Switch SIM card from an Samsung Eternity to a Captivate

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Switch SIM card from an Samsung Eternity to a Captivate

I am thinking of buying a Captivate from ebay. I am using an Eternity and want to ditch the dumbphone. Can I just switch the sim card from the eternity into the Captivate and boot it up? Everything will work?

 

Is this violating the contract?

 

NOTE: I do not have a data plan. A less important question for me is is AT&T will make my get one (sense I have a smartphone with the sim card). Thanks!

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‎09-30-2015 1:39 AM

Re: Switch SIM card from an Samsung Eternity to a Captivate

Yep, you may do that, and everything should work absolutely fine. It is not violating your contract.

Because the Captivate is a smartphone, it has to have a data plan associated with it; it's mandatory. You will have to subscribe to one, either of which are the:
1. 200MB of data for $15 per month
2. 2GB of data for $25 per month.

Take your pick, and once you put the SIM card from the Eternity into the Captivate, AT&T's system will pick up that you are now using a smartphone, and add the necessary plan to your bill. Or you could specifically call in and tell them which plan you would like.

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Re: Switch SIM card from an Samsung Eternity to a Captivate

A point that may be of interest here.  I just purchased a Samsung Solstice II (A817) from Best Buy on-line.  If I had purchased it from AT&T, either in the store or on line I would have been required to purchase a data plan.  But Best Buy did not require this and, after it arrived and I activated it, neither did AT&T.  This was an upgrade with 2 yr. extension on my contract after having used my old Motorola Razor V3 for three years.  I was kind of surprised by this difference in policy.

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hpmsrm wrote:

A point that may be of interest here.  I just purchased a Samsung Solstice II (A817) from Best Buy on-line.  If I had purchased it from AT&T, either in the store or on line I would have been required to purchase a data plan.  But Best Buy did not require this and, after it arrived and I activated it, neither did AT&T.  This was an upgrade with 2 yr. extension on my contract after having used my old Motorola Razor V3 for three years.  I was kind of surprised by this difference in policy.


 

A data plan for your Solstice II? I thought it was a QMD, not a smartphone? Wouldn't it require a messaging package instead of a data package?

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To be honest.  I don't know.  It has all these apps and apparently the ability to access the Internet, E-mail and text messaging.  All I will ever use it for is to make voice calls and receive the same.  I do know that I checked both in the local AT&T company store AND I looked on line at AT&T's web site listing for available phones for upgrades and both places said that a data pkg was required.  BB did not.  But when it comes to phones......I'm really ignorant on all the latest gadgets and capabilities.

 

Edit:  Here is what it says in the Solstice II's listing:

Requires Messaging Unlimited, Messaging & Data Unlimited, or Messaging Unlimited for Families service.

In any event....I may have misinterpreted this but I do NOT have messaging or data capability in my contract.  It is identical to my previous agreement.  If AT&T tries to add it in automatically I will return the phone.  I refuse to pay for services I will never be using.  Only reason I purchased a new phone was because my Motorola Razor was developing intermittent problems.

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hpmsrm wrote:

To be honest.  I don't know.  It has all these apps and apparently the ability to access the Internet, E-mail and text messaging.  All I will ever use it for is to make voice calls and receive the same.  I do know that I checked both in the local AT&T company store AND I looked on line at AT&T's web site listing for available phones for upgrades and both places said that a data pkg was required.  BB did not.  But when it comes to phones......I'm really ignorant on all the latest gadgets and capabilities.

 

Edit:  Here is what it says in the Solstice II's listing:

Requires Messaging Unlimited, Messaging & Data Unlimited, or Messaging Unlimited for Families service.

In any event....I may have misinterpreted this but I do NOT have messaging or data capability in my contract.  It is identical to my previous agreement.  If AT&T tries to add it in automatically I will return the phone.  I refuse to pay for services I will never be using.  Only reason I purchased a new phone was because my Motorola Razor was developing intermittent problems.


It has been noted out here (*unofficially*, of course Smiley Wink ) that there are currently several retail outlets where you can purchase QMDs and not have the required messaging/data plan added at the point of purchase, and the at&t Premier website also seems to behave the same way.  It has also been noted that to date, at&t doesn't seem to have the capability to automatically add the required plan(s) to the QMDs as they do for the smartphones.  It's not clear when or if all that may change, however.

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