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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:

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Ting Unboxing and a giveaway:
LG G3

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

iPhone 5s and 5c:
Let’s make this official

iPhone-5c-40Today is the day. Which day is that, you ask? Why, it’s the day that iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c can finally, officially be activated on Ting.

If you already have a Sprint network-ready iPhone 5s or 5c in hand and said iPhone 5s or 5c has a SIM card in its SIM card tray (here’s how to check that), you’re good to go. You can bring it to a happier home with Ting.

Just enter your iPhone’s MEID into our handy checker to confirm that your device can make the move. Checking the MEID is completely risk-free. Follow through the rest of the BYOD process and just like that, your iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c will be active on Ting.

If you have the phone but not the SIM card you can remedy that here.

If you’re in the market for an iPhone you can hit the Ting shop to grab one from curated listings we’ve pulled from used markets Glyde, Amazon and eBay.

Bring an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c to Ting on September 29

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The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c need no introduction.

Though, I suppose, that sentence was sort of an introduction in its own right.

Enough semantics.

Starting September 29 2014, Sprint network compatible iPhone 5s and 5c devices will be able to activate on Ting.

In advance of the BYOD restriction lifting on these devices, we’re making them available in the Ting shop via used marketplaces like Glyde, eBay and Amazon. Take a look: iPhone 5s | iPhone 5c

If you already have a Sprint network-compatible iPhone 5s or 5c with a nano SIM card inserted, you’re ready to activate on September 29. Here’s how to open your iPhone SIM card tray and check.

If you have the phone part of the equation but are missing the all important nano SIM card, we’ve got plenty to go around. Grab your Ting nano SIM in advance of September 29 so you can activate on the day.

Device update: Didja miss us?

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)
Price: Sub-$150
Available for BYOD: TBD

Moto_E_Buddy_ShotsThis 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.