I am upgrading my cellphone =-this is a new discussion

@suspenseful (40326)
Canada
May 17, 2008 3:36pm CST
And will be keeping my same plan. I was talking to the guy at Walmart where I got my old phone and I told him that I will be in sometime next month and will bring in my old cellphone, but he said that I had already paid for it, so it is mine, so I asked him what about the sim card? Wouldn't I have to take the sim card out and put it in th new phone, but he said I would get a new one? So I am wondering is this normal? When you upgrade your cellphone, do you keep your old phone or turn it in and get the discount on the new cellphone? What usually happens? I would think that if a new cellphone comes out each year, that eventually you would have a collection of the old ones.
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• United States
17 May 08
contact your local battered womens shelter they usualy will take the old one and fix it for somewoman who may need it to call for help dometimes!
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
18 May 08
I do not know where there is a battered woman's shelter but I do know that at our cellphone provider, they have a box to donate our old cellphones. I do not know where they give them, but I hope it is for people in the city or in our province. If more people used cellphones in Canada, then our rates will come down, they would build more cell towers, etc. And more people would be able to call the police if they were being threatened.
@ElicBxn (60083)
• United States
17 May 08
There are groups that get used cell phones that can then be turned over so elderly/poor people can call 911 if they have a problem. They are also used in certain areas where people walk around and call the police/fire if they see a problem. Kind of a walking neighborhood watch.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
18 May 08
I do not know if there is a neighborhood cellphone watch in Winnipeg. Also it would be a pay as you go phone now, and I do not know if old people have any money to pay for phone calls. It is not a cheap phone with a large buttons, so I doubt they would see it. I will check on that though.
• United States
17 May 08
if yur upgrading yes the old phone is yours, but you can call the company you have as a cellphone provider and as them if they have somekind of cellphone donation return center, if im not mistaken you could recieve somekind of credit for sneding the phone back you would have to check with your provider. as far as the sim card if its a booste or virgin i think that you could swicth the sim to the new phone, i suggest you call your provider first because they changes things all the time that way you dont get stuck...
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
18 May 08
Thanks for telling me. I was thinking of giving the old cell phone to my husband but he is retired and we seem to go everywhere together. The only time would be if I was going shopping and he had to reach me when he could not get me at home. And both my sons already have cellphones.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
18 May 08
the place I trade at takes old ones and redo them to give to people in need. and each new phone has its own sim card most of them built in. but I do have to take out another 2 year contract every time one of has to buy a new phone. My battery went out on mine a few weeks ago so I just got it replaced but My daughter is up for a new one but her old one works fine so far so wont change over right now I have nbeen with verizons for 9 years now. my whole family is on that program so it dont cost us extra ro call one another even got my brother to fgo to verizons so we can talk
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
18 May 08
That is what it is at my cellphone provider, although I do not know what organizations take them. If I trade in my cellphone, I have to take out another contract with my new one and the minimum time is two years. The only reason I will have to trade is because Sony Ericson is no longer making the model, and the cell phone providers is discontinuing it. There is a really snazy one a little more costly than the replacement one that I would rather have, but by the time it is available here in Canada, it will be three or four years before it is discontinued. Seems us in Canada are always getting screw as far as cellphones are.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
19 May 08
that one I dont kinow about I know when I wentt o get battiery replaced I looked at the new phones on the wall and really only seen one I liked the others had things I Would never use for I really only use my phone when I am on the road by myself or talk to family nothing else so just need a plain one
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
19 May 08
It has to be up to you what and where ya get it.
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@Elixiress (3893)
18 May 08
Yeah that is normal, when you upgrade to a new phone, you get to keep the old phone as you have paid for it. You wouldn't take back anything else you had already paid for would you? Last time my contract ended, I got a new phone and contract with a new company and my old company gave me 25 minutes and 25 texts a month for free for being a good customer as that worked out cheaper for them than disconnecting the number.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
18 May 08
The trouble is that I am just one year into my contact, but my old cellphone is being discontinued. So what they do is to increase the contact another couple of years. If the new cellphone was the kind I wanted to keep like forever, then I would have kept the old one, but I am not sure if replacement parts would be available. But this time, I will buy the bluetooth headset first. I hardly used my old one because of those Indian members here scaring us about placing a cellphone close to your ear will damage your brain.
@Elixiress (3893)
19 May 08
Oh right. Hope you have a really good contract as you will be trapped in it for another two years. That is the one thing I hate about contracts you have to stay in them for a certain amount of time, the longer you say the better the deal per month.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
9 Jun 08
I heard that the longer you stay in your contract if you renew it, the better deal you get if you upgrade your cell. The one I have now has a better rating according to the Cellphone Forum, and I do not want to downgrade it in quality even though the new one does more. I would rather wait until one of the ones I want are offered in Canada. There are only a few companies, and the most popular one just deals in the old format, not the World phones so the phones there only work in Canada and the States, so I do not want to deal with it.
• United States
17 May 08
I noticed in your previous discuusion that you had a Sony Ericsson W80. Here is a link where you can sell this phone. http://www.cellforcash.com/main/Manufacturer.asp?man=Sony%20Ericsson You can also donate old cell phones to soldiers, this site offers a free shipping label but it is for mailing in the States. Perhaps they also have info on Canada. http://www.cellforcash.com/main/Manufacturer.asp?man=Sony%20Ericsson
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• United States
17 May 08
oops gave you the wrong link for soldier phone donations here is the correct one http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
19 May 08
They always let me keep my old phone because you paid for it,and they put in a new sim card....I didn't ever know you had to turn them in unless you were still under contract and i think then you do,unless they tell you that you do not have too..
