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Used smartphones are a smart buying choice: bring a used phone to Ting

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Used smartphones are a great option when it comes to switching to Ting. You don’t have to spend a lot for a great smartphone and you don’t have to spend a lot for a great mobile experience, by only paying for what you use.

If you’re planning on buying a used smartphone, there are a couple of things you need to know before jumping the gun.

If you have a used phone in hand, hit the Ting compatibility checker to find out if your phone can come to Ting right now.

Compatible devices: buying a used smartphone

Before you choose a phone, you need to find out which Ting network is right for you.

If you’re not sure, take a look through our coverage map.

Unlocking your phone

Keep in mind that your phone must be unlocked in order to activate on Ting. If a phone has been purchased as part of a contract or plan, the carrier won’t unlock the phone until the balanced owed to the carrier has been paid off.

How to unlock phone for free?

As long as the phone has been fully paid for, your carrier is legally obligated to unlock your phone for free. Contact your carrier for more information.

If you’re looking to bring a used Sprint device to Ting, that device must be in good financial standing with Sprint or else it will be blocked by Sprint’s Financial Eligibility Check.

If you’re looking to bring a phone from a prepaid carrier, the carrier won’t unlock the phone until one year after it was purchased and activated.

If a phone has been purchased outright (not as part of a contract or plan) or directly from an original manufacturer (Apple Store, Google Store, Motorola Store, etc), it’s likely already unlocked.

Used marketplaces: where to buy used smartphones

If you’re buying a used phone online, make sure you get the IMEI/MEID number from the seller before you purchase the device. Enter this number in the Ting compatibility checker to instantly find out whether this phone will work on Ting.

Confused by the word “IMEI?” Read this.


Still shopping around?

Check out our complete guide for buying a new phone.

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What’s in store?

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