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Device update: The calm before the storm

There’s a lot happening on the device front here at Ting… but much of it is on the horizon and so there’s not a lot we can say at present. Not because we play our cards close to our chest but rather because we’d hate to make an announcement and then have to reneg.

Suffice it to say that the stuff you’ve been asking for most is precisely the stuff we’ve been working on… and there’s some exciting news coming very soon.

We’re still in the relative calm of the post-holiday season. The first quarter of the year is generally pretty sparse for device news. In Q2, things really start to happen… and we’re looking forward to offering more and more exciting device news just as soon as the opportunity arises.

Recent additions

We recently added the LG Optimus S up as a refurbished device. More, we put it on sale; it can be had for under $55 while supplies last.

We were also (finally!) able to fill the hotspot gap in our lineup with the addition of the Sierra Overdrive Pro 3G and 4G WiMAX hotspot. This hotspot sets itself apart with its LCD screen that offers much more detailed status updates than the blinking LEDs that we’re used to in mobile hotspots. It’s available now as a refurbished device and at a sub-$30 price that can only fairly be called compelling.

Coming soon

The Samsung Galaxy SII is coming back to the Ting lineup as a refurbished device. Demand for this smartphone has been consistent as a used device via our partnership with Glyde so we expect good things for it as a refurb too.

We expect to be able to offer the SII refurbs up for pre-order at a sub-$200 price as early as next week, shipping in one to two weeks.

Offering a device up for pre-order helps us to get a sense for how strong the demand for said device is. Using pre-order data, we can bump our order quantities up or down to ensure we don’t end up with a glut of stock and that we can meet the latent demand.

It’s hardly earth shattering (in fact, it’s pretty much Inventory Management 101) but if I hadn’t just written that, this would have been the shortest device update post of all time.

Consider that I get paid by the word a set and agreed upon amount per written word (even words that are written as a parenthetical aside) regardless of whether they confuse the point and, in a similar vein, regardless of how pointless and overrun the sentences that contain those words might end up and of whether the overall confusion of the sentence can be correlated and / or attributed, either tangentially or directly, to this excess verbiage.

Seriously though…

We’ll have some exciting news soon. We’re verily bursting over here.

Device Update: Windows Phone 8, device
sale, Nexus S, and more

After the rampage of consumption restful and familial time that is the holiday season, the blast of new devices leading up to the end of the year slows to a trickle.

With the last quarter of the year accounting for the majority of mobile device sales, it makes sense; device manufacturers try to get their stuff in front of the glut of people buying in the last three months of the year leaving little in the pipe for the months that follow.

Let’s be honest here; even if the absolute latest and greatest was released in January, most potential buyers would still be trying to rebuild the war chest after holiday spending.

So it is that the most exciting new additions to the Ting device lineup are a little way out. Not that you should let that stop you from buying one of our sweet, sweet smartphones.

Samsung Nexus S now supported for BYOD

We’ve added the step-by-step instructions to bring a Sprint Nexus S (not to be confused with the LTE Samsung Galaxy Nexus) to Ting. If you’ve got a Sprint Samsung Nexus S and you’ve been waiting on this announcement, you can now bring it over to Ting.

This news also means that we’re able to offer the Nexus S as a used Ting-ready device thanks to our partnership with the used device marketplace Glyde.

Windows Phone 8 coming to Ting


We mentioned that we hoped to have the latest Windows Phone devices around the same time Sprint begins offering them. Thanks to some hardball negotiation tactics such as asking nicely, we’ll be able to start shipping these devices within four to six weeks of the time Sprint puts them up for sale. Expect to see those in May or June.

At CES 2013, Sprint confirmed a commitment to Windows Phone 8 and announced it would come to market with WP8 devices from Samsung and HTC. There’s plenty of speculation online around which specific WP8 devices those will be. We won’t wade in publicly. However, InformationWeek doesn’t have the same restrictions.

