View Full Version : Cingular Wireless (Formerly Pacbell) Deal! Check it out!
02-03-2001, 11:44 AM
Hey everyone! I was looking around for cell phone deals in California and I came across this Cingular wireless deal. Not sure if this is the best deal, but sounds pretty good:
For 39.99 a month, you get:
1. Anytime 300 minutes
2. Unlimited nights and weekends
3. Free nationwide long distance
(this means that you can call anywhere in the US during nights and weekends, it would be totally free and it won't even take off any of your minutes because you have unlimited nights and weekends)
Many southern california places give you the Nokia 8290 phone for free, but for northern california, it's about $99. I'm from Berkeley and they're charging $99 everywhere.
The cingular website is kinda hard to find all these details, so I ended up calling their representative and if you don't see it on the website, just call them and ask them about this.
Good luck everyone!!!
i will have to look into this. it sounds good if it is true. however, i have 2 cell plans...1 from cingular and 1 from verizon. the only one i ever gives me problems with billing has been cingular. go figure. but i will check it out.
02-03-2001, 12:39 PM
Its a good deal but Pacbell service sucks. The reception is pretty bad with their phones, I think they only use one band or something. Still a good deal though.
02-03-2001, 12:42 PM
I've used PacBell in southern california for over 2 years and it's been really great. The reception is great. But for northern california, I have friends who have Cingular/Pacbell and it's still pretty good, but some places you can't get as good of a reception as you want.
02-03-2001, 03:53 PM
Cingular used to be PacBell? No wonder I have never heard of them.
Anyhow, that is a really good deal. Even better than my Sprint plan, which is 250 anytime and 1000 nights and weekends, free long distance.
If I have a sprint phone, can I use Cingular?
02-03-2001, 04:12 PM
Mahalo: From what I know, I don't think that you can use Sprint PCS phones with any other service. Sprint PCS phones have their own special network with Sprint. Hope this helps.
02-03-2001, 04:37 PM
For pace bell service you have to use a phone with gsm capability, basically a nokia that ends in 90 (example 8290) motorola timeport, or vader. They also have Erickson phones (suck). No you can't use any phone that does not have chip capablility.
I went to cingular's website. Can't seem to find the deal you're talking about. I seriously doubt it exists. I did see something about free nights/weekends OR long distance. No and's though.
02-04-2001, 12:27 AM
You can go to http://www.cingular.com and then type in your zip code. On the first page that pops up, there is a big icon that says: "CINGULAR OPTIONS" and you click on it and it'll give you the choice of choosing unlimited nights and weekends.
Next, you can click on the rate plans and go to the HOME CHOICE 300. Under the HOME CHOICE 300 (click on it) you'll see that is says: "No additional charges for nationwide long distance calling from home coverage area".
So this means that you can call anywhere in the US on nights and weekends and it won't cost a thing. If you call long distance during the day, it'll just take off of your 300 minutes.
This deal does exist and you can talk to customer service at Cingular. I think it's a pretty good deal.
02-04-2001, 01:56 AM
hey.. funny that you guys mentioned all this. I just bought a cell phone from a really hot girl in CompUSA in Montclair. Her name was Camarin (according to this contract)... anyways, she said she was new there but she was really helpful.
I bought a Mitsubishi T250 internet-ready wireless phone. Awesome phone!
The service is AT&T (that girl was the AT&T rep in the store on weekends). They have awesome plans right now.
$29.99 250 onpeak plus 3000 min offpeak for 6 months
$39.99 400 onpeak plus 3000 min offpeak for 6 months
$49.99 600 onpeak plus 3000 min offpeak for 12 months
There are more plans, but those were out of my price range. I ended up getting the $49.99 plan. Also, their wireless internet doesn't use up your minutes (unlike others which I won't mention)!!! All their plans come with free web browsing (provided you buy an inet ready phone).
The ericson inet ready phone is almost free with rebates from AT&T and Ericsson.
Also, their plans blow the others away.... when you're in cali, all calls to cali are treated as local (ie no roaming/ld).. when you're in nevada, all calls to nevada are treated as local.. when you're in arizona, all calls to arizona are local.. and when you're in hawaii, all calls to hawaii are local. across state lines, its 15c i think.
Anyways, I hope this helps...
<Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with compusa, at&t *other than being a customer*, or the sales rep... just really happy with the way she treated me and the service I received from both her and AT&T.>
02-04-2001, 12:13 PM
what about after the 6 (12) months??
Also, its a good deal but you dont get free cell to cell calls.
we should prolly also talk about the contract duration thing. right now i am stuck in 2 contracts (long story) that will each be like $150 to buy out. so i am riding them out. but the at&t deal....what happens if you find a better plan? how much was your phone? what happens if you just need to drop the plan?
the cingular deal as described must just not be available in my area. i looked
02-04-2001, 03:58 PM
I was told, by my AT&T rep, as well as several CS reps, that if a better promotion comes out, you can immediately take advantage of it, just by calling and requesting it.
As for the 6 months thing, I was told you get to take advantage of whatever promo they have at that time.
I've been sooooo happy with this AT&T phone. Been calling like crazy!!! I don't think its possible to hit the 3000 offpeak limit.... that's a reaaaaally long talk time!
Also, the i-net feature just rocks. Mapquest-on-the-road saved my butt several times today and yesterday.
02-04-2001, 06:41 PM
FYI: PacBell and Bell South merged to form Cingular Wireless.
