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Service for a phone I already own

Discussion in 'alt.cellular.verizon' started by TEZabel, Jul 2, 2004.

  1. Richard Ness <richardno@damnspam.nessnet.com> wrote:
    > You want service, you get a contract.
    > Them's the rules. There is no VZW plan that you can
    > sign up for, without a contract.
    >
    > In fact, I think this is now true across the board with all carriers.
    > Pre-pay is the exception.


    I don't recall whether Sprint does the no-contract thing or not, still.
    They used to do it, you'd just pay $10 more per month. I started that way
    with Sprint because I needed to be sure they had service in our neighborhood
    before I committed to a contract.

    I do believe Cingular does the no-contract thing, though. At least they used
    to. I haven't heard that they've gotten rid of it but OTOH I'm not a Cingular
    customer.

    (Reply is crossposted to a.c.cingular and a.c.sprintpcs so customers/employees/
    agents of those carriers can comment...)

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     



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  2. Richard Ness <richardno@damnspam.nessnet.com> wrote:
    > You want service, you get a contract.
    > Them's the rules. There is no VZW plan that you can
    > sign up for, without a contract.
    >
    > In fact, I think this is now true across the board with all carriers.
    > Pre-pay is the exception.


    I don't recall whether Sprint does the no-contract thing or not, still.
    They used to do it, you'd just pay $10 more per month. I started that way
    with Sprint because I needed to be sure they had service in our neighborhood
    before I committed to a contract.

    I do believe Cingular does the no-contract thing, though. At least they used
    to. I haven't heard that they've gotten rid of it but OTOH I'm not a Cingular
    customer.

    (Reply is crossposted to a.c.cingular and a.c.sprintpcs so customers/employees/
    agents of those carriers can comment...)

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  3. Richard Ness <richardno@damnspam.nessnet.com> wrote:
    > You want service, you get a contract.
    > Them's the rules. There is no VZW plan that you can
    > sign up for, without a contract.
    >
    > In fact, I think this is now true across the board with all carriers.
    > Pre-pay is the exception.


    I don't recall whether Sprint does the no-contract thing or not, still.
    They used to do it, you'd just pay $10 more per month. I started that way
    with Sprint because I needed to be sure they had service in our neighborhood
    before I committed to a contract.

    I do believe Cingular does the no-contract thing, though. At least they used
    to. I haven't heard that they've gotten rid of it but OTOH I'm not a Cingular
    customer.

    (Reply is crossposted to a.c.cingular and a.c.sprintpcs so customers/employees/
    agents of those carriers can comment...)

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  4. Richard Ness <richardno@damnspam.nessnet.com> wrote:
    > You want service, you get a contract.
    > Them's the rules. There is no VZW plan that you can
    > sign up for, without a contract.
    >
    > In fact, I think this is now true across the board with all carriers.
    > Pre-pay is the exception.


    I don't recall whether Sprint does the no-contract thing or not, still.
    They used to do it, you'd just pay $10 more per month. I started that way
    with Sprint because I needed to be sure they had service in our neighborhood
    before I committed to a contract.

    I do believe Cingular does the no-contract thing, though. At least they used
    to. I haven't heard that they've gotten rid of it but OTOH I'm not a Cingular
    customer.

    (Reply is crossposted to a.c.cingular and a.c.sprintpcs so customers/employees/
    agents of those carriers can comment...)

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  5. Richard Ness <richardno@damnspam.nessnet.com> wrote:
    > You want service, you get a contract.
    > Them's the rules. There is no VZW plan that you can
    > sign up for, without a contract.
    >
    > In fact, I think this is now true across the board with all carriers.
    > Pre-pay is the exception.


    I don't recall whether Sprint does the no-contract thing or not, still.
    They used to do it, you'd just pay $10 more per month. I started that way
    with Sprint because I needed to be sure they had service in our neighborhood
    before I committed to a contract.

    I do believe Cingular does the no-contract thing, though. At least they used
    to. I haven't heard that they've gotten rid of it but OTOH I'm not a Cingular
    customer.

    (Reply is crossposted to a.c.cingular and a.c.sprintpcs so customers/employees/
    agents of those carriers can comment...)

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  6. Richard Ness <richardno@damnspam.nessnet.com> wrote:
    > You want service, you get a contract.
    > Them's the rules. There is no VZW plan that you can
    > sign up for, without a contract.
    >
    > In fact, I think this is now true across the board with all carriers.
    > Pre-pay is the exception.