As these are new devices to the Sprint lineup and Sprint will be putting its own marketing might behind these new devices, we expect they will not be on the bring your Sprint device to Ting whitelist for the foreseeable future.

Hotspots are apparently hot

There’s currently a gap in the Ting device lineup that hotspots and other dedicated data devices occupied until recently. We currently have no hotspots or data sticks available. We’re working to fill this gap; the tri-mode hotspot that’s been on again, off again has put a crimp in our hotspot plans.

We’re looking to bring the Huawei Express Mobile Hotspot back as either a new or refurbished device in the interim. We hope to have more news on that front soon.

Devices on sale

The HTC EVO 4G LTE in black is on sale for $20 off. Like the HTC EVO 4G LTE in white which is now out of the Ting lineup never to return again (unless, perhaps, if we’re able to secure a great refurb deal), this sale is while supplies last.

The LG Viper is also on sale at $50 off the original asking price. This sale too is while supplies last.

Are there specific devices you’re hoping to see in the Ting lineup? Let us know in the comments below.

The Ting used device marketplace
powered by Glyde

At Ting, we’re always looking for great companies to partner up with. Not in the last call at the bar, we’ve gotta go home with somebody sense but in the let’s talk long-term, you complete me sense.

To us, partnerships are not just about how good your site looks or how easy you are to work with. It’s deeper than that: It’s about reputation too. We’re looking for someone we can talk to (thanks to a great API), someone whose spiritual outlook on customer service matches ours. Someone we can grow old with. A soulmate.

With that somewhat disturbing metaphor behind us and assuming we haven’t scared them off (too much? too soon?) we’re very pleased to announce a new partnership with Glyde, the awesome used device marketplace.

With this partnership, we are now able to offer used devices. We’re launching with four smartphones, all Sprint branded and bring your Sprint device to Ting-ready. Those device are: the HTC EVO 4G, HTC EVO 4G Shift, LG Optimus S and the Samsung Galaxy SII (Epic 4G Touch).

This partnership also means that when someone is looking to make the switch to Ting and needs to sell an old device, we’ve got a friend in the industry that we can recommend.

It’s early days for the Ting used device marketplace powered by Glyde. The next priorities are to integrate used devices into the Ting devices page and to add more used devices to the list of what’s available.

We’ll take this opportunity to say that this partnership in no way affects our plans for new or refurbished devices; we’ll continue to work hard to build out both of those catalogs. This partnership is all about offering you choices.

The used device marketplace offers a curated list of used Sprint devices that are available through the Glyde marketplace. Purchases run through the Glyde purchase path, seamlessly integrated into Ting.com. Once you receive your new device, it can be activated through the simple bring your Sprint device to Ting process.

Given the popularity of Ting-ready refurbished devices, we’re pretty sure there’s some latent demand for inexpensive devices for us to meet.

A good partnership is one that benefits both parties, that is founded on mutual respect and that – this is the most important part – benefits the end user. That is to say the customer. That is to say (hopefully) you. We feel that this is one of those partnerships.

How Glyde works

Glyde offers a clean, simple and honest used device marketplace. They make it super easy for you to sell a mobile phone or gadget you’re no longer using. More to the point perhaps, they make it super easy to buy a used device with none of the potential pratfalls of craigslist, eBay and the like. The device you receive comes guaranteed by Glyde. The seller receives his or her money as soon as the purchaser acknowledges that the item has been received and is in same condition as it was described.

Glyde doesn’t actually sell anything. Rather, they broker the sale of a device between the buyer and seller; they are, in effect, the middle man, the one offering the audience for gadgets and gear being sold. They make it super easy to list electronics, games and DVDs you no longer use for sale on the site. They work out all the shipping details such that all a seller has to do is slip his or her device and associated boxes and cables into an envelope and drop it in a mailbox. So it is that they have a huge catalog of stuff for sale at any given time.

Device update: Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Ting and M370 refurbs

It’s that time. What time? Why, it’s device update time!

