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Device update: New refurbs, Home Phone Connect and a look at what 2013 will bring

As we said in our recent BYOD update, our trip to Sprint HQ in Kansas City was very productive. In addition to making progress on the important subjects of BYOD, new devices and refurbished devices, we also had a chance to talk through our device delivery. We’ll be talking about improvements in the warehouse and what they mean soon. In the interim though, here’s this week’s device update.

Device lineup – Short term

New refurbs available soon on Ting

LG Marquee

We’ll be adding the LG Marquee to our lineup as a refurbished device at under $100. Obvious biases aside (full disclosure: I work here) it’s a great price for a pretty sweet phone. It’s got a 4-inch screen, a 1 GHz processor, half a gig of RAM and 2 GB of internal storage which can be added to with an inexpensive microSD card. PC Mag went so far as to give it their Editor’s Choice award.

Samsung Transform Ultra

We’ve already got the Samsung Transform Ultra in our device lineup. We’ll be adding it in as a refurbished option too for less than half but a little more than a third the $205 price when purchased new. You do the math!

The big draw here is the full QWERTY keyboard, ideal for the heavy texting and emailing sets. With a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM running Android 2.3, Gingerbread it’s not the absolute cutting edge. However, it’s been very well received and we’re happy to be able to offer it up at at a price that can only be called compelling.

We’re looking to have both the Samsung Transform Ultra and the LG Marquee available in the next couple or few weeks, supply chain willing. We don’t currently see any reason this timeframe won’t be met.

Home Phone Connect

We’ll be adding Home Phone Connect to our lineup in six to eight weeks. This device connects to the cell network but lets you use your own analog phones, including cordless phones, to talk. When Home Phone Connect launches on Ting you’ll be able to port over your home (landline) phone number. I mean, you can do that too… but when Home Phone Connect launches on Ting, you’ll have even more reason to do so.

While it’s not officially supported, reports are that you can plug the Home Phone Connect into a standard phone outlet in your house and light up your existing home phone wiring. That way, any analog phone you plug in to an existing phone jack will work (assuming, of course, that your home phone wiring is in good shape).

Device lineup – Longer term

Windows Phone

We’re looking ahead to the device lineup for the first half of 2013. We’ll be adding a Windows Phone device running the latest version of the mobile OS within this time. Worst case scenario for Windows Phone on Ting: We’ll have the latest WP device sixty days after Sprint begins offering it. Best case: We’ll have it at the same time as it becomes available in Sprint’s lineup.

Nexus

Rather than saying that we expect the next Nexus device will be available on Ting, instead we’ll say we don’t currently see any reason it won’t be available on Ting. It’s a small but important distinction. We’ll share more detail as soon as there’s more to share. If the rumor mill is true, the next Nexus will be made by LG and it’ll be a quad-core smartphone with 2 GB of RAM, a 1280x768px display and 16 GB of internal storage.

iPhone

If didn’t make reference to the iPhone, the first comment on this device update would be asking about the iPhone. You know it and we know it.

We continue to make slow progress on the iPhone front. In this, the last quarter of the year, new partnerships are a low priority for Apple. Understandable given that they want to focus on the busy holiday sales period.

We do expect that next year, some form of iOS device will be usable on Ting. Alas, whether that’s the earlier or the latter half of the year we cannot yet say. Likewise, whether that means an other-than-the-latest iPhone becomes eligible for BYOD or whether we’ll be selling the iPhone directly (or both) is unclear. As always, we’re eager to share news as it becomes available… but we’re not interested in creating false hope. As we know more, you’ll know more.

Keep apprised of all our device news by following the Device Update category here on the Ting blog. You can also sign up for email alerts of new devices as they’re added or gain some insight into what we’re up to by creating a Ting account (no purchase required, of course) or by opting in for for device alerts and / or newsletters in your existing Ting account.

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