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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 02-08-2008, 08:04 AM Thread Starter
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Whats the smarter better choice?

Extending my contract to get a new phone or just picking one up on Ebay?

Thoughts? Does it matter?

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Whats the smarter better choice?

Extending my contract to get a new phone or just picking one up on Ebay?

Thoughts? Does it matter?
Depends on what kind of deal you can get on the *service*, and how long you intend to *use* the phone.

You see, I'm on a service plan that's about 7-8 years old. I pay $19.99 a month, plus $5 for texting. That price bracket doesn't exist anymore, so if I signed up for a new phone, I'd get a hell of a deal on a phone, but I'd be stuck into the current *cheapest* service fee which is $35.99 plus whatever other add on crap I have to get.

So for me, I just look for any phone that does what I need it to, and I simply move my SIM card to the new phone. If your SIM won't work in the new phone, your cellular provider should be able to program the one that came with the phone at no charge...at least that's how AT&T is.

My phone got wet last year while riding the SV. I keep it mounted to the handlebars, and got caught out in a suddent storm. Phone was hosed. Picked up a used AT&T Blackberry (even though I only use it for a cell phone/address book) for $20 and just moved my SIM. So I'm still on the $19.99 service plan (That doesn't exist anymore). If I had bought a new phone, I'd probably get some $150 phone for $50, but then I'm paying $15+ dollars a month more then I was. In no time that deal on the new phone isn't much of a deal anymore due to service charges.

So weigh both sides before you sign a new contract.

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I agree with Lonely. If you have just a run of the mill plan and are happy with the service, nothing wrong with extending the contract.

If your contract is up though, it gives you a foot to stand on when bargaining. Call up a CSR and tell them you want a new phone, but XYZ company is offering it for $XYZ cheaper than you guys are and my plan would be cheaper. The worst they can say is "well, hope you're happy with the new phone company" which Sprint actually said to me. Fcuk Sprint.

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Really? A couple years ago I talked to Sprint and since I was never using all my minutes managed to get my own customized package for a little less money. Longer nighttime hours and stuff. I had to call in for it though, talking to people in the actual Sprint stores, and dealing with the other customers makes me want to punch them in the throat.

I was just thinking of this though, why doesn't anyone offer super cheap low minute plans? I use like, 20-50 voice minutes per month.

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Really? A couple years ago I talked to Sprint and since I was never using all my minutes managed to get my own customized package for a little less money. Longer nighttime hours and stuff. I had to call in for it though, talking to people in the actual Sprint stores, and dealing with the other customers makes me want to punch them in the throat.

I was just thinking of this though, why doesn't anyone offer super cheap low minute plans? I use like, 20-50 voice minutes per month.
If you use that little, I would go prepaid personally.

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I was just thinking of this though, why doesn't anyone offer super cheap low minute plans? I use like, 20-50 voice minutes per month.
Because there are probably very few people that use so few minutes.

Funny story...I gave up my Land Line and have been Cellular only for about 5 years now. The reason? AT&T called me and asked if something was wrong with my phone line, because I had only used 5 minutes this month, and 7 minutes the previous month, 11 minutes the month before that.

I said, you know what...your right...I'd like to cancel my service...thanks!

Pre-paid phones might be a good option if you use so few minutes. I'm not sure I can do txt with those though, and I need txt for Brianne who doesn't like actually *using* a phone.

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My plan is nothing special. I don't mind extending my contract.

I need / want a blingy phone for work. Mainly for email and internet. The Treo 750 looks nice

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My plan is nothing special. I don't mind extending my contract.

I need / want a blingy phone for work. Mainly for email and internet. The Treo 750 looks nice
I have an EXspensive ass brand new case for it, so LMK if you do get it.

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I need / want a blingy phone for work. Mainly for email and internet. The Treo 750 looks nice
Your best bet is to extend your contract. eBay phones are iffy sometimes. A lot of them are refurbed phones. Be sure to get a clean ESN guarantee. A new phone will have a warranty and exchange policy and such.

No matter what people tell you, your bling bling phone will break down. So get insurance on it. I go through at least 3 phones a year. I'm already on Treo 755p # 2.

