Rugged devices?
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I would like to recommend (if not already planned and in the works) that TING consider bringing some solid, rugged flip- phones to the device line up. A Sprint specific device would be the Kyocera DuraXT.

From personal experience, before I switched from Verizon I had a rugged Casio C781 GzOne Ravine. I could go hiking, canoeing, camping, to the beach, drop it, get it wet, etc. and it never quite on me.

I am now with TING and have an Android phone. I have to baby it. It gets left in the car when I am adventuring. And why not? Who wants to crack, drop or scratch up a $400 phone I use for my work life. But if you had rugged flip phones, I would buy one and add it to my account. Also, I know tons of people that just want a rugged, dependable flip phone and so they stay with Verizon and Sprint, etc. for just that reason. My uncle is one of them. A former Marine that is always fishing, boating, etc. He has no need for Android or iOS, but he does need rugged!

I think a big market is being overlooked.

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  • I second this motion! I talked my wife into TING and she prefers the simplicity of a flip phone and is going to walk soon. I wanted and got a simple data plan (hot spot capable device) for those non WiFi moments and all she wants is her flip phone back.

    Imagine a phone being dropped into a bag full of potential shrapnel.

    We are the older generation where we appreciate at least 10” viewable real estate, not 3” eye strain. When we first signed up you had a flip phone but it wasn’t hot spot capable and now I’m sort of in a hot seat. The whole idea of TING is to save use a dinner out once a month.

    If TING brings back a flip phone option then we will ultimately become a two phone family.  

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  • If there is something that Sprint currently sells you should be able to use one of those when BYOD is enabled. I know that doesn't help now but it shouldn't be too long until it is an option.

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  • Yeah, that BYOD announcement is really nice to hear! I am with TING currently and TOTALLY LOVING IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know people that are with Sprint or would take comfort in the BYOD policy with Sprint. It is really great to see TING growing and developing so well! That said, BYOD does not necessarily help too much unless Sprint has a rugged device that can be bought for a reasonable price and will work on TING. I would still like to see TING offer at least one simple, rugged, outdoors type flip-phone.

    And just for the sake of sharing some news -

    My smartphone bill last month was only $17 and change...YES!  Of course, that was a slow month and I did make a lot of calls from my home office VOIP line. Still, I am saving at least $50 or more a month and I have texting and data when I need it. I almost can't believe it.

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  • Ting - Any news on rugged devices dumb or smart?

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  • Not yet, but keep an eye on our blog (at https://ting.com/blog/) as we'll post about it there the moment we have more information.

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  • With a screen protector and rubberized snap on cover, my Transform Ultra has been dropped a few times with no problem.  How about just getting a nice case for it, like a Pelican, Ballistic, Cygnett, Body Glove, or Otter Box?  Or get the Samsung M370. It would be on the same plan, and when she wants a smarter phone, she uses yours.

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  • How about getting the "Motorola DEFY" or "Kyocera Hydro", see that those 2 are about the only 2 waterproof cdma phones that are not 'push to talk'.

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  • Do you have any new updates on a rugged type of device? I cannot see a suitable device even with the BYOD program. And the "cheap" phones are still to high of a price to be used as a replacement for a rugged type phone.

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  • Not yet, but we'll definitely post about it on the blog the second we do.

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  • People have the Sanyo Taho (E4100) and Motorola Admiral (XT603) working with BYOD so far.

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  • This is the single reason I will wait to switch over to TING. Currently I am using a Casio C781 GzOne Ravine 2 from Verizon. However, TING doesn't really cover something as durable as this phone so I can't really switch. I would love to see TING make their service a viable option for me.

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  • I should amend my last comment, since Sprint changed the rules after I posted it: the Motorola Admiral is no longer eligible for BYOD.

    At the moment, the Sanyo Taho is the only rugged phone I'm aware of that can be brought over to Ting. It's decent, but not quite a member of the industrial strength family.

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  • The Motorloa V950 is a rugged phone that's still on the whitelist. I activated one on Ting a couple of days ago. I don't know where it falls on the "ruggedness" spectrum, though. (It claims to meet MILSPEC 810F.)

    They seem fairly common on eBay in new-in-box condition for $40-$50.

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  • What happened to the Kyocera duraXT that was available on the Devices page? Is it no longer available through Ting? I know it was removed from the whitelist due to Sprint pulling the ability for Ting to Tingify PTT phones, but does this therefore mean there won't be rugged phones available on Ting's network?

    I really like the idea of buying a "backup" rugged phone to use if/when I go camping, or to the water park, or whatever I do when I don't want to bring my planned purchase of a $500+ smartphone.

