how to use an unregistered tracfone to replace ruined contract phone??
August 2 2008 at 2:15 PM
I remember someone saying to pick up a cheapo tracfone and put your contract phone sim card in it and you can use it for your contract phone if you ruin yours. Goodness, does that make sense to anyone else? Not sure I'm saying what I mean here!
Dh had his contract cell phone in his swim trunks pocket while he worked outside. He forgot and got in the pool. Yup. Contract phone doesn't work.
I had an unused tracfone in the closet, so I popped his sim in there, but it tells me "invalid SIM card". Am I doing something wrong? I'm thinking that the tracfone is linked to the SIM it came with.
Ideas? We really don't want to buy him a new phone right now.
The sim card is bad too
August 2 2008, 3:07 PM
if it got wet and I don't know if it will work once it is dried out. However, you can go get another sim card. You just have to put ALL those phone numbers in again.
I have a 'to go' phone. It was about $15.00 at Dollar General. My phone didn't get wet the battery went bad but the battery going to cost big bucks. My to go phone is working just fine. I've had it for over a months or so now.
i think replacement sims are cheap
August 2 2008, 3:09 PM
you have to call to get them activated. you might try calling with the old one you have.
Something else I found
August 2 2008, 3:13 PM
Tracfone has phones for Analog, CDMA,TDMA and GSM bands. Your SIM card must be designed for the same band as the Tracfone to work.
August 2 2008, 5:56 PM
sticking the phone, sims card and battery - the whole thing- into a ziplock bag of rice for a couple, three days - I washed mine, for 20 minutes or so, in soapy water, before realizing where it was, and after the rice it works (one button doesn't work, but I can still use it).
I'm not sure...
August 2 2008, 6:01 PM
thinking this through - I don't think that your Sims card from your contract phone will pop into a tracfone and make it 'appear' to be the contract phone (I'm not sure about that, but it's my understanding that it cant' be done??)- any chance you, or someone you know has an old contract phone around? The contract company could turn an old contract phone on with your old number, so you don't have to buy a new phone.
August 2 2008, 8:05 PM
but I got an AT&T to go phone. I took the sim card that came with it out and put mine in and had no problems. It just HAS to be a phone from YOUR network or whoever provides your service. (I Think.)
try THOROUGHLY drying it
August 2 2008, 6:10 PM
My cell took an unauthorized ride in the washing machine last year. I thought it was completely kaput, so (thinking I had nothing to lose) I removed the sim card and let it dry, while using a blowdrier on the phone itself. Then I let them both air out for overnight. The next morning I popped the sim card back in and tried the phone. Eureka -- it worked!
"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
~Randy Pausch, 'The Last Lecture'
if all else fails
August 3 2008, 11:06 AM
go to craigslist and look for a used phone there. There are alot of them.
I used to have AT&T service with an unlocked phone from T-Mobile.
Got it for $25.00
August 9 2008, 5:21 AM
We left it out in the sun and breeze for a few hours, then brought it in. We left it out a few hours longer in the house, then packed it up in a ziploc bag full of rice. Three(?) days later, he put it all back together and it works! It even charged back up. It's not holding a charge now, so we'll see how that goes, but we were thrilled that it worked at all.
Thanks for all the help!
Dd left her phone in her hot car
August 9 2008, 3:21 PM
for a few hours last w/end - when it was 100% humidity and 100 degrees - it appeared to have ruined the phone, but a few hours in the airconditioner and it was working again.
soaking up this info..
August 9 2008, 4:09 PM
my phone screen died while here in SC.. have just been dealing with it best I can. But then mom said she had an old one and it is the same brand. So I swapped sim cards and voila! I have a working phone. Only lost four or five numbers that were stored on the phone itself.
Glad I was reading here!