    I don't recall whether Sprint does the no-contract thing or not, still.
    They used to do it, you'd just pay $10 more per month. I started that way
    with Sprint because I needed to be sure they had service in our neighborhood
    before I committed to a contract.

    I do believe Cingular does the no-contract thing, though. At least they used
    to. I haven't heard that they've gotten rid of it but OTOH I'm not a Cingular
    customer.

    (Reply is crossposted to a.c.cingular and a.c.sprintpcs so customers/employees/
    agents of those carriers can comment...)

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  7. Richard Ness <richardno@damnspam.nessnet.com> wrote:
    > You want service, you get a contract.
    > Them's the rules. There is no VZW plan that you can
    > sign up for, without a contract.
    >
    > In fact, I think this is now true across the board with all carriers.
    > Pre-pay is the exception.


    I don't recall whether Sprint does the no-contract thing or not, still.
    They used to do it, you'd just pay $10 more per month. I started that way
    with Sprint because I needed to be sure they had service in our neighborhood
    before I committed to a contract.

    I do believe Cingular does the no-contract thing, though. At least they used
    to. I haven't heard that they've gotten rid of it but OTOH I'm not a Cingular
    customer.

    (Reply is crossposted to a.c.cingular and a.c.sprintpcs so customers/employees/
    agents of those carriers can comment...)

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  8. Richard Ness <richardno@damnspam.nessnet.com> wrote:
    > You want service, you get a contract.
    > Them's the rules. There is no VZW plan that you can
    > sign up for, without a contract.
    >
    > In fact, I think this is now true across the board with all carriers.
    > Pre-pay is the exception.


    I don't recall whether Sprint does the no-contract thing or not, still.
    They used to do it, you'd just pay $10 more per month. I started that way
    with Sprint because I needed to be sure they had service in our neighborhood
    before I committed to a contract.

    I do believe Cingular does the no-contract thing, though. At least they used
    to. I haven't heard that they've gotten rid of it but OTOH I'm not a Cingular
    customer.

    (Reply is crossposted to a.c.cingular and a.c.sprintpcs so customers/employees/
    agents of those carriers can comment...)

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  9. Richard Ness <richardno@damnspam.nessnet.com> wrote:
    > You want service, you get a contract.
    > Them's the rules. There is no VZW plan that you can
    > sign up for, without a contract.
    >
    > In fact, I think this is now true across the board with all carriers.
    > Pre-pay is the exception.


    I don't recall whether Sprint does the no-contract thing or not, still.
    They used to do it, you'd just pay $10 more per month. I started that way
    with Sprint because I needed to be sure they had service in our neighborhood
    before I committed to a contract.

    I do believe Cingular does the no-contract thing, though. At least they used
    to. I haven't heard that they've gotten rid of it but OTOH I'm not a Cingular
    customer.

    (Reply is crossposted to a.c.cingular and a.c.sprintpcs so customers/employees/
    agents of those carriers can comment...)

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  10. Richard Ness <richardno@damnspam.nessnet.com> wrote:
    > You want service, you get a contract.
    > Them's the rules. There is no VZW plan that you can
    > sign up for, without a contract.
    >
    > In fact, I think this is now true across the board with all carriers.
    > Pre-pay is the exception.


    I don't recall whether Sprint does the no-contract thing or not, still.
    They used to do it, you'd just pay $10 more per month. I started that way
    with Sprint because I needed to be sure they had service in our neighborhood
    before I committed to a contract.

    I do believe Cingular does the no-contract thing, though. At least they used
    to. I haven't heard that they've gotten rid of it but OTOH I'm not a Cingular
    customer.

    (Reply is crossposted to a.c.cingular and a.c.sprintpcs so customers/employees/
    agents of those carriers can comment...)

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  11. O/Siris

    O/Siris Guest

    In article <VtudnapbEbdHQXjdRVn-hQ@lmi.net>, sjsobol@JustThe.net=20
    says...
    > Richard Ness <richardno@damnspam.nessnet.com> wrote:
    > > You want service, you get a contract.
    > > Them's the rules. There is no VZW plan that you can
    > > sign up for, without a contract.
    > >=20
    > > In fact, I think this is now true across the board with all carriers.
    > > Pre-pay is the exception.

