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Join the Ting Army...

Scott Allan
posted this on July 13, 2012 12:44

Hi -

This was posted in a separate thread, but I wanted to give it it's own article. Essentially, we are looking for recruits to help us improve some of the device specific information around hacking. While it is a volunteer army, there are benefits which could include free devices, service credits, and Ting stuff.

If you are interested, please send Robert Lake a note at robert at ting dot com with a brief summary of your experience (if any), and what you are interested in doing (rooting phones, improving documentation, etc...)

With this Army, we shall improve wireless for all!

 

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Cathy Cleghorn
Ting Army

I do not have what I would consider "a lot" of experience. But, I have rooted, installed a custom rom, and overclocked my LG Optimus S. Afterwards, the MMS did not work on the phone, so I had to use LG's secret menu to fix it. I know a lot of the jargon such as what a "nandroid" is or  what a "recovery" does. I know all about flashing gapps and flashing, well, just about anything. Most Android devices, especially the stock Android devices, are similar in how to root them whether it be with a one-click root or ADB. I also know what NOT to do like using ROM Manager on the Optimus and/or using the factory reset. Otherwise, the phone becomes "bricked." In other words, it's most likely stuck in a difficult to get out of boot loop.

There are tons of cool applications that require root that I know of: AndroSS (screenshot app), AdAway (adblocker app although I like to support developers rather than use this), Titanium Backup (app and system data backup app), and the list keeps going on...

When it comes to personally working on the internals of custom ROMs and root methods, I have virtually zero experience. V___V

I remember back when I first rooted, I had to search high and low for consistent step-by-step information in order to try it out. Most of what I read was the comments on how easy it was to do and also on the severe consequences of doing it incorrectly. Basically, comments like these:

"Anybody can get ICS! Just root and boot! It's easy to get it in on the rooting action..."

Only to be followed with:

"Not knowing your stuff while rooting can get your phone bricked. Maybe that's why most people do not root..."

I thought I was crazy going through with this cryptic process littered with jargon. After looking back upon it, I felt that if I had some well-thought-out instructions it would not have been so bad.

So, I would definitely be interested in being a part of the Ting Army and writing some thorough rooting guides for your phones or verifying if a rooting guide works (before putting it out for other people to try). If Ting needs a soldier, I'm ready!

*salutes*

July 13, 2012 13:44
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Cathy Cleghorn
Ting Army

Now, I just remembered that I should have emailed this....

Too bad there's not a delete button. :/

July 13, 2012 13:46
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Samuel A
Ting Army

Hi Scott,

This sounds like an interesting proposal. However, have you guys considered what happens when things like this are made too simple? I'm not saying that only the most tech savvy should be able to do some of things in this section, but a healthy barrier to entry does have benefits.

Best.

July 15, 2012 22:51
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Brian Steere
Ting Army

Looking at what is involved in flashing devices to Ting, even with good step by step documentation it will still probably be a rather intimidating process. Flashing roms will be somewhat easier, but still not something your average user is really interested in.

July 16, 2012 09:05
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Scott Allan
Ting Help Center

Interesting feedback and comments, thanks! There certainly are risks in some of these pursuits, and we will always caution users about the potential downsides. However, I feel more information only helps to reduce risk.

July 16, 2012 10:49
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Ryan N
Ting Army

"...any scientist who couldn't explain to an eight-year-old what he was doing was a charlatan." - Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut

There isn't anything in this world that is so complicated that it can't be taught to someone else, least of all something as trivial as CDMA programming.

We should embrace the opportunity and privilege to teach. The funny thing about educating others is that they often come back to surprise you and teach you something as well.

July 16, 2012 12:12
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Jose Cerna
Ting Army

I would love to join in and help out with what ever I can, I have been hacking phones for a long time. I started with palm then windows mobile and now windows phone. I have hacked a few android phones for friends but im not a big fan. However I would do what ever I can to help out. Currently I just ordered one phone to try your service and I am looking to get some world phones like the htc design. Right now with nextel going away sprint is forcing users here in San Diego to move to Sprint direct connect. However that service does not work while roaming in mexico like nextel did. So my solution and the best one I could find is Ting and an Att Go pre-paid plan. Would love to just carry one phone for both and its looks like a possibility. 

