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Can I Buy A Cell Phone & Then Activate It With A Service Provider Of My Choice

Q: Can I Buy A Cell Phone & Then Activate It With A Service Provider Of My Choice

I've been looking for a different cell plan. I heard Kim Komando recommend to someone that they buy a used cell phone from www.recellular.com

I went to that site & found some phones that I might want. But when I checked into service providers, they told me that if I buy a phone from anyone but them, it may not fully function on their service. They said that an unlocked phone, or even a brand new phone from an electronics store would have the same problem. I spoke to someone at Recellular. They told me that their customers haven't had a problem with using phones bought from them.

So I'm wondering, is this just a bluff from the service providers to get me to buy their phones, or would I really get stuck with a crippled phone if I bought it from someone other than the service provider? Even if the phone would work, could the provider somehow provide me with crippled service & tell me that it's the phone's fault so that I buy one from them? Am I basically at the service provider's mercy, or is there a way that I can purchase a phone somewhere else and be confident that it will work when I activate it with the service provider? Thanks.

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A: Can I Buy A Cell Phone & Then Activate It With A Service Provider Of My Choice

Hi, the answer to your question depends on which phone you buy and which service provider you want to sign up with. Some phones will be fully compatible with multiple service providers, but others may not. AT&T and Verizon, for example, use completely different network types, so a phone that was made for AT&T won't work at all on Verizon's CMDA network.

Your best bet is to contact the manufacturer of the phone you're interested in and see if they can give you a definitive answer for that phone. If not, if you can at least find out which company's network that phone was set up for, you'll have an idea of which networks it should and shouldn't work with.

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I just recently went with a cell company that has no signal in my home area. I have a linksys router model #WRT54G-TM. My computer is an older Packard Bell with Windows 98 and my internet service is through AT&T in which I use a Netopia modem. When I first started using the fast access DSL I was unable to use an ethernet connection to the modem due to my computer being old so AT&T configured my modem to use a USB cable. Unfortunately when I hook up my wireless router to the modem and then to my computer I am unable to get into the internet so that my cell phone will get a signal. I purchased a NIC card and installed it to have an ethernet port on my computer. I have spoken with AT&T 3 times to get them to reconfigure my modem to be able to use an ethernet cable from my modem to my wireless router and they can't seem to be able to help me. If someone could help me with the hookup and installation of my router so as to get a cell signal using my internet I would surely be appreciative of the help. I am not sure that I am even in the right area to post this thread and excuse me if I picked the wrong forum but please help an older lady be able to use her cell phone at home and still be able to surf the internet.
 

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Hello, I tried turnong it on in services and get an error code 1079. Can anyone help me?
 

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Hello kosikfl and Welcome -From Windows 7 forum -I was going to write the directions, but if you scroll down a bit, there is a pictured detail of how to fix this.The HomeGroup Provider service depends on the Function Discovery Provider Host I hope that this is your version of the problem. Thank You -EDITED to correct link -

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i goofed somehow..i set up an email name etc on yahoo so my friend could email me to my pc or to her daughter's cell. here is the error message i got when i tried to send her an email from my pc:
"an error occurred while sending mail. the mail server responded: 5.1.1 <[email protected]> recipient invalid domain"

so you wonderful people how do i do it right?

many many thanks from me and my best friend Ina
 

A:email to/from cell phone to cell phone or pc

Maybe you have the address wrong. Should be @yahoo.com?
 

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I plan on swtching wireless carries but I need to find out if I need to purchase a new phone.

I have a Samsung Cell Phone that has AT & T logo on the outside. Can this phone be
used on a T-Moble wireless cell sevice or will I need to get a new phone if I switch to T-moble
wireless service.

Thank you,
 

A:Samsung Cell Phones, Can they be used with any provider?

If it's got an AT&T logo then it's *probably* locked to AT&T. Not certainly, but my experience has been that unlocked phones aren't branded with a carrier. (At least those that are purchased as unlocked. I understand that there are authorized unlocking procedures for some phones, but there aren't for all phones so your best bet would be to check with both AT&T and your new carrier about your specific phone.)
 

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Hi there,

I have 2 formulas in one cell and want a choice in which will populate.
EX. =DATEDIF(F12,TODAY(),"d") & "-" & DATEDIF(F12,G12,"d")
I don't want and I want it to choose first formula if G12 does not have a date.

