As I noted previously, my wife’s Pantech Matrix cell phone has taken a beating. It’s been dunked in water. Twice. And while we were able to dry out her phone without any problems the first time, it didn’t survive the second dunking.
While the phone itself still worked, the side-sliding keyboard stopped functioning, making it hard to text. Unfortunately, we’re not eligible for an upgrade for another six months. Thus, it would cost a ton to get a replacement phone from AT&T.
Get a Go Phone as a replacement
But guess what? You can just buy yourself a Go Phone, which is an AT&T pay-as-you-go cell phone, and switch out the SIM card. While the pay-as-you-go market used to be dominated by low-end hardware, there are actually some decent phones available for a relatively low price.
In my wife’s case, we picked up a Samsung A177 for $54 at Sam’s Club, which is an outstanding price. Alternatively, we could’ve gotten an LG Neon for around $80, or an LG Prime for around $90. Either that, or we could’ve opted for a plain jane flip phone for $20-$30.
Simply swap the SIM card
When you make the purchase, don’t bother with activating the Go Phone. Instead, just pop the SIM card out of your old phone and switch it over to the new one. That’s it. When you fire up the new phone, you should be good to go.
Before making the switch, we copied all of my wife’s contacts to from her Matrix to the SIM card so she wouldn’t have to re-enter them. Then, once we made the switch, I made a quick test call and her new phone rang as expected.
All in all, this is a very simple and affordable solution if you’re looking for an unlocked replacement for your AT&T cell phone.