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Donor Phone Success Tracker

Last Updated: 08/16/2012


In an attempt to avoid some of the confusion seen here in the forums, I'm starting this thread for tracking which phones can be successfully used as donors for hacking your phone to be used on Ting. I'd like to keep this thread from getting too cluttered, so please keep comments to a minimum. I will include links to the threads used for discussing these various phones, so please do not post any questions about specific phones here. Read their respective threads and if you still have questions, please ask there.

The following table lists phones that are sold by Ting along with which features have been confirmed transplantable. The names of the phones are linked to threads which contain relevant info. I will update this table as new information becomes available.

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Phone
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Voice
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SMS
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** MMS**
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1x Data
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3G Data
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WiMax
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4G LTE
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Notes
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Samsung M370
| X
| X
| X
| X
| X
|  
|  
|  
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Kyocera Brio
| X
| X
| X
| X
|  
|  
|  
|  
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LG Optimus S
| X
| X
| X
| X
| X
|  
|  
|  
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Sanyo Vero
| X
| X
| X
| X
| X
|  
|  
| Discontinued
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HTC Detail
| X
| X
| X
| X
| X
|  
|  
| Discontinued
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Samsung Conquer
| X
| X
|  
|  
|  
|  
|  
| Discontinued
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Aaron Feledy

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Thanks Aaron!

I've pinned this post to the top of the Hacks forum.

We'll see how unwieldy the thread becomes as time goes on. :)

Ken Schafer
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You can add the HTC Detail as a successful donor phone on all accounts but WiMax and 3G LTE. I did, however, use CDMA Workshop to do it, so if you're using FOSS tools, YMMV.

Ken Kinder
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Thanks Ken, is there any chance there is a thread that discusses that device as a doner? I'd like to include a link if so.

Aaron Feledy
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What exactly does it mean for a feature to be transplantable?  I'm concerned that the fact that some are not so indicates that the network will bar devices with certain ESNs from performing certain actions.

I ordered a Kyocera Brio from Ting yesterday and hope to use its ESN in a Samsung SPH-D700 that I'm now using with Sprint.  Until seeing this thread, I assumed that my phone would have all the same capabilities on a given network regardless of what ESN it uses.

Phillip Mocek
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Phillip, the issue is that the Brio doesn't have (apparently) 3G access, or if it does, the 3G keys haven't been found. So you might be limited to slower 1xRTT data, which is around 100Mbps -- acceptable for email, but pretty slow for web browsing.

Ken Kinder
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@Philip:

A feature phone is considered a “donor” phone when developers have successfully found and transferred the settings/IDs to target phone.

In your case, the target phone is the SPH-D700.

There have been varying successes with different Ting donor phones.

I personally have experience with the Samsung SPH-M370.

I have successfully transferred the donor info to a Sprint HTC Evo 4G.

While it may take some reading/researching to transfer the settings to the donor phone, the most difficult part is usually  extracting the AAA Shared Password and HA Shared Password for “Profile-0” (3G data) and “Profile-1” from the donor phone.

Bottom line, anyone who want to use a Ting donor phone should do their research. . .  as you are doing.

Joe Mendez
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One more thing...

With the M370, I my Evo 4G now has: Calling, Texting, 2G and 3G data

I do not have experience using the Brio.

Based on my last reading (about 1 week ago), it sounds like they were still working on getting “3G” data working.

Joe Mendez
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Thanks, Joe and Ken.  That's disappointing news.  I've said for years that I wanted a mobile carrier who would take my money and shovel my bits.  A few days ago, I got my new-to-me Android phones rooted and flashed with Cyanogenmod, then learned that Sprint would require me to change plans to one that costs 50% more just to replace my Treos.  I found out about Ting yesterday, ordered a phone a couple hours later, and was hoping to dump Sprint next week.  I thought this was going to be a matter of finding a Windows machine to run CDMA Workshop, plugging in each phone, tappy-tap-tap, and a phone call to Ting.  It sounds like there's more tinkering to be done.

Thanks to everyone who's working on this.  I hope to contribute to the effort.

Phillip Mocek
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Philip: That sounds about right. Just use the M370 and not the Brio.

