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Buying a smartphone: the complete guide

Buying a smartphone

Buying a smartphone

So you’re thinking about buying a smartphone and coming to Ting. Most phones will work on Ting, so if you already own a phone, try our online BYOD checker first. If you have an Android phone, you can also download the Ting Compatibility Checker app.

If you’re buying a smartphone, you’ve come to the right place. This is our Ting smartphone buyer’s guide. Nowadays, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to smartphones. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you and narrowed down your options.

Whether you’re interested in buying a brand new device, looking to buy used, or not sure where to start, we can help.

Top rated smartphones for professionals

top rated smartphones

The best professional smartphones for making your next move

Stay connected with a phone that lets you do it all. We’re talking email, calling, streaming and running multiple apps at once without everything falling apart. Here’s a rundown of some of the top rated smartphones for professionals around in three price brackets. These phones come ready to work and are made for task management, organization, multitasking and easily keep up with your busy day.

The best Ting smartphones for geeks


Your old phone just isn’t cutting it anymore.

You know your way around computers and technology. Maybe you already have a particular phone in mind. Let us help you narrow it down to find the perfect phone fit for you. There are a ton of great options for the tech-savvy type if you’re looking to bring your phone to Ting.

You probably prefer Android and if so, you almost certainly prefer stock because it’s clean, customizable without a bunch of add on junk or ride along manufacturer apps. Your eyes probably wander towards the internal specs of a phone before you check out the features, and you’ve at least thought about rooting your phone at one point or another. Unless you’re Australian, of course. You care about your phone’s ability, not its mass market appeal, and you want something unlocked that will work with any carrier.

The good news is you’ve got plenty of great phone options in the budget, mid-range and high-end levels.

The best smartphone deals (Millennial edition)

best smartphone deals

Looking for the best smartphone deals around?

You stopped buying avocado toast for a week and now, you’re bankrolled to buy a new smartphone.

Chances are you’ve been through a few phones already. You’ve tried iPhone and Android and pledged allegiance to your preferred (and obviously superior) OS. You want a smartphone that can do it all: take professional looking photos, stream with ease, support gaming and generally not keep you waiting as you snapstagram or instachat or whatever. You’re willing to lay down some money rather than signing on to a contract or back-loaded financing plan, and you want to be sure you’re spending your money wisely.

Here’s some of the best smartphone deals, tailored for those born in the 1980s and 1990s. You know: around the time culture peaked. Whether you’re Team Android or Team iPhone, we’ve got options for you, from bargain phones to flagship models.

Budget Android phones for a frugal young couple

Budget Android phones

Searching for the perfect budget Android phones

Sam and Greg are in the market for two budget Android phones. Greg’s phone will be for personal use. He likes to take and share pictures, send texts and emails, make phone calls and use Google Hangouts. Sam’s phone will be for personal texting and calling as well as work email and Google Hangouts. She travels often for her job and needs a phone with a long-lasting battery life.

Sam and Greg are saving for a wedding and a house, so they don’t want to break the bank on their new phones. Let’s see what their options are on a budget, in midrange models and if they wanted to spend just a bit more.

Our favorite phones for seniors

phones for seniors

Plenty of phones for seniors

phones for seniorsDonna is a retired teacher and grandmother. She has a flip phone she uses for calling friends and family, but she’s been thinking about something with a few extra features like a better camera and the ability to send and receive email.

There are lots of great choices out there for cell phones for seniors. Donna wants something that is simple and hassle-free. She’s used FaceTime before on her daughter’s phone and may want to video chat with her grandchildren.

Let’s see some examples of what Donna’s options might be on a budget, in midrange models and if she wanted to splurge on a phone. Whether or not she choose to step up to a smartphone, Donna has plenty of options.