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Ok, so I am wanting to get the Samsung Galaxy S2.

I am trying to test something before I get the SGS2 first tho.

What I currently have with AT&T is the original BB Curve. My data plan is currently unlimited. I know if I upgrade to the SGS2 with a new contract through AT&T when it is released my data plan will change.

What I want to do is get the cheapest droid I can find, pull my SIM card out of the BB throw it in the Droid and get a tethering app. Then I want to see if and/or how AT&T will adjust my current Data plan.

If after 2 months of testing and using the hell out of my Data plan there are no changes. I will get the SGS2 through NewEgg as a non-contract phone and enjoy my unlimited Data. If on the other hand AT&T tries to disable charge me for tethering/adjust my Data plan, I will upgrade through AT&T to the SGS2 when it is finally released.

So now to the question. Where is the cheapest used/refurb phone I can find to test this scenario. If this works this may be a $400+ out of pocket expense above normal upgrades but gives us back full unlimited Data. The other solution is if someone has a device and wants to donate to the cause pls let me know. If you have an old phone you would like to get rid of at a low cost send me a pm and post it in the trades for sale section so we don't violate any OCN rules. Finally if someone else has tested this by all means please inject your findings here.
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craigslist?? you sometimes find these people that buy brand new phones and use them until the bigger better faster ones come out and they pay the outrageous costs for them and want to recover some of their loss by selling their current one
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Would the HTC Aria be a good phone for this testing?
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Originally Posted by bratas View Post
Ok, so I am wanting to get the Samsung Galaxy S2.

I am trying to test something before I get the SGS2 first tho.

What I currently have with AT&T is the original BB Curve. My data plan is currently unlimited. I know if I upgrade to the SGS2 with a new contract through AT&T when it is released my data plan will change.

What I want to do is get the cheapest droid I can find, pull my SIM card out of the BB throw it in the Droid and get a tethering app. Then I want to see if and/or how AT&T will adjust my current Data plan.

If after 2 months of testing and using the hell out of my Data plan there are no changes. I will get the SGS2 through NewEgg as a non-contract phone and enjoy my unlimited Data. If on the other hand AT&T tries to disable charge me for tethering/adjust my Data plan, I will upgrade through AT&T to the SGS2 when it is finally released.

So now to the question. Where is the cheapest used/refurb phone I can find to test this scenario. If this works this may be a $400+ out of pocket expense above normal upgrades but gives us back full unlimited Data. The other solution is if someone has a device and wants to donate to the cause pls let me know. If you have an old phone you would like to get rid of at a low cost send me a pm and post it in the trades for sale section so we don't violate any OCN rules. Finally if someone else has tested this by all means please inject your findings here.
Don't BBs have special data plans incompatible with other devices? They'll know you;ve changed devices. Fooling AT&T into thinking you still have the same device requires doing some very illegal things.
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I don't know that just changing devices is doing anything illegal, and as I stated if they recognize that I am no longer using a BB I will do the upgrade via AT&T.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bratas View Post
I don't know that just changing devices is doing anything illegal, and as I stated if they recognize that I am no longer using a BB I will do the upgrade via AT&T.
I'd ask AT&T about the compatibility of your data plan with Android devices. Most providers put BBs on an entirely different plan structure...and as such changing devices means a new plan that ain't unlimited or what have you.

If your data plan is unique to BlackBerry devices and you change SIM cards, AT&T will know you're not using your BB as the ESN will be different...and as a result won't work...and playing with ESNs yourself to get around these measures is *very* illegal.
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post #7 of 7
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My cusin was given a Dell Streak from Dell to test with. He is a Verizon customer and was unable to test the internet. I pulled my SIM card out of my BB, put it in the Dell and tested it the entire day. When I left his house I put my SIM back in the BB and everything was good. So I am not sure how moving my SIM will screw with the ESN in any way shape or form.


EDIT
Again has anyone got experience with the HTC Aria?
Edited by bratas - 7/22/11 at 7:50am
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