Let me see If I can help you with this....I own an agency for cingular wireless..so hopefully I know what I am talking about..LOL..also have been in wireless since 94..comapany was started in 99 ok now that that is out of the way...
OK you said that you were thinking of using the smae number on 2 phones...That was called FLexphone and we do not offer that any longer as it was designed for the business user who wanted the power of the 3 watt car phone but also wanted the flexibility of a handheld. Now we sell car kits that can achieve this.
Also you are correct the phone will ring which ever phone is closer. The idea was the person would power off which ever phone he did not want to use at the time.
GOOD NEWS THOUGH WE DO HAVE A PLAN FOR YOU
as mentioned above you want to get a FAMILY TALK LINE
for $10 a month you can add up to 3 more lines to you existing account all lines would have there own numbers and can make and recieve calls form anyone to anyone.
ALSO A BONUS is they can call each other using no AIRTIME!
plans start aslow as $29.99 a month although I do not recommend this rate I would go with atleast $39.99 a month as this plan has included ROLL over Minutes.( any min you do not use in a given month are rolled to the next month. up to 11 months)
At the bottom is my web site go there or to cingular for the latest rates or you may call me.
A locked phone menas that the SOC code has been locked to a certain carrier...AT&T is very bad about this almost every Nokia phone that I have ever seen that started out with AT&T is locked.
Also the other guy was correct...GSM and TDMA are 2 different bands that we use for service. TDMA is what you are use to if you use Cingular or AT&T Digital phones. CDMA is what allot of the other companies use. Supposedly CDMA is a better service. But GSM is the BEST! That is why we are changing to GSM thus this creatied a problem Gsm is only in a few areas so we introduced GAIT what gait is is the coalation of both TDMA nad GSM aswell as Analog (Analog is what the phones use to be when phones where first used thus it is the most available band for use in the out laying araes)
Sprint tracks Stolen ESns and also accounts that were not paid...If you buy a phone to use on sprint be careful as if there is a bill left they will not activate it for you even if it is going to be on your account.
The only one that I know of now that does not track ESns anylonger is Cingular...thats not to say taht there is not others though.
Dam thats allot of typing I hope I was able to help.
Any ?s feel free to call me at 817-229-6835
P.s you can also visit my web site for current rate plans and answers to other questions.