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Old 06-25-2006, 02:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I purchased the 8700G on Thursday June 22 with the intention of switching my plan from one of the Amazon-offers to what is actually a higher rate plan offered through T-mobile. Apparently this cannot be done for 180 days.

Also, I cannot transfer my # (from another carrier). Amazon put this fine print on the page AFTER I had already purchased. I don't even have the damn thing yet and now it's not going to work for me.

I'm hesitiant to send the phone back as-is, because it will become activated if it's turned-on. Should I scratch-up the SIM and then send it back?

This is a bunch of crap!

Here's the link to the new amazon rules:


Your price paid includes an Equipment Discount of $250 that has been provided to you by this T-Mobile authorized agent for activating a new non-substitute line of service with T-Mobile, and maintaining this new line of service with the selected rate plan in good standing for a minimum of 181 consecutive days.

By accepting this Equipment Discount, you agree that for a period of 181 days after your new line of service is activated, you

1. Will pay your balance due to T-Mobile each month
2. Will not disconnect this T-Mobile line of service
3. Will not transfer this equipment to another T-Mobile line of service
4. Will not port an existing phone number to this new line of service
5. Will not change your T-Mobile service rate plan to a lower monthly service rate
6. Will not use this new line of service to replace an existing account with T-Mobile

If these conditions are not met, you herein provide authorization for a $250 reimbursement to be charged to your credit card by this T-Mobile authorized agent without need for further approval. This reimbursement of the $250 Equipment Discount will only be charged if the above conditions are not met.

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Old 06-25-2006, 04:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wonder what they are trying to prevent by disallowing a number port? Perhaps that is how they're trying to either track the information or disallow you from swapping one BB already on the service for a new one.
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It's very lame. I'm going to just refuse shipment and then cancel the acc't with T-mobile once I find out the # (supposedly Amazon will email this # next week).

What's even lamer, is that now I can't activate any account with t-mobile for 90 days whatsoever. I should have gone through ushopwireless - as they had the plan I was interested in from the get-go. Amazon just seemed like a more reputable seller.
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Um, these have been "the rules" all along for amazon. New activations only. NO NUMBER PORTS. Must keep the account for 180 days to get all of the discounts/rebates. I didn't know you can't change your plan for 180 days either. But it makes sense. They don't want you to drop features (although it also prevents you from upping your contract to a higher level on like you found) which means lost revenue during that period. The phone is heavily subsidized (read free) so what did you expect? Everyone knows this is how "agents" work. Why are you surprised? Are you new at this? I don't understand...
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That's why it is best to buy from a corporate store and NOT an indirect dealer/authorized reseller. Honestly, you shouldve known that there was going to be some kind of terms, etc that you'd have to adhere to for that deal.
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Yeah. I know that sucks, but it's pretty widely known that you can't port numbers with Amazon. You're better off trying to get a deal at a local store.
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