SLVR L7 - cingular only?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ssj300, Feb 13, 2006.

  1. ssj300 macrumors member

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    so i heard that the phone is locked to cingular sim cards only

    is that true?

    anyone tried tmobile sim card? or anything else
     
  2. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

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    That's how all these "cool" phones start out. Then eventually other companies get the phones too. Also you can have the phone unlocked for an extra fee, then you can use the phone on any service (except Verizon)
     
  3. spencecb macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, Cingular gets all the new phones first, before anyone else.
     
  4. themacman macrumors 6502

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    even sprint? i thought they didnt use sim cards
     
  5. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

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    I don't know anything about them but if they don't use SIM cards then you can't use the phone until they start offering it.
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Sprint doesn't use GSM. They use CDMA. So no SIM card. But the phones are still locked. Not to mention that no one else uses Sprint-compatible handsets in the US anyway.
     
  7. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

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    Nextel does now :D
     
  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Eeep, I guess that's true. Although.... ;) So right now, if you have a Sprint phone, can you get a Nextel plan without changing hardware?
     
  9. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Bah. Nextel phones use SIM cards, but iDEN isn't quite GSM :(
     
  10. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

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    Well, technically you already do. Sprint and Nextel are the same company now.
     
  11. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    So is the technical merger complete? Did all the Nextel customers end up getting new handsets or something? There still seems to be a separate Nextel section of the combined store.
     
  12. r6girl Administrator/Editor

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    if you buy the phone from cingular, yes, it's locked and can only be used with a cingular sim card. but there are unlocked and unbranded versions out there - i bought one and it worked just find with my at&t sim card (before i switched to a cingular plan). i have yet to try it with my new cingular sim card but it should work without any problems.

    i now have 2 slvrs - the unlocked one i bought first and another one i got through cingular. i'm going to keep the locked cingular one, and sell the unlocked one on ebay (the cingular one has itunes, and accessing some of the cingular features is easier than on the unlocked version...
     
  13. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    I still have my bright yellow bouncy Nextel phone and it still works...
     
  14. ssj300 thread starter macrumors member

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    what type of cingular features r u talkin about?

    i found some websites tat sell unlocked versions of the cingular slvr. could these "features" be accessable even with a t mobile sim.
     

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