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Your best bet is to extend your contract. eBay phones are iffy sometimes. A lot of them are refurbed phones. Be sure to get a clean ESN guarantee. A new phone will have a warranty and exchange policy and such.

No matter what people tell you, your bling bling phone will break down. So get insurance on it. I go through at least 3 phones a year. I'm already on Treo 755p # 2.
I went to the cingular store at lunch. They said I couldn't get insurance on the Blackberry Curve. They said no one would cover it I didn't ask about the 750. I like the curve too BTW

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Best Buy is now offering a "maintence agreement" on the phones they sell. Its similar to the insurance but you pay monthly, about $7/mo.

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Says the person who lost hers in a snowbank. J/K.

I'll be taking it out on my next phone. Having them in you jeans pocket, is abusive. My LCD is cracked, and the exterior looks like it skipped it across the road, like a flat stone in a pond.

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Says the person who lost hers in a snowbank. J/K.
Yeah but they never pay out on the insurance, and if they do, by the time you need it, you're already paid in the cost of the phone...so it's not worth it. And, to be fair, that is the ONLY time I've ever lost a phone. I'm super careful with my stuff, I think more so than other people.
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Yeah but they never pay out on the insurance, and if they do, by the time you need it, you're already paid in the cost of the phone...so it's not worth it. And, to be fair, that is the ONLY time I've ever lost a phone. I'm super careful with my stuff, I think more so than other people.
I was kidding.

However I think women are easier on their phones, in general. They have the possibility of carring them in their purse. Much more protected than on a belt, or in a pocket.

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However I think women are easier on their phones, in general. They have the possibility of carring them in their purse. Much more protected than on a belt, or in a pocket.

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In general yes. But when you are walking around with a phone that retails for $600 it may be a good idea at $7 a month. It depends on how you treat your phones. I drop mine all the time and once cracked a Treo under the hood of my car. Have yet to lose a phone but broke and have had a few break on me for no reason.

With TEP, I make a call and 5 business days later, I get a new/refurbed phone. Sometimes they will even upgrade you to the next level model.

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In general yes. But when you are walking around with a phone that retails for $600 it may be a good idea at $7 a month. It depends on how you treat your phones. I drop mine all the time and once cracked a Treo under the hood of my car. Have yet to lose a phone but broke and have had a few break on me for no reason.

With TEP, I make a call and 5 business days later, I get a new/refurbed phone. Sometimes they will even upgrade you to the next level model.
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My uncle doesn't do sales as he's a service center. Repairs and replacements are how he makes his money.

Sprint SERO plan is the best you will get. As a transfer from another carrier, you are entitled to all the rebates on a new phone. $30 a month for 500 anytime minutes, unlimited texts, unlimited data plan, ...etc. can not be beat.

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Apple's iPhone

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To be sure, a 3G iPhone likely won't pop up over the next several weeks. The Unofficial Apple Weblog reported this week that Apple is hiring a television production firm in preparation for a high-profile late February announcement. That event, however, will likely detail the widely anticipated release of a software developer's kit for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch.

But the wait can't drag on much longer. AT&T is building out its high-speed wireless network as quickly as it can, announcing Wednesday that it will expand its 3G wireless broadband service to more than 80 additional cities by the end of the year for a total of roughly 350 markets (See: " AT&T's Stealthy Plans"). Meanwhile, iPhone chip supplier Broadcom (nasdaq: BRCM - news - people ) last year began cranking out samples of a power-sipping, 3G-friendly chip, the BCM21551, that could give the iPhone access to AT&T's new network without sucking the gadget's battery dry too quickly.

Finally, there are even a few smoke signals coming from Apple itself. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company quietly upgraded the storage on its highest-end iPhone to 16 GB for an extra $100 this week. That extra memory would give the phone the ability to handle fatter video downloads. And even Steve Jobs has shown his frustration with the slow pace at which some Web sites show up on the iPhone, muttering about the slow loading time of the nytimes.com during his last keynote.

And, as anyone who has ever worked at Apple can tell you, when Jobs gets frustrated, things get changed.
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