And the seller left a microSIM scotchtaped in with about a week left of unlimited texting.
I have used over 1500 SMS in about 4 days. 95% incoming 'testing' a web site's ability to track passenger trains.
Well I got a barely used Huawei U2800A off of eBay.
I have now gotten 6 U2800As off of eBay. The first one I got got a BSOD [blue screen of death] after I stuck an old SIM card in to it. Red Pocket and H2O SIM cards do 3G. An older Airvoice SIM card does not. I will be activating a more recent Airvoice SIM next week. I unlocked one of the phones and activated a new T-Mobile SIM in it. 2G for now. Nice inexpensive phone if it what you need.
The phone seems to be the phone of choice for people who lose iPhones. Lots on eBay are used for a week or less.
I unlocked one of my U2800As and today I received 3G on it using a T-Mobile SIM.
Refarming is happening. http://airportal.de/ shows where T-Mobile has 3G on 1900mHz. I was driving on the freeways to/from Long Beach, CA. Where I live is not near any towers yet. But the point of this thread was to get an inexpensive phone that could get 3G in order to verify its existence and this phone unlocked is able to do that for both AT&T and T-Mobile.