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Cell Phones Without Service Providers

by IllusionalFate / November 10, 2006 3:39 PM PST

How do you get service to a cell phone if the model doesn't belong to any carriers? I want to get the Sony Ericcson 790a but I have no idea how I would get service to it.

I'm also confused as to why this isn't a very commonly asked question. I spent hours trying to find this out but apparently this is something the average person knows? Just seems wierd to me that I'm the only one in this situation, and when I asked my dad and brother about it they had no clue that cell phones without carriers even existed.

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by birdmantd Forum moderator / November 10, 2006 10:58 PM PST

Looks like a GSM handset, just go to a retail location to assign a new mobile # and a SIM card. Currently the two largest providers for GSM are Cingular and T-Mobile. It is up to you to decide. The phone won't work with Sprint/Nextel, Verizon, Altel.

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by IllusionalFate / November 11, 2006 4:50 AM PST
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If I chose Cingular, would I actually have to sign up for them as a carrier? If so, then wouldn't signing up with them then switching the SIM card to the unlocked phone be essentially the same thing?

Or would I just be buying the SIM card, making it less expensive than "normal" Cingular service?

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by birdmantd Forum moderator / November 11, 2006 6:14 AM PST
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You have to have a provider to use the phone to make/rcv calls otherwise you have a fancy paperweight. There is no additional cost for the SIM if you activate service. You can sign up for postpaid (billed monthly) w/ a 1 year agreement and still get all available plan features or Prepaid without a contract.

If you already have a current # with either Cingular or T-Mobile you can simply put your SIM in the new phone and keep the same phone #.

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