    >=20
    > I don't recall whether Sprint does the no-contract thing or not, still.
    > They used to do it, you'd just pay $10 more per month. I started that way=

    =20
    > with Sprint because I needed to be sure they had service in our neighborh=

    ood
    > before I committed to a contract.
    >=20
    > I do believe Cingular does the no-contract thing, though. At least they u=

    sed
    > to. I haven't heard that they've gotten rid of it but OTOH I'm not a Cing=

    ular
    > customer.
    >=20
    > (Reply is crossposted to a.c.cingular and a.c.sprintpcs so customers/empl=

    oyees/
    > agents of those carriers can comment...)
    >=20
    >=20

    SPCS *does* provide an option for no contract. It comes with a $10=20
    additional monthly fee, but it's available. You can't buy a phone=20
    and get a rebate without some commitment, but that's obviously not a=20
    real issue here.

    --=20
    R=D8=DF
    O/Siris
    I work for Sprint PCS
    I *don't* speak for them
     
  12. O/Siris

    O/Siris Guest

    In article <VtudnapbEbdHQXjdRVn-hQ@lmi.net>, sjsobol@JustThe.net=20
    says...
    > Richard Ness <richardno@damnspam.nessnet.com> wrote:
    > > You want service, you get a contract.
    > > Them's the rules. There is no VZW plan that you can
    > > sign up for, without a contract.
    > >=20
    > > In fact, I think this is now true across the board with all carriers.
    > > Pre-pay is the exception.

    >=20
    > I don't recall whether Sprint does the no-contract thing or not, still.
    > They used to do it, you'd just pay $10 more per month. I started that way=

    =20
    > with Sprint because I needed to be sure they had service in our neighborh=

    ood
    > before I committed to a contract.
    >=20
    > I do believe Cingular does the no-contract thing, though. At least they u=

    sed
    > to. I haven't heard that they've gotten rid of it but OTOH I'm not a Cing=

    ular
    > customer.
    >=20
    > (Reply is crossposted to a.c.cingular and a.c.sprintpcs so customers/empl=

    oyees/
    > agents of those carriers can comment...)
    >=20
    >=20

    SPCS *does* provide an option for no contract. It comes with a $10=20
    additional monthly fee, but it's available. You can't buy a phone=20
    and get a rebate without some commitment, but that's obviously not a=20
    real issue here.

    --=20
    R=D8=DF
    O/Siris
    I work for Sprint PCS
    I *don't* speak for them
     
  13. O/Siris

    O/Siris Guest

    In article <VtudnapbEbdHQXjdRVn-hQ@lmi.net>, sjsobol@JustThe.net=20
    says...
    > Richard Ness <richardno@damnspam.nessnet.com> wrote:
    > > You want service, you get a contract.
    > > Them's the rules. There is no VZW plan that you can
    > > sign up for, without a contract.
    > >=20
    > > In fact, I think this is now true across the board with all carriers.
    > > Pre-pay is the exception.

    >=20
    > I don't recall whether Sprint does the no-contract thing or not, still.
    > They used to do it, you'd just pay $10 more per month. I started that way=

    =20
    > with Sprint because I needed to be sure they had service in our neighborh=

    ood
    > before I committed to a contract.
    >=20
    > I do believe Cingular does the no-contract thing, though. At least they u=

    sed
    > to. I haven't heard that they've gotten rid of it but OTOH I'm not a Cing=

    ular
    > customer.
    >=20
    > (Reply is crossposted to a.c.cingular and a.c.sprintpcs so customers/empl=

    oyees/
    > agents of those carriers can comment...)
    >=20
    >=20

    SPCS *does* provide an option for no contract. It comes with a $10=20
    additional monthly fee, but it's available. You can't buy a phone=20
    and get a rebate without some commitment, but that's obviously not a=20
    real issue here.

    --=20
    R=D8=DF
    O/Siris
    I work for Sprint PCS
    I *don't* speak for them
     
  14. O/Siris

    O/Siris Guest

    In article <VtudnapbEbdHQXjdRVn-hQ@lmi.net>, sjsobol@JustThe.net=20
    says...
    > Richard Ness <richardno@damnspam.nessnet.com> wrote:
    > > You want service, you get a contract.
    > > Them's the rules. There is no VZW plan that you can
    > > sign up for, without a contract.
    > >=20
    > > In fact, I think this is now true across the board with all carriers.
    > > Pre-pay is the exception.

