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Right well so far that Freestyle thing seems to be the best of the lot...which is pretty much crap

I'm thinking now I should just get an unlocked smartphone on eBay so I could at least get some free wi-fi or something.
Also need to get a new SIM card (mine is from 2003 and still reads Cingular - I think it's time lol).

Anything I should be wary of here?
Only reason I ask is b/c my brother got his G/F a Blackberry Pearl off eBay and somehow they got forced into a data plan regardless as the phone/SIM card auto activated (so he says).
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trust me, dont get a dumbphone. get a smartphone..i got my droid incredible and i will never look back. its just so fun to play with and its so smart
 
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Right well so far that Freestyle thing seems to be the best of the lot...which is pretty much crap

I'm thinking now I should just get an unlocked smartphone on eBay so I could at least get some free wi-fi or something.
Also need to get a new SIM card (mine is from 2003 and still reads Cingular - I think it's time lol).

Anything I should be wary of here?
Only reason I ask is b/c my brother got his G/F a Blackberry Pearl off eBay and somehow they got forced into a data plan regardless as the phone/SIM card auto activated (so he says).
Dont' buy any smartphone that AT&T personally sells. Any AT&T branded smartphone will force you onto a data plan

You can take your pick at any unlocked T-Mobile or unbranded GSM phone
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Dont' buy any smartphone that AT&T personally sells. Any AT&T branded smartphone will force you onto a data plan

You can take your pick at any unlocked T-Mobile or unbranded GSM phone
Well yea I'd want to look for an unlocked one, I'm just curious how the heck my brother managed to alert AT&T they had a blackberry without a data plan
(I have a Curve 8310 I got used and have been under the radar for years).

Wondering if that had to do with the newer SIM card? Again my current one is an acient Cingular one
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Well, ATT requires data on certain phones. And is based on the phone used with simcard. Most unlocked (non-ATT)/unbranded phones should work.
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Well yea I'd want to look for an unlocked one, I'm just curious how the heck my brother managed to alert AT&T they had a blackberry without a data plan
(I have a Curve 8310 I got used and have been under the radar for years).

Wondering if that had to do with the newer SIM card? Again my current one is an acient Cingular one
They keep a database of all the IMEI numbers (serial number of your phone) that they sell. That's how they can tell you had a blackberry


Did you happen to have a non-AT&T branded curve?
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There's no need to replace the SIM card unless it either fails, or you want a SIM card with more storage space (or you get a handset that needs one of the new micro sized SIM cards). Either way ATT will give you a new SIM card with your same phone number for a few bucks. (I forget the exact charge.)
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Originally Posted by r34p3rex View Post
They keep a database of all the IMEI numbers (serial number of your phone) that they sell. That's how they can tell you had a blackberry


Did you happen to have a non-AT&T branded curve?
I have no idea if my brother's GF's BB Pearl was branded or not.
My Curve is branded AT&T on the bottom, but I've never been forced into anything extra (all I have is phone/texting).

Again only thing I can think of is her SIM card was newer and mine is so old it's practically off the grid.


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There's no need to replace the SIM card unless it either fails, or you want a SIM card with more storage space (or you get a handset that needs one of the new micro sized SIM cards). Either way ATT will give you a new SIM card with your same phone number for a few bucks. (I forget the exact charge.)
I've been getting some weird issues over the past few months.

A while back my Curve would say there was no SIM card...pulling it out and reseating it would fix it.
Recently I've been getting error messages randomly when trying to place calls, something about an error with radio signal.

I think both are starting to act flaky.
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There's no need to replace the SIM card unless it either fails, or you want a SIM card with more storage space (or you get a handset that needs one of the new micro sized SIM cards). Either way ATT will give you a new SIM card with your same phone number for a few bucks. (I forget the exact charge.)
You can ask for a replacement SIM, no charge. Just tell them it won't read and they'll replace it, no questions asked
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A while back my Curve would say there was no SIM card...pulling it out and reseating it would fix it.
Recently I've been getting error messages randomly when trying to place calls, something about an error with radio signal.
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You can ask for a replacement SIM, no charge. Just tell them it won't read and they'll replace it, no questions asked
Well, if they're free, you may as well just go and get a new one. It won't help if the SIM card is fine and it's the Curve that's the problem, though. Remember to copy any data off the old SIM that you might want to keep.
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