It’s a particularly good one for anyone that’s been asking us to carry the…

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The pure Android-sporting Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the latest addition to the Ting device lineup. Or it will be tomorrow afternoon when we put it up for pre-order on the Ting devices page.

Sadly, we won’t have the Galaxy Nexus in time for the holidays. Pre-orders will ship early in the new year. It’s a bummer, we know. We’re sorry.

The Galaxy Nexus sports a 4.65-inch screen, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 32GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, a front 1.3 and a rear 5MP camera. Perhaps more to the point, it runs Android 4.1, Jelly Bean in all its unmodified, unbesmirched goodness. No add-ons, no pre-installed app packs, no cruft.

Special thanks to Ken Kinder, the man behind TingMyNexus.com. We had a meeting with Google to talk Nexus. We showed them your site. It helped to prove our point that people have been specifically asking for Nexus devices on Ting.

As it’s an LTE device, existing Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexuses (Nexi?) cannot be brought to Ting at present. As we’ve said previously, we’re working hard to have the LTE limitation lifted from the Bring your Sprint Device to Ting program. We’ll keep you posted as to our progress.

That said, the Samsung Nexus S can make the switch to Ting. It will be added to the Bring your Sprint Device to Ting whitelist in the next couple of weeks.

Samsung M370 refurbished

We’ve fielded numerous requests for an inexpensive refurbished clamshell feature phone. Only too happy to oblige, on Thursday we’ll also be adding refurbished Samsung M370s to our lineup at around $50.

The M370 is a solid feature phone with excellent call quality and not much in the way of bells or whistles… unless you’re talking about bell and whistle ringtones. It’s got a bunch of those.

We’ll have much more device news to share in the New Year. Until then, we don’t expect to have any more device surprises to share.

If we don’t talk before then, have a safe and happy holiday season 🙂

Bring a Sprint device to Ting.
You know you wanna.

Bringing your eligible, inactive Sprint device to Ting is now real. Like live on the Ting site, not hidden behind any barriers and ready to go real. Today, we’re launching the bring your inactive Sprint device to Ting public beta with official support for seven devices:

  • HTC EVO 4G
  • HTC EVO 4G LTE
  • HTC EVO 3D 4G
  • HTC EVO Shift
  • LG Optimus S
  • LG Viper
  • Motorola Photon 4G
  • Motorola Photon Q
  • Samsung Galaxy SII Epic 4G Touch
  • Samsung Epic 4G
  • Samsung Nexus S
  • Samsung Galaxy Victory
  • Samsung Galaxy SIII
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II

Why isn’t the supported devices list longer?

As the old saying goes, it’s not the length of the list it’s how much of the device market it covers by volume (or something like that). Based on the data we collected with our various bring your own device surveys and in the early closed beta phase, we’ve got around 80% of the devices people want to bring from Sprint to Ting covered with these seven devices.

We’ve mentioned previously that BlackBerry, iPhone, and Push to Talk (PTT) devices cannot make the move to Ting at all at present. Also, Boost and Virgin Mobile devices are out of the running entirely, despite the fact that they also work on the Sprint network.

There are a few different reasons we’re not officially supporting the remaining models on the unwieldy “whitelist” at present.

  • It is a 3G device without MMS that we haven’t explicitly tested.
  • It is a 3G device with MMS for which we don’t yet have the step-by-step instructions to reprogram the MMS settings.
  • It is a 4G WiMAX device for which we don’t yet have instructions to reprogram the MMS and 4G data settings.

This is where the Ting community comes in: If you try to bring a device other than the seven officially supported phones over through the bring your inactive Sprint device to Ting open beta, we’d love to hear from you; we’ll be using your feedback to build out our supported devices list.

I’m ready to bring my device to Ting. What now?

The bring your inactive Sprint device to Ting online app is designed to keep things simple and make it so anyone with one of the Sprint devices listed can just click a couple of buttons and turn it into a Ting device.

