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Sprint phones will soon be allowed on Ting

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Sprint phones will soon be allowed on Ting
The simple, catchy name is not the only thing that makes Ting such a cool virtual network carrier. You are not required to sign a 2-year agreement, and the MVNO's flexible mobile plans with no overage fees can help you save money over time. However, one of the things that have been bothering people is that becoming a Ting customer requires you to purchase a phone at its full retail price.

Fortunately, that won't be mandatory in the near future. CEO Elliot Noss told AllThingsD that Ting customers will soon be allowed to bring their Sprint phones, regardless of its make and model, instead of having to purchase a new handset. And that is a pretty big deal. Sure, smartphones at Ting's online store start at $145, but some high-end models like the Samsung Galaxy S III or the Motorola Photon Q are being offered for over $500. 

With its reasonably-priced no-contract monthly plans, Ting is a provider suitable for those who want to enjoy unlimited cellular service and high-speed mobile data without worrying about extra fees and long-term contracts. Is anyone thinking of switching once the gates are open for old Sprint devices? Let us know by dropping a comment! 

source: Ting via AllThingsD

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posted on 23 Aug 2012, 09:14 3

1. jdubtrye (Posts: 20; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)

"regardless of its make and model"

Here is the Ting blog post:


"Any Sprint phone will eligible with a few notable exceptions, including the iPhone, BlackBerry and PTT devices"

It's still good news for Sprint users and the industry in general, especially if Sprint does start allowing Verizon phones as Noss speculated.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 09:34

2. Roomaku (Posts: 278; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)

LOL they meant to say any phone as long as it's Android or a feature phone!

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 10:39 1

4. jdubtrye (Posts: 20; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)

They mentioned Windows too, I believe.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 16:27 1

6. Roomaku (Posts: 278; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)

yeah if you can find an HTC arrive or older phone but id wait

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 09:51

3. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)

I can see why PTT wont work... because they are Nextel phones that technically dont use Sprint network but rather iDen technology.

Also BB connect to BB Servers for their data connection so I can also see why those wont work.

Regarding the iPhone, I think Apple would sue the hell out of them if they did. You know apple, gotta ask them for permission on everything.

In short, Its not that they dont want to, its that they cant.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 19:18 1

7. pats4thewin (Posts: 29; Member since: 10 Jul 2012)

sprint also has PTT devices that dont use iden technology called sprint direct connect, (and it works internationally as well), that uses sprints CDMA network. such as the motorola admiral, kyocera duracore, and kyocera duraXT; as to whether the CDMA PTT devices will work on Ting? who knows

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 15:27 1

5. Hammerfest (Posts: 384; Member since: 12 May 2012)

This is actually REALLY good news considering! It was the one thing keeping me back from Ting! I might just have to jump in when I can.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 21:34

9. phoenixpr (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

Same here, I will jump in as soon as they will allow me to. This should save me on average $60 plus a month. As I am at work most of the day. I don't use my cell.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 19:26 1

8. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1273; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

Ting isn't that much a big deal unless you don't use any data. I find that the 79.00 Sprint plan to be cheaper based on the information that I put into Tings savings analyzer it would be better for me to stay at Sprint.

Remember when VOIP is implemented data usage will go through the roof. This means that you will need unlimited data by 2014 no matter what carrier minus AT&T.....they will be on 2g until 2017.ROFL

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