Yesterday I went to my local Cingular store to see what if anything they could do for me. I am an AT&T legacy customer, with a non-GSM plan at a base price of $29.99. These things don't exist anymore. The very helpful salesman told me that, as I expected, they cannot sell me a phone that works with my current plan. Cingular does have a $29.99 plan, although they don't advertise it, but it's not even close to comparable to what I have now. In fact, for my usage pattern, their $39.99 plan wouldn't be an improvement. He suggested that if I really want to stay with my current plan, I could buy a compatible phone on Ebay and get it activated, but if I want a new phone, it sounds like it would be better for me to switch to Verizon.
I repeat: the Cingular rep told me that I should switch to Verizon. I love customer service people who help customers find what's best for them, instead of pushing their own company.
Ginny has a fairly new Verizon phone, so I asked her to stop by my apartment after work to see how the signal is. As long as it's decent, I suppose I will find a Verizon store later this week. The Verizon website says that there is no charge for bringing my number with me, which is a Good Thing.
I also finally found something to wear to ourika's wedding. This has been an ongoing search for me, since I wanted something that 1) fit; 2) was interesting; 3) I might be willing to wear again; and 4) was affordable. I'm very pleased with what I ended up with.
The rest goes on pretty much as usual.