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Old 08-25-2006, 05:23 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Hmm Nextel was good to me. I only had my i870 for only 6 months and they let me upgrade to a BlackBerry 7100i for a new 2 year contract for $199.99. They have the same rules though on their phone upgrades. 2 year min before you can upgrade. Maybe I was lucky or they just want more BB clients. Eitherway I would give Nextel a try if you do decide to switch.
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here in cincinnati we have cincinnati bell wireless. i am considering talking my boss into switching because they have no contracts what so ever and have the 8700, so upgrading is never an issue with them. they use to have coverage issues which is why we are still a verizon customers. now they are using AT&T's network so their coverage is much better. i remember when sprint had the no contract deal when i was with them.

wow, i have been with sprint, tmo, cingular, and verizon. i am such a cellular ****.
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Old 08-25-2006, 06:07 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I DO understand what's going on and what their reasoning is. Next time use your rudeness to respond to someone else.

When it comes down to it, I'm not questioning one provider's practices. Instead I'm suggesting that there's something wrong with the entire industry as new customers are more valuable than those who have remained loyal customers for 5+ years.
You have not seen rude yet!

You five years IS important to your carrier, but you last upgrade was less than two years ago. Believe it or not, your carrier is in this to make money. This is a common practice amoung ALL the carriers, why do you think this one should be different. If they just allowed anyone to upgrade when ever they wanted they would have to charge full retail for their phones and you would not like that either.

It is not rude, but business!
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Cingular has been great to me. The only proble I had was with the stiff fines for breaking contract. I had a wireless card I no longer need it ($59.99 a month) and they charged me $200.00 to cancel it, that was brutal....
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Just to clarify - I paid the full retail price for my 2 phones when I signed my last contract with Cingular. I was forced to sign a 2 year contract to get service on them, however. No explanation why, just basically that I couldn't be a Cingular customer without a contract.
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Oof. That's really odd. I know carriers want new subscribers to sign on but two years after paying full retail definitely sucks.

Actually, come to think of it, I brought one device with me and purchased one new (subsidized) device when I switched to Cingular and I had to agree to 2 years on this family plan...
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We hear all of the time that the reason that we have to enter into a two year contract is because the telephone / BB is being heavily subsidized by the carrier. But my question is, what do you think is the true price that providers are paying to manufacturers for the phones? Granted, I have nothing to base this upon but my own speculation, but I find it hard to believe that Cingular or Tmobile are paying $500 per 8700c/g. It may be skepticism, but I wouldn't be surprised if the carriers were paying about $100 per unit and then telling us that we need to sign contracts because they have paid such a high price for the device.
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If you want a fresh Blackberry, go to eBay and get you one. It is cheaper than what you are thinking of doing.
Gotta agree with this one. I've bought 3 used blackberries off of e-bay and each one has worked fine. If you REALLY don't want to go that route, I have a 7290 w/ T-Mobile (in Atlanta, GA) and when I spoke to the retention people, I was offered a new 8700g for $299 with a 1 yr. contract which I thought was a great deal. I have had T-Mobile service for 5 years now and my contract expires next month.
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We hear all of the time that the reason that we have to enter into a two year contract is because the telephone / BB is being heavily subsidized by the carrier. But my question is, what do you think is the true price that providers are paying to manufacturers for the phones? Granted, I have nothing to base this upon but my own speculation, but I find it hard to believe that Cingular or Tmobile are paying $500 per 8700c/g. It may be skepticism, but I wouldn't be surprised if the carriers were paying about $100 per unit and then telling us that we need to sign contracts because they have paid such a high price for the device.
Exactly...if we're talking about providers being in business to make money, how much sense would this make???

I'm not trying to ruffle anyone's feathers here, I just think that there are some issues with the way that the industry works, that's all.
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Gotta agree with this one. I've bought 3 used blackberries off of e-bay and each one has worked fine. If you REALLY don't want to go that route, I have a 7290 w/ T-Mobile (in Atlanta, GA) and when I spoke to the retention people, I was offered a new 8700g for $299 with a 1 yr. contract which I thought was a great deal. I have had T-Mobile service for 5 years now and my contract expires next month.
That is what I am saying. It is cheaper, in the long run, to buy off eBay and avoid a new contract. I move into a new Blackberry at least onece a year and keep one new one at the office for me or my VP in case of an emergency.

Like it or not the 2 year contract is here to stay for those who go thru the carier for anything.
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i got locked in the same trap with sprint. i had been a loyal customer (5 yrs), and wanted to upgrade my phone, and they wouldnt do it. my phone broke, they replaced it with a LOWER model. what did i do?

i switched to nextel. got my bb for $130 at simply wireless. had to get a new number, but thats ok. had my contract switched over so i didnt have to pay all the fees. i still beat the system, and im much happier now with my new bb and nextel for that matter.
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