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Where can i buy a phone w/o having to buy service?
« on: January 27, 2010, 12:46:26 AM »
My phone was sucked into another dimension after 3 years (and it was almost as old as texting and refused to break...pure awesomeness) I have Sprint service through my father (living at home and attending school has to have SOME perks right?) and refuse to buy a new plan. So does anyone know where i can get a rather inexpensive phone on the Sprint network?
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Re: Where can i buy a phone w/o having to buy service?
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2010, 01:12:11 AM »
Well, a lot of manufacturers sell their phones unsubsidized and unlocked, but this is rather expensive, you can always try ebay, which can get you mixed results.

In all, you need to look for an unlocked (or sprint) CDMA phone. Since sprint is CDMA, you will have to call them and talk with them to get it up and working on their network. Note that they can always tell you no to doing this, but I have never HEARD of that happening. They might also charge you an activation fee.
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Re: Where can i buy a phone w/o having to buy service?
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2010, 01:26:49 AM »
Thanks...I'm checking ebay out right now. I'm going to try to find some old phone still in the box.
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Re: Where can i buy a phone w/o having to buy service?
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2010, 03:17:44 AM »

You can buy iPhones from the Apple Store with no service.  They can be unlocked pretty easily.
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Re: Where can i buy a phone w/o having to buy service?
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2010, 03:32:51 AM »
I'm cheap....$100.00 on a phone isn't going to happen. I spent all day looking a leather jackets and i found one 65% and only $90.00 (Burlington Coat Factory if you were curious) so yeah if i want something badly i get it but i look around before i buy. GO STINGY PEOPLE!!!!! :P
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Re: Where can i buy a phone w/o having to buy service?
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2010, 04:21:05 AM »

You can buy iPhones from the Apple Store with no service.  They can be unlocked pretty easily.


Iphones are GSM and won't work on sprint :P

Also, any unlocked/non-subsidized smart phone is really gonna hurt the wallet.
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Re: Where can i buy a phone w/o having to buy service?
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2010, 05:31:00 PM »
Ran across this and thought it might interest you, kaz. Heard it advertised on the radio around here.

https://www.safelinkwireless.com/EnrollmentPublic/home.aspx

It's a government run program that gives you a free phone and minutes per month without a contract if you qualify, though you have to basically be eligible for it, depending on how much money you make.

Dunno how much you make, but if just use a simple phone for calling and such, and if you qualify (like a working student or something maybe, dunno where you work or anything) seems like it might be a good deal for ya.

Also, dunno how you feel about using government aid simply because you qualify (which is kinda a problem with the welfare system.....)
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Re: Where can i buy a phone w/o having to buy service?
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2010, 09:41:12 PM »
Yeah my pride won't allow me to ever use a government program I don't specifically pay for in advance i.e. unemployment, SSI, etc., and I have a phone identical to my old one!!!! Yay for me!!!



Edit: I'm a full time student at University of Texas at Dallas and work about 12-20 hours at Brookstone as the Head Sales-Associate.
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Re: Where can i buy a phone w/o having to buy service?
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2010, 01:17:43 AM »
Oh dude.  I so miss Los Lupes in Carrollton.  If you get the chance, go there and order the quail and a great big glass of Tamarindo!  :)

For that matter I miss La Madeleine, the Panera and the mall in Flower Mound.  Ah well. We live, and move, and have being.
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Re: Where can i buy a phone w/o having to buy service?
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2010, 06:18:13 PM »
I have a Texan ring from puretexan.com instead of a class ring so i love DFW. Though i rarely go to Denton county and the Flower Mound area.....
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