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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.

Ting Unboxing and a giveaway: Nexus 5X

 Nexus 5X – Ting shop 

The Nexus 5X is an affordable flagship smartphone co-developed by LG and Google to promote Android’s brand new operating system, 6.0 Marshmallow. It’s also the latest unboxing (and giveaway) we’re hosting on the Ting YouTube channel.

The Nexus 5X hits all of the requirements of a top-notch smartphone on the market today, addressing the drawbacks of the Nexus 5 and implementing some valuable features. The only time you might think otherwise is when you look at the price tag.

A stunning camera (even in low light settings) and 4K video recording are an awesome addition to the 5X. Battery life is no longer a chink in the armor of the Nexus line, either. You’ll find that a full day of use is no sweat for the 5X – we made it close to two in our testing.

The super fast fingerprint sensor is our favorite feature of the 5X. Positioned directly below the camera where your index finger naturally lands, there’s absolutely no effort involved in unlocking your device. Just hold your phone and you’re good to go!

The Nexus 5X runs stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow, giving you access to the latest Android tools (like Now on Tap and Doze) and Android updates the moment they’re released.

While it doesn’t sport a full metal body or glass shell, the 5X is solidly built and feels great in the hand. It’s attractive, affordable and a great match with Ting.

Like to get your hands on one? The Nexus 5X can be purchased from Google Play through our Ting shop listing.

We’re also randomly selecting a YouTube commenter to win a brand new Nexus 5X! Contest details are listed directly below.

How to enter:

  1. Subscribe to Ting on YouTube.
  2. Comment on the Nexus 5X Unboxing YouTube video (not this blog post) telling us whether you like pure, unmodified Stock Android (inside the Nexus line of devices) or prefer the way Samsung, LG and others change the Android interface.

*You must be a resident of the United States.

My month with the Moto E (2nd Gen)

In an effort to avoid shelling out for a new phone get to know the Ting smartphone lineup a little better, I’ve been trying out a different Ting-compatible phone every month for a few months.

I’ve been focusing on phones at the sub-$200 level to start. The Moto E (2nd Gen), which I’m just getting ready to give back to the Ting device pool after a month and a half trial run, is the first one that’s actually felt worthy of deeper discussion.

For one thing, it’s very sub-$200, starting at $120 ($150 for the LTE model) just $57 in the Ting Shop for a limited time!

Other sub-$200 phones I’ve tried haven’t been bad. That’s not what I’m saying at all; they offered a perfectly serviceable experience. A perfectly serviceable experience is very different from a great or otherwise discussion-worthy experience, though.

With every sub-$200 phone I tried, once the talk of raw specs vs. price tag was over, they brought me no joy. The were perfectly serviceable (there’s that phrase again) slabs of technology that left me neither really satisfied nor really disappointed.

I didn’t get that with the Moto E. While it’s obviously not what anyone would consider a particularly powerful or premium smartphone, I actually kinda fell in love.

Ting Unboxing: Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime

 Grand Prime – Ting shop 

Samsung’s Galaxy Grand Prime hits the mark as a sub-$200 smartphone that performs routine smartphone tasks with ease. Checking Facebook, uploading pictures to Instagram and navigating to work via GPS are no sweat for this capable mid-range device.

The Grand Prime includes today’s essentials like LTE access and a multi-core processor, along with convenient extras like a removable battery and up to 64 GB of external storage using a microSD card.

While it’s not about to replace your laptop or primary gaming device, it’s perfect for any casual users looking for a non-nonsense smartphone. The GSM version of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is currently available in the Ting shop for $197. The CDMA is coming soon.

Learn more about the Samsung Galaxy Prime in our latest unboxing below and find out how you could win one of two new Galaxy Grand Primes for yourself!

How to enter:

  1. Subscribe to Ting on YouTube.
  2. Comment on the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Unboxing YouTube video (not this blog post) letting us know whether or not you think Galaxy Grand Prime is better as a smartphone name, a Transformer name or something else entirely.

*You must be a resident of the United States.