Thanks
 

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My sister has an XP Pro PC, standard dial-up winmodem etc. desktop PC. She is using bluelight (NetZero) for dial-up access. She was having trouble establishing and internet connection so I brought the PC to my house to troubleshoot it and it works fine. I take the PC back to her house and it does not work. I've checked different wall jacks, cables etc at her house all with the same result.

I am able to connect to the far end as I see the modems handshake and remain connected - however it is like their phone provider has some weird thing that causes her connection to not work. At my house I use the identical dial-up process on the pc and everything works fine. It seems the only difference is our phone service provider.

I am able to "ping" sights at a command prompt, however, I get not http success via a browser. I have tried Firefox and IE and both fail to get a response.

Does anyone have any ideas of what might be going on with the phone carrier or some other area to look at? I am perplexed.

Sincerely,
Dean G.
 

A:Different phone provider, same pc, doesn't work on dial-up

Type this address into her browser's address bar Http://216.109.117.107 It should open the main page for yahoo. If it does then she has a DNS problem.
 

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Hi, I have a Motorola 815 cell phone with MP3 player. I recorded a cd (in MP3 format) to the transflash card. Using Windows explorer, I can see that all the songs are there on the card but when I install it, I only get ONE song.

I went to "change storage device" to transflash but hte phone still doesnt see all the songs that I can see with explorer.

Am I doing something wrong?
 

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i recently had a palm based cell phone and used it for a little bit. i added all of my contacts to the phone. i just bought the samsung I600 and it is a windows based application. is there a way that i can get my palm contacts into my new samsung phone considering that they are 2 different applications? i apprectiate any of your help thanx alot
 

A:Cell phone

Without any clue as to model numbers, its a hard call to offer constructive advice, but the Palm unit will allow the export (from the PC based copy on Palm Desktop) of the addresses and numbers to a .csv file.

If your new phone has connectivity to the PC, then it may be able to import them, but that would depend widely on the model and your own ability to connect it to a PC.

Alternatively the Palm will usually allow IR (InfaRed) beaming of the addresses, and if your new phone will receive IR data then that may be possible.
 

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Windows 8 reminds me of a cell phone or a gizmo to put in your front pocket. When I sit down to my main computer that is what I expect "A Computer", not an oversize cell phone.

A:I don't want another cell phone for my PC's OS

Then stick with Win7. Problem solved.

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Would anyone know if there's help on techspot for cell phones?
 

A:Cell Phone

Ask away. The worst that can happen is no one knows the answer but someone might. Not me necessarily but someone.
 

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Does anyone know of a good tech support site or forum for cell phone issues?
 

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Hello,

I purchased Motorola Phone Tools and a USB cable to transfer some of my mp3's to my cell phone. When I uploaded them successfully, the quality was greatly reduced and I can't figure out a way to modify them - it sounds very scratchy when I set it as a ringtone. I don't see any option that the program gives me to modify bitrate, etc (my friend uses BitPim which is not compatable with my phone, but his ringers are much higher quality). If anyone can help me increase the quality, I'd appreciate it!

some extra info in the "preview" section when I'm about to send it to my phone:

44,100 Hz
Quality: 16 bit stereo

Thanks!
 

A:mp3 help! cell phone

I've uploaded ringtones to my RAZR v3 using the Mobtime Phone Tools, cost $15, and the quality is excellent. I refused to pay the Motorola prices for their tools...
 

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im looking for a new cell phone. i have been using my daughter old iphone. and i like it very much. i was thinking about getting a new phone.when i renew my contract in January.. i dont do much with a phone. i would like to have a good camera and flash. i play some games like bowling, solitaire, poker. and would like to have touch screen. any one have any good suggestions?
 

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do any of you guys know of a good website that documents/helps with cell phone problems?\

if not, any idea on how to sync my motorola v557 to my computer with a blank screen?
 

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I do not know about motorola, but my Nokia phone has a data cable and with it came the necessary software to work with the computer. Have been using it for over 3 yrs. now.
works great...
Vicks
 

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My daughter and her husband are moving to the boonies. They don't want a telephone land line but he needs to be able to FAX . Is there a machine that he can insert a typed sheet and put his cell phone on it and FAX?
 

