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How do I activate my samsung phone with Cricket's service if *228 isn't working, I'm unable to reach customer service and Cricket stores closest to me are closed?

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You will hafta wait till they open tomorow, the only way to activiate a phone is via their phone # or in store. I looked pretty hard for an online activation page but there dosent seem to be any, you could try 8009225159 from another phone as well.

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PS - I cannot wait for the day when my answer is proven wrong, which can only happen when somebody figures out how to flash the Voyager so that *228 is safe, and no longer erases the wap gateway. Tougher problems have been solved, maybe someday this one will be solved too. Until that happens, DO NOT DIAL *228 IF YOUR VOYAGER IS WORKING!!! can't say that enough....

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