Wireless Carrier/Service Fine, Phone Needs to Go
May 17, 2010 1:15 PM Subscribe
I just realized, after calling ATT's tech line, that I cannot send pictures using my 3-yr old bottom of the barrel (then/now) Samsung flip mobile because of some damage done to it after taking a pretty nasty spill on my bike while the phone was pocketed. So, I'd like to regain this functionality and possibly upgrade. My budget is $500, for simplicity's sake. One of my options will hopefully give me....
posted by fook to shopping (11 answers total)
I did a search (Google included), but couldn't seem to tailor it to find any relevant threads.
Background: I'm on a family plan that is almost a decade old and out of the initial 2yr contract commitment. I'd like to stay on the current month-month plan but would like, after a year or so to sort my credit out before leaving the family plan, to get one in my name. I am already paying the account holder for my usage, which amounts to $40-50 a month for the basics (that is, sans most smart phone services like a data, etc.) Given that I'd like to have a smart phone on the plan when I am the account holder, I'm considering buying one now and keeping it to use on the current plan and when I start service under my name.
>Bottom line: I want a new phone ASAP. If I can I'd like to buy an Android phone (used and not through an authorized dealer, if possible), transfer my sim card to it and use it without common smart phone functionality, until I hold an account in my own name. >The alternative being that I just use the insurance I currently have on my existing, but maimed, phone to get an equivalent replacement. Given that the replacement entails being without a phone for the claim and the phone to be evaluated by a third party company, in addition to a $50 deductible encourages me to upgrade, somehow. Specifically, I'd like to upgrade the phone now and the service approx. a year from now.
What are the possiblities for upgrading in these circumstances?
What should I be considering in addition the things I've stated?
What would you do?
Anecdotes of successfully transfering sims cards would be helpful, because it stands to reason I can simply buy a phone on the secondary market install my sim card and use it as the same kind of line on the family plan that my existing line uses. I'm not totally opposed to getting another bottom of the barrel replacement, but will confess that I want something shiny that'll capture sweet photos. :] Cheers!