When I was reading your story, I thought it was going to have a bad ending. I'm so glad it has all worked out.
Just, this activating/deactivating of phones sounds like an annoyance. If I get a new phone, I can still use my RAZR. The sim registers with the network, and any phone will work (as long as it hasn't been blacklisted (I.e. reported lost/stolen - then it won't register on any network no matter what network's sim is in).
Anyhow, good to hear from you!
[My phone is working really nicely lately, and it is good because now I can still wait a bit before getting a new phone; thus, i can keep putting money aside with no major rush.]
Sent from my Motorola RAZR Maxx (XT910)