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Return and replacement FAQ


Last updated by Christian Robinette

If you need to return or replace your Ting device, then you'll want to read over the information below. For a slightly longer and more detailed version of the information in this article, check out our Terms of Service.

1. What is the warranty if I have a new Ting device?

New Ting devices have a warranty of 1 year from the purchase date.


2. What is the warranty if I have a refurbished Ting device?

Refurbished Ting devices have a warranty of 30 days from the purchase date.


3. What is the warranty if I have a BYOD device purchased from another third party?

Devices purchased elsewhere that were brought to Ting are not covered under Ting's warranty.


4. What does Ting's warranty cover?

Our warranty covers defects in materials or workmanship. It does not cover:

  • Defects arising from damage
  • Normal wear-and-tear or aging
  • Visible, accidental physical damage
  • Liquid damage
  • "Rooted" or "modded" devices

5. How does the warranty replacement process work?

If you need to have a device replaced due to a defect in materials or workmanship:

  • Get in touch with us so we can start the replacement process for you.
  • We'll ship your replacement right away so that you can transfer contacts and other data to the new device (if applicable).
  • When your replacement ships out, we will preauthorize the credit card you have on file for the cost of the replacement, just in case the original device isn't returned.
  • We'll also email you a prepaid shipping label so that you can return the defective device.
  • You'll return this original device along with all components and accessories that were shipped with it including battery, charger, USB cable, SD card and manual (if applicable).
    • It must be received back in our warehouse within 21 days of the replacement being shipped and you will get reminder e-mails from us.
    • If the original isn't received within 21 days, we'll assume you wanted to keep both devices and we will charge you for the replacement and express shipping fees, if applicable.
  • We'll check the condition of the returned device to confirm that it is still covered under warranty and that all components and accessories that were returned.
    • If everything is in order, we'll let you know by email.
    • If components are missing, we will charge a nonrefundable missing parts fee as outlined in Terms of Service.
    • If the condition of the device isn't covered under warranty we'll let you know and you'll be billed for the replacement device.
    • Devices returned to Ting must have also had any activation locks removed to allow access for triage.
      Removing Android activation lock
      Removing iPhone activation lock

6. What if I dropped my phone or otherwise accidentally damaged it?

Ting does not cover accidental damage under our warranty.


7. Does Ting offer insurance?

No, Ting does not offer phone or device insurance, but you can certainly purchase it through a third-party insurer. Please note that if you have your device replaced by a third party insurer, they may replace it with a device that may not work with Ting. If you're not sure, get in touch with us.


8. Should I just have my device replaced directly with the manufacturer?

If you purchased your device from Ting directly, we don't recommend having your device replaced by the manufacturer. Similar to replacements from insurance companies, it may be replaced with a device that may not work with Ting. We handle the manufacturer's warranty on your behalf so there is no need to go to the manufacturer directly.


9. What if I don't like the phone that I purchased?

If Ting doesn't work out for you, you can also return a device that has been opened and gently used (but not damaged) within thirty days, so long as you've used fewer than 300 minutes, 300 text messages, and 300 megabytes of data.

If you receive a device from us that does not power up out of the box or is still in its unopened box, you can return it for a full refund within thirty days of purchase. If you receive a damaged device, please reach out to us immediately and we’ll be happy to help by replacing it or returning it.


10. Does requesting a warranty replacement mean I'll automatically get one?

Once you get in touch with us, we'll ask questions to determine if the reason for your return falls under what's covered under our warranty first. If it does, we'll start the replacement process. If not, we'll let you know at that time.

11. Will I get a new phone as a replacement?

If your device is eligible for replacement, depending on the length of time the phone has been in use, we will replace with a new or refurbished device of the same or comparable model, at our discretion.


12. Can I still be charged for a replacement device once I've sent my original back?

There are two instances in which we charge for a replacement device. We need to receive the device back to our warehouse within 21 days of creating the replacement order. If we see no movement on the tracking of our return label after 21 days we will need to charge and we will assume that you no longer wish to return the original device.
If the original device arrives at our warehouse showing signs of physical or liquid damage, accidental or otherwise, or if the devices operating system has been modified, we will charge for the replacement device.


13. What if Ting finds that the damage to my device isn't covered under warranty after I've sent it back?

Devices are inspected to confirm that defects are not one the result of accidental damage, liquid damage, normal wear and tear, rooting, or modding. If any of these issues are found then you will be billed for the replacement.


14. What if I want to have my device replaced by a different model?

If you want to replace your device with a different model the replacement process is a little different. The new model needs to be purchased and then a return order will be created for the original device, provided it is within the return timeframe of 30 days from purchase. These will be two separate transactions. The return process is the same as the replacement process except that once your returned device passes inspection you'll receive a refund.

If you want to keep the phone number that's on the phone you're returning and you don't have a spare device to move it to, you'll want to purchase your replacement phone before shipping back your original.

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    Christopher Quicker

    There are 3rd party "cell phone insurance" places out there, "ProtectMyBuble" and Securanty are just two. 


    Securanty has a "no deductible" and starts (depending on the model of phone/handset) at $69 for a year, again with NO deductible. 

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    Kevin Gill

    Please add a link "How to Return a Defective Product" to this post !

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    Isabel M

    Hi Kevin,

    We've gone ahead and added a note in the article to get in touch with us if you need to return a device or have it replaced; it's so simple that we entirely forgot to include that! We don't make you fill out any forms or anything like that--it's handled on a case-by-case basis. Hope that helps!

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    Josh Brown


    Beware that TIng's replacement and return policy tries to make you, the customer, solely responsible for returns making it back to Ting's warehouse. This means that should the prepaid shipping label result in a lost package, you will be billed for the device you tried to return.  This happens whether or not you can prove that Ting's shipping company took receipt of the package.  Worse still, because Ting hires the shipper, you have no recourse for reimbursement.  Under the above conditions, Ting can get reimbursed from you the customer, and they can get reimbursed from their shipping company for a lost package too!

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    Brennan V

    Hey Josh, thanks to your help (in previous conversations), we've identified some areas where our Return and Replacement Process could will see an improvement. We take your feedback very seriously and have already taken action to ensure your situation isn't repeated in the future. The wheels are in motion. We really appreciate your patience in the matter. We gave you a call earlier today to let you know all has been sorted with your situation. I'm sure you have more valuable information to share so please feel free to reply back to the follow up email or give us call. 


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    Josh Brown

    Awesome Brennan.  I'm verifying that Ting reimbursed the charges.  I'm really happy with Ting's service and I would switch again in a second.  I'm glad to have a hand in identifying improvement areas.  Thanks for listening!

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    W Hiller

    Has anyone had any experience with Securanty?  Are they reliable with claims? Are they, you know... legit?

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    Gary Kline
    As Ting customers, we are essentially using Sprint's services. With a Sprint branded phone, can one get service at a Sprint store? Also, if a phone warranty has expired, is it possible to purchase TEP with Sprint?
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    Jamie Duncan
    Hey Gary. If you fall into the hands of the right customer service representative with Sprint, they should be more than happy to help out. The TEP that you are talking about would only be for a phone that you purchase directly from Sprint, not Ting.
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    John Murray

    Buy anew mobile phone

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    Mitch Surprenant

    Hey John,

    Check out our shop at if you're looking for a new phone.

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    Joseph DeConcini

    I was a little disappointed that when I returned my daughter's phone for warranty replacement they were unable to remove the the activation lock. I was charged for both the original and replacement device and the original wasn't returned.