It’s not unusual or even unexpected for things to slow down in the smartphone space when the summer hits. When all the device news dries up though, it still somehow feels jarring.
So, after a couple of month’s hiatus, we’re pleased to present this, the post-summer-smartphone-slump Ting device update.
At the tail end of September (the close of the third quarter) things will start to warm up again. September will see several new devices hitting the Ting lineup. Early in the fourth quarter is looking pretty interesting too.
Before we get to that though, a note about existing stock. A supplier issue has left us out of stock on some top-end devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8.
The breakdown in the supply chain was an unpleasant surprise and was not properly communicated to us. As such, a few existing orders were impacted. We reached out to people that were affected directly.
As soon as we learned of the supplier problem, we started working to make other arrangements. We expect the Galaxy S5, HTC One and other top-end smartphones will make their triumphant return to the Ting shop page within three to four weeks. For our part, we apologize for the breakdown.
Motorola Moto E
Available: Mid-October (Edit: Apologize for the delay, our supplier still hasn’t confirmed a shipment date. The second we have an ETA, we’ll let you know)
Available for BYOD: TBD
This is the one I’m most excited for personally. The Motorola Moto E is a very capable, well-designed mid-range device with a low-end price tag. It speaks to the further commoditization of the smartphone. Device makers are starting to cotton on to the fact that a smartphone is no longer a pure luxury item. Rather, a smartphone is a tool and a utility. The range of devices and their price tags are beginning to reflect that fact.
The Motorola Moto E should be available on Ting in (or possibly before) mid October. We expect to offer the Moto E at around $130, just as soon as there’s a CDMA version of the device available.
We advocated for Nexus 5 devices purchased directly from Google Play to be “allowed” on the Sprint network via Ting. We’ll be doing the same thing if the CDMA version of the Motorola Moto E is made available from Google Play or directly from the Motorola store.
Aside from all that, it offers interchangeable color shells for $15 a piece. So, you know. Colors.
LG G3 Vigor
Available: Mid September 2014 (Edit: Unfortunately, it looks like we’re unable to stock the Vigor. If anything changes, we’ll be sure to share)
Available for BYOD: Mid September 2015
Continuing the trend of smartphone makers releasing pared-down versions of their popular devices, the LG G3 Vigor is a cost-cut version of the LG G3. Where the G3 boasts tech specs that can only be fairly classed as stellar, the G3 Vigor brings things back down to earth.
In a bit of naming convention weirdness, the LG G3 Vigor is the CDMA variant of the already announced LG G3 s / G3 Beat.
Running Android 4.4, KitKat, the Vigor has a 5-inch screen at 720×1280, an 8 MP rear camera, quad-core 1.2 GHz processor and 8 GB of internal memory that’s expandable with a microSD card.
In other words, powerful but significantly pared down from the flagship LG G3. That said, the killer feature of the LG G3, the laser-assisted auto-focus, looks like it’ll come across to the cost-cut G3 variants, including the G3 Vigor.
Nokia Lumia 635
Available: Mid November 2014 (Edit: No news yet. We’re waiting to hear back from our supplier soon, we’ll let you know)
Available for BYOD: Mid November 2015
The Nokia Lumia 635 will have the distinction of being the first device on Ting running Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box.
That means Cortana, the new Word Flow keyboard, an optional extra row of tiles on the Start screen, transparent tiles that let your Start screen wallpaper shine through and more. The Lumia 635 also features interchangeable shells so you can switch up the colors.
Tech specs are about what you’d expect for a mid-range Windows Phone device: 4.5-inch screen, 8 GB internal memory expandable with an up to 128 GB microSD card and a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor.
The next Nexus
Available: November? We’re going to say November.
Available for BYOD: It had better be.
It’s no secret that there will be a next Nexus. That it’ll presumably be called the Nexus 6 and that it’ll be running the latest version of Android, Android L. It’s also reasonable to think that it would be made by Motorola, a Google company and as yet, the only major Android device maker to not have a Nexus. Beyond rumors and leaks though, little is really known about this device.
Based on previous releases of Nexus devices, we’re expecting to see this in November. Given the precedent we helped set with the Nexus 5, we don’t expect to have to argue for the next Nexus, purchased from the Google Play store, to be “allowed” on the Sprint network via Ting.
We’re pretty excited about this one.