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dtmarsh 08-27-2006 11:41 PM

What's up w/ free 8700c on Amazon?
I understand you have to activate and keep your Cingular service for "181 days", but I don't understand why the Cingular website sells the same phone w/ activation for $299.

What's the deal?

samcraig 08-28-2006 12:05 AM

To take advantage of this offer, you cannot port your # over. This is for brand new activations only. Carriers always sell their phone for more than you can get it elsewhere. Seems crazy, but that's just how it is. Other companies have deals with cingular to sell their products (but also cell other carrier products) so to be competitive, they are given deals.

I bought my 8700C last week at for $149 and was able to port my # over. Brand new unit and no rebate hassles.

WANNABB 08-28-2006 08:34 AM

Go figure. If you're already a Cingular customer then call the cancellation department. They'll probably give you a good deal on a new BB, but it probably won't be free.

dtmarsh 08-28-2006 05:28 PM

Hey, thanks for the replies.

bcmiller 08-28-2006 08:56 PM

What if you are not a subscriber with T-Mobile, can you port your # from Cingular?

samcraig 08-28-2006 11:07 PM

to get the free 8700c from Amazon, you can't port a #. Period. Doesn't matter from who, what, where when or why. It's free for people who sign up for a new # and a 2 year contract

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