One person claimed they got the code to get 3G access from the Brio. Everyone else has not been able to. The person who said they got the code has not confirmed this. So right now the only phone to use as a donor is the M370 unless you like really slow data and a much more complicated flashing process, in which case grab a Brio.

Samuel A
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Great news. I just joined Ting and got an M370. I have an Evo 4g from Sprint. Glad to hear I can use it as a donor. I didn't purchase it with that intent, but since it'll work I'm going to dig in some more and give it a shot. Thanks for putting the list together.

Brook Jordan
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@Brook:

I have been running my Evo 4G on the Ting service for about 10 days.

Everything works perfectly on my Evo 4G!  Calls, Texting, Data (2G and 3G).

I do not do MMS, so I cannot vouch for that.  Though I believe "Joey S" may have got it working.

Cheers! 

Joe Mendez
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@Joe

Awesome! Glad to hear it works well. My Evo has been rooted (for years) and I'm fairly familiar with hacking around on Android. There seem to be a lot of good threads written up on the overall process. 

Brook Jordan
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@Worth: I'm not sure. Here's the quote from their blog post from a few days ago:

"There are still some challenges but fortunately, they’re of the “good problem to have” variety; demand outstripping supply. The not so good problem to have: a surprise supplier issue means we’re currently running low on stock of the Samsung M370."

https://ting.com/blog/device-update-announcing-the-motorola-photon-q-on-ting/

Brook Jordan
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I can confirm the Sanyo Zio works Voice, SMS, 1x and 3g data.  I don't use so haven't tested MMS, but have no reason to think it would work also. "donated" 4 of them when we first switched  to Ting .

Daniel Bradford
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I successfully donated my Ting Optimus S to my Sprint Evo 4G LTE. Everything is working fine (except LTE, but that isn't available where I live anyway), thanks for all of the support and the guides in the forums. Could not have done this without it, Ting rocks!

Lee Sutkowi
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It would be awesome (and make a lot of sense) to also add some sort of "transplant recipient" matrix here too. In other words, a table listing the phones that have been successfully brought onto ting, using these donors. iPhone, anyone?

Ray Richland
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Anyone know which phones are the cheapest to buy as 'sprint' phones, then port them onto ting, then use the phone as a donor for something nicer with at least 3g data?

Curious because I have some older sprint phones laying around in a closet that supposedly had 3g data. 

Vivek Gani
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Successfully ported a Galaxy SIII, using an HTC EVO 4G as a donor phone.

Confirmed Working Features:

- Voice

- SMS

- MMS

- 1x Data (2G)

ToDo:

- 3G Data (Keys Import)

- 4G/LTE Data (APN Config)

This is the most programming I've done in years.

Michael Kirichenko
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Michael,

Why did you go to all that trouble?

If the Sprint Galaxy SIII had a clean ESN, you could have brought it to Ting directly without a donor phone.

 

Bruce Osborne
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It was a Sprint Galaxy SIII with a clean ESN, but it had the "Boost Mobile" branding. I called both Ting and Sprint to ask for their help in bringing it over to the Ting network, and they said it was impossible to use Boost phones on either network. I told them that didn't make sense being that the model was identical to the Sprint/Ting branded version (SPH-L710), and had the exact same radio. They said it was a "core firmware/incompatibility/radio issue that will never be solved".

"What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible." -- Theodore Roethke

Michael Kirichenko
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So the Galaxy SIII ESN could not be BYOD because Sprint does not allow Virgin & Boost phones. Sprint owns Boost & Virgin Mobile.

Bruce Osborne
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Unlocking the phone makes no sense in CDMA. Unlocking the network does. Any stories I have seen to not differentiate between the two. Sprint may unlock the SIMs on their LTE phones, but

  1. Some of their phones have embedded SIMs that cannot be changed

  2. I see nothing stating that Sprint must unlock their network to allow Verizon & US Cellular phones, for example.

It is possible this could lift the Ting BYOD restriction against Boost & Virgin Mobile devices, though.

Bruce Osborne
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Question on flashing an Lg G2. Can I use the Optimus S as a donor phone and get a Sprint G2 working? And is there a good guide for the whole process (in general)? Thanks

Maryam Muhammad