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.