Originally Posted by TheBigNewt
Amazon won't work. In order to even get the rebate deal (which gives you the phone for free eventually) you have to agree to a new 2 year contract and be new to tmobile as well. . If you switch the Pearl off the contract within 6 months they take $250 back, and I'm sure take other the rebate (50) also. I just did this, so I read the fine print!
I'm hoping this works for me. My wife and I signed up for TMO last week and bought Pearls from a local dealer. When I learned about the Amazon deal I returned the phones, intending to buy them again from Amazon. However, they told me that our service, even though we cancelled it, would remain "active" for 90 days and any new service would actually just be a re-opening of the old service, which Amazon might not like. So, to get around this we purchased the Amazon phones using my credit check information instead of my wife's. I'm hoping that TMO will see me as a "new customer" even though I was an additional phone on our other account, which was under my wife's name and SSN. We'll see. So far I haven't gotten any negative emails or messages from Amazon and the phones are due to ship today.
Of course, if this does work it might be limited to those who have an extra SSN handy, like a spouse. And it does ultimately require a contract, which is maybe not what the OP was looking for.