    Maybe as Alan recommended, I could find a Motorola V950 (Renegade) as listed on the whitelist. I just have to be careful that the phone hasn't been flashed to Cricket, I assume.

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  • Hey Robert, we are hoping to get more duraXT devices in stock and we will repost the phone to the devices page. You were right about BYODing a Renegade. So long as it is a Sprint device with a clean ESN you should be good to go. 

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  • Thank you, Sam. I appreciate the response.

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  • Any word on when they will be back in stock? I bought a DuraXT, returned it and bought a smart phone and now regret it. Thanks!

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  • Hi Mitchell,

    No update just yet but keep an eye out on our Devices page for any updates!

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  • I just bought a sprint kyocera duraXT on ebay. Can I still activate it on ting?

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  • Hey Hudong,

    Unfortunately this device is not supported for BYOD. A full list of our supported devices can be found on our device whitelist. If you are ever in doubt please just get in touch with the ESN of the device and we can verify support.

    All the best!

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  • It's not waterproof, but I can HIGHLY recommend the Kyocera Kona flipfone if you want a NEW phone.  You MUST buy it from Ting, however, as the only other provider is Virgin, and their phones cannot be brought over to Ting.  Here's the Ting link for it: https://ting.com/devices/buy/kyocera-kona

    The Kona has LOTS going for it: a LARGE & BRIGHT screen, a HUGE, easy-to-read font, BIG, LIGHTED, easy-to-read buttons, LOUD earpiece and speaker, and LOUD ringers.  This phone is an update to the Sanyo Vero (a Sprint phone no longer in production but with 99% of the Kona functionality).  It is shaped more squarely than the Vero, has a much better camera (2mp), and has lanyard holes on the bottom of the phone (where they belong).  This is an OUTSTANDING phone in every sense as long as you don't need data (it can access data, but it's beyond tedious). 

    I've had a Vero phone on Sprint for four years and LOVE it.  I have transferred it to Ting, and service is IDENTICAL to being on Sprint!  I have also purchased two used Veros on Ebay for under $25 each and will buy three more ... one has already been brought to Ting, and the other four will be soon (my family and two of my friends!).  Buying on Ebay, be sure the seller is a "Top Seller" and be sure the phone is in "Good" shape with a VALID ESN number. 

    Now for the "rugged" part: you can get snap-on plastic covers for the Kona and the Vero on Ebay for about $8 each in different covers and finishes (shiny, flat/rubberized), and these things are TOUGH and WILL NOT fall off!  They turn your rather delicate phone into a tuffy!  I had a Sanyo ruggedized phone for 8 years, and with covers, these phones seem just as tough. 

    One last suggestion: use a LANYARD (buy cheap on Ebay) and wear the phone AROUND YOUR NECK.  I've been doing it for 15 years and have never DROPPED or LOST a phone.  Another advantage: whether driving or not (but especially when driving), you can make a FAST call by hitting Speed Dial, Call, and Speaker, then closing the phone and dropping it onto your belly.  Same with receiving a call: just open, hit Speaker, close and drop. Works PERFECTLY! 

    You will love these phones!

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  • In reference to my previous comment, make that "in different COLORS and finishes" ... it sure would be nice if Ting had an "Edit" button for our comments!  Thanks!

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  • I wanted to get a Kyocera Kona for my husband like the one I got six weeks ago, but they are no longer available. I was told they'd be in in a week or two, but so far they are not. Currently, there are no simple flip/feature phones offered. Looking at these posts, it seems that Ting doesn't seem to rank this type of phone very high on its list, but it seems to pair nicely with the type of customer - like me - who just wants things simple. I love Ting, but this aspect of customer service is disappointing.  I would like to suggest that Ting prioritize making these types of phones more available.

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  • Hey, thanks Ting! The Kona and the Verve just went up for sale again! I do think a sturdier flip phone should also be an option. More importantly, I think you guys have to make sure these phone options are always available to customers. There were several weeks, that I know of, when there were none. That kept me from recommending to friends, relatives, neighbors, and coworkers who also like flip phones because they would not be able to use their preferred phone with Ting's great service.

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  • Hey Mary,

    Thanks for the feedback - always welcomed and appreciated. Ideally, we do try to have at least one inexpensive feature phone available on the shop page but sometimes they aren't many in circulation with the vendors we use. If you are looking for an affordable and compatible device, make sure to check out our Personal Shopper program here. We will help you find a used/refurbished phone based on your preferences and budget.

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