You can now bring your own Sprint smartphone to Ting
0. phoneArena 11 Dec 2012, 07:14 posted on
Ting - a MVNO running on Sprint's network, is now ready to allow Sprint smartphones to join the party. Only 7 devices are supported right now, but new ones are probably going to be added to the list in the near future...
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1. DonkeySauce (Posts: 159; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)
Nice, so sketchy people can buy a discounted Sprint phone on contract, then cancel immediately and use on Ting. Sweet (sarcasm included)
2. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
assuming sprint doesnt black list them... but at least now people can buy them on ebay or craigslist pray they are not black listed and use them
4. fullmonty (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)
Every phone has an Electronic Serial Number which is blacklisted if the account is not in good standing. Check out eBay for 'Bad ESN' phones; there are numerous out there. And there is nothing you can do with a Bad ESN phone except use it as a Wi-Fi device. Bad ESN is not fixable except by paying off the dues.
6. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Some prepaid carriers and mvnos will accept bad esn phones. Notably cricket and pageplus. I was getting full 3g service on my bad esn evo 3d via cricket.
3. PAPINYC (Posts: 2305; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Why would anyone want to use Sprint on prepaid given how horrific Sprint on postpaid is?!
5. ibap (Posts: 700; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
My experience as a Sprint postpaid customer after being a Verizon postpaid customer (switched due to specific coverage issues where Sprint worked and Verizon did not) is that my only real gripe about Sprint service was data speed. Given the cost differential, and that none of my family are walking around streaming media all the time, Sprint is fine.
Ting, however, is a super option for anyone not intent on pushing their "unlimited" data plan to 20Gb per month just because they can, as I've heard numerous teens brag. And in contrast to most of the other Sprint MVNOs, you get the full postpaid network coverage for voice and SMS. Substitute one of the CoPilot apps for Google maps navigation (so you only use GPS and not data for navigation), and you've pretty much got what you need.
8. PAPINYC (Posts: 2305; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Well, I did 45GB last month on Verizon last month, so, THERE!!
7. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Sprint is second only to T-Mobile in my area. In building penetration and dl speed.
10. lsutigers (Posts: 739; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
All this guy PAPINYC does is bash Sprint and push Verizon like everything else sucks. You remind me of the Verizon employees and manager I used to work with that had that same exact mentality, anything but Verizon is garbage. We all know Verizon is a great carrier but there are other great options such as AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. How good a carrier is depends on where you live, as the several people have mentioned in the comments, there are areas where Verizon is not the best option. Back to Sprint, I have both Sprint and Verizon and there are very few places where my Verizon phone works and Sprint doesnt. Sprint's network has great coverage and data speeds are fast in many areas that havent even been upgraded to Network Vision yet. The other areas are being upgraded faster than AT&T and Verizon and Sprint will outpace AT&T early next year in LTE deployment if they keep the current pace.
Take the blinders off and just be real man, Verizon is good, but so are other carriers.
11. mike2959 (Posts: 246; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)
I would like to say that it's a matter of just who has the best coverage in any given area, but after Vegas, Cleveland, NYC, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale.. And a few others Sprints data speeds are horrible. I mean really bad... Never saw anything above 1.5...even Wimax.. Top end about 6 and that's at night standing outside.
12. downphoenix (Posts: 2357; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
well I got about 1.6mbps with my Sprint 3G. Not bad for CDMA. I acknowledge its not as fast as ATT or VZW, but its not limited either. Hoenstly though I dont use enough data to worry about data limits since I use wifi when possible, its just faster and although sprint's 3g usually is suffice for me, the faster the better. I like the lower monthly rates too though.
Ting I will consider in the future.