Who would like to see a Windows Phone Device?
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  • We are looking seriously at Windows 8 devices for the new year. Lots of moving pieces still, but we will try our best to bring you the bacon, err, windows!

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  • Thanks for the update Scott and thanks for listening to your potential customers! I'm definitely looking forward to Ting getting a Windows 8 phone (and native WiFi calling). I know you can't be specific, but are you thinking it looks more like 1st quarter next year or later? If so that would about price me in to buy a optimus now and still pay the same over the next 5 months while waiting for a Windows 8 phone (fingers crossed Nokia, but I won't lie, any Windows 8 device spec -wise is looking like it would do for me.)

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  • With the caveat that it is a more a guess (at this point) than a fact based prediction, I would say Q1 next year. I can not even speculate in regards to which OEM will be in play, my sense is these discussions are happening right now. You can be sure that we will keep working on it, and share what we can, as soon as we can.

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  • Would love to see 2 Windows Phone devices on Ting before I switch. One low end like the Lumia 710 for the kids and one high end like the Lumia 900/Titan II for the adults. When that happens I would seriously consider moving my 5 phones from T-Mobile.

    Like others I have been checking the site from time to time looking for news. Glad to see the news that it might be a possibility next year. Most of my phone renew this November, so hopefully we will have more news then.

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  • I am a new subscriber using the Samsung Transform Ultra, which I like a lot but there is no question that, if I was given the chance, I would have jumped for a WP.  Nothing else brings all your stuff together in quite the same way.

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  • I am hoping for a nokia windows WORLD phone that is GSM unlocked, that would make my day.

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  • It is becoming more clear that Microsoft plans to relaunch Windows phones the introduction of Window Phone 8. Since the Windows Phone 8 will compliment the tablet and PC versions of Windows 8, this makes good marketing sense.  There would be a symbiosis with each supporting the other.  Recently, there has been lot's of chatter on the internet regarding Verizon having a version of Windows Phone 8 for the Christmas selling season. In short, to synchronize with the introduction of Windows 8.  

    I realize that Ting is tied to Sprint, not Verizon, but how far behind the curve can possibly Sprint be?  Question: How far behind Sprint would Ting be?  I think that being among the very first of the MVNO's to offer a LTE Windows Mobile 8 Phone would separate you from the ever-increasing pack of MVNO's in a very positive way.

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  • Yes, I would like an Xbox phone please (isn't that the Windows phone 8?) :)

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  • I'll be on board with Ting as soon as it has or can support a Windows 8 phone. Hopefully they get it when it does get released.

    I also wonder if Sprint gets it before Ting if you can outright purchase it from Sprint then bring it to Ting as a BYOD? We'll see what happens.

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  • Given Ting's new BYOSD policy I would imagion that covers our ability to get the curent WP. Unfortunately, MS has already made it clear that none of the curent phones will accuially support full Windows 8 when it comes out. So even us who want a WP would be wise to wait untill W8.

    Personally, I bought a mid range Android to hold me over and am already enjoying the Ting network. When a nice W8 phone comes out I might switch to that (unless the iPhone comes first and I fall in to temptation). The good news about Ting is when I buy a phone I'm not committing to it for 2 years and can switch phones just about anytime I fancy.

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  • It's going to be real hard to not go get a cheap htc radar when this launches and ditch my samsung captivate until real wp8 devices hit. 

    But with wp8 right around the corner and hopefully a nokia device with pureview coming to sprint (eventually) seems like a better idea to wait..... hopefully sprint gives us an idea how long we will have to wait to get good wp8 devices so I can make this decision.

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  • I am considering getting one of the lesser expensive Android phones to tide me over and get on the Ting network, but when figuring out how much a 2 year plan cost vs purchasing a cheap phone then turning around and buying a WP8 phone that may up the cost enough not to justify switching yet. Of course no one knows the price of the Windows phones but we'll see. I'm just getting excited and in a hurry to get on the Ting network but it still has to make sense financially.

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  • Sweet, Samsung just announced their new WP8 device: http://www.tingusers.com/forum/threads/24-Windows-Phone-8-Samsung-ATIV-S

    That is some quality hardware that I'd love to have on Ting. I haven't even started using my first Android device yet so I can't compare yet but certainly liked my WP7.5 device. Other than the fact that none of the good apps were ever developed for it since it has such a small following.

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  • Android is draining the life from me.  I need, seriously NEED, to get back to my Windows phone.  I went with Android for you, Ting. for YOU! And I am miserable.  The worst $200 I ever spent (other than that one weekend I won't go into).  I cannot handle this Android rediculousness!

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  • I quite liked my WP7.5 device but it did suck either not having the app I wanted or having to wait much longer than iOS and Android. Hopefully WP8 will change this. That Samsung device I posted above looks like awesome hardware.