I was just in Northern California working for Ericsson at PacBell Wireless. They were working on their network so I would assume the service will get even better. PacBall/Cingular use GSM technology so you would need a GSM compatible phone with a sim chip. The Ericsson T28 World Phone is a very nice phone and the prices on it have come down tremendously. I am not sure about the calling plans though, but if you are looking for a world phone that is a decent one.
I like some of the new Nokia's too, but that is your personal preference.
i have had the experience with cingular that you can upgrade the service with no hitch. now, if you wanna downgrade the plan, regardless of reason, it extends your contract duration.
if anyone's still interested in Pacbell/Cingular, lemme know. i still have the hookup with the FREE 8290 (no tax, unlike some places). heck, just search for "Pacbell" or "Tony Wong" on the Forums and you'll find the info.
have a nice day!
(i must be crazy. i'm doing this w/o commission)
i called tony the other day b/c i wanted the 8890. it's down to $250 now w/1 year contract.
does it get any better than this? lemme know if you guys know of a better deal.
02-04-2001, 11:27 PM
Can anyone send me the info regarding Tony Wong and Pacbell? I'm looking for Nokia 8290 for as cheap as possible. You can e-mail me at [email protected]
Thank you very much guys!!
02-06-2001, 04:24 PM
I got my Nokia 8290 for $99 at sears and I also got a $25 gift certificate for sears it was a good deal. I got it hear in San Diego.
02-06-2001, 05:40 PM
LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEENNNNNNNNNNNNNNCCCCCCCCCCCCCCEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE EEE....!! whats up?..you looking for a good deal on for your cell phone. Talk to Don. He is with a good company downsouth. I think if he signs a friend up he gets extra gifts as well as you.
02-07-2001, 09:17 AM
I just switched to it but I was told that if you want to have the deal, you'd better switch or subscribe to it before the 7th of March. That's when the deal expires. Cingular reception is not the greatest at least in San Diego. But for the price I guess it'll have to suffice. Does anyone know if you can upgrade your current phone (I have the 6190) to the 8290 and if so how much?
02-07-2001, 09:37 AM
Are there any deals on the 8290 down here in San Diego?
I know I got my 8290 back in September for $50, but my home area is Los Angeles, and some of my friends want a 8290, but with a San Diego zip code.
02-07-2001, 10:25 AM
I talked to Cingular Wireless and I am told that they will do a complimentary ONE-TIME AREA CODE/NUMBER CHANGE. Therefore, you can get your phone in LA (which may be cheaper) and then call Cingular and tell them you need to change your number and you have to change your billing address too I think.
You can change phones because for PACBELL/CINGULAR phones, all you have to do is take out the SIM chip from the back of the phone and then put it in the new phone. As simple as that. The phone is $99 if you buy it from most places or from the cingular website. Thanks for the notice for March 7th!
Hope this information helps! Good luck!
02-07-2001, 02:22 PM
Well you can change your number from different areas after six months. But some of my friends are looking into getting 8290s down here and want to know what the best deal is.
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hey everyone, remember to read the posts in its entirety. i've received a lot of emails about this post. okay, here's the deal:
i do not work for Tony. I do not get paid for anything that i'm posting here, like most people. i can't personally hook you up. i'm just telling you guys what i know. this is the guy that i go to for my phones and have referred my friends there as well.
here is Tony's info. please READ. (this is verbatim from an old post i just SEARCHED on)
(imagine... i'm doing this with no commission.)
remember a while ago... Tony in Temple City (SoCal) with the crazy cellphone deals? well, i just came back from there yesterday with a brand spankin' new cellphone. here's the dillio on what i got:
Nokia 8290 FREE
FREE car charger
FREE phone case
FREE face cover
Here's the 411 (again) on Tony.
the place is called Smart Tone Telecom. The guy's name is Tony Wong.
Address: 5727 Sultana Ave., Temple City, CA 91780
[he's got a new store in Monterey Park: 626.458.0888]
i know others in SoCal do this too... this is just one place that i know guaranteed.
i'm usually a pretty easy going guy.... too many questions w/o reading the entire post..... :disa:
02-07-2001, 09:39 PM
My only comment about Pacbell is to beware of your service area and how "good" the service has been.. One of my co-workers has had 3-4 times within just the last few weeks where the Pacbell service just plain disappears for hours at a time.. This is in the Irvine California area (Irvine spectrum -- if you know where that is) and he's getting very peeved about it.. At the same time he had no service, everyone else with either AT&T or Verizon was fine.. Go figure!
02-07-2001, 11:33 PM
this deal does exist.. if u have more question about these plan u can email me at [email protected]
i work for cingular wireless in southern cali.. they have alot of plans out it jus depends on the dealer ur talkin to and the rep. but the 39.99 with 300 anytime and unlimited nights and weekends and free longdistance does exist. hope this information helps..
i know there is unlimited mobile to mobile....but that is about it....unless someone can show me otherwise. i have to argue w/cingular reps every month, and it sux...so if someone knows where this is written, mebbe they can show us
02-08-2001, 12:03 AM
True. I just signed up for one a few days ago. got the $29.99 1yr commitment.
+ 150 min. free
you can add 150 min., free nights & weekends, and free mobile to mobile all for an extra ~ $9 extra.
got the phone (Nokia 8290) for $69 - 10 = $59. But for free?
never heard of it. Would be a great deal to find it though.
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