A:Cell Phone FAX

Well, I have never used cell based broadband internet access......but Sprint and Cingular both have mobile broadband cards for laptops....

I would figure if they have cell phone service where they are moving he could use a laptop and an all in one printer/scanner/fax to send via the laptop and cell service.........
 

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I'm not sure where this goes or whether or not anyone here knows about this. OK I have an LG CU400 phone, and the data cable for it. The problem is I don't have a program to recognize the phone so I can send stuff(ringtones, photos, etc.) to it. The cable did come with a disc, but the CU400 is a new phone and is not on the list for that CD. I also can't DL anything from the phone itself because somehow my plan doesnt allow me to do that. I've been trying to figure this out for awhile now, so any help is appreciated.
 

A:Cell phone help

Here's some info:
http://reviews.cnet.com/LG_CU400/4556-6454_7-32160882.html
 

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I'm not big in the cell phone scene so I need some support on finding one. I'd like the cheapest MicroSD phone, preferably a Sony Ericsson. Thanks for any support.
 

A:Looking for a new cell phone.

have a look here. you can get lots of info from there.
 

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Question:
I do not wish to use the internet to fax.
Is there anyway to use my PC, tethered to my wireless phone to send a fax to a landline fax. Basically, can a wireless phone handle data exchange to another fax machine? Thanks, Mike
 

A:PC & Cell Phone = Fax?

Does your wireless phone have a built-in modem that supports fax?

Thats the main limitation.

My Nokia 3650 does have a modem and supports fax.
But we have no idea what your phone is.
 

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Hello friends,

I have recently purchased a new cellphone. Now I am looking to make it stylish and attractive in other words you can say that I am searching for phone accessories. Do you know any website where I can purchase best phone accessories? If yes, then please let me know that website.
 

A:Looking for cell phone.....

WELCOME to TSG.
Have you thought about trying ebay?
vicks
 

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yes why can't i down load my cell phone to computer, it tell me that there nodriver install. im trying to down load pictures from my phone to my computer.

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If I bought a cheap razor off of ebay and it said it was for verizon, could I plug in a cingular sim card and it work regularly? Thx Josh
 

A:Cell phone ?

It would probably be SIM-locked so no.
 

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Actually, I'd never done or experience activating via phone (only through online). But when I read the instructions again, is it true that you'll Actually talk with MS staff?

"B) (step 2) Enter the ID numbers on your phone keypad when asked to do so over the phone.
C) (step 3) Enter the confirmation ID numbers given to you over the phone into the "Windows Activation" wizard.
D) When finished, click/tap on Activate."

I've read in some topic about activating via phone, and they've never mention that they're actually talked with staffs (like calling a Real person or in customer service) and already activates after entering specific code, sometimes they were even talked by a Bot staff (not the real one).

This was my very first post here in 8 Forums though I was from 7 forums
Apologize for some wrong grammars there

A:Trying to activate via phone

Unless things go wrong, you'll get the automated service, and not a live operator.

If you actually need to talk to an operator, it helps (supposedly) to have gone through the automated process first - in practice, the hand-off from the automation to the live service rarely works as it tends to time out.

If you really need to talk to an operator, then follow the normal instructions but do NOT respond when the autoresponder asks which service you require - this should force an operator to pick up (eventually)

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The micro cards that go in a LG eNV3, for example - If you format one from another phone to use in the NV. Are they formatted as FAT, FAT32 or NTFS?
 

A:Cell Phone Card

FAT or FAT32 is usually used in mobile devices.
Best way to be sure it is formatted properly is
to use the built in format function in the phone.
 

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So I just moved into a new apartment. It's a really nice place, even has it's own fitness center for the community, a car wash, and free coffee (will explain later with pictures I shall post... but not in this thread...)

Anyways, the building's structure here totally messes up any signals inside the apartment except for right by the window of my room, I get a bar of 3G signal. (And I mean RIGHT there... like press the cellphone against the glass...)

So I went online looking for a cellphone repeater to buy... but there are so many models, many of them ridiculously expensive (or they seem to be...).

