I’ve been using the Motorola Pebl I bought on eBay for a couple of weeks now with much success. I am able to call people, sync the address book with my computer, check my voice mail, and access the Web. The phone still has the wrong menu entries (they’re for the Italian mobile carrier) and some wallpapers from the Italian mobile carrier. It’s also missing a menu item mentioned in the manual which allows you to let your carrier set the time on your phone. It also has an issue where the phone gets a strange text message every time a call goes to voice mail. I assume the network is sending a message to the phone that it’s supposed to handle transparently but instead just sticks in my in box.
At this point, I’m beyond doing stuff mentioned in the manual and on to hacking the phone to get it to work properly with Cingular. Next stop, phone modding web sites like The Moto Guide. I’ll report on how it goes.