 

If you ever get around to getting a windows phone device i would love to help write your app for windows phone 7.5 or 8.

July 18, 2012 01:43
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Joe Bloggs
I would like to throw my services into the hat. I program CDMA phones for a living and was thinking of going with ting cause I hardly make phone calls and date I link to wifi most of the time too. I've read the hacks and spent time dealing with most services so with Ting it seems difficult but not impossible. Getting into phones not a problem, reading most profiles, not a problem. Problem is how these data passwords are accessed. By making switches in CDMA workshop it should be possible to get these passwords to read in HEX with a big string but I haven't taken the plunge yet to buy a "ting" phone. But guess that's my next step cause I have a LG Viper ready to be reprogrammed.
August 02, 2012 00:45
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Joe Mendez
Ting Army

@Scott Allan:
I would be interested in joining your Ting Army.
I just finished hacking the new Samsung M370 by pulling the 2G (1x)  and the 3G "HA and AAA Shared" passwords.
I've successfully used the M370 as a donor phone for the Evo 4G from Sprint.
Really liking being a Ting customer!

I assume you can get our email from our profile.  If not, put another post here and I will get it to you. 

Thanks, Joe... 

August 06, 2012 23:21
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Ken Schafer
Ting

Thanks Joe.

Scott is taking a few days of vacation right now but he'll be back recruiting for the Ting Army soon! :)

August 06, 2012 23:23
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Jeremy Coleman
Ting Army

Sounds fun. Email sent!

August 07, 2012 13:48
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Tom Thaxton
Ting Army

I am willing to join the Ting Army! Email sent!!

August 09, 2012 19:22
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Mike Kauspedas

@Joe Mendez

Do you have instructions on how you got the Evo working on Ting?

August 10, 2012 11:10
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Gregory Hill
Ting Army

Sign me up, I'm willing to help out.

August 10, 2012 14:11
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Keith Reiter
Ting Army

Count me in!

August 10, 2012 20:37
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Kevin Arnold
Ting Army

I'd be happy to join the army. I'm new to Android but a technical person so I think I can help make sure stuff makes sense for a newbie.

August 30, 2012 19:15
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James Koole
Ting Army

Is there anyone here who has asked, but has yet to receive access to the Ting Army? If so, please let me know and we'll fix that up. Everyone else, we're still looking for a few more good men and women to help us out. We're just getting started - there will be lots of fun to come.

September 04, 2012 15:40
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Gregory Hill
Ting Army

I'm interested but haven't heard anything yet

September 04, 2012 16:06
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Drew Hammond
Ting Army

I have sent a couple of emails to Scott, but haven't heard anything yet.  Been using Android since 2008.  Also running VOIP (Obi) at home.

September 07, 2012 15:21
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Zarthan South
Ting Army

I am interested. 

September 15, 2012 11:59
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John Shea
Ting Army

Hi James. I sent an email to Scott. Thanks.

September 15, 2012 18:35
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Don Rude
Ting Army

I just e-mailed James as well. Ran rooted and upgraded Samsung Moment phones for years on Sprint. So glad to be saving money and getting such great customer service from Ting!

September 18, 2012 11:59
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LENNIE KING
Ting Army

Count me in.  I just signed up for the service and purchased the LG Optimus S, I did not want to spend a lot of money on a phone yet so I could test out the waters with the no roaming, but I have not heard  anybody say If It Is just 3G data or if you get at least 1XRT so this is a cheap way to find out.

September 25, 2012 14:32
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B Ting

Lennie, once you roam out of Sprint range, you get NO DATA at all (except of course WiFi).

September 25, 2012 14:51
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LENNIE KING
Ting Army

Thanks for the quick reply.

September 25, 2012 14:52
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Don Rude
Ting Army

Within Sprint coverage I thought we would get "1xRTT" still. Yes, no?

September 25, 2012 15:00
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LENNIE KING
Ting Army

1XRTT and 3G With In coverage yes, just nothing they saying while roaming.

