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  • how are these cell phones so cheap???

    http://phones.betterdc.org/all.p

    $30-40 for $200+ dollar phones. unlocked! what the hell? cant be real.
    Steve Davis
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  • #2
    its just a scam.

    this is from the legal terms & conditions:

    For sale here is not the actual phones, but info on how to purchase them for the shown prices.
    just like the guys on ebay that sell JL Audio amps for $9 and then you look at the item descrip and it says "not the actual item, just info on how to buy it cheap"... and then (to make a long story short) its a pyramid scheme where you have to go and make the same kind of listings until enough people buy it so you can afford a real one.

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    • #3
      ah. did not see that. figured it was something gay like that.
      Steve Davis
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      • #4
        If anyone cares, I managed to get my hands on a used Razr V3 for $100. Some guy jammed one of the buttons, claimed insurance, and got a differnt phone. Long story short, i got the phone, refurbished, like new for 100$, hell of a deal, and a sweet-*** phone, the guy had it for only a week!
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        • #5
          We need a solution over here at Vorizon which is three decades behind on their phone technology
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          • #6
            We need a solution over here at Vorizon which is three decades behind on their phone technology
            the new e815 is nice, I highly recommend

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            • #7
              I like I like! Now to find out how much it costs without activation =/ lol. Though I still gotta look into unlocked phones not sure if/how that opens my options.
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              • #8
                its $299 without activation.

                I know cause got one the day it came out, it was free after rebates with new every two and a two year contract, but then I lost it a week and a half later./ insurance said its so backordered they may not have a replacement one for a very long time. so after talking to a supervisors supervisors supervisor he agreed to let me buy one at the store and they would reimburse me. so I just bought another one.

                that said if you want no contract it seems like a good deal on a phone for $299.

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                • #9
                  That said James thinks he can light his phone on fire, make an insurance claim, and put that towards the new phone

                  I have to look into that I hope I dont have to get a direct replacement and can upgrade!
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                  • #10
                    Damn apparently its all through the insurance company its not Verizon, I guess I could have called the insurance people to ask but it sounds too phishy ahaha. Though they told us when we bought it I could break my phone in front of them and they would have to replace it...

                    *sigh* since im not shelling out that much looks like I go cool-phoneless for another year and a half.

                    I guess I should have waited to accept the 2 year thing when I got my phone until I had a job so I didnt have to buy the $10 option *cry*

                    I wonder if I can add my brother to the plan though, give him my phone, and then buy myself a new phone at the new plan price... after all we prolly wouldnt have to pay beyond the activation fee and maybe $5 a month or such because I doubt we use all our minutes... and he could just use his as emergency to call us (we have the IN network)... bwahahaha scheming
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by stapan
                      the new e815 is nice, I highly recommend
                      Yeah, except that the bluetooth is still crippled like the freakin V710.



                      BTW, Razr is same price as Sony Ericsson t616/610

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                      Rafster
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                      • #12
                        Yeah, except that the bluetooth is still crippled like the freakin V710.
                        People hacked that the day it came out....

                        basically you dial ##DIALUP and cycle the phone off/on to enable dial-up networking
                        and then there's these "seem edits" to enable bluetooth OBEX, etc

                        all the details are on http://howardforums.com... in the verizon -> motorola forum... hell there's even a faq on how to do all the starting hacks on your e815 its pretty easy just need a data cable (any old motorola usb cable from ebay works fine w/it) takes about 40 min including downloading all the software

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by stapan
                          People hacked that the day it came out....

                          basically you dial ##DIALUP and cycle the phone off/on to enable dial-up networking
                          and then there's these "seem edits" to enable bluetooth OBEX, etc

                          all the details are on http://howardforums.com... in the verizon -> motorola forum... hell there's even a faq on how to do all the starting hacks on your e815 its pretty easy just need a data cable (any old motorola usb cable from ebay works fine w/it) takes about 40 min including downloading all the software

                          Yeah, I know that there's a hack for both the 710 and 810. I just think it's really freakin stupid that a company purposely cripples features on the phones that they sell.

                          Sure, Verizon and Sprint both say that it is so they can make money from Brew apps and ringtones (GetItNow on Verizon, I don't knwo what it's called on Sprint), but Cingular and T-mobile have basically the same kind of system where people (If they want to/don't know how to download things for free) can buy ringtones and applications and games from their service (Cingular - MediaNet T-mobile = Tzones). But, the latter 2 don't cripple their phones. I was able to put various MP3 ringtones and Java games on my Moto v551, V300, and Nokia 6230 through bluetooth without paying an extra cent to my provider. They don't care. They're happy enough that I'm a customer. And if the way to make their customers happy is to not cripple their phones, then that's what they will do.

                          /rant

                          Peace,

                          Rafster
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                          • #14
                            Have you seen TV lately? Whos idea was it to make friggen commercials advertising ring tones, daily jokes, wallpapers, etc. FOR like $3 a week n ****, how INTO your phone can you be that you have to spend money ON TOP of your monthly charges, just so you can "be cool?"

                            cell phones are phones, they arent fashion accessories, they arent trendy, they are useful. Its just a phone with no base. NOT something new. Alexander Graham Bell, still alive and tickin. feel?
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by sdashiki
                              Have you seen TV lately? Whos idea was it to make friggen commercials advertising ring tones, daily jokes, wallpapers, etc. FOR like $3 a week n ****, how INTO your phone can you be that you have to spend money ON TOP of your monthly charges, just so you can "be cool?"

                              cell phones are phones, they arent fashion accessories, they arent trendy, they are useful. Its just a phone with no base. NOT something new. Alexander Graham Bell, still alive and tickin. feel?
                              That's what I'm saying but with a little twist. I would hate to pay for ringtones/application/games for my phone, if I can get them for free. That's one reason why I'm dropping Verizon. They rape you where ever they can. For instance, I live near the San Diego/Tijuana border, and I get about 3-6 Txt messages/day telling me that I've won a free cruise to PLACE TRIP LOCATION HERE, in spanish. Now, everytime that I get the message, Verizon charges me .02 cents. It's not that expensive, but it adds up to ~$3.60 extra/month (with 6 txt/day).

                              Now, I've called VZW support, they can't block that number/service from texting me, what they offered to do was to turn texting off on my acount. That wouldn't work for me because I do text people every once in a while, plus I do like to check how many minutes I've used (Dial #646 Send, Free TXT with info), and if they turned my texting off, I would have to actually listen to my minutes instead of just reading how many I've used.

                              Now, I'm not saying that this does not happen on my Cingular phone, but, I called Cingular customer support, and asked them what I could do, and what they did for me was that they would credit me every month any text message received from any place that was spam. They are working currently on a system that will allow them to block certain numbers/sites from text phones, but nothing yet.

                              As far as customizing phones, I defenitely need to have a different ringer than my collegues, because then we get confused as to who's phone is ringing. ALso, I think it is cool that when I am bored, I can open up a can of whoopass on about 40 different NES games (I have a Windows Mobile 2003 Smartphone) or if I want to check how much of a tip I owe a server at a restaurant (I suck at math) I can open my phone open a little app that I have and it will tell me exactly what I owe them.

                              Damn.... my fingers hurt.

                              Peace,

                              Rafster
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