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Device Update: Ting’s Nexus 5 manifesto

UPDATE: Success! You can now bring your Nexus 5 to Ting!.

Nexus-5What started as a simple device update post spiralled out of control and became a bit of a manifesto on the Nexus 5 and mobile business models instead. If you’re interested to know everything we know, please read on.

We’re hoping to have the Nexus 5 available in as little as a couple of weeks. As it stands, a Nexus 5 purchased from the Play Store probably won’t activate smoothly on Ting. The reason being, the devices ESN number will not be recognized as a device that can connect to network services on Ting (or on any other MVNO that provides network services on the Nationwide Sprint Network*).

The truth is, by offering a truly unlocked device that can access not just the GSM but also the CDMA network, Google is messing with the mobile status quo. While we’re fans of that kind of thing, as we’ve said elsewhere, it does complicate things for the “business as usual” systems we interface with.

We think that Google going it largely alone in selling with Nexus 5 will make service providers who haven’t had to deal with unlocked phones before take notice. We think that’s a very good thing. We recognize that there will be some rough spots along the way. Still, we’re excited about the Nexus 5 as a democratizer; a top-end smartphone that’s completely unlocked and cross-network. Not to mention: Who needs a contract when you can get a truly top-end device for $350?

We’ve said before that we’d be happy to be out of the selling devices game. We’d rather focus all of our attention on the service as opposed to on the devices that access it. That’s a little way off yet but we’re happy to see Google mixing things up.

As it stands, in order to activate a Nexus 5 on Ting, that Nexus 5 will need to have been purchased through Ting. The Nexus 5 devices that we will sell in the coming weeks will be sold at cost, not marked up. We will not interfere with Nexus 5 in any way. It’s not yet clear if the devices we offer will be the self same as the device offered through the Google Play store.

Sprint is offering the Nexus 5 off contract at $449.99. That’s $100 more than the same phone purchased through Google Play. We’re still waiting for clarity on our purchase price for the Nexus 5. Typically, our purchase price is the same as Sprint’s full, unsubsidized retail price. Obviously, we’re not eager to sell a device for $100 more than it can be bought elsewhere. We’ll continue to work on it.

We’re (very) actively working on being able to activate Nexus 5 devices purchased from the Google Play store on Ting. We hope to have good news to share in the near term. We’re optimistic (when aren’t we?) but we won’t go as far as to recommend you buy a Nexus 5 from the Google Play store with the expectation of activating it on Ting. At least, not yet.

As soon as we have news, we’ll share it, whatever the flavor. Follow our Device Update category here on the Ting blog and / or join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or connect with us on Google+ for the latest.

* Although Sprint provides Ting subscribers access to its wireless network and to its wireless services, Ting is responsible to the Ting subscribers for the service. Please call Ting with any questions or comments about services.
* Sprint is a trademark of Sprint Nextel.

Device Update: Galaxy Note 3, Moto X, LG G2 and more!

There are a bunch of great new and refurbished devices hitting the Ting lineup that we’re excited to tell you about! Here’s a run down of everything we’ll be launching in the next few weeks.


Samsung Galaxy Note 3


We’re excited to announce that the Galaxy Note 3 will be coming to Ting!

Sporting a 5.7-inch screen, 3 GB of RAM and a 13 megapixel camera, the Note 3 is a solid step up from its predecessor. With a redesigned S Pen, leather-like back and original features, you’ll love all the improvements that have been made!

Awesome new functions include Pen Window, which lets you open a window by drawing a box anywhere on your screen. Once drawn, you can instantly open the app of your choice for true multi-tasking abilities!

With My Magazine, view everything that interests you all in one place. You can customize your personal feed by syncing news sources, subjects (such as fashion, business, or food) and social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

samsung_galaxy_gear_render_520x300x24_fillAlongside the Note 3, we’ll be offering Samsung’s brand new smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear! This device is a companion to the Note 3 and can display notifications, control your media and much more!

Both of these brand new Samsung gadgets will be coming to Ting in early October (*Update: Preorders will begin on October 18th, the device will ship in 2 to 3 weeks. I apologize for the confusion and delay). Exact price is TBD, but as always, it will be at or very close to the “unlocked” price.

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Motorola’s new flagship device brings a ton of hype and for good reason. Running a tweaked version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the Moto X has the polished interface of stock Android with superb additional features. Touchless Control is a Motorola exclusive that actively listens for your voice and activates with a specific phrase (“OK, Google Now”). Once activated, this personal assistant lets you do tons of hands-free tasks like emailing your friends, switching music and opening apps. Another great tool is Active Display, that uses sensors to automatically wake your screen when you flip it over or remove it from your pocket. What’s more, the Moto X comes with 50GB of free Google Drive storage for device owners for two years!

Your Moto X ships in two to four weeks, and we’ve locked it down in two classic colors: black and white. To preorder, head to the black or white Moto X device page!