September 25, 2012 15:05
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Yingjia Shen

Please sign me in. Just ported my number from a Optimus S to epic 4g touch. Couldn't be happier with ting. 

September 28, 2012 14:20
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Robin Lewis

Do I get a snappy uniform? Tee shirt? hat? or at least a sticker?

I won't mention any names but just for posing half assed occasionally correct answers  someone sent me a sweat shirt.

just sayin.

September 28, 2012 16:39
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Henry Willauer
Ting Army

I sent James an email and gmail says I got a reply back but for some reason I cant read it?...

October 09, 2012 04:37
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James Koole
Ting

Hey Henry - check your email again. I sent another reply your way.

James.

October 09, 2012 10:11
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Michael Carter
Ting Army

When you leave Sprint coverage, you will roam, you have calling and text(SMS) capabilities, but no MMS or actual data(browser). your phone should show an R, instead of the 3G or 1X.

Ran out of Sprint coverage this weekend for about 10 minutes, this is what my Nexus S 4G did anyway.

October 09, 2012 12:59
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James Koole
Ting

I'm going to put a bit of a hold on new recruits into the Army for a bit here. I'll let you know when we decide to open things up again.

In the meantime, keep the hacks and suggestions coming here - we love the information sharing that's going on and appreciate the help and support you guys provide to us, and to other Ting customers.

James.

October 18, 2012 08:23
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Henry Willauer
Ting Army

When will the BYOSD beta open up for the ting army?

October 25, 2012 13:27
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Bruce Osborne
Ting Army

Henry,

Some army members are currently alpha testing the process.

Since you are a Ting Army member,  you can click "login" in the upper right and join in the discussion in the Ting Army forum.

October 25, 2012 13:29
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James Koole
Ting

Hey Henry -

We're doing initial batches of BYO(S)D device activations these days. It's still very much an alpha process. Feel free to join the thread in the Ting Army forum for more info.

James.

October 25, 2012 13:42
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Henry Willauer
Ting Army

Thanks, for the longest time I didnt even know there was a separate ting army forum I thought it was only this thread.

October 25, 2012 13:47
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Earle West

You guys at Ting are the best.   I've finally got my ting.com account working with my beaglebone processor and the Sierra Wireless 250U device.  This collection posts blood glucose meter readings to a web server remotely.   How cool is that!   Details are here:   https://sites.google.com/site/cellularbeaglebone/

November 28, 2012 21:22
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Gary Kline

I have a Sprint HTC Hero that I've been running on CyanogenMod 7.2 for several months, and it works great.  Totally gave new life to the phone.  I'd love to bring this over to Ting.

December 05, 2012 11:49
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Gladys Hill

For those in the Ting army or those wanting to be. I noticed when looking for other Ting resources that the Ting subreddit is pretty dead. Maybe someone here can show it some love. I don't run it or anything, just figured I'd mention it. http://www.reddit.com/r/ting

December 17, 2012 01:02
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Ashok Saraswat
Ting Army

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January 28, 2013 10:42
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Victor Clary
Ting Army

I would like to join the Ting Army. I've rooted phones like the moto droid x (my first android device), the Samsung conquer 4g, the evo 4g, the evo 3d, the Samsung gs2 & the gs3 as well. Currently saving up for the note 2 so that I can hack it as well (droolz over the thought). I've even pulled the alpha build of jelly bean onto my evo 3d as well as cyanogen, viperrom, and cleanrom (got beats audio working on it as well where it recognizes all headphones as beats compatible). Can't wait to get more android device roots/roms under my belt as well. Loving the Ting service and I'm here to stay. Ting Army UNITE!!

February 05, 2013 22:58
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Jeremy Pope
Ting Army

I'd like to be part of the Ting Army. I'm studying Telecomm & Computer Networking, so IT Support is basically my creed. I want to help people as much as possible, especially when it comes to Ting.

February 11, 2013 16:32
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James Koole
Ting

Thanks Jeremy and Victor.

