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Old 04-02-2007, 08:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 7290 through cingular, which is covered by insurance. Unforutnately I lost it yesterday helping a friend move and I'm not sure whether to call the insurance company to have it replaced or but a new model 8700. I would really like the 8700c, however, does anyone know whether or not the 7290 is even sold anymore? I was hoping that if I filed a claim that they would give me an 8700 insted of another 7290. Does anyone here know if thats the case?
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The 7290 is still sold!! are you out of contract? you could upgrade if you are. You could also try buying an 8700 here on BBF in the Buy sell Trade thread
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Sundarban, I believe you will personally like the 8700 over the 7290, but your "if" questions will have to be answered by your carrier/insurance. They should allow you to upgrade or offer the insurance amount as a discount on the 8700.

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The 7290 is still sold!! are you out of contract? you could upgrade if you are. You could also try buying an 8700 here on BBF in the Buy sell Trade thread
Thanks, unfortunately I'm under contract until September. It's a bit odd, when I check my "upgrade" status through cingular online, it says I'm not eligible for one until September. However, when I was at the cingular store yesterday they said I could upgrade that day. I wonder whether they can just offer you an upgrade whenever they want, so long as you renew your contract..I don't know...anyway, thanks for the response. I'll most likely get the replacement and then upgrade in Sept.
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Sundarban, I believe you will personally like the 8700 over the 7290, but I your "if" questions will have to be answered by your carrier/insurance. They should allow you to upgrade or offer the insurance amount as a discount on the 8700.
I didn't think of that. I'll ask them when I call!
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Sun... sometimes you are offered a bit less $$ upgrade discount even if still in the current contract. The upgrade discount could be less come September...
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Most insurance companies don't allow you to Upgrade by paying the difference anymore. not saying it isn't possible but I haven't heard of anyone having successfully done this recently. If you are a high value customer they can make an exception on the upgrade, lets say you have a 100 dollar rate plan and BBdata you would be a high value customer. they do have some leeway as to what the can do.
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I would go to the 8700.
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Most insurance companies don't allow you to Upgrade by paying the difference anymore.
Are you referring to "most insurance companies" that the carriers use? Cingular doesn't offer insurance for any of their smartphones so the OP must be using a third party insurer...
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Takeshi,

Yes the insurance carriers use. Unfortunately Cingular doesn't cover smartphones as you stated. Thanks for helping to clarify, to early in the morning I forgot they don'tcover smartphones! I have mine covered through my Renters insurance 10 bucks a year covered up to retail value of phone at purchase.
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Have it replaced and sell the replacement unit to help pay for your upgrade to the 8700.
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I'm with Cingular. If you want an 8700c I might suggest you act as quickly as possible. It's my understanding that they are discontinuing the 8700c very soon without notice, just as they have done with the 7130c,& 7290, again without notice.

The moment I heard this same story about the 7130c I ordered another new one to have as a spare, & I'm glad I did, because the very next day they were gone. The same thing occurred again, each model was on the web one day & gone the next day. What is especially misleading it that they still appear on the RIM web site.

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I'm with Cingular. If you want an 8700c I might suggest you act as quickly as possible. It's my understanding that they are discontinuing the 8700c very soon without notice, just as they have done with the 7130c,& 7290, again without notice.

The moment I heard this same story about the 7130c I ordered another new one to have as a spare, & I'm glad I did, because the very next day they were gone. The same thing occurred again, each model was on the web one day & gone the next day. What is especially misleading it that they still appear on the RIM web site.

Good luck.
I am not sure that this is true as you can still get the 7290 from Cingular. I can tell you that if the 7290 or 8700 is no longer supported by Cingular there are going to be a lot of CW employees who need new pager.

They could be on their way out down the road but I wouldn't rush to get one as they seem to be in pretty good supply and I don't see them losing support on the CW network anytime soon. My gf is planning to get a new BB in August and she doesn't even want a new one, she wants the 8700 and I am pretty confident I will be able to find her one for a good price in August.
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Cingular is misleading with their upgrade vs. out of contract time. When I was with them, they said I was eligable for an upgrade in May when my contract didn't expire until August of that year. (found this out a little too late - naughty sales reps!) They will make you sign a new contract (usually 2 year for a better deal). Its just their way of playing on the american need for instant gratification in order to keep you under contract.
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I am not sure that this is true as you can still get the 7290 from Cingular.
Are you sure? I'm in New England (Boston to be exact) and the 7290 is no longer sold in stores around here, and on the cingular website the only 7290 they offer is the referbished model. Nonetheless, I'll call the insurance company today to see what they plan on replacing my phone with, or if I could get a discount on an 8700, before they go away!
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I wouldn't say that they're "misleading". The truth is that your upgrade eligibility and contract term are two separate things. Most people just tend to upgrade as their contract expires.

You can ask a rep at any time and they can tell you the date for either or both. It would actually be misleading if they gave you the wrong date(s).
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Takeshi,

Yes the insurance carriers use. Unfortunately Cingular doesn't cover smartphones as you stated.
Fortunately I have been paying insurance through cingular on a monthly basis before this went into effect, so when I called today they did offer to replace the phone as a courtesy (they would not upgrade me to the 8700c), however they made me aware that I would no longer have insurance on the new device. I might just take the new 7290 as someone suggested and sell it to pay for an upgrade. Any advice on which companies insure smartphones for low cost?
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those that do insure generally require at least a 100 dollar deductible. Id stick with cingy then since you have GSM phone it is easier to replace device or go to TMO
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So what steps would I need to go through to do this? Once I get the replacement do I activate it with my number, then buy the new phone and have the replacement deactivated, sell it, etc? Otherwise if I don't activate/deactivate whoever I sell it to wont be able to activate it with their number, right?
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with GSM it is the SIM card that matters. If you activate BB service on it just make sure the PIN is disassociated with your BIS acct before selling so the buyer won't have a problem activating the device
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