LG’s G2 is a high-end Android Smartphone that packs some useful features within a unique design. It holds a 5.2-inch 1080p display, 2.3 GHz quad-core processor and capacious 3,000 mAh battery that’ll last all day. The G2 runs a customized version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and supports LTE tri-band network technology. In practical terms, that means better coverage, even indoors!


The G2 comes with some awesome tools like KnockON, which wakes the screen by double-tapping, and Optical Image Stabilization, which reduces blur and improves low-light shooting. It also includes an audio “zoom” feature, where it will focus on specific sounds while zoomed in during a video recording.

LG has also made an innovative move by positioning the Power/Lock and volume keys on the back of the device instead of the more common location. While this may take some getting used to, it’s a welcome break from the awkward finger stretching that has become the norm with big screen smartphones today.

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The Hydro Edge is a reasonably-priced rugged smartphone that’s IP57 certified, meaning it’s waterproof up to 3.28 feet of water for 30 minutes. The 1 GHz dual-core processor packs a serious punch for those looking to use some power-sucking apps. You’ll also have access to the new Smart Sonic Receiver technology that lets you hear callers in noisy environments, along with Eco Mode, which takes control of some phone settings to optimize battery life.

The Hydro Edge should be arriving in less than two weeks, so keep an eye out on our Devices page!

Zing Mobile Hotspot and MiFi 500 LTE

We’ve got two new wireless hotspots hitting our shelves in the next two weeks.Netgear-Sierra Zing World Kite

The Zing Mobile tri-band LTE Hotspot is a sleek and affordable wireless hotspot. It includes a 2.4-inch color display. You’re given several options to manage the device’s settings, including on-screen controls, a browser-based management console, and Android/iOs apps. It supports up to 10 wireless devices with a range of 50 feet.

Novatel Mifi 500 modem novatel wirelessIf you’re looking for an LTE hotspot with greater range (up to 100 feet), Novatel Wireless’ MiFi 500 LTE is for you. The attractive and compact MiFi comes with its own OS so you can run apps like maps and weather widgets, and includes a MicroSD slot so you can easily share files between connected devices.

Galaxy Mega

The Talktanic itself, this phone aims to satisfy those who like it large. It has a massive 6.3-inch display, runs at 1080p resolution, and launches with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Mega is actually so big that it even has its own blog post.

While we still don’t have an exact release date or price for the Mega, keep an eye out as we’ll be adding it in the near future!

Refurbished Feature Phones


The latest flip phones to be added to our refurb lineup includes the Kyocera KONA, a device never before offered by Ting, along with a familiar face, the Samsung M260. You’ll be seeing both of these devices live on our site in early October.

The KONA is a simple feature phone that will suit anyone looking for an inexpensive, sturdy flip phone. It includes a small external color display and a 2.4 inch internal screen, along with a spacious keypad. While the KONA doesn’t include any sophisticated features or components, it has a straightforward interface that’s a breeze to use.


The Samsung M260 is a basic flip phone that’s compact, inexpensive and reliable. While it only includes the essentials, the M260 can accomplish your calling and texting needs with ease.



Ting to offer the Samsung Galaxy Mega
but we need a new portmanteau

GALAXY MegaWe’ve had a few inquiries about the Samsung Galaxy Mega already so let us just say this: We will have the LTE Samsung Galaxy Mega at or at very close to the same time as our carrier partner begins to offer it up for sale.

What is the Samsung Galaxy Mega?

Well, if you thought the Samsung Galaxy Note II was colossal at 5.5-inches, you ain’t seen nothing yet. The Samsung Galaxy Mega is a 6.3-inch monster running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It’s so big, even “phablet” doesn’t do it justice. We feel a new portmanteau might be in order.

Phometheater? Hints at the 720×1080 HD capabilities but…
Phlaptop? Speaks to the screen size but suggests a clamshell with hardware keyboard.
Tablone? Well, yeah. But also no.

Let’s hear your ideas!

Help us find the perfect combination word for the Samsung Galaxy Mega on our Facebook page. We’ll pick our favorite from among the comments on the Phablet Killer post on Facebook and award the first person that suggested it $100 in Ting credit!

When will Ting get the Galaxy Mega?

As it stands, the timeframe our carrier partner is offering for the Samsung Galaxy Mega is “later this year.” As we said, we’ll have it at or very near the same time they are able to offer it up but we haven’t seen a hard date as to when that might be.

If you’re interested to get updates on this (and other) devices as they come available, Stay tuned to Ting Device Update category here on the Ting blog.

When the Samsung Galaxy Mega hits Ting, Device Alert subscribers will be the first to know. If you’re a Ting customer, you can sign up for device alerts in your account control panel. If you’re not a customer, create a Ting account (you can do so without signing up for Ting service or activating a phone) and you’ll have the option to subscribe to Device Alert emails in the process.