February 13, 2013 07:25
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Benjamin Payne
Ting Army

I to am interested in being a part of the Ting army. I am a software developer that likes to tinker with android roms and assist people with flashing issues.

February 13, 2013 09:41
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Carlyle Robinson
Ting Army

I would love to join the Ting Army!  Much of my experience is with iDevices, but I also have some experience rooting and hacking Android.  I have been a Ting user for over a week now and I love it!  I have been following the company for a while now and finally decided to join.  I have a Sprint Galaxy Nexus that I am going to attempt to hack onto Ting, and have been searching eBay for some other projects for myself.  I would like to help out in any way I can!

February 19, 2013 02:42
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Akhtar Sherazi
Ting Army

Ah, I always see these things far too late. I have tons of experience tinkering with iPhones. I've been tinkering and toying with them since 2006. I'd be interested in the idea of bringing iPhones to Ting. it sounds like a challenge, and I love challenges. Let me know if you decide to open this thing up again, I'd be glad to help out.

February 24, 2013 14:31
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Brian Carr

Hi, Akhtar!

I highly doubt it's too late, especially where Apple products are concerned. Indeed, I'm aware that many folks--myself included--would love to use the iPhone with  Ting. If you decide to hack the iPhone, you'll probably to want to discuss your experiences in the "Hacks" section.

~Brian

February 24, 2013 22:35
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James Koole
Ting

Akhtar - we'd love to have you. Check for the super-secret forum on your account now. We're also always looking for additional devices that can be supported.

Looking forward to your contributions.

James.

February 25, 2013 09:43
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William Robbins
Ting Army

Just bought a Ting phone today, I have been rooting and hacking at a few Android devices for a while, including the Optimus S, some tablets, and the HTC dinc2.  Once I get my Marquee, I will be poking at that as well, and seeing if I can use my old optimus S as a donor for the dinc2 later.

I also have done some phone hardware repair (glass, LCD, and digitizer replacements), on a few different devices, so I can help on that front too with info on hardware hacking/repair.

 

I would love to be a member of the Ting Army and help where I can.

March 04, 2013 11:10
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Mike W
Ting Army

Is Ting Army open to join again?  I would love the chance to help out Ting users any way I can.  I have been in IT for 10+ years and enjoy messing with phones, rooting, modding, and so on.  I am currently interested in the "donor phones" and how to properly set them up for users who are not as technically savvy as others.  I would love the opportunity to join the Ting Army!  Thanks in advance!

March 05, 2013 12:16
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Richard Alvarado
Ting Army

Can I get a invite as well? I recently got an HTC One V and it works great on Ting.

March 06, 2013 15:09
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Jereme Guenther

Same here, I would like to join the Ting Army.  I am currently using an Optimus S. But have a Motorola Admiral XT603 that I would like to attempt bringing over.  Others seem to have been successful, but apparently my specific model isn't yet on the white list.

March 11, 2013 16:50
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Jeff Browning
Ting Army
Hey there,

New customer here and I'm very interested in helping to bring the iPhone to Ting. I'm a full time web developer and have been using and hacking on iPhones since 2007.

Please let me know if there's still room for another hacker in there. :)
March 12, 2013 01:22
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J Cornett

Hi -

I'm a new customer as well, and am interested in getting webOS phones such as the Palm Pre and Pixi on Ting.  These are great phones!  I'd like to start by getting my wife's old Pixi activated on Ting.  As a part of the Ting army, I'd be happy to help others as a webOS specialist.

April 03, 2013 13:59
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Minh Lu

Hi - everyone.

N00b on this forum. I've able to used a evo4g as donor for Sprint Gnex. It been working for couple days, everything worked beside LTE service. And suddenly it got completely RESET back to original MEID/MIN/MDN, etc. Wondering if Anyone shine some lights on this issue ? 

Thank Ahead!,

April 04, 2013 06:30
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Cam Medlin
Ting Army

Hello, I am relatively new here as well, but have I been rooting, hacking, using custom roms on Android devices for the last few years. I have experience with unlocking & jailbreaking iphones since the 1st gen iphone came out.

