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Device Update – SII on sale, SIII coming soon, mid-range Android and a QWERTY feature phone slider

Device Update – August 30, 2012

There’s a fair bit of hardware news to share so we’re not going to mince words. Well, maybe we’ll mince a couple…

Some of the device news for this week clarifies stuff we’ve already announced with firmer dates and more detail on device names, pricing and the like. We’ve got our share of new news to share too.

First things first…

Samsung Galaxy SII on sale

We’re knocking the price of the Samsung Galaxy SII down to below $400. Specifically to $390. The SII lost its pride of place as the top-end of the top of the line thanks to the Galaxy SIII. However, it’s still a powerhouse Android smartphone running a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor plus 1 GB of RAM and rocking a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED screen. With the recent OTA update it runs Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich as well.

Check it out and save a mint.

Samsung Galaxy SIII pre-orders: Shipment begins

If you pre-ordered the Samsung Galaxy SIII 32 GB Pebble Blue model in the first few minutes of the pre-order window opening, great news: Odds are good that your device is on its way to you now.

We received a small stock of SIIIs in the warehouse and are getting them out the door as quickly as is humanly possible. If you weren’t among the very first pre-orders, or if you ordered the 16 GB Pebble Blue or either capacity option of the Marble White Galaxy SIII, it’ll be just a little while longer; they’re in-bound to our warehouse. As soon as they arrive, our top priority is to get out the door and into your waiting arms.

We’ve got to applaud everyone’s patience thus far. We know how excruciating it is to wait for a hot new gadget to arrive. We’ll certainly keep everyone posted as stock arrives and shipments proceed.

Devices coming to Ting

HTC EVO 4G LTE

This is a super sweet smartphone with a 4.7-inch screen at 720×1280, runs Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich and is coming soon to a Ting near you. Like one more sleep soon. Stay tuned. You can sign up for device alerts by logging in to your account or creating a new one (no purchase required, of course).

ZTE Warp

We’ve received a lot of requests for an Android smartphone in the mid-range of the price scale; as it stands, there’s a pretty big gap in our lineup between $200 and $400. This is one of the handsets that will help to fill that gap.

ZTE doesn’t have the same brand cachet as the likes of HTC, Samsung or other top-tier smartphone manufacturers but it makes good phones, offers them at decent prices and doesn’t mess with Android by adding skins or a bunch of silly add-on apps.

The Warp offers quite a bit for your buck: a 4.3-inch screen at 480×800, a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM and a 5 MP camera.

We expect to have this device up for pre-order in mid September and it will come in at under $250.

Airave incoming

Hope for people whose home or office get an intermittent or non-existant mobile signal: we’ll be adding the Airrave to our list of available devices as soon as possible. We’ll have a blog post dedicated entirely to this subject as details come available. The Airave is a femtocell device that plugs in to your home router in order to push voice traffic over the Internet. Your phone doesn’t need to have Wi-Fi turned on (or have Wi-Fi at all, for feature phone users). The Airrave is intended to seamlessly hand calls over from the Sprint network to your femtocell and vice-versa. It appears to your phone as a typical mobile signal and behaves in a similar way.

LTE data devices

We’re working to add LTE-ready data devices to Ting. However right now, it’s out of our hands while Sprint and the manufacturers figure things out. We’ll keep our ear to the ground and continue to ask questions in order to provide updates. As it stands though, there’s no news.

Home Phone Connect

No timeframes we can talk about right now but we’re considering adding Home Phone Connect. With Home Phone Connect you can plug in an analog phone (including a cordless) and make calls from home using your mobile number. If you’ve considered ditching your landline for a mobile solution, this is a great bet. More details soon.

Feature phone update

We’re working hard to get a flip feature phone in as soon as possible. It’s an obvious gap in our device lineup that we’re eager to fill. The Optimus Ss that we brought in at a special price to fill the feature phone gap have been flying out the door. We can’t tell you right this instant what the feature phone solution is. Not because we’re being cloak and dagger but because we’re not sure ourselves. As soon as we have a solution though, we’ll let you know.

We’re also adding a slider QWERTY feature phone but details on that will have to wait for the next device update.

BYOD update

In more somber news, it’s official: the Galaxy Nexus is out of the running as a Ting device. Even with BYOD in the works. Google seems to be taking a page from Apple’s book (careful you don’t get sued!) in very carefully vetting the carriers that are allowed to carry the device. MVNOs don’t seem to exist in the Google hive mind. If we sound bitter… well, we’re not. We’re deeply disappointed though and we realize we have to make great efforts to ensure “virtual network operators” like Ting are in the running for the next pure Google device.

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