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My month with the Nexus 5X

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We previously covered one of the best contenders in the sub-$200 range, and thought we’d step it up a notch for our second “Month with” smartphone review.

The Nexus 5X is part of a new generation of affordable flagships that claim to offer top-notch performance at a reasonable price. As a big fan of the Nexus 5, Google’s first true breakthrough in the Nexus smartphone world, I was excited to see what was in store for its successor.

I used the Nexus 5X for just over a month and from my first impressions, I felt like LG and Google did a pretty good job addressing the drawbacks of the original Nexus 5 while adding some useful additions into the mix. Launched alongside the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, this software update made a bigger difference than I would have expected.

But did the Nexus 5X live up to the hype? If you’re interested in my thoughts, read on.

Ting phone price drop

Good news!

A number of smartphones in the Ting shop have been permanently reduced in price.

What’s more?

They’re some of the most popular Android and iOS phones for sale in the Ting shop. If you’ve been thinking about an upgrade or know someone who could use one, now is a great time to take a look. So is tomorrow though, or next week. The price drop is permanent, you see?

List of phones:

  • iPhone 4s refurbished [CDMA] (Black, White)  $166 now $138
  • iPhone 5 refurbished [CDMA] (BlackWhite)  $248 now $237
  • iPhone 5s refurbished [CDMA and GSM] (Gold, Silver, Space Gray)  $353 now $338
  • Galaxy S5 refurbished [CDMA] (Out of stock)  $338 now $298
  • Galaxy S6 [CDMA] (Black, White) – $633 now $597
  • Ting Unboxing and a giveaway: Nexus 6P

    The Nexus 6P is the bigger and bolder brother of Google’s latest two smartphones.

    This is the first Nexus phone built by Chinese manufacturer Huawei and they’ve done a spectacular job of it. The Nexus 6P is perhaps the first Nexus that can truly be called a premium Android smartphone.

    It has a beautiful 5.7-inch AMOLED display with dual front-facing speakers that sits inside a slick aluminum frame. It has a spacious 3450 mAh battery so you’ll never have to worry about your phone lasting a full day. It has an excellent 12 megapixel rear camera that easily holds its own against all other competitors. It has 3 GB RAM to keep your Nexus 6P running smoothly, no matter how many apps you throw in its way. Where previous Nexus manufacturers cut corners in order to lower the price tag, Huawei offers the complete package.

    At just $499 for the 32 GB model, the Nexus 6P is possibly the best choice for buyers (in terms of price versus performance) on the market right now. Unlocked and ready for action on both of Ting’s nationwide network offerings, it’s a great choice for those who aren’t fazed by a phablet-sized offering.

    The Nexus 6P is available in the Google Store through our Ting shop listing, if you’re interested in taking a look.

    We’re also giving away two brand new Nexus 6P’s, one on the Ting Facebook page and one on the Ting YouTube channel. Contest details and direct links are listed below – enter both giveaways to double your chances of winning!

    Congrats to our lucky winners, Kathy B on YouTube and Susan R on Facebook.

    Shopping for a GSM phone to use on Ting? Start here.

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    Looking to bring a GSM device to Ting? Good choice, if we do say so ourselves. Around 80% of smartphones released in the last few years will work with Ting. This post will give you general tips to determine if a phone you have or are thinking about getting can make the move.

    Before we begin

    The surefire way to know if a device will activate on Ting on a GSM network is to enter its ESN, MEID or IMEI number in our compatibility checker. If you already have a GSM phone, just run these numbers to confirm your device will work on Ting. Assuming your phone is good to go, grab a GSM SIM and start the activation process once you have both in hand.

    It’s not always possible to get an IMEI number. No retailer lists the IMEI number of phones it sells. Sellers in used markets may be hesitant to share this information too.

    In this situation, there are two other ways you can verify whether a device will work on Ting on a GSM network:

    • The specific device model (e.g a Nexus 5 or an iPhone 6 Plus) and which carrier it’s coming from (e.g AT&T or T-Mobile).
    • The specific “bands” (measured in MHz and GHz) the device will work on.

    Ting Unboxing: Ting Internet Box

    The Ting Internet Box may not be much to look at but it’s got it where it counts. Consider that it’s going to spend its life tucked away in a closet, under a desk or in the basement; it doesn’t have to look amazing. It just has to do its job: Take the crazy fast fiber Internet from the Ting city network and bring it into your home / business / clubhouse / treehouse / garden shed / whatever.

    Connect a modern computer with an ethernet cable and get up near the top end of your crazy fast fiber’s symmetrical gigabit (1,000 Mbps) speeds. It also bathes your home in sweet, sweet Wi-Fi so you can get all your various phones, laptops, tablets, Internet of Things things, home security cameras, home automation gear, thermostats, set top boxes, game consoles and Internet-ready devices of every stripe online.

    Watch in horror as we pull this innocent purveyor of crazy fast fiber Internet from the box in which it is so comfortably nestled, throw it into the bright lights of our studio and poke, prod and push at it until it gives up all its secrets.

    Ting Unboxing and a giveaway: Moto X Pure Edition

    The Moto X Pure Edition is a frontrunner in the new trend of high-end low-cost smartphones. A couple hundred dollars less than the latest Galaxy S6, iPhone 6s and LG G4, it still keeps up with the best. In fact, you’ll find plenty of people who say it is the best.

    A crisp 5.7-inch QHD display, 21 megapixel rear camera, 3 GB of RAM and 1.8 GHz hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor makes the Pure flagship material. No matter what you throw at the Moto X Pure, you’ll get smooth performance and a top-notch experience in return. With great hardware and one-of-a-kind customization through Motorola’s unique Moto Maker, it’s truly is a stand-out smartphone.

    There are no real compromises to be found either. Removable storage via microSD, NFC support (think Android Pay), universal carrier support (including both of Ting’s nationwide network offerings) and a capable 3000 mAH battery are useful additions to an already awesome phone.

    Currently running Android 5.0 Lollipop with an upcoming update to 6.0 Marshmallow, you get access to the cleanest Android experience yet (and future versions, too).

    Like to get your hands on one? Grab a Moto X Pure on the Moto Store through our Ting shop listing.

    We’re also randomly selecting a commenter on Facebook to win a brand new 16 GB Moto X Pure! Contest details are listed directly below.

    Congrats to our lucky winner, Jeremy B.