    >=20
    > I don't recall whether Sprint does the no-contract thing or not, still.
    > They used to do it, you'd just pay $10 more per month. I started that way=

    =20
    > with Sprint because I needed to be sure they had service in our neighborh=

    ood
    > before I committed to a contract.
    >=20
    > I do believe Cingular does the no-contract thing, though. At least they u=

    sed
    > to. I haven't heard that they've gotten rid of it but OTOH I'm not a Cing=

    ular
    > customer.
    >=20
    > (Reply is crossposted to a.c.cingular and a.c.sprintpcs so customers/empl=

    oyees/
    > agents of those carriers can comment...)
    >=20
    >=20

    SPCS *does* provide an option for no contract. It comes with a $10=20
    additional monthly fee, but it's available. You can't buy a phone=20
    and get a rebate without some commitment, but that's obviously not a=20
    real issue here.

    --=20
    R=D8=DF
    O/Siris
    I work for Sprint PCS
    I *don't* speak for them
     
  15. O/Siris

    O/Siris Guest

    In article <VtudnapbEbdHQXjdRVn-hQ@lmi.net>, sjsobol@JustThe.net=20
    says...
    > Richard Ness <richardno@damnspam.nessnet.com> wrote:
    > > You want service, you get a contract.
    > > Them's the rules. There is no VZW plan that you can
    > > sign up for, without a contract.
    > >=20
    > > In fact, I think this is now true across the board with all carriers.
    > > Pre-pay is the exception.

    >=20
    > I don't recall whether Sprint does the no-contract thing or not, still.
    > They used to do it, you'd just pay $10 more per month. I started that way=

    =20
    > with Sprint because I needed to be sure they had service in our neighborh=

    ood
    > before I committed to a contract.
    >=20
    > I do believe Cingular does the no-contract thing, though. At least they u=

    sed
    > to. I haven't heard that they've gotten rid of it but OTOH I'm not a Cing=

    ular
    > customer.
    >=20
    > (Reply is crossposted to a.c.cingular and a.c.sprintpcs so customers/empl=

    oyees/
    > agents of those carriers can comment...)
    >=20
    >=20

    SPCS *does* provide an option for no contract. It comes with a $10=20
    additional monthly fee, but it's available. You can't buy a phone=20
    and get a rebate without some commitment, but that's obviously not a=20
    real issue here.

    --=20
    R=D8=DF
    O/Siris
    I work for Sprint PCS
    I *don't* speak for them
     
  16. O/Siris

    O/Siris Guest

    In article <VtudnapbEbdHQXjdRVn-hQ@lmi.net>, sjsobol@JustThe.net=20
    says...
    > Richard Ness <richardno@damnspam.nessnet.com> wrote:
    > > You want service, you get a contract.
    > > Them's the rules. There is no VZW plan that you can
    > > sign up for, without a contract.
    > >=20
    > > In fact, I think this is now true across the board with all carriers.
    > > Pre-pay is the exception.

    >=20
    > I don't recall whether Sprint does the no-contract thing or not, still.
    > They used to do it, you'd just pay $10 more per month. I started that way=

    =20
    > with Sprint because I needed to be sure they had service in our neighborh=

    ood
    > before I committed to a contract.
    >=20
    > I do believe Cingular does the no-contract thing, though. At least they u=

    sed
    > to. I haven't heard that they've gotten rid of it but OTOH I'm not a Cing=

    ular
    > customer.
    >=20
    > (Reply is crossposted to a.c.cingular and a.c.sprintpcs so customers/empl=

    oyees/
    > agents of those carriers can comment...)
    >=20
    >=20

    SPCS *does* provide an option for no contract. It comes with a $10=20
    additional monthly fee, but it's available. You can't buy a phone=20
    and get a rebate without some commitment, but that's obviously not a=20
    real issue here.

    --=20
    R=D8=DF
    O/Siris
    I work for Sprint PCS
    I *don't* speak for them
     
  17. O/Siris

    O/Siris Guest

    In article <VtudnapbEbdHQXjdRVn-hQ@lmi.net>, sjsobol@JustThe.net=20
    says...
    > Richard Ness <richardno@damnspam.nessnet.com> wrote:
    > > You want service, you get a contract.
    > > Them's the rules. There is no VZW plan that you can
    > > sign up for, without a contract.
    > >=20
    > > In fact, I think this is now true across the board with all carriers.
    > > Pre-pay is the exception.