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  • I don't know if it's up to Ting or Sprint to decide which phones they can use but some of the things I've been reading seems like Sprint want's the other big 2 or 3 carriers to test the waters out first before they start selling the WP8 phones. I really hope that is not true but this link thinks Sprint may not offer the phones on launch day. http://www.pcworld.com/article/261653/windows_phone_8_launch_adds_to_microsofts_busy_october.html

    The waiting to release WP8 really doesn't make much sense to me but hopefully it will be adopted soon because it is one of the things that is holding me back from joining the Ting army! And I'm ready to go!! From what I see so far it really looks like this is going to take off this time. Only time and using the OS will tell though.

    And Kevin I think with the WP8 release we will see a lot more apps being created when developers see how the WP8 phone interacts with desktop WP8 and the Windows 8 RT tablet or whatever they will call it. Windows platforms to me just seems to make more sense for business applications than iOS and Andriod even though I think they are getting better and starting to realize what businesses need and want.

    Now the next thing we have to worry about will be the price point...

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  • Lisa - that was funny! I've been using an Android phone for the last 2-3 years and while it is not perfect (what is and yes I'm ready to move on) it has done pretty much what I needed it to do but we all know it can be better. And that better I believe is the WP8 phone. Just have to love all that new technology coming out to make our lives better.  :)

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  • The only thing keeping me from joining today is my current contract. However, I would absolutely love it if I could buy a Windows phone (v8, hopefully!) from you guys in November instead of an Android.

     

    Ting offers a great service, and I'm so excited that I get to utilize it soon. Hopefully internet/cable/satellite providers take a page out of your book soon!

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  • I'm more interested in dumping Windows all together. That said, I also agree customer choice always benefits the seller and buyer. That's why Apple has lost so much of their share of the market to Android and others, and so fast.

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  • I would love to see Windows Phone 8 on Ting!

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  • With the upcoming BYOSD, it will be possible to add the HTC Arrive on Ting. I plan on snatching up an Arrive and using that to tide me over until I can save up money for whichever WP8 device Ting offers.

    So, THANK YOU TING for listening to your fan base and making this happen. I am very excited to start saving $40 a month on my cell phone bill.

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  • I'm going to buy a Windows phone. I would love it to be with Ting. I'm surprised that Ting can't go directly to Nokia and get certain model phones. Especially since Nokia really hasn't penetrated much of the market in the US. Funny story ...my friend has a Nokia phone thats from when Verizon use to carry them years and years ago. I've always wondered if Nokia was dropped by the carriers because the build quality was too high and not made to fail after a few years. 

     

    With Windows 8 out for Technet and MSDN subscribers, I really want a Windows phone so that I can buy into the whole Windows ecosystem. Really that's the issue. Which ecosystem do you want to be part of, Apple, Google, Amazon, or Microsoft? Pick one...The other point is that people eventually get so many apps in one ecosystem it's hard to change to a different one.

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  • Wow, excellent discussion here. All I really have to say is that I am glad that there is a such a large push for Windows phones.

    Personally, I've been a huge Android fan since day one. However, with the integration that Microsoft is making across it's whole entire line of devices and software, the Windows phone idea is pressing on me for when my wife and I upgrade. Granted, that will not be for another two or three years or so, as I like to keep devices for a bit.

    But either way, the push now for Windows phones will make sure that Ting gets them and keeps them. Hopefully until I get ready to upgrade, so I can have that much more of a choice!

    Side Note - I wish I could work for Ting, only company that I have been a customer to, that has put the consumer at first priority. Good job Tucows!

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  • I agree with your side note.  Simply put, Ting has the best customer service going today.  They are the model that smart firms should look to. 

     

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  • Just a quick update, we expect to be able to offer Windows 8 device in Q1 (possibly late Q1) 2013. Existing supported providers Windows phones will be allowed to come under BYOSD in late October / November. 

    View our supported devices list for more information: https://help.ting.com/entries/22567167-Bring-Your-Sprint-Device-to-Ting-A-List-of-All-Supported-Devices

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  • Thats good to hear. Thanks for the update!

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  • Scott, thank you! This is great news. I just picked up Sprint's HTC Arrive and I am eagerly awaiting the BYOSD to start! I wish it were coming sooner! 

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  • Let's push Sprint to reconsider their "wait and see" approach to Windows Phone 8! Sign a petition (started on the Sprint forums) to let the Sprint board of directors know we would like them to get with the program! :)

    I think the thing that pushed me over the edge was the HTC 8X / 8S announcement yesterday, and ALL the big U.S. carriers (AT&T, Verizon, T-mobile) EXCEPT Sprint are on board! C'mon Sprint!

    I do NOT want to leave Ting for the newest Windows Phones....

    Sign the petition here:

    http://signon.org/s/0gxj64

    Thanks!

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  • If Sprint/Ting support the upcoming Nokia Lumia 920, I will become a Ting customer immediately.

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  • i have a suggestion. if i am not mistaken, sprint offers contract free phones at full retail prices. why not do byod, and let sprint take care of all your inventory for you..... then we will get the htc wp8 and ativ s when sprint gets them. you definitely should get the note2 in supply, but not necessarily a lot. but if possible, my first suggestion will make that unnecessary

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