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OfflineShroomyMcPot
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Help with cell phone.
    #3521623 - 12/19/04 08:15 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

I dont know the answer to this so I thought that maybe someone here would. I would like to get a camera phone, however, my contract doesnt come up for another year and a half so to avoid paying the over priced amounts at the us cellular store, ive been looking at phones on ebay. I didnt know which phones would be compatible so i looked on the us cellular website and have been bidding on the same kind of phones they sell on that site.

A couple of days ago I called my local 'us cellular autorized agent' and she told me that I could only use a phone that had previously been used with us cellular service or it wouldnt work. She said that if i got a phone that was used on verizon that it would only work on verizon towers and I would always be roaming. She implied that even a new phone that was the same model as offered on the us cellular website and sold in her store would not work.

I call bullshit. Dont they program all that stuff in when you get your phone activated? Has anyone here worked for a cell phone company and could answer my question?


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InvisibleJonnyOnTheSpot
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Re: Help with cell phone. [Re: ShroomyMcPot]
    #3521630 - 12/19/04 08:18 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

no clue. sorry.

it's been awhile since i've seen you around. what's new?


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Re: Help with cell phone. [Re: JonnyOnTheSpot]
    #3521648 - 12/19/04 08:23 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Yes, it is indeed in the programming of the EEPROM chip... Whether your phone will let you, without any other equipment, reprogram it, I couldn't tell you.


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OfflineK4Lic0
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Re: Help with cell phone. [Re: JonnyOnTheSpot]
    #3521660 - 12/19/04 08:25 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

First of all, there are ways to unlock a cell phone.. but it requires some amount of "knowing-what-to-do", and that can be found on the internet.. in fact, its a coincidence, i was at the mall with a friend.. and she asked if she could buy one of those motorola razors and use it with a different service and the guy that worked there said that it is only programmed to work with their (cingular) service.. but then he mentioned that there are ways.. but you would have to do it yourself.. and might void the warranty or something..

SO! the moral of this story is.. you can use ANY phone.. but it takes a lot of work and know-how


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OfflineShroomyMcPot
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Re: Help with cell phone. [Re: K4Lic0]
    #3521672 - 12/19/04 08:29 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

well i just wanted to take it to the cell phone place and say, 'here is my new phone, you sell this phone in here, make my number work with it.'


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OfflineK4Lic0
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Re: Help with cell phone. [Re: ShroomyMcPot]
    #3521680 - 12/19/04 08:32 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

haha.. good idea..


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Re: Help with cell phone. [Re: K4Lic0]
    #3522108 - 12/19/04 10:28 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

You can unlock phones and learn about more if you're computer savvy. Look it up on google.com, search some news grounds and scour a couple of forums. Within a day you'll be a genious.

What can't google do? /google whoring


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