HTC 8XT running Windows Phone 8 hits the Ting device lineup


Ting is now taking pre-orders of the HTC 8XT running Windows Phone 8. It’s an awesome phone at a great price contract-free. That’s exciting in its own right.

More though, with all Ting smartphones to this point being Android devices, this addition is momentous as a +1 to supported smartphone OS count. Sure, we’ve been able to offer some Windows Phone devices under the bring your device to Ting program. This is bigger. A +2 perhaps?

If you’ll forgive us for a little horn tooting, we’re coming up on 18 months old (Ting launched publicly in February 2012). We were the first MVNO on our network to offer LTE. The first to offer the Samsung Galaxy SIII and first with the S4 and the HTC One too. The first to offer bring your own eligible device. Now, we’re the first to launch the HTC 8XT which means more than just adding a new device to our lineup. It also means adding a new platform that we’ll be offering support for in the classic Ting style (that is to say, honestly and with human beings as opposed to phone trees).

We’re proud of the things we’ve accomplished thus far but we’re a long way from finished and there’s a lot more yet to come.

We always envisioned Ting as being, as they say, device and platform agnostic. We want to provide the service and let you use it as and on which device you choose. Not to overstate things, but this is certainly another step in that direction. Soon, we’ll be adding another Windows Phone device to the lineup with the Samsung ATIV.

A little on Windows Phone 8

Give any but the most staid or devoted Android or iOS user a Windows Phone 8 handset to try out and you’ll consistently hear a few adjectives and turns of phrase used to describe the experience: Fluid, intuitive, clean, clear and a breath of fresh air among them.

It’s a fair assessment. That’s why Windows Phone 8 enjoys a relatively small but very vocal minority of smartphone users. You may have run in to a few of them on the various online message boards and in the comments section of popular consumer tech editorial outlets. They’re nothing if not passionate and dedicated to their chosen cause.

Windows Phone 8 offers more and more varied device options, much as Android does. This compared with iOS your options essentially consist of the newest or nothing at all. Not that we’re knocking the strategy. It does seem to be working out pretty well after all.

Windows Phone 8 also offers an integrated environment (some might call it a walled garden) in many ways similar to the iOS approach. It keeps things simple, integrated, clean and controlled. While some may argue the approach is restrictive, there are certainly benefits to a curated experience… as anyone that works tech support for less than tech-savvy friends and relatives might attest.

In short, we’re happy to have the HTC 8XT in the Ting device lineup for a number of reasons. Not least of all being that it’s a pretty spiffy smartphone at a reasonable price and on Ting, completely contract-free.

Device Update: A feature phone update + One

Just in case you haven’t stepped outside, you don’t have a weather app on your phone or a window anywhere nearby, let us be the ones to tell you: It’s summertime. Typically, that means that device news is hard to come by, right?

Not so much. We’ll have a major Windows Phone update to share in short order. Until then though, feast on this our feature phone update + One.

HTC One Black

Just this afternoon, we added the super stealthy black HTC One to the Ting lineup. This phone features the same unibody design, milled from a single slab of (black?) aluminum. It features the same killer specs as its silver counterpart. It’s got the same dazzling 4.7-inch full HD screen, the same HTC Sense improvements. Its camera snaps the best pictures and videos you’ve seen on a smartphone. HTC Zoe turns those pictures and videos into awesome montages that beat any slideshow you’ve ever seen.

All in all, a very solid smartphone and now, 100% more blackerer.

Feature phones

The soon-to-be latest additions to the Ting feature phone lineup are a QWERTY slider text messaging phone and a super rugged flip phone.

LG Rumor Reflex

A QWERTY slider feature phone for the the text messaging set, the LG Rumor Reflex fills in for the Samsung Array QWERTY messaging phone in its temporary absence from the Ting lineup.

The Rumor Reflex offers a responsive touchscreen and a spacious QWERTY keyboard. It’s a great interim step on the move from a pure feature phone up to the world of the smartphone. A good choice if your kids text message non-stop.

The LG Rumor Reflex will hit the Ting devices page next week for under $160.

Kyocera DuraXT

Barring anything unforeseen, the refurbished Kyocera DuraXT will hit the Ting devices page as soon as next week. The DuraXT sports a 3.2MP camera and improved Bluetooth capabilities. It’s also got a rudimentary web browser and a small but serviceable two-inch, 240×320 pixel screen.

The best part? It’ll come in at less than $50.

Whether you’re specifically looking for a military-grade (MIL-STD 810G) phone to satisfy a latent sadistic streak toward technology or if you’re just looking for an easy to use flip phone and ruggedization is a bonus, the DuraXT could fit the bill.

Please note that while the DuraXT can claim Push To Talk (PTT) among its features, the Ting network does not support PTT and the walkie-talkie-like PTT cannot be used on Ting.

Device Update: Windows Phone 8
and data devices

We’ve got some Windows Phone 8 news to share. If you’ve been waiting to learn more about Windows Phone’s debut on Ting, read on.