I enjoy helping others by writing guides and making videos as I have done over on xda-developers. I would love to be a part of the Ting army and help out anyway I can. Thanks!

April 05, 2013 06:09
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Matthew King-Yarde
Ting Army

I would like to be part of the Ting Army. I own a Nexus S 4G and an HTC Hero. Nexus S is a modded phone, working with Ting (just have to test the 4G when I am in NYC), but I am also a lifehacker, hacking phones so that it lasts longer and uses data efficiently. I'm willing to do a few videos of how I am cutting down on using data when needed.

May 20, 2013 17:02
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Esteban Laver
Ting Army

Hello, I have owned and had experience in rooting, hacking, fixing, flashing, etc. on many phones: HTC Evo 4G, HTC Hero, LG Viper, LG Mach, HTC Evo 3D, LG Optimus S, LG Optimus Elite, Samsung Transform Ultra, Motorola XPRT, Nexus S 4G.  I've helped out family and friends from choosing phones to rooting their phone to improve the user experience.  Please contact me as I'd love to share the phone research I've done for the past couple of years.

May 21, 2013 23:09
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Preston Long
Ting Army

Hello I am interested in joining as well.  

May 25, 2013 09:51
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Bruce Osborne
Ting Army

I changed my email address and now, apparently, I am not part of the Ting Army any more.

May 25, 2013 20:15
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Todd Kaczor
Ting Army

Sign me up!

May 26, 2013 11:26
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James Koole
Ting

I just added a bunch more to the Army. Check for the Forum (you may need to log out and log back in). And if I missed you and you still want in, send me an email - james@ting.com.

James.

May 27, 2013 07:18
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Kurt Bomya
Ting Army

James,

I would like to join the Ting Army! I've spent some time in Mobile Device Support with my company and can make some killer documentation. I'm talking anyone proof!!

-Kurt

June 11, 2013 23:54
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Zachary Morris
Ting Army

I am interested in joining the Ting Army!

June 12, 2013 08:59
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James Koole
Ting

Zach and Kurt - I just added you in. Check for the Forum (you may need to log out and log back in).

James.

June 14, 2013 10:56
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Zachary Morris
Ting Army

Thanks, James.

June 14, 2013 12:37
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John Swain
Ting Army

I am interested. Please sign me up

June 20, 2013 13:29
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Josh Bray
Ting Army

Sent you an email James! I would love to help people out around here, and documentation has been part of my job for years (for better or worse!)

June 25, 2013 03:08
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Alex Howarth
Ting Army

James - can you sign me up please?

July 11, 2013 13:35
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James Koole
Ting

Indeed I can, Alex. You should see the forum now.

July 12, 2013 10:04
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Preston Long
Ting Army

I cant see the forum anymore :-(

July 12, 2013 10:14
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Daniel Kaczmarek
Ting Army

I'm interested in joining. Please sign me up.

July 15, 2013 21:27
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Iris Ailin-Pyzik
Ting Army

Just a test to see how it tags my post.

 

July 16, 2013 15:00
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Iris Ailin-Pyzik
Ting Army

I can't see the forum any more, and the Army tag is missing from my avatar.

 

July 16, 2013 15:01
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James Koole
Ting

Iris - I added it back...again. Not sure what's going on here, but we seem to be auto-AWOL'ing some people for some reason.

July 16, 2013 15:03
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Preston Long
Ting Army

It happened to me also :-( 

July 16, 2013 15:31
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James Koole
Ting

You should be back in as well, Preston - I see the tag below your avatar again.

James.

July 16, 2013 15:37
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Josh Bray
Ting Army

Yup you all look good to me... now I feel the urge to test... damn OCD.

July 16, 2013 15:38
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Bruce Osborne
Ting Army

I somehow had 2 forum accounts which were merged by support.

My tag is gone too

:(

July 16, 2013 16:26
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Mark Carter
Ting Army

Too long we have waited for a chance at service that is commensurate good value.  I am an intermediate user, and am willing to spread the word about this service.  I've rooted two phones and flashed ROMs to both.  I have numerous laptops/computers and love the Android freedom.  If I can help, I will love to do so.  Let me know what or if I can help in any way. Find me on Twitter @TheMarkCarter

July 17, 2013 16:16
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R E
Ting Army

Hi James - Looks like I lost access to the forum as well...

