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The best Ting smartphones for geeks


Your old phone just isn’t cutting it anymore.

You know your way around computers and technology. Maybe you already have a particular phone in mind. Let us help you narrow it down to find the perfect phone fit for you. There are a ton of great options for the tech-savvy type if you’re looking to bring your phone to Ting.

You probably prefer Android and if so, you almost certainly prefer stock because it’s clean, customizable without a bunch of add on junk or ride along manufacturer apps. Your eyes probably wander towards the internal specs of a phone before you check out the features, and you’ve at least thought about rooting your phone at one point or another. Unless you’re Australian, of course. You care about your phone’s ability, not its mass market appeal, and you want something unlocked that will work with any carrier.

The good news is you’ve got plenty of great phone options in the budget, mid-range and high-end levels.

Low-end phone

Motorola Moto E4 $129 in the Ting Shop
Moto E4
Calling the Moto E4 cheap does it a great and unfair disservice. The Moto E4 comes from a trusted line of smartphones with solid hardware and quality software at a super low price. Unlike many other phones at this price range, the Moto E4 isn’t bogged down with extra apps, unnecessary settings and notification bar toggles that get in the way.

Get your hands on a 720p 5-inch display (with removable storage and a removable battery) along with 2 GB of RAM for just $129 in the Ting Shop.

Mid-range phone

LG Nexus 5X $270 – $290 on Amazon
LG Nexus 5X
The Nexus 5X is still an excellent choice for the geeks out there. Because it’s been out for a while at this point, you can find a new Nexus 5X on Amazon for not a ton of money. Buy used or refurbished Nexus 5X from a variety of online retailers and shave a few bucks off the already reasonable ask. With no removable storage though, we’d recommend stepping up to the 32 GB model (and take make sure to advantage of Google Photos).

With tons of support from the rooting community, you’ll have custom ROMs to choose from for years to come, long after Google drops official support. We spent a month with the Nexus 5X and came away duly impressed.

Honorable mention
We love the Motorola Moto G5 Plus ($299 in the Ting Shop or as little as $13/month with Ting device financing*)

High-end phone

OnePlus 5 – from $479
OnePlus 5
The OnePlus line was killing flagships before it was cool. You probably prefer phones that keep the OS stock or at least close to it. OxygenOS, a minimalistic Android fork, aces it.

This is one seriously powerful phone and it carries with it some heavy geek cred. The spec sheet for this flagship killer reads like near future utopian sci-fi. The industrial design more than stands up against the flagships the OnePlus 5 is gunning for.

Honorable mention
Google’s Pixel is the current reference design for Android smartphones and it’s both a beauty and a beast. It’s also $649 at its most basic.

*Monthly payments are based on a 24 month period 0% APR financing from Ting, in partnership with lending partner Affirm. Calculations are based on the advertised purchase price on the date of publication at 0% APR over 24 months. Subject to credit approval. Rates from 0-30% APR for 12-, 18-, and 24-month terms based on creditworthiness. Down payment may be required. Offer is subject to change at any time. Previous purchases are ineligible for offer. For purchases under $100, limited payment options are available. Affirm loans are made by Cross River Bank, a New Jersey-chartered bank, Member FDIC.

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