    >=20
    > I don't recall whether Sprint does the no-contract thing or not, still.
    > They used to do it, you'd just pay $10 more per month. I started that way=

    =20
    > with Sprint because I needed to be sure they had service in our neighborh=

    ood
    > before I committed to a contract.
    >=20
    > I do believe Cingular does the no-contract thing, though. At least they u=

    sed
    > to. I haven't heard that they've gotten rid of it but OTOH I'm not a Cing=

    ular
    > customer.
    >=20
    > (Reply is crossposted to a.c.cingular and a.c.sprintpcs so customers/empl=

    oyees/
    > agents of those carriers can comment...)
    >=20
    >=20

    SPCS *does* provide an option for no contract. It comes with a $10=20
    additional monthly fee, but it's available. You can't buy a phone=20
    and get a rebate without some commitment, but that's obviously not a=20
    real issue here.

    --=20
    R=D8=DF
    O/Siris
    I work for Sprint PCS
    I *don't* speak for them
     
  18. O/Siris

    O/Siris Guest

    In article <VtudnapbEbdHQXjdRVn-hQ@lmi.net>, sjsobol@JustThe.net=20
    says...
    > Richard Ness <richardno@damnspam.nessnet.com> wrote:
    > > You want service, you get a contract.
    > > Them's the rules. There is no VZW plan that you can
    > > sign up for, without a contract.
    > >=20
    > > In fact, I think this is now true across the board with all carriers.
    > > Pre-pay is the exception.

    >=20
    > I don't recall whether Sprint does the no-contract thing or not, still.
    > They used to do it, you'd just pay $10 more per month. I started that way=

    =20
    > with Sprint because I needed to be sure they had service in our neighborh=

    ood
    > before I committed to a contract.
    >=20
    > I do believe Cingular does the no-contract thing, though. At least they u=

    sed
    > to. I haven't heard that they've gotten rid of it but OTOH I'm not a Cing=

    ular
    > customer.
    >=20
    > (Reply is crossposted to a.c.cingular and a.c.sprintpcs so customers/empl=

    oyees/
    > agents of those carriers can comment...)
    >=20
    >=20

    SPCS *does* provide an option for no contract. It comes with a $10=20
    additional monthly fee, but it's available. You can't buy a phone=20
    and get a rebate without some commitment, but that's obviously not a=20
    real issue here.

    --=20
    R=D8=DF
    O/Siris
    I work for Sprint PCS
    I *don't* speak for them
     
  19. Dude, Verizon just wants to put you in a corner. So if you have to bail or
    dump the service you'll end up paying the termination fee. I bash Verizon on
    this, but they all do it and it sucks. Shit, pre-paid is almost the way to
    go!

    "TEZabel" <tezabel@wi.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:fea49620.0407021147.7366424a@posting.google.com...
    > I went to a Verizon store today to activate my AirCard 555, which I
    > already own. After getting everything all set up they went over the
    > paperwork and told me this was for a 2 year contract. I told them
    > that I already own the phone and don't want a contract. They said
    > that's the only way they can activate it. This is crap. The reason
    > you sign up for a contract is so you don't have to pay full price for
    > the phone. They get their money out of you for the phone over the
    > term of the contract. If I already own the phone there is no excuse
    > for having to be tied in to a contract. Has anyone else run into this
    > B.S. and can I get around it?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Todd Zabel
    > tezabel@(no spam)wi.rr.com
     
  20. Dude, Verizon just wants to put you in a corner. So if you have to bail or
    dump the service you'll end up paying the termination fee. I bash Verizon on
    this, but they all do it and it sucks. Shit, pre-paid is almost the way to
    go!

    "TEZabel" <tezabel@wi.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:fea49620.0407021147.7366424a@posting.google.com...
    > I went to a Verizon store today to activate my AirCard 555, which I
    > already own. After getting everything all set up they went over the
    > paperwork and told me this was for a 2 year contract. I told them
    > that I already own the phone and don't want a contract. They said
    > that's the only way they can activate it. This is crap. The reason
    > you sign up for a contract is so you don't have to pay full price for
    > the phone. They get their money out of you for the phone over the
    > term of the contract. If I already own the phone there is no excuse
    > for having to be tied in to a contract. Has anyone else run into this
    > B.S. and can I get around it?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Todd Zabel
    > tezabel@(no spam)wi.rr.com
     

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