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yeanelle

Jun 10, 2007, 6:19 PM
hello everyone, i have a question about alltel phones

with tmobile when my phone went dead i always had an extra one. all i did was take out the sim card and put it in the other one. or even when i wanted to use a dffrent phone for a while i could switch when i ipleased, my question is

is it possible to do this wih alltel phones being that there is no sim card, atleast none that i can find. i have the 8600, thank you
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sngwrtr525

Jun 10, 2007, 7:18 PM
If you want to switch to another handset on Alltel, you will secure the handset you want, which means you will probably buy it outright after 14 days if you are under contract, or, if you are having a technical problem with your phone, you can XBR it for the first year for the same phone, since it is under the manufacturer's warranty. You could also purchase an Alltel phone of your choosing outright on eBay or some other site, but it seems to me like you will be paying full price, or whatever is being asked. As far as Alltel is concerned, (and this is generally true with any carrier with minor differences), once you are under contract, you do not qualify for an upgrade until you are within 90 days of the end of your contract. You are corr...
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yeanelle

Jun 10, 2007, 11:13 PM
i think you misunderstood my question, when i was with tmobile i was able to upgrade like every 6 months, ive been with them since 2003 -- i ended up collecting like 4 cellphones in 4 years all for about 50-75 dollars each--not expensive. instead of throwing them away what i did was just use one one month then maybe the other one the next. or i had the advantage that if one got messed up i always had one to spare, all i had to do was take my sim card out and use it on one of my old phones.

its not about looks- its about having a spare and when your pphone goes dead or defective and having a spare and quickly being able to take the card out and inserting it in the next phone. that was all. i was just asking if with alltel i can do the sam...
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yeanelle

Jun 10, 2007, 11:19 PM
my priority is having good service, if it wasnt i wouldnt have switched to alltel. but why not have a nice looking phone with that package???? dont see anything wrong with that. 🙄
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sngwrtr525

Jun 11, 2007, 6:08 AM
No, there isn't anything wrong with that at all, but you can only get a new phone through Alltel at a discounted price when you are eligible to upgrade. Otherwise, you are going to spend some money to switch, that's all. I am glad to hear that functionality of the system is your priority...mine, too! Good luck!
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Talkabout-Allen

Jun 11, 2007, 9:48 AM
Yes, you can. You have to go through a little more work, but you can do it. All you have to do is call 1-800-255-8351 from a phone other than you cell phone. Then you can just hit the 5 to go right to customer service. The best time to do this is early in the morning. If you don't want to do that, you can take it anywhere where Alltel phones are sold.
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yeanelle

Jun 11, 2007, 9:57 AM
Thank you!!!just thought it would be a good idea to have a spare and not have to go through the hassle of going to a store because your phone doesnt work right that minute or waiting for the replacement for like 2-3 days.

my friend has an old alltel phone laying around (she has sprint now) so ill use hers as the spare just in case.

so all you do is call and they will transfer the number to the other phone??? is that how it works???
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Ducati427

Jun 11, 2007, 4:26 PM
They add the new ESN in to the acct and remove the old one, and away u go, only takes a min, i have seen them do this in store, very ez..



Will G.
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Talkabout-Allen

Jun 12, 2007, 9:43 AM
Yep. They will ask you a couple of questions, and away you go. The only reason they wouldn't do this, is if your friend didn't pay her bill. If so that phone is locked to her account.
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yeanelle

Jun 13, 2007, 8:52 AM
thank you!!!! she did doent owe anything so im good!
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quadracer06

Jun 14, 2007, 5:28 PM
This is great to hear about being able to switch phones. Now I am wondering if you can do this with a CDMA phone that is not offered by Alltel. Such as the Upstage M620 from Sprint or the SLVR L7C from Sprint or Verizon??

Thanks.
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Ducati427

Jun 14, 2007, 6:16 PM
They would have to be unlocked to work on the new networks..



Will G.
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sngwrtr525

Jun 14, 2007, 6:50 PM
I just learned something rather interesting yesterday at my office.

I am in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, working for Alltel Direct. Someone came into the store with a fairly recent Alltel phone, and wanted to activate it. She said that she had been with us, gone to another provider, in this case, nTelos, hated their service, and wanted to come back. Before I even got started, my boss came out and informed me that when this phone, a Motorola model, was flashed by nTelos, a lock code was put into the phone that cannot be taken away. The phone, as far as Alltel was concerned, was unusable.

The fact is, you or someone you know could possibly unlock a phone that is not recognized by the company you want to have service with, but...
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chardavid

Jun 14, 2007, 8:24 PM
no if you end up with an unlocked phone any help you could possibly get through the company is gone. you have no warranty that will cover insurance cannot be put on it and in store they may take a look at it but are under no obligation to help you out. you pretty much hope the phone works or you are outa luck
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