couple of days ago. It was simply by chance that the trash has not been picked up by the sanitation people and no fluids were in that particular trash bag. Saved myself $150-200 big ones.
    Earlier today, I went to the CIngular store and picked up a new SIM as the old one was apparently fried, since I reported the phone lost. The people in the store were very nice and did not charge me anything for the new SIM card.

    Best regards,
    O.Bender :)
     
  6. Fire14

    Fire14 Easy,Cheap & Sleazy
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    Glad to hear everything worked out ok for you & they didn't charge you for the new SIM. Are you getting insurance on the phone now?
     
  7. wgray8231

    wgray8231 I don't work here.
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    Did you store your contacts on the phone or on the SIM? That would stink to lose your info.
     
  8. AnthroMatt

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    I'm glad you found the phone!
     
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    It would stink either way - He found the phone in the trash!!!! :biggrin: :biggrin:
     
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    :rolleyes: :D
     
  11. zzyzx

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    I lost my cingular phone too, and i don't think I can find it in the trash or something. What options do I have here? My upgrade is ude in late July, can I negotiate with Cingular to get the phone upgrade sooner? Who should I talk to to negotiate, the customer service or cingluar store manager?
    THanks,

    David
     
  12. bobolito

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    If you don't have insurance, your only option is to just buy another one. You can buy from Ebay or Cingular directly.
     
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    It is always worth trying to talk to cingular and see if they will let you upgrade early. Is your contract up in July? A lot of companies will let you upgrade before your contract is up as long as you sign a new one.
     
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    Cingular let's you upgrade 3 months before the 2 year anniversery. I did in Dec for a early April 2 year renewal.

    If your father along, buy a $20. 6340i or something similiar (GSM phone) and use it for a few months and then upgrade. I did the same for a broken phone.
     

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