I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for what to buy.
I just want to use my cellphone indoors... not out on the porch. I use voice, texting, and data services, thus I really would like to make it so that 3G signal from AT&T's tower gets there.
The apartment is 1400 square feet. (Yes it's huge, but there are 6 people living here though...)
I want to hopefully be able to use the cellphone relatively anywhere in the apartment.
If I can't have that, I'll settle for the 2 back bedrooms (mine and my mother / sister's bedrooms).

Any information on these things would be useful. I don't want to spend the 150 - 600$ and find out that it doesn't do what I want it to.
 

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Hi,
I need to hookup my PC (a dell using windows 98) to a cell phone what kind of hardware do I need? Thanks in advance.
Danielle
 

A:What do I need to hookup my pc to a cell phone

A cable & some software usually.

You might find it worth a visit to your phone manufacturers website.
 

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I have a question and I want to know if this is possible?? I have cable internet. my buddy lives across town. I have two "unlimited min phones", that both have the ability to connect tothe internet. I would like to keep one phone at my house connected to my internet through my PC. and the other phone at my friends house, connected to his computer. and be able to have him call the phone at my house, and shair my internet with him through the phones..

Is this possible? If so what and how do I go about doing it??
 

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Hi, uhm i recently went on a trip with my friend and took some video on my Motorola RAZR V3 phone and i was wondering what software i could use to upload the videos from my phone onto my computer since i cant use the phone to upload them.. i really would love some help on this one, i've tried data pilot and some other software but none seem to work to my standards..btw i have a data cable and its hooked up to my computer. incase thats useful

anyhelp would be greatly appreciated =)

P.S. this is in another subject in the forum but i put it here to because i wasnt sure where to put it and it might get more replies here. so far no ones answered my question..
 

A:Cell phone software help

Just use Bluetooth. Get a USB bluetooth adapter if your PC doesn't have bluetooth. Recent Motorola phones should have bluetooth built-in. I have a Motorola i875 and the bluetooth transfer files wirelessly to my PC/laptop. You need bluetooth on both ends.
 

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I do not have a picture phone however a friend does not have email. How do I send a photo from my email to his cell phone. I have managed to get a message to him this way but he says he only sees "headers" and not an picture. I'm using hotmail. He's using Net 10 prepaid. Suggestions?
 

A:Email to cell phone

http://www.aboutprepaidcellphones.com/2009/11/08/send-email-to-net10-prepaid-cell-phone/
 

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I have the motorola V188, and I'm looking for the driver so my comp will recognize it, and I can use mobile phone tools with it. I had this driver, but I don't know what I didi with it. I'm having a really hard time locating it online. Can someone help me out?
 

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anyone? Can someone help me out?
 

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ok i am a noob on this forum so if this post is in the wrong section im sorry, i just figured hey, cell phones, thats business related. anyway i have a nokia 5300 music xpress. a few months back the screen broke and i finally had enough money ($26; im a broke college kid haha) and fixed it. well while i was fixing it i broke the mic, it seems like they made it so you cant fix the screen without breaking the mic. i found a mic online, but can anyone here give me advice on how ot fix it? i found a video online but it is in spanish and doesnt cover everything about it
 

A:repairing cell phone

Most of what I found was of the "yep, sometimes DIY projects go awry - you need a pro" nature - sorry. Nokia has a specs pdf that might help you (I recently had to do a system restore and my PC is slowly rebuilding itself and all the upgrades, and I couldn't get Adobe to work).
They will also look at out-of-warranty phones with this proviso (from the site)
"If the out of warranty device is "repairable", you will be contacted by the Nokia Authorized Service Center with a repair quote before the repair can begin. Prices vary by product and the nature of the repair. If the device is deemed "unrepairable" it will be returned to you without prior notification."
Sorry - maybe another can help more.
 

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Keep Always in touch. International Cell Phone Rental. Altel International Cell Phone Rental provides cell phone and satellite phone in your departure or arrival airport everywhere in the world.
 

A:Cell Phone Rental

Or better yet:
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Cell Phone Rental. Satellite Phone Rental.

Always Keep in touch. International Cell Phone Rental. Altel International Cell Phone Rental provides cell phone and satellite phone in your departure or arrival airport everywhere in the world.

