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Join the Ting Army...

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!

Scott Allan

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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*

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

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

Cathy Cleghorn
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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.

Samuel A
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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.

Brian Steere
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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.

Scott Allan
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"...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.

Ryan Newton
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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.

Jose Cerna
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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.

Joe Bloggs
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@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... 

Joe Mendez
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Thanks Joe.

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

Ken Schafer
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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.

Kevin Arnold
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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.

James Koole
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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.

Drew Hammond
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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!

Don Rude
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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.

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

Yingjia Shen
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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.

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

Henry Willauer