Please note: a device that’s currently active on the Sprint network cannot be brought over. It must be deactivated first. If you can make phone calls from your Sprint phone now, it’s an active device and you’ll have to give Sprint a call to cancel service.

Porting is also a bit of a ordeal as it stands. If you need to bring both your device and your number over to Ting, you’ll have to find an intermediary home for your mobile number while the switch happens. Early beta testers who needed to bring their number along for the ride successfully ported their number to an existing Ting device or to Google Voice, went through the process to turn their Sprint device into a Ting device, activated on Ting and then brought their mobile number back.

For officially supported devices, we’ll notify you with an email that includes the simple instructions you need to configure these settings as soon as your device is ready to be activated on Ting. You can also find complete instructions on our BYOD help site.

My Sprint device isn’t officially supported. Why has fate so cruelly turned against me?

Fate can indeed be a fickle mistress. All hope is not lost though.

The bring your inactive Sprint device to Ting process can work for other Sprint devices that we’re not supporting in this public beta. There’s an active forum running on the Ting help site about bring your own inactive Sprint device to Ting and which devices our customers have been able to activate thus far.

Bringing over an unsupported device is something you can try, but not if you can’t handle surprises. It could (should) just work and your inactive Sprint device will be instantly and magically turned into a Ting device, ready to be activated. On the other hand, it might not and it could wreck your day. That’s not likely, but file this under “Don’t say we didn’t warn you.” In this latter case, you’d have to call Sprint to reactivate your device if you wanted to use it on their network. Or you can work with the Ting community to figure out what went wrong and set it right.

We’ll continue to work with the Ting community as they (you!) try out the bring your own inactive Sprint device process on devices we don’t currently offer support for. As we compile these success stories and any pratfalls along the way we’ll be able to add more devices to our supported list.

Do you have an eligible, inactive Sprint device you’re looking to bring to Ting? Are you waiting for us to add support for a specific device? Let us know in the comments or reach out on Twitter or Facebook!

Device Update: Galaxy Note II, Home Phone Connect 2, LG Optimus G, LG Mach plus a device sale!

Competing in the category of Longest Headline Ever, we present this, our latest device update.

It’s been a busy week! We’ve added several new devices to our lineup and we’ve dropped the price on some other devices. Just in time for the holidays.

Home Phone Connect 2

If you’re looking to get rid of your home phone bill without getting rid of your home phone number, Home Phone Connect 2 is just what the doctor ordered. It’s the bee’s knees and the cat’s pajamas (just in case our longest headline gambit doesn’t pay off, that’s our entry into the Cliche Combo category).

Port your home phone number to Ting and save a mint in so doing. It’s a compelling argument, if we do say so ourselves.

Samsung Galaxy Note II

The quintessential phone meets tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note II in both grey and white is now available in the Ting lineup at $625. Sure, it’s a lot of money… but with its 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen and quad-core 1.6GHz processor, it’s also a lot of phablet.

LG Optimus G

Another quad-core device (1.5 GHz), the Optimus G hasn’t received quite the same attention as some other “superphones.” It’s strange considering that this is the most crazy powerful smartphone we’ve seen. With 32 GB of internal storage, a 4.7-inch screen and 2 GB of RAM, it blows past other devices in its price range. That price range? A little south of $550.

LG Mach

We could plumb the depths for a series of supersonic puns. It’s tempting but we’ll abstain. Instead, we’ll just tell you that we added this slider QWERTY device with its 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage, easily expanded with an inexpensive microSD card.

Devices on sale now

The LTE-ready LG Viper and the white HTC EVO 4G LTE are both around $75 off. The HTC EVO 4G LTE in black is $65 off the original sticker price.

If you find yourself in a mobile network dead zone, you might want to check out the Airave at almost $90 off the original price.

Devices on sale are while supplies last. One of the sales guys is asking me to say “don’t delay! Buy today!” I have refused.

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