Moderator's note: spam link deleted. Do not post spam at TSG
 

A:Cell Phone Rental

And since this is the second time you've done this, account disabled.

http://forums.techguy.org/showthread.php?t=282485

Anyone wishing further information, you can email the poster at:

[email protected]
 

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can the average picture-taking cell phone take a quick/cheap pic of me, then upload to my email so i can upload a pic of myself to facebook ? thanks
 

A:Cell phone: Take my pic for facebook?

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i know this isnt really computer related, but i was just wondering if any1 knew the difference between the LG L1400 and the LG L1400i? thanks
 

A:Cell phone question

Google is your friend.
 

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I currently have Sprint PCS plan and i want a new cell phone. I Been eying that RAZR for awhile and was wondering if is compatible with sprint?
Also, i cant change sprint service for another year since i have a contract with them. Only way to cancel is by paying fee which i think is like 150 $
This is probably not the right forum to post this, but to me, it sounded like the best place. Networking
 

A:Cell Phone Question.

Networking may not mean exactly what you think it does in this case. Regardless, the Moto Razr is not available with Sprint. Sorry.
 

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Greetings,

Anybody know how to make get an internet connection with a cellular phone on a desktop
PC? I have a card (modem) that allow my laptop to do this, no prob; but I can't seem to find regular modems that say they support this.

Any ideas or knowledge that you can't do this?

Thanks,

$horts
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that that is is that that is not is not that is that is that not?
 

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I have a Motorola 120e cell phone. I have been told that I can purchase a cable to connect my laptop to the internet with this cell phone. Can anyone tell me, what is the cable called and where is the best place to purchase it?
Thanks
 

A:Cell phone cable

Something like this? Motorola USB Data Cable Kit
 

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Is it possible for someone on a Verizon cell phone family plan to send a text message to another member in the plan, and have it appear to have been sent by yet another plan member? I'm being accused of sending this message, but I absolutely did not send it. The above question is the only thing I can think of that could explain this. Thanks for your help.

Also, not only did I not send the text message, but I had been blocked from making calls or sending text messages to this phone. One member of the 5 of us in the plan is tech savvy.
 

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hi i sent some photos from my cell phone and they are there but the picture doesn't show up , i did this before and they came through fine now i sent a bunch and none of them show up, i tried to disable thephishing filter there must be something i am not doing please help
 

A:photos from cell phone

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Computer does not recognize cell phones to download photos.

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ive heard that if you have internet access on your cell then you can hook it to a computer via usb/mini-usb and use that to access the web...

it would be cheaper than an aircard if you needed barebones (speed wouldnt be very high i wouldnt imagine) i-net connectivity...

does anyone know about this?

thanks
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Hi . . . does anyone know how to do a "free" reverse phone look up on a cell number. Every site I have looked at wants you to sign up for a membership. I'm looking for something totally free .. . i really do not want to sign up with Intellius or any of those sites.

Thanks for any help.
 

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I tried going on the Nokia Forum. Went back three times and I still couldn't find out how to post a thread so gave up. Can anyone here help me with the following two things please?

1. How can I increase the backlight time? It goes off far too quickly. I wonder when Nokia is going to redress this problem because all their phones have short lighting times and it's a pain.

2. With other Nokias I've had I was able to create a welcome message. I can't find out how to do it on the C3. Have they taken this facility away?

Thank you.
 

A:help with Nokia C3 cell phone

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I have written a program in Excel that queries data on a website and then only copies the data I need and modifies it into an easy format. Works great on my desktop. I would like to be able to use this program on my Nokia C5-03 symbian phone. I just purchase Quickoffice but it does not work with macro's.I don't have a lot of space on my cell and want to know what would be the bare minimum of files I would need on my cell to run Excel. I don't have room for the whole MS Works.
 

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I have a cricket wireless A300 cell phone and I want to sell it. I posted it up on ebay and someone bought it, but when I got it ready for packaging I realized I could still send and receive text. Cricket will not let me turn the phone off because my account is already suspended and they said there is nothing they can do unless I pay my bill. I'm not paying a bill and buying a new phone. If there is anything someone can help me do I would surely appreciate it. I just want the phone to not be able to get any service so I can ship it to my buyer.
 

A:Need to get my number off of my cell phone.

What is speed post and how do I do that?
 

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