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Ting Black Friday deals are inbound

Looking for the 2017 Black Friday sale? Check out the Ting shop.

Alternate headline: There has never been a worse time to buy a Ting phone.

No, this isn’t a disgruntled soon-to-be ex-Ting employee looking to take down the organization from within. This Ting employee is actually quite gruntled, thank you very much.

Don’t you hate it, though, when you buy something and then, a few days later, that something is on sale? Us too. We’re trying to help you avoid that particular annoyance.

Black Friday is just around the corner. We’re breaking from the tech tradition a bit and doing Black Friday actually on Black Friday. Vanguard. We know. Starting at about 8am ET, the virtual doors open and the virtual flock of people can pick over our virtual shelves.

Here’s a hint at what we have in store.

Refer a friend to Ting, make bank, repeat.


Seems we haven’t talked much about the Ting Refer a Friend program recently here on the Ting blog. Let’s rectify that right now.

Item 1 – The Refer a Friend program is rad

Whereas Ting is a cell phone service that eschews plans, contracts and other BS
Whereas Ting customers presumably have at least a couple of friends
Whereas everyone likes a deal
Be it resolved that Ting customers should totally refer friends to Ting.

If you’re happy with Ting, you’re going to tell friends about us. (If for any reason you’re not happy with Ting, we hope you’ll tell us). The Ting Refer a Friend program adds a couple of benefits to word of mouth referrals. Your unique refer a friend URL link, found in your Ting dashboard, lets you tie your friend referrals back to your Ting account so you’ll both earn credit. To receive credit, your friend must use your unique referral link when coming to the site to activate their device (instead of going directly to

Here’s the brief: You offer friends $25 off a new phone from the Ting shop or a $25 Ting service credit if they bring a phone to Ting, buy a SIM card or a refurbished device.

In return, you get a $50 credit for the first successful referral and $25 for every successful referral thereafter. The only limit on how many friends you can refer is how many friends you have.

We’re going to go ahead and assume that pretty much everyone has least a couple of friends. If a friend in need is indeed a friend… indeed, perhaps your friends would benefit from a more sane approach to mobile phone service.

Item 2 – There is no Item 2

Seriously, that’s it. Now go refer a friend to Ting.

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.

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.

Check your AT&T phone, get a free coffee

If you’ve got an active AT&T phone and two minutes to spare, you can get a $5 coffee card just by seeing if you can bring your phone to Ting.

Since we added a GSM network to the Ting offering, over 80% of phones made in the last couple of years will work on Ting. That includes a majority of AT&T phones. Hence this little promotion.

Now, if we’ve been at all effective in our marketing efforts, you already know that people can save a lot of money by switching to Ting for mobile phone service. Also, you know that while we’re great for people with just one phone, the more devices you have active on an account, the less you pay per device on average. If not, well, you do now.

We’re sweetening the pot with this coffee gift card give-away. Not only does a $5 gift card buy a whole lot of pumpkin spice lattes (well, one pumpkin spice latte) but if you can bring the phone you already own then the choice becomes even easier to make.

Here’s how it works

This promotion starts at midnight ET on October 20 and runs until 11:59pm ET on October 22.

  1. Grab your active AT&T phone, open up the phone dialer and dial *#06# to find your phone’s unique serial number (IMEI). More info on finding your IMEI is available here.
  2. On your computer, go to the Ting coffee promo page and fill out the form.
  3. We’ll tell you whether or not your AT&T phone would work on Ting, if you chose to bring it over.
  4. We’ll send your $5 coffee card to the email address you provided on or before the end of day Monday, October 26.

Just to be clear, going through this phone checking process doesn’t change anything at all on your phone. There’s zero obligation and we’re not about to start sending you a bunch of junk email or start calling you at all hours. That’s not how we operate.

Great Ting mobile deals all through September

There are some exciting things happening in the Ting shop in September. We’ve got some phones on sale, we’re offering GSM SIM cards for just $5 and to sweeten the pot further, we’re offering free shipping on everything we sell all month long.

Ting GSM SIMGSM SIM cards: $5

80% of smartphones can come to Ting (check yours). For a majority of phones, all that’s required to get up and running on Ting is a GSM SIM card. To make the decision easier than ever, we’ve knocked the price down to just $5 for a Ting GSM SIM card for the rest of September.

Free shipping, site-wide

Everything we sell ships free for the month of September. No promo codes or prequalifications necessary. Just buy something (like a GSM SIM card or one of the phones we’re about to talk about) and you’ll see that standard shipping doesn’t cost a dime.

Phones on sale

We’ve slapped the sale sticker on several phones in the Ting shop, with discounts up to $80. Everything from low to high-end phones is covered, and the sale is primarily on CDMA (Sprint network) phones, but we’ve got one GSM phone on offer too.