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How can you swap out your existing cdma phone for a new one?

by snorris6 / December 28, 2006 1:52 AM PST

I am a current VZW customer. I would like to upgrade to a new phone without signing a new contract. Having read several articles on this forum I have learned that CDMA phones do not have a sim card. Is there any way to do this since I am not going to change service providers just phones?

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I was on Cingular.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 28, 2006 2:49 AM PST

There are not accepting any CDMA subscribers and only will let you keep your old CDMA phone if it's working. They hold all the cards on this play.


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Buy a new phone, pay full price
by wirelesswendy / December 28, 2006 7:12 AM PST
In reply to: I was on Cingular.

I think it should be possible if you buy a new phone at retail cost. When you ask for an "upgrade" you're generally asking for a discount, which comes with a contract extension. I imagine it should be possible to get a new phone and ask them to transfer the account to the new phone (otherwise what would you do if your phone broke or got lost?) w/o signing another 2-yr agreement.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 28, 2006 7:27 AM PST

They won't activate any more CDMA phones. Not an option for this provider even if you bring your phone. In your case, just ask them.


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Network operator must change to new CDMA phone
by Bill Wall / December 31, 2006 10:54 PM PST

Your cell phone network operator must change the data they have on your old CDMA phone, to the data for the new CDMA phone. CDMA has the huge advantage that you can communicate with very low signal levels, but, when you change phones, it is very inconvenient. I am now using GSM phones (which require a very strong signal!), so I sent one of our old CDMA phones to my mother in law last week.

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"must"? Tell it to the man.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 31, 2006 10:57 PM PST

Cingular won't. End of story.

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Yes, if you want to pay the $$$
by bleone9 / January 3, 2007 10:02 PM PST

As I have seveal times, If you plan on staying with our flaming frinds a vzw, you can get any Verizon phone you want; not other CDMA's outside of vzw, but like the other Gentleman said, you will have to pay full retail unless you qualify for the "new every 2".
Then you simply do an ECN Change, which you can do yourself on line, keeping your existing # and all.
I've spent tooooo much money in the past doing the same thing.

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