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    Setting up new prepaid Tmobile account

    If I want to setup a prepaid account for my dad whats the easiest way? Should I get a sim off of ebay and then get the number changed to my local area code or should I just buy one in the store? I already have a phone I want to use with the service. Also, do they currently still have that 1yr expiration promotion running? If so, what are the details of it?


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    I'd say go with the eBay method. I bought a prepaid, pre-activated sim on eBay for around $10. The T-Mobile stores around my area didn't sell prepaid sims, only starter kits. I heard they cost $25 if you buy them at a T-Mo store.
    Switching area code was a snap. I told the CS rep that I bought a pre-activated sim card online and would like to change my area code. It was done in a matter of minutes. I was given a selection of numbers to choose from that was available in my area code.
    As for the promotion, it is supposed to end December 31st. Refill with a $25 card or more and you get a year extension. The rep told me about it as I was switching area codes. You will hear about the promotion when dialing *TOGO. I haven't heard it lately though.

    *edit: I dialed *togo (*8646) just now. The promo announcement is still there.
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    Changing #s

    They gave you a selection of phone numbers? Man. I called CS to change my number (it was in the same area code, though) and they said they didn't give choices. Do you think that's because it was a w/in area code change, or b/c the CS rep just didn't know?
    I mean, the ph # I have now is fine, but it would've been nice to have a selection.

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    Re: Changing #s

    Originally posted by jhsb
    They gave you a selection of phone numbers? Man. I called CS to change my number (it was in the same area code, though) and they said they didn't give choices. Do you think that's because it was a w/in area code change, or b/c the CS rep just didn't know?
    I mean, the ph # I have now is fine, but it would've been nice to have a selection.
    I honestly don't know. Nor have I any idea what their policies are. That was the first time I've ever dealt with T-Mo customer service. He gave me a selection of 2 (or was it 3) numbers. I took the easiest to remember. He then asked if I was happy with the number. So it sounds like they are able to give you a selection, but they do not make a habit of it. Less hassle I suppose or perhaps, as you said, the rep didn't know.

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    Pretty sure you just got a nice rep, Jase. I changed my preactivated one from an out of state area code and I was simply assigned one by the rep. No choices or anything.

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    Just buy the card on eBay. you can get a card with about 225 minutes that expire in a year for about $20. I buy the cards off ebay instead of buying refill cards. You get more minutes by going that route. If you refill say for $25, you get only 100 minutes. You can get a brand new activated card with at least 200 minutes for the same amount or in most cases less.

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    Yeah, but you also have to get a new phone number.
    That's a hassle.

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    Yes, that's the drawback...you have to get a new number when you purchase on eBay. It's not an issue for me since I use it just as a backup phone (SprintPCS is primary carrier). I also let any one that visits me internationally use it, if they need to.

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    Is there any way to buy a new SIM with the 200 or so minutes on it, activate it if neccessary, and then 'cancel' the prepaid account and move the minutes over to your primary ToGo account?

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    There is no need to activate a prepaid card that's already activated with minutes on it.

    No, I am not aware you can cancel a prepaid account and then move the minutes over. If there is, I believe every one on prepaid will be doing it, in order to maintain the same phone number.

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    Originally posted by GIJoe1
    Is there any way to buy a new SIM with the 200 or so minutes on it, activate it if neccessary, and then 'cancel' the prepaid account and move the minutes over to your primary ToGo account?
    No, definitely cannot do that.
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