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by: sylvanr January 29, 2005 2:33 AM PST

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ATT + Cingular Merger Problem 4 Replacing Phone

by sylvanr - 1/29/05 2:33 AM

We had two phones on a family plan with AT&T and one of them got wet and wouldn't work. When I went to buy another phone at the AT&T store, it had been changed to a Cingular store and they told me that the phones they had were not compatable with my AT&T plan and that I would have to "upgrade" to a Cingular account and have to replace BOTH phones AND sign up for a Cingular account that would apparently give me LESS minutes for MORE money! I was incredulous. I was ready to go to another carrier but then was told it would cost me $175.00 to get out of my contract that I had with AT&T and which apparently now made me obligated to Cingular until December. My contract was with AT&T - NOT Cingular wireless.

All I want to do is replace my dead cell phone with something that will get me through until December when my contract expires and I can change carriers without paying a big penaly. I see there are a few phones on EBay that are the same AT&T phone that I had. I also see other AT&T phones there. I discovered that I could take my sim card out of the dead phone I have and put it in the working one which is an entirely different brand and could make calls. So could I expect to be able to pretty much put the GSM sim chip in ANY AT&T compatable phone? Why can't I put it in the new Cingular compatable phones? I read something about phones being locked and software to unlock them? Could somebody explain all this to me and offer suggestions? Are there places other than EBay that I can find replacement phones? I can't believe that there was some sudden rapture in which all the AT&T compatable cell phones have suddenly dissapeared from the earth just because ATT merged with Cingular. HELP! Where are all the leftover ATT phones or refurbished or used?

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