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Best Android phone for geeks: unlocked and ready for Ting

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The best Android phone for geeks to suit any budget

You know your way around computers and technology and your phone just isn’t cutting it anymore. The best Android phone for any self-proclaimed geek is going to be unlocked. It’s going to have superior specs and run a clean version of Android. We’ve rounded up three options below that are great for geeks and ready to come to Ting.

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 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. 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. And you’ve got a great option to save and customize your service, too. On Ting, you only pay for what you use. If you want to see a use case, check out how Greg charted his usage and bills over the years with Ting. Or you can check out our rates and see what your bill could be.


An affordable tried and true option: LG Nexus 5X $100-$200 on Amazon

The Nexus 5X is still an excellent choice for the geeks out there. Because it was released in 2013, 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.

A mid-range model: Moto G6 $249 in the Ting Shop (or from $11/mo with financing from Affirm)

The best phone under $300? It’s probably a Motorola. The Moto G6 can be found at major retailers, and in the Ting Shop, at a very reasonable price. Moto G6 also comes unlocked, which means you can bring it anywhere you want. Enjoy your favorite apps, games and videos without lag and interruption on a blazing-fast Snapdragon 1.8 GHz octa-core processor. With powerful graphics capabilities and 4G speed, you don’t have to sacrifice video quality for a faster load time.

High-end phone: OnePlus 6T from $549

The OnePlus line was killing flagships before it was cool and the OnePlus 6T is all about speed. Boasting the “fastest in-display fingerprint sensor on any smartphone,” 8 GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform, OnePlus has engineered a consistently fast and smooth experience.

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 6T is gunning for.

Bring your phone to Ting

Ting is the smart choice for gamers and geeks, because on Ting you only pay for what you use. Bring any unlocked phone and hack your bill by using Wi-Fi and pre-downloading all your media. You could pay less than $20/mo, or even less than $10/mo. Your bill is totally up to you.


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