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
19 May 08
I am still under contract, that is why I wondered why they would allow you to keep the old phone. I thought that only was when you were at the end of your contract. I thought if you were in the middle, you traded your old phone for the new one, and you made up the difference, so I might have to pay $50, because it was a newer cellphone = giving an example.
@callarse1 (4795)
• United States
18 May 08
I thought the SIM card holds all your phone numbers so I think you could use the old one in your new phone, am I right? Which company do you use? I also have a Sony Ericsson (you can look at my new discussion today) and I don't know which company I can use it with. Our main plan is with Sprint/Nextel, we've been with them a while and we like their service. However, I like my Sony Ericson phone and wouldn't mind to find a company in USA that I can use it with a prepaid plan. If you have old phones you can donate them. That is the best thing to do. Never throw them a way because the batteries have material that harm the environment, so I would always suggest donating them. Pablo
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
19 May 08
I live in Canada and we have only two companies that deal with World Phone, Rogers and Fido. Our internet phone calls are through the roof. I am with Rogers and I like them quite well, they are sort of like A T & T down there. I have a three year contract and would have kept my present cellphone, but since they are discontinuing it, I do not think it a good idea. I might give the old one to my husband. He had a stroke and he might have to reach me if I go out or if he goes someplace and I go someplace else. Like on Thursday, I had to go to the bank, and he had to pay some bills and go the opposite way, only I did not know it.
• United States
18 May 08
Certain companies have their sim cards built in to them. Verizon is one company that has no sim card to take out. You can sometimes have memory cards that you can swap into a new phone if needed? Also, some carriers will upload your information and then download it to your new phone so there is no loss of information.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
19 May 08
Rogers lets you switch the sim card to your new cellphone. So they will be able to put my old sim in my new cellphone, that is, if I get it now. I will have to go there and find out how long parts will be available for my old cellphone. If it will be able to last out a year later, then I will wait until then, but I will get a bluetooth headset first.
@blackbriar (9126)
• United States
18 May 08
I get 2 new free phone of our choosing every 2 years and then donate the old ones to the women's crisis center in my county. That way they can give them to abused women who need it to call for help when their s/o or hubby's try to get to them.
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• United States
18 May 08
You really dont have to give up your cell phone when you go for a upgrade. I think it is sprint that will take ur old cell phone & recycle it for a nominal fee. Most of the cell phone companies I have seen do not give u any discount for turning in your old phone. But if anyone finds any company that does that please let me know too :-)
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
19 May 08
That is what they told us, but they did not give me the details. I figure that if I keep the old cellphone, they might charge me a bit more, but I am not sure on the details. All I know is that I am starting the 2nd year of my third year contact and that would make a big difference. Or they could charge a bit for the upgrade, and extend the contract. We do have a donation box for our old cellphones, but I figured they were for throwaways, the kind that break easy.
@jewilim (495)
• Philippines
18 May 08
I think the term you are referring to is "trade in". Is it? Or maby it depends on how much you would be paying. Would you be paying for the whole price of the new phone or trade your old phone and just give and additional payment to have a newer model. If you would be paying for the whole price of the new phone you should keep your old one with your simcard or if you would only be paying for the fee of your upgrade you'd better give up your old phone.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
18 May 08
I think I would be trading in for the new model. If the model was worth it to pay for all of it, I would pay for a new phone, but it is not exactly the quality I want, as far as the camera part is. The guy said that in any case you are allowed to keep your old cellphone, but they give you a new one, and depending on how good it is, you pay the extra cost, and your contact is extended two years at least. The old cellphone becomes a pay as you go cellphone or you can donate it. Or you can keep the new cellphone as a pay as you go, but then you have to pay the full price. That is okay if it is a cheap one, but mine is a world, music, camera type phone.
@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
18 May 08
You can donate the old phone, often schools will take them. You need the SIM card if you want to keep the same phone number and all of your stored phone numbers. I wouldn't up grade to Wal-mart go to the actually cell phone company, that way they can transfer all of your numbers for you.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
18 May 08
We get a better deal at Wal=Mart, but they do not have a donation box there. They have one at Rogers (my cellphone provider), and they might have a better deal. Anyway I can get the guy to take out my simcard since I am rather on the clumsy site. I just my own number, I keep the other number in my head. Never could figure out how to store numbers even in our home phone.
@anniepa (26888)
• United States
18 May 08
Gee, I see you've already gotten quite a few answers so I guess I won't be of much help. I guess you can give it away or sell it but I'm not sure what the new owner has to do to get it activated. The salesman at Wal-Mart should be able to tell you what to do. Annie
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
19 May 08
He said I cannot upgrade until the year is up and it will be. So that part I knew. He said I could keep my old phone since I already paid for it, and I told him it is still on the contract. Now if the service and part replacement is still available for my old cell phone, I might keep it. And it all depends also on whether I can use the same bluetooth for both. Tne new one has stereo. The new owner is given a different sim card. Also it depends on how durable the new cellphone is. I have been very careful with my old phone. Do not like wrecking things.