Reprogramming ESN
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I've seen a few comments stating that phones from other carriers can be used if the ESN were reprogrammed (using a tool like: http://www.cdma-ware.com/workshop.html). I have a few questions regarding this:

When I buy a ting phone, is it necessary to buy a phone with comparable features? Ie. if I buy the cheapest ting phone and hack a sprint wimax phone to have the same esn, will 4G work?

I read that there have been issues with receiving text messages, is there any detail as to how serious are these issues? Do you users receive any texts or is it sporadic?

Thanks!

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  • Yes, you would have to buy a device with comparable features. We've had a few customers try this and have had some success. The features of the device (ie 4G capability) is attached to the device's serial number (ESN/MEID). So if you bought the least expensive, non-4G device, you wouldn't be successful getting 4G to work.

    I can't really comment on SMS issues yet... we don't have enough data yet. Perhaps another Ting customer might see this and comment. :) 

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  • Ok - that's good to know, thanks a lot for the feedback Ben.

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  • I do not mean to bump this up too much, but I am certainly interested in this idea. Would purchasing one of the cheap flip phones, and using those IDs and such on a existing 3G phone work correctly? Obviously it takes a bit of work, but the money savings potential with Ting is incredible. It is just hard for me to break down into Ting and purchase new phones and all when I would still have to pay an ETF with my current provider. I have tried to get around it, and no use whatsoever.

    So, would an option like that work? Can I purchase a cheap flip phone (Not a smart phone obviously, so not sure) and use my current phone with the ESN, MEID, etc? Or, would I have to buy the LG Optimus S in order for this idea to work, since I have a smart phone?

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  • Hey Brentt - I can't answer that specific question, since I used a Transform as a "donor" phone, but you may be interested in this thread:  https://help.ting.com/entries/21256192-nexus-s-on-ting-almost-working

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  • Ben, is 4G just 4G, or would you need an LTE donor phone to get LTE on a hacked device?

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