asked this on September 30, 2012 21:21
Sorry for all of the questions. I'm wanting to make the switch to Ting, but just want to clarify everything.
With BYOD, will I be able to buy a Sprint phone on Amazon or Craiglist that isn't active and then activate the phone with Ting?
Also, when will BYOD be available to the public? (Is there anything more specific that Q4?)
Yes as long as it is a sprint phone with a clean ESN it should work just fine. as for Q4 i can't tell you much but i am pretty sure it will be worth the wait :).
Hi Greg, we don't have any information more specific than Q4 at this time. The best place to keep up on with all of the developments on BYOSD is definitely our blog @ https://ting.com/blog
Awesome thanks for the replies.
One more question concerning Tariq's reply: what exactly constitutes a clean/dirty ESN? Also, just to get my terminology correct, ESN's are codes assigned by Sprint/Ting network to a specific device, correct?
ESN is an electronic serial number, usually assigned by the device manufacturer. Sprint keeps a database of ESNs containing information like "this device is authorized to be on the Sprint network", "this is a 3G device", and "this device is handled by Ting". Currently if it's not already in the database, it's not allowed, which is what prevents you from bringing over a phone originally intended for another network (e.g. Verizon). What's about to happen is that Sprint will allow changing which partner handles phones already in the database (e.g. Sprint postpaid -> Ting).
A dirty ESN is one that's flagged in the Sprint database for things like "the owner reported this device stolen" or "this device is subsidized on contract and the owner hasn't paid his bill", so they won't allow it to be activate on the network no matter which partner handles it.
make sure when you buy the phone the first thing you get it, it should be saying it is ready to activate.
When BYO(S)D starts, Ting should have a way to check if an ESN is clean. Before you buy, ask the seller for the ESN. If they won't give it to you I would probably avoid making that purchase. If they do, contact Ting and ask if it is eligible to be moved.
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