Are US Cellular phones (specifically Mesmerize...) compatible with the Ting network
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I realize that you do not outright support such an act, but was curious if the phone itself (Samsung i500, mesmerize from USC) is even able to work on the Ting network, all obvious ESN/MEID issues aside?? I see people coming from Sprint to Ting and was just wondering if USC phones were of a different type of CDMA than what the Ting network supports??

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  • Hi Sam, sorry, but I can't confirm it. If the device operates on the CDMA 800/1900 MHz band AND you were able to successfully root it and take over an active ESN/MEID, you'd probably have some success. But don't take my word for it!

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  • I was wondering this myself and I'm elated to see the USC Mesmerize i500 is on the whitelist page!
    https://help.ting.com/entries/22567167-byod-whitelist

    Looks like ill be porting my number and becoming a happy customer in the near future!

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  • Hi Dylan,

    The Mesmerize is on the whitelist, but only the one from Sprint, directly - not from US Cellular. You're free to try and add your USC device, but we've only been able to guarantee that unlocked Sprint phones can make it over. Sorry!

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  • Wow, speedy response, thank you!

    This raises a new and mostly-related question.  My Samsung Mesmerize was purchased privately from a friend so it still says his phone number when I go to Settings>Phone info.  So, can I port MY phone number to Ting tomorrow to take advantage of your wonderful ETF promotion and then have that number with Ting assigned to my Mesmerize? This is of course assuming that a US Cellular Mesmerize can be correctly brought over to Ting.

     

    US Cellular is indeed CDMA 800/1900 MHz and uses LTE 4G.  My Mesmerize is rooted and I use Cyanogenmod 10.  I know I'm still pretty much "alone" on this deal, just thought  I would mention it.

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  • Now that I think about it, I bet I have to have the Mesmerize activated with US Cellular first, then attempt to bring it over.  When I enter the MEID on the site now, I get a "We encountered problems" error which I'm attributing to the fact that my Mesmerize is a deactivated cell phone.  This is turning messy, maybe I just need to buy a refurb from Ting.com.

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  • Hi Dylan,

    As US Cellular isn't using the Sprint network, you won't be able to bring the phone over to us. I apologize if Katie's response gave you any false hope.

    The reason for this has to do with how CDMA works, which is probably best understood in relation to how GSM works.

    With GSM, phone numbers are assigned to SIM cards. In order to get a GSM phone to work on any network, all you have to get the phone to work with a SIM card for that network.

    CDMA is different.

    With CDMA, the phone itself plays the role of the SIM card, as phone numbers are assigned directly to the device and it’s the phone that plays the primary role on the network.

    As a result, activating another carrier’s phone requires the agreement of that carrier versus something like the unlocking of a device to work with a SIM.

    As of right now, we only have that kind of an agreement with Sprint. So even though the phone may work on the same frequency as the Sprint network, it isn't a Sprint phone, and so we won't be able to activate it.

    I'm sorry about that.

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  • Hi Rob,

    Thank you for clearing that up.  It's too bad I have a phone I can't use, but I'm glad to hear a definitive answer to US Cellular customers.  Thanks to all of you for your contributions!

    Dylan

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  • Concerning US Cellular Phones and Porting over to Ting. No... to US Cellular allowing their phones to be ported over to Ting or any other Carrier. They'll tell you it can't be done and they'll lie and tell you it can't be unlocked either. That's just US Cellular being against losing devices they've had manufacturers customize for them on CDMA networks. 

    Now for the truth; any phone can be taken to another network locked or unlocked if know the ropes and ways to navigate the system, it seems only American Carriers have us all duped into believing are the truth. So the reality is people all over this country are porting their phones to other carriers by use of 'Donor' phones. That is by getting into a phones management tools and zeroing out a deactivated device's MEID on any CDMA Carrier. You must write down that MEID number first of course and then access the tools the phone you plan to activate on Ting for instance.

    Once in the system, you'll need to change (let's say it's a US Cellular Phone you want to activate) change it's US Cellular MEID to the deactivated Sprint Donor phone's MEID. So now your US Cellular Phone or device identifies itself as a Sprint phone instead. Then you simply activate your US Cellular phone with it's Sprint Donor ID. You must however make sure you either never attempt to activate the donor phone or zero it out. Because naturally the system will be confused and only allow one tel number to be assigned to that MEID at a time!!!

    Whether this is legal or not has yet to be determined. But..... the American Carriers would like you to believe it totally illegal, so they don't lose these phones or devices to the competition. There is nothing the books in legal terms that says you can't do this once a phone or device is off contract. So let these carriers intimidate you into believe it true. No carrier to date has attempted to sue a customer who has done this and it's doubtful it would be successful. Everyday many people are using this exact same method to port their unlocked or released cell phone or device to another carrier.

    It just so happens that because of US Cellular's loss/sale of the Chicago area to Verizon, a ton of US Cellular devices have been put up for sale on ebay and other sites. So it's not uncommon, even though US Cellular has so far refused to offer off contract phones and devices to be ported to either Verizon, Sprint and their MVNO's, it's being done everyday right under their noses. While they continue to LIE about it even being possible using Donor MEID switching in admin access tools of the devices concerned!

    All you need to do to accomplish this MEID switch is to find the code needed for the two devices you will be using and they must be like devices. Meaning to Android smartphones and not just one Android and a feature phone donor. Ironically..... we in North America are the only people getting duped into believing Carriers somehow continue to own the devices we paid for on contract, that are now deactivated. In Asia, UK and Europe Pay As You Go is the rule instead of the exception like here. It's a RACKET PURE & SIMPLE and it's up to us to break it and force these American Carriers to face REALITY and Give Up on trying to always CONTROL US!!!   

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