There is a 1 year contract option. Nobody forces you to go 2 year...yet.
I have no interest in obtaining any phone from Cingular due to the way they flash them and hobble original functionality which sometimes also degrades service. I'm happy to bring my own unlocked phone and take care of equipment myself do I don't need any discounted equipment in exchange for a 24 month locked contract. Also in my opinion signing a 24 month contract with any wireless provider is far too long of a contractual commitment. It's great that you get 30 days to try it out but what happens when 6 months later you are no longer satisfied with the quality of service? You are stuck with contract for 1.5 more years. It all comes down to leverage. If I'm happy with the service today then I'm happy to continue to pay. But if the network services degrade I want the option to walk away on my time table. I would rather put money into buying my own equipment than keeping a reserve fund for and ETF. I don't think I'm really saving any money but it's the only leverage consumers can have against a huge carrier.Originally Posted by gerardcon
There is a 1 year contract option. Nobody forces you to go 2 year...yet.
Yeah, I called customer service many times already, no one can get me the month-to-month. However, you can do the one year contract instead of the two-year listed on the website.
I'm planning to switch to Cingular from T-Mobile this weekend (for the 3G network). I prefer to use unlocked Pocket PC phones, and so don't need to pick up a new phone with the service.
Based on reading this thread and other FAQs, my understanding is that I should be able to walk into Cingular tomorrow and, referring to COAM, request a basic, no-contract voice plan with the $19.99 Smartphone Unlimited plan, and walk out with a SIM and unlimited data for my Pocket PC phone.
Am I understanding all the right? Thanks.
No that is not correct. Granted this is a very long thread so read it all. Cingular will only offer an 11 month minimum contract under COAM now. The only no contract option is with Gophone prepaid service.Originally Posted by Urban Strata
I have activated 2 extra lines of service this way recently and althought the reps initially told me they could do it their system will no longer allow it no matter who you speak to.
Got it -- thanks for the clarification, DWC1.Originally Posted by DWC1
Not allowing this is just one more of Cingular's anti-customer policies. I know that Alltel will not force you into a contract. I think this will hurt Cingular and help other carriers.
My friend is willing to sell me his 8125. If I buy it from him, can I activate it with the no contract option?
No. Please read this thread. The minimum commitment is now 11 months.Originally Posted by budamonk
What if your contract term is up? You should then be able to continue month to month right?
Yes of course you can.Originally Posted by Jahlight
Yes, unfortunately, the minimum contract is now 11 months, as has been stated. I made the stupid mistake of leaving for Verizon, and when I came back, I couldn't get the same deal I originally had, which was a non-promo plan with no contract. Oh well, I was pretty happy with them except for Data, and now that 3G is coming into focus better, I'm happy with that too. :-)
Ok guys, I need some assistance from someone who is knowledgable about these issues. Here is the situation: I have a 6620 that I activated and pay month to month (39.99/1000 anytime /w rollover and 19.99 Media Net Unlimited). I've had this for almost 2 years now. I am wondering what my options are to increase my available minutes, as well as add-ons (M2M, Nights & weekends, etc.). I dont want to lose my pricing on my Data Plan as I understand the pricing is now considerably higher. Thanks for any help and suggestions!
Also, I am considering upgrading my phone in the very near future. When I do what all is involved other than swapping out SIM cards? THanks again!
[QUOTE=robzila]Ok guys, I need some assistance from someone who is knowledgable about these issues. Here is the situation: I have a 6620 that I activated and pay month to month (39.99/1000 anytime /w rollover and 19.99 Media Net Unlimited). I've had this for almost 2 years now. I am wondering what my options are to increase my available minutes, as well as add-ons (M2M, Nights & weekends, etc.). I dont want to lose my pricing on my Data Plan as I understand the pricing is now considerably higher. Thanks for any help and suggestions!
Rob, Are you using all of the 1000 minutes? In the past Cingular offered add on features such as unlimited night and weekedends and mobile to mobile for $9.99 for each service. Now they bundle that with current plans. if you where to add those services you would be looking at a bill of $50 a month plus your media net fee of $20. Now you have a $80 bill before taxes and fees. Look at a current bill and perhaps you can determine how many minutes of your usage are after 9pm or on weekends. In addition how many of your calls are to another Cingular phone?
Recommendation, change your rate plan to 900 nation plan which is $60.00 a month it includes mobile to mobile and night and weekends. Keep your media net package if it fits your usage. The only thing your losing is 100 minutes. If you are not using all of your current 1000 minutes and have a bank of minutes stored up you really aren't losing anyting.
Cingular is offering up a new batch of 3G hardware and will allow you to do a lot more. These devices will require you to get a new SIM Card. so make sure you back up your current SIM card phone book to the Nokia. Once you get a new SIM Card, you can insert it in the Nokia and transfer your phone book to the new SIM Card.
Hopes this helps you.
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I am an old AT&T customer still using TDMA. It's now finally time for a new phone so I bought a Nokia 6682 for me and an SEw300i for my wife on EBay.
My current plans are:
$29.99 - 250, plus 100 additional, 1000 nights and weekends
$19.99 - 60, 500 nights and weekends. (wifes phone used very sparingly)
I understand these are very old plans and not available anymore.
I went to a store with my new phones to get SIMS and was told I'd have to commit to at least 1yr. I called CS and was told the same thing. The reason is that they have to treat it like a new account since I'm on "the old billing system". I conveyed that I don't care about the issues they have with their billing system; I'm an existing customer and simply want new equipment which I already have. I was passed to a "Customer Relations" rep. Again the explaination about needing to be converted to their new billing system. The best she could offer me was 2 new plans of $29.99 w/200 and 5000 nights and weekends, and $19.99 w/60 and no nights and weekends. No M2M or RO.
My issue with all this is the "old billing system" and the "new billing system". Aren't I a customer? What's the difference to me if they have an issue with their system. I'm choosing to stay, don't want any free equipment, and just want a current plan on my phone.
Now when I try to access my account online it gives me a message about things not being available during their transition to the new billing system. So, now they can change me over since it suits them?