Who would like to see a Windows Phone Device?
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If you would like to see a Windows Phone Device on Ting, show your support by adding a comment here. Why should Android get all the love?

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  • Jake, they do make money on the phones. The difference is that they don't make much from each phone, but they also don't give away phones they have to subsidize by charging higher bbase rates. $6 a month covers having the line registered and active with Sprint, and yes they still make a profit from that. They don't charge outrageous rates just because they can and there's nothing you can do about it. In fact, they do not charge outrageous rates, specifically because they can, because this is how mobile service should be priced and sold.

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  • Ting is a company so I can't trust them 100%... However from what I've seen so far if they could allow us to easily bring in our existing unlocked phones they would. As is they already have a "Hacks" forum where they openly encourage people to buy the cheapest phone (which you can get for just above $20 with a discount code) and hack existing phones so that you CAN bring in your existing phones if you know how. On top of that with so many people saying "I'd go to Ting if I can bring my phone" I really just can't beleave this is an artificial restriction that Ting could just flip a switch and turn off. It just dosen't make good business sence, and with Ting's "Trust us we do the right thing" stratigy it makes even less sence.

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  • I doubt that it is Ting not letting you bring your own device, but Sprint. Sprint no doubt worries about subsidizing someone's iPhone (or a high end Android or Windows Phone) only to to have them cancel, pay the fee and move to Ting (they are already losing money on iPhones when they stay on their network). Also, having to buy your own phone is Sprint only defense to not losing all it's customers to it's MVNO partners, there are those people just unwilling to shell out the money up front.

    All that being said, I doubt that Sprint has put a "you can only have Android" clause on it's partners. They might hoard the iPhone for themselves and top end new release phones (Android included), but I doubt they'd be upset if a partner was selling WP or BBM phones. It's coming to phone announcement for fall season time, and while I can understand Ting worrying about the cost of stocking a Windows Phone, I hope that the sales of the Lumia have shown that people are interested in WP. Sprint likely wouldn't give up the latest and greatest WP8 to Ting, but I'm sure you could get a good model to sell here. Not sure the numbers you need to order, but from the thread it seems you could easily sell a few. I just hope you let us all know your plans as soon as possible so we can make ours, even if you plans don't include anything beyond Android.

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  • Bryan said:

    Ting is a company so I can't trust them 100%

    LOL!

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  • As it says in the FAQ's, Ting has to purchase phones from Sprint. They can purchase any phones they want, but they have elected to start with Android to keep things simple. Those phones are not cheap, either. A device for which you pay $250 might only make Ting 5 or 10 bucks. They're not getting rich off the phones. They just don't see the need to have 200 different choices from 4 OS's and outlay all that cash up front.

    Having said that, while they don't actively encourage EIN hacking, they don't discourage it either. That's the whole idea behind open source hardware and software. If you can make it work, and it doesn't screw anything up for the rest of us, have at it. There are stories of people using hacked iPhones, Blackberries and others on all the different no-contract carriers. They don't want to play the games that the Big Four play, which is why they don't offer any free phones they have to subsidize with contracts and high fees. Sprint doesn't care which devices Ting does or does not buy. Nor do they care where you got the device you are using. If you want to put W6 or W7 on your Android, and you know how to do it, go for it. If you want to hack your BB and use it on Ting, go for it. They won't give you device support, but they won't tell you that you can't do it, either.

     

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  • Once the Windows 8 Operating System for PCs goes public this October, I think it is safe to assume that Windows Phones will get much more attention than they are currently receiving.  The similar look and feel of the two systems should bring additional purchasers to the Windows Phones. It will be easier to adapt to the operating systems of phone and PC together.  If I were Ting, or any MVNO for that matter, I would want to have a model in my aresnal by the Windows 8 OS launch date.  And yes, I would be an interested party.

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  • I wonder if another reason why Ting does not have a Windows Phone is due to Sprint only offering exactly one Windows Phone, the HTC Arrive. Since Ting gets its phones from Sprint, the HTC Arrive may be costly off contract and that it could be a hard sell to the average prepaid consumer in relation to a cheaper Android phone. It makes me think....

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  • I understand the reasoning behind not having them right now, but I just want to throw another voice on the pile. If you guys had a Windows Phone device, I'd be working to switch to you from AT&T ASAP.

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  • Ditto Andrew!  I'll end up switching to Ting, but I would love to have the option of a solid Windows phone.  I could wait for the new OS if we had some word of intent from Ting

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  • Hi all - thanks for your feedback, we appreciate it and use it to put together our roadmap. Cheers ~ s

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  • I'll pile on here too....  I am becoming very interested in getting a ting phone primarily because the tethering is included with the plans.

    But I would suggest to wait until sprint gets some decent windows phone hardware before making that jump (wp8 with their lte network).

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  • Honestly, a Windows Phone would be a major plus to me. But under a certain condition: I want a hardware keyboard. I know its a niche market though, so chances are, I'll be settling for the Samsung Transform Ultra instead. A keyboard + 4G + Windows would be ideal for me though.

