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26 March 2009 @ 09:46 pm
Switching providers cheaply, keeping your phone number: conclusion  
So, I managed to change from T-mobile to Sprint by selling off my contract, and I kept my number.

I called T-mobile first, and asked them about transferring my number to another provider but keeping my T-mobile account and getting a new number assigned to it. They said sure, to call them after I switched the number over.

I called them a few minutes after the line was set up with Sprint. They waived my early termination fee and re-activation fees. It took them about a day to be able to re-use my existing sim card, but then it was working with the new number.

A few days later, I made a deal with someone on one of those phone transfer websites. I gave her a $40 bonus and mailed her a phone (a cheap old Samsung) once I confirmed she had taken over the contract. I will sell off my old sim-card-based Treo, and the sim-based rotary cell phone. Anyone interested in either for around $100? :) They'll go for more than that on Ebay. No? How about $80? :) They'll work on T-mobile or AT&T or (I think) any sim-based network.

It was a lot of hassle, but a lot cheaper than either early termination fees or paying for the extra account through June.
 
 
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Robert Johnsonalohawolf on March 27th, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)
80 for both?

I'm interested.

or even just one or the other, I'm still interested.

ashi: arrrr!ashi on March 27th, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)
One or the other. It'd save me the trouble of putting them up on eBay and packing them up and all. Let me make sure I have the charger for the rotary phone available.

It's the port-o-rotary by Sparkfun, a real rotary telephone modified to work as a cell phone. It's an older model that you have to open up to charge, and it doesn't have a dial tone but dials and receives calls fine.

The Treo is a red 680. It's worn but still quite usable. I have a 16 gig SD card for it, charging/usb data cable, home charger, and car charger.

Hmm $80 for one or the other, or $150 for both.
Robert Johnsonalohawolf on March 27th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC)
Well, you would still need to pack them up, as I live in Seattle.

Hrm, I cant decide now, 80 bucks for a neat toy, or 80 bucks for something that I might get practical use out of.. hrm, choices, choices.

How did you like the Treo?, and how often did you use the Sparkfun unit?

Edited at 2009-03-27 05:47 am (UTC)
ashi: breathalyzerashi on March 28th, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)
Sorry, meant to respond earlier.

I liked the Treo a lot. I bought a Sprint Treo when I switched. I especially like to ssh from it and use Google Maps.

I used the Sparkfun unit a few times at work, a few times at conventions, and I did have fun with the WTF factor and occasional total disbelief.
ashi: arrrr!ashi on March 31st, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Still interested? If not, I need to put these on eBay soon. Thanks!
Robert Johnsonalohawolf on March 31st, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
I'm pondering still, I just cant decide which I want..

I'm leaning to the Treo.

I honestly want both of them though, I just cant afford the 150, did you find the charger for the Rotary?

And what accessories does the Treo Come with?

Edited at 2009-03-31 02:51 am (UTC)
ashi: give wayashi on April 3rd, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
Hope you enjoy the Treo! I see it arrived today.
Robert Johnsonalohawolf on April 3rd, 2009 04:58 am (UTC)
yup, it works fine, I wiped your email and messages.
ashi: ai-khan!!!ashi on April 3rd, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
ah, not surprising I missed something. :)