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Five reasons never to accept a “free” or cheap phone

PrintMaybe we should warn adults about the dangers of taking free phones from corporate entities like we warn kids about taking candy from strangers.

First, the painful truth: “free” smartphones are anything but. Deeply discounted smartphones purchased from a cell phone carrier may look good at first blush. Ultimately though, over the course of a two-year term, it’s a more expensive way to get a phone.

You’re much better buying your phone outright, either from a carrier that doesn’t “lock” phones (i.e., not one of the “big four” carriers in the US) or from a retail store. Ask specifically for unlocked devices and you’ll then have your choice of which carrier you choose to accept service from.

Let’s just reiterate that: Which carrier you choose to accept service from. With an unlocked phone, you’re in the power position, not the carrier.

The Nexus 6 on Ting… or should that be Ting on the Nexus 6?

Google has quietly made the next Nexus official. Nexus 6 will be available to preorder from Google Play closer to the end of the month, shipping in early November. Initial reports suggest the base Nexus 6 will cost $650.

We expect to see the first Nexus 6 devices online with Ting before the end of November.

Warehouse sale part 3: Galaxy Note II, Kyocera Milano and Samsung Conquer

Our warehouse sale is now in week three, and we’ve got some more great deals on some more great devices. This week we have four featured devices with dollar off discounts up to $26. Savings are compounded by the $20 in Ting credit that comes along with each featured device purchase.

In other words, $26 off the Galaxy Note II plus a $20 Ting credit for each one purchased = $46 in savings per new Note II bought in the sale period.

Warehouse sale part 2: Hydro Edge, HTC 8XT and more

Welcome to week two of Ting’s warehouse sale!

As we mentioned last week, we’re in the process of centralizing our warehouses. Rather than ship the devices to our new location, we’re putting several on sale each week throughout the month of October.

What’s more? Each purchase from this week’s featured devices comes with an additional $20 in Ting credit!

If you’re interested in last week’s offerings, check ’em out. While you won’t pick up the $20 credit bonus, any devices still in stock will stay on sale till they’re sold out.

Here’s the featured devices for this week:


Ting Unboxing and a giveaway:

LG-G3The latest top-notch smartphone to hit the Ting lineup is the LG G3.

A beautifully designed device both inside and out, it sports the highest resolution screen of any current generation smartphone at 1440 x 2560. While not quite high enough to watch your recorded 4K videos in perfect quality, it’ll have to do.

Running a tweaked version of Kit-Kat, LG has put its own spin on things by adding neat features like Knock Code, Smart Notice and Quick Circle. These exclusive additions helped LG earn the “Most Innovative Device Manufacturer of the Year” award at this year’s Global Mobile Awards.

With a 5.5 inch display, the G3 has 0.3 inches on its predecessor, but has refrained from going overboard into phablet territory. If you’re interested in how it stacks up in size compared to other high-end Ting devices, watch our unboxing below.

Warehouse sale: Devices priced to move each week

We’re moving and consolidating our warehouses and we’d rather sell off the devices they contain than move them. I mean, we’ll literally move them if we have to, but we’d rather price them to figuratively move. If you catch my drift.

Throughout October, we’ll be putting a series of devices on sale and each week, the featured sale devices come with an additional $20 in Ting credit.

Want to follow along with the sale? Watch this space.

Here’s this week’s featured devices:8zXv-ysimoioM3E0TeUTnjrDf9jA2H62Rm0K59QeJTo