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Cellphones- two phones on one line?
Erik Markov, Photographer
Kokomo | IN | | Posted: 1:14 PM on 06.04.07
->> Don't know if anyone is doing this or not. I'm about up with my current cellphone on cingular and am thinking about getting a new one. I'd like to get a blackberry or similiar pda style, but my only concern is that I am kinda hard on my phones. Trying to deal with a camera, audio equipment etc, while trying to answer a phone, sometimes I drop the phone.

I am wondering if I get a pda style phone on cingular for personal use, if I can also use my old flip phone while working that's already beat up, by switching the single SIM card back and forth between the two phones.

I thought someone here might have some advice before I go ask cingular (most of the people seem to be idiots)
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Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
The World | | | Posted: 1:36 PM on 06.04.07
->> You cannot have two phone numbers in one phone any longer. SIMs are one number only as well now.

You can do call forwarding or use a service like ringcentral.com to send multiple lines to one number
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Derrick Tuskan, Photographer, Assistant
San Diego | Ca | USA | Posted: 1:39 PM on 06.04.07
->> I have cingular and just switched to a blackberry and all i had to do was swap the sim card and it works in either phone, as for the data plan to have internet with the bb, i don't know if my old phone has the capabilities to use it. I am horrible with phones too and go threw them like there is no tomorrow. But with the bb I haven't dropped it yet, i think due to its size and not wanting to drop a pricey phone. But you can also get a bluetooth earpiece so you don't have to pull the phone out of your pocket or bag to answer it.
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Mark Smith, Photographer
Elk City | OK | USA | Posted: 1:39 PM on 06.04.07
->> Fish, I think what Erik wants to do is have one number, but when he is working, put the card in the beat up phone, so that he doesn't beat up the new one. One number, two phones, but only one of them using the number at a time.
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Andrew Villa, Student/Intern, Photo Editor
Dublin | CA | United States | Posted: 1:40 PM on 06.04.07
->> I'm pretty sure you can take SIM card out and put it in a different phone. In fact I know you can, as my friend keeps breaking his phones and keeps putting him SIM card in other cingular phones so he can still talk.
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Juliann Tallino, Photographer, Photo Editor
Port Townsend/Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 1:47 PM on 06.04.07
->> I bought a used treo from an SS member and just transfered the sim card and it worked right away. Cingular still thinks I have a motorola flip phone.
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Erik Markov, Photographer
Kokomo | IN | | Posted: 2:19 PM on 06.04.07
->> thanks for the help. Everything I had been reading said when you popped the sim into the new phone you had to call to activate and I didn't know if that precluded using an older phone occassionally.
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David Johnson, Photographer
Social Circle (Atlanta) | GA | USA | Posted: 2:25 PM on 06.04.07
->> Hi Erik... can you clarify your question?

Are you wanting two different num,bers directed to one phone OR Are you wanting two different phones that share the same number?
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Daniel Bersak, Photographer
Boston | MA | USA | Posted: 2:54 PM on 06.04.07
->> Erik-

You can indeed switch the SIM card between phones as many times as you want. As soon as you switch the card and turn on the phone, everything works and you can receive calls and text messages immediately.

When you get the new phone just make sure that it is either sold through Cingular or the phone is unlocked. Mobile carriers can lock a phone so that it only works with their cards. For example, by default, you cannot put a Cingular SIM card into a T-Mobile phone and expect it to work -- even if you first remove the T-Mobile SIM card. The phone has been locked to the T-Mobile network. Typically, this is only an issue if you're buying phones second hand (ebay, Craigslist, Sportsshooter Classifieds, etc.) or if you're importing. If you get your phone through Cingular you have nothing to worry about.

I hope this helps!

--Dan
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Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
The World | | | Posted: 2:58 PM on 06.04.07
->> Erik

If you plan on swapping SIMs you need to make sure your phone is unlocked.
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Juliann Tallino, Photographer, Photo Editor
Port Townsend/Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 7:47 PM on 06.04.07
->> Just an fyi, you can get a locked phone unlocked, in LA it was averaging about $15.00 depending on the phone. The Treo I bought was unlocked and the previous owner was using verizon. When I inserted my sim card (cingular)from my trashed motorola flip phone, I didn't call anyone, it just worked right away.
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Jim Sykes, Photographer
Montgomery Village | Md | | Posted: 9:40 PM on 06.04.07
->> Juliann, that is true you can get phones unlocked, even the companies will do it for you if you have been with them for awhile in good standing and complain enough.

However, you're probably mistaken on the carrier your phone was on previously as Verizon does not use sim cards at all, so there is no way to add a sim to a Verizon phone and get it to work. They work on a completely different technology than Cingular.

Basically, Cingular and T-Mobile both use GSM technology which uses sims and can be used worldwide.

Sprint/Nextel and Verizon both use CDMA technology which locks each phone to a specific number and cannot be switched using a card.

Erik, you can indeed switch between phones by transferring your sim as long as both phones were originally for the carrier you are using or they are unlocked.

I do this all the time. I carry a spare phone with me on all trips just in case I damage one. I did this last year and was lost without a phone. I immediately went out and bought two so that I would always have a spare. I just switch the sim from phone to phone depending on which one I want to carry.
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Juliann Tallino, Photographer, Photo Editor
Port Townsend/Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 9:48 PM on 06.04.07
->> Gee my mistake, it was T-Moblie if that matters.
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Jim Sykes, Photographer
Montgomery Village | Md | | Posted: 9:58 PM on 06.04.07
->> That makes a lot more sense. ;-)

I just wanted to make sure it was clear so someone didnt think they could get a Verizon phone to work with Cingular or T-Mobile.
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