Originally Posted by RigelX
If I order a phone from an online store(Amazon, Costco, etc.) will they activate it before shipping?
If so, will my current phone become unusable before the new one arrives?
I got my Captivate from Sam's. They added the IMEI # of the phone to my existing AT&T account (and, of course, slapped me with a 2 year contract). So when I stuck my SIM in the phone it worked immediately. Can't speak for Amazon, but I'm sure the kiosk in Costco works like the one in Sam's.
The phone is at Samsung (hopefully) getting the GPS repaired, so I took the SIM out and stuck it in my old Motorola K1. It works as if it was never stuck in a drawer for 8 months.