Thinking of switching ATT to Cingular

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Now that Cingular bought AT&T WS, can I switch from an AT&T
plan to a Cingular plan without paying a new-service fee?
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.cingular,alt.cellular.attws (More info?)

    In article <2vvcnoF2pu3mmU1@uni-berlin.de>,
    "Gary Warner" <jabadoodle@yahoo.com> wrote:

    >
    > Now that Cingular bought AT&T WS, can I switch from an AT&T
    > plan to a Cingular plan without paying a new-service fee?


    soon, but likely the clock will start over on a new 2 year plan, and in
    many circumstance they may make you buy a new phone if your old phone
    cant handle 800 Mhz.
  2. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.cingular (More info?)

    On Tue, 16 Nov 2004 23:32:14 GMT, Jack Zwick <jzwick3@mindspring.com>
    wrote:

    >In article <2vvcnoF2pu3mmU1@uni-berlin.de>,
    > "Gary Warner" <jabadoodle@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> Now that Cingular bought AT&T WS, can I switch from an AT&T
    >> plan to a Cingular plan without paying a new-service fee?
    >
    >
    >soon, but likely the clock will start over on a new 2 year plan, and in
    >many circumstance they may make you buy a new phone if your old phone
    >cant handle 800 Mhz.

    You probably have to buy a new phone anyway, since almost all ATT
    phones are locked. Cingular can't/won't unlock them. ATT won't.That,
    or pay for a service such as gsmphonesource.com to unlock it.
  3. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.cingular,alt.cellular.attws (More info?)

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    In <jzwick3-BC73C9.17321316112004@news1.east.earthlink.net> on Tue, 16 Nov
    2004 23:32:14 GMT, Jack Zwick <jzwick3@mindspring.com> wrote:

    >In article <2vvcnoF2pu3mmU1@uni-berlin.de>,
    > "Gary Warner" <jabadoodle@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >
    >> Now that Cingular bought AT&T WS, can I switch from an AT&T
    >> plan to a Cingular plan without paying a new-service fee?
    >
    >soon, but likely the clock will start over on a new 2 year plan,

    Or 1-year plan.

    >and in
    >many circumstance they may make you buy a new phone if your old phone
    >cant handle 800 Mhz.

    You'll need a new phone in all circumstances.

    --
    Best regards, HELP FOR CINGULAR GSM & SONY ERICSSON PHONES:
    John Navas <http://navasgrp.home.att.net/#Cingular>
  4. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.cingular,alt.cellular.attws (More info?)

    "Gary Warner" <jabadoodle@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:2vvcnoF2pu3mmU1@uni-berlin.de...
    >
    > Now that Cingular bought AT&T WS, can I switch from an AT&T
    > plan to a Cingular plan without paying a new-service fee?


    The only fees involved in switching plans from AT&T to Cingular is an $18
    "upgrade" fee. Cingular legacy customers pay the same fee when upgrading
    their accounts and/or equipment. As of November 15th this fee is
    non-negotiable and cannot be waived. Period.

    There may be additional costs depending on the Cingular handset that you
    choose. Yes, a new handset must be purchased due to the new 64k SIM and ENS
    compatability requirements.

    --

    SS
  5. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.cingular,alt.cellular.attws (More info?)

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    In <30283mF2qq9m0U1@uni-berlin.de> on Wed, 17 Nov 2004 18:18:22 -0600,
    "Shaolin Superfly" <shaolinsuperfly@yinyang.com> wrote:

    >The only fees involved in switching plans from AT&T to Cingular is an $18
    >"upgrade" fee. Cingular legacy customers pay the same fee when upgrading
    >their accounts and/or equipment. As of November 15th this fee is
    >non-negotiable and cannot be waived. Period.

    I personally think the fee is foolish and a bad sign for the future -- it
    makes no sense to risk the merger by annoying customers the company badly
    needs to keep with nickel and dime fees.

    >There may be additional costs depending on the Cingular handset that you
    >choose. Yes, a new handset must be purchased due to the new 64k SIM and ENS
    >compatability requirements.

    That rationale doesn't really hold water in my opinion. If a new 64K SIM with
    ENS* were really "required," then Cingular would have to upgrade the bulk of
    its existing customers as well, and that won't happen anytime soon either.
    Again, I personally think this is foolish and a bad sign for the future -- it
    would make more sense to expedite the full integration of the two networks.


    * Enhanced Network Services, which extends GSM by making it possible for the
    handset to effectively treat two different networks (ATTWS and Cingular) as
    one combined Home network, so that the other network can be selected even when
    the real Home network has a usable signal. (Without ENS, the handset will
    only select the other network when the real Home network doesn't have a usable
    signal, even when the other network has a better signal or when the real Home
    network has run out of capacity.)
    --
    Best regards, HELP FOR CINGULAR GSM & SONY ERICSSON PHONES:
    John Navas <http://navasgrp.home.att.net/#Cingular>
  6. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.cingular,alt.cellular.attws (More info?)

    In article <0Qjrd.98$Va5.38@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net>,
    "Stuart Friedman" <stu@nospam.na> wrote:

    > That's great, but many of us have pretty new phones. I have an unlocked
    > v600 that I"m perfectly happy with and which Cingular currently sells. It
    > is silly to trade that in. Cingular has been known to do sim only
    > activations, why not on a transfer.

    The firmware inside the phone is different when it is an AT&T phone
    versus a Cingular sold phone. That may make a difference.
  7. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.cingular,alt.cellular.attws (More info?)

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    In <0Qjrd.98$Va5.38@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net> on Wed, 01 Dec 2004
    13:39:08 GMT, "Stuart Friedman" <stu@nospam.na> wrote:

    >That's great, but many of us have pretty new phones. I have an unlocked
    >v600 that I"m perfectly happy with and which Cingular currently sells. It
    >is silly to trade that in. Cingular has been known to do sim only
    >activations, why not on a transfer.

    Because it locked to and customized for ATTWS. Trying to migrate those phones
    would be a Support nightmare.

    --
    Best regards, HELP FOR CINGULAR GSM & SONY ERICSSON PHONES:
    John Navas <http://navasgrp.home.att.net/#Cingular>
  8. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.cingular,alt.cellular.attws (More info?)

    On Wed, 01 Dec 2004 13:39:08 GMT, "Stuart Friedman" <stu@nospam.na>
    said in alt.cellular.cingular:

    >That's great, but many of us have pretty new phones. I have an unlocked
    >v600 that I"m perfectly happy with and which Cingular currently sells. It
    >is silly to trade that in. Cingular has been known to do sim only
    >activations, why not on a transfer.

    If they won't, do a migration, take the free phone (any free phone the
    dealer or Cingular is offering) and put the SIM into your V600. Total
    additional cost to you - $0.00.
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