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  • I would absolutely love to see a Windows phone. They have a great looking OS that is by far the most user-friendly of the major smartphone OSs (that includes iOS). I've also been wanting to get into WP development for a while, so that would be cool to see a Windows phone come to Ting. (P.S. I love physical keyboards, too, so +1 to Percival!)

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  • Percival,

    If you are patient, the HTC Detail may be back. It is a slider with 4G. That's 2 of tour 3 desires. I ordered my HTC Detsil last week, but they must be out of stock again.

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  • I've had a Windows 7.5 Samsung Focus running flawlessly for the last 2 years and am completely sold on the Windows phone platform. As with several of the others commenting here I would switch to Ting instantly if I could bring my Focus or purchase a Windows phone from Ting.

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  • I am biting tooth and nail to switch to Ting from Tracfone. I hate contracts and I will never go with the big cell phone companies again.

    However, I have no desire to own an Android smartphone. I've used a few in the past and the OS is terrible. The second you have a Windows Phone in your lineup, I have a large wad of cash to throw your way!

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  • I would absolutely love to see Ting offer a Windows Phone device. As a mobile developer, I own devices with the thee major mobile OSs (WP, Android, iOS) and have settled on WP as my primary use and development platform. With WP8 coming out later this year, late Q3 early Q4, and Huawei joining Samsung, Nokia and HTC as a hardware partner, I would hope to see Ting adding WP devices to the lineup. I will be migrating my Android phone and iOS device (via hotspotting) to Ting within the next 30 days but will be stuck with AT&T because of my Nokia Lumia 900.

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  • I have been intrigued about the way you guys do business since hearing about you on This Week In Tech. But my dislike of the iPhone (former 3G owner) and current Android (gingerbread) owner has me looking at WP7 (or WP8). I would love to try out your service but the lack of Windows phones is holding me  back. Please bring on WP7. (pretty please)

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  • My guess is that, at this point, we'll wait for WP8 devices before launching any Windows Phones. Whether we add Windows Phones is now pretty much related to having phones we think are worth carrying rather than a lack of interest on our part to carry the OS.

    Your patience is appreciated folks!

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  • Ken-

    That makes perfect sense.  I'm eager and willing to switch to Ting, but I'm tired of iOS and Android.  Do you think there will be a a strong chance that Ting will add some WP8 devices when they come out?  I don't want to wait around only to find that several months from now nothing happens!

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  • It really depends on what WP8 phones our network provider will support. If we see some strong candidates there we'll definitely add Windows phones. I can't comment on what phones our network provider will have. I'm not sure anyone knows that yet.

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  • I just hope sprint actually gets a wp8 device worth owning (namely a nokia device).... those are the only wp's really worth owning but sprint has not been that forthcoming with the current crop of nokia devices.

    The only other sprint phone I would really be interested in is the galaxy nexus.... just hope ting has one of them by November when my at&t contract is up.... otherwise I may get that cheap kyocera phone for a few months (which I would rather not have to do).

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  • Ken,

    It is exciting to hear that you are listening and see the need for a Windows Phone.  I completely support the wait for the WP8's.  Knowing your business model, I sure hope Sprint jumps on board with the WP8 phones.  It is the only thing holding me back from making the jump.

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  • I would absolutely prefer a Nokia WP device, they are beautiful and have lots of nice software extras, but I would take any WP device. 6 of the top 9 best rated phones on Amazon are WP ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/top-rated/wireless/2407747011/ref=zg_bs_tab_t_tr?pf_rd_p=1374969722&pf_rd_s=right-8&pf_rd_t=2101&pf_rd_i=list&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=06WXTGZKXN5ZPA0SPP4B#1)and even Sprint's Arrive has 4.5 stars.

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  • Windows Phone me please. Android is horrible.

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  • YES. I would definitely use ting if this happened 

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  • Just accept preorders, if you get enough... get the phone, if not, refund the pre-orders.  It's cheaper than losing on inventory.  You might also want to contact a windows mobile device manufacturer and see if they'll supply you directly without you having to hold any stock.   It'd be in their best interest to sign up another carrier.  I would only take ONE brand of phone for the initial offering though.  Samsung is good quality if they'll do it.  Look up the review of the phone, go for something with 5 stars that's under $200 (as a generic category, cheaper is better, higher quality is better, but I'm not sure where the supply/demand curve meets it's happy place).

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  • Shaun,

     

    As a Sprint MVNO, Ting is restricted to the phones that Sprint will sell them. If Sprint will not sell Ting a phone, Ting cannot offer it.

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  • Thanks for all the comments all, good stuff!

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  • Yes.  Yes! YES!  I would leave Sprint for you, I would.  All I ask for is a Windows phone.  That seems like a great deal to me.  I have an HTC Arrive right now and LOVE it so much but I know what you offer will be so much better.  Bring it, man, bring it.

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