July 18, 2013 09:01
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James Koole
Ting

I've restored your access R E. And Mark, you're in too. Apparently there was a bug in the system that was resetting things, according to our help desk provider.

July 18, 2013 09:24
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John blanch
Ting Army
James I am new to ting but have rooted multiple phones. I may be of some help if your team needs some.
July 28, 2013 08:20
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Rob Lake
Ting

Welcome, John. You're in.

July 29, 2013 14:22
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Jeff Markel
Ting Army

Have room for one more? If so, please sign me up!

July 30, 2013 21:41
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Terry Hegg
Ting Army

I have a Kyocera DuraXT waiting to test on. Let's get at it. - Terry

July 31, 2013 00:47
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Rob Lake
Ting

Welcome Jeff and Terry!

July 31, 2013 10:54
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Terry Hegg
Ting Army

So what's next? I'm ready to jump into this phone to get it usable. I suspect since the DuraXT is listed in the used phones area that you are at least trying to support it. How can I help?

July 31, 2013 15:44
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Rob Lake
Ting

Hey Terry,

I've sent you an email. Please get back to me if you have any questions.

 

July 31, 2013 17:17
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Matt J

My wife and I are both new to Ting and we both have experience rooting, flashing ROMs etc.  I brought my Evo 3D from Sprint and I'm happy to help with whatever.

August 06, 2013 09:28
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Rickey Brown
Ting Army

Put me in coach!

August 06, 2013 23:12
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Rob Lake
Ting

Rickey, I've just added you, and Matt, I've sent you an email.

August 12, 2013 12:24
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Richard Staley
I apologize in advance if this is not the right thread to post this inquiry, but hopefully someone can point me in the right direction.

I just recently purchased the Kyocera DuraXT and would like to install some apps but I can't figure out how. Sprint's site won't connect, I assume because it's on Ting's service. I tried Gameloft but the only purchase options were through your phone bill and that also did not work.

Is there a work around that I can try, in order to install apps on my Kyocera DuraXT?

Any information would be greatly appreciated.
August 13, 2013 21:20
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Rob Lake
Ting

Hi Richard,

There's no easy way to download apps onto a feature phone that you've got with us because, as you've noticed, you can't access the data network. There may be a hackier way of doing it, but if there is, I don't know how.

August 16, 2013 14:58
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Richard Staley
Thanks for the quick reply Rob!

I figured it wouldn't be easy, but I'm pretty savy, so if there is a way to hack into the Kyocera DuraXT on Ting's network to install apps, I'm sure some friendly hacker out there would share that information with the Ting Army.
August 16, 2013 15:04
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Henry Yen

@Richard, maybe you can download using the phone's web browser. Or, download using a regular computer, and then sneakernet the downloaded game via the microsd card. Google shows at least one site to directly download games: www.dertz.in.

August 16, 2013 19:53
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Richard Staley
Hi Henry!

Not sure if you mean anything specifically by the term "sneakernet" but I think I smell what you're stepping in ;)

I'll check out that link, see what I come up with and post here when I get my results.

Thanks for the info bro!
August 16, 2013 21:09
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Iris Ailin-Pyzik
Ting Army

OK, I don't know what the average age on this board is, but "sneakernet" is a term harking back to the days when you took your 5 1/4" or 8" (or 3 1/2") disk down the hall to another computer, and later on your "jump stick" (flash drive).  Predating the common use of wifi or the cloud.  Or the web (as opposed to the internet) for that matter.

I apologize if you knew what it meant, but I do get a kick out of the emails that come around at the beginning of the school year, addressed to professors, listing the things they might think were common sense references, but their students won't get.  Ed Sullivan?  8-track?  Jack Benny?  Fred Astaire?  Pay phones?

Here's this year's list - http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/previouslists/2013/

 

August 16, 2013 21:25
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Iris Ailin-Pyzik
Ting Army
August 16, 2013 21:32