Blackberry Q10 coming to Ting?
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I fully understand why previously-released BB devices aren't available on Ting.  With the pending arrival of the Q10 on Sprint (30 Aug pre-order/13 Sep in-store), is there an opportunity to bring this device to Ting as well?

I'm not going to pretend to understand the complexities of bringing a new phone/ecosystem to Ting, but I'm hoping historical issues with BB/Spring can be avoided altogether.  My wife's BB monthly bill is nearly three times what I've spent on Ting in four months.  I must find a way to stop the madness!  (:

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  • Hi Jerod, we don't have information to pass along, but all device updates will be proudly announced on our   blog. Thanks for asking. 

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  • Just want to push this query back up.  I'm hoping that Sprint will allow this device to come over to Ting.  (:  In the mean time, I'll be anxiously following the blog for announcements.

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  • Hey there Jerod, there was an announcement today about the Q10 in our Ting HangOut. We should have access to these devices soon. You can check out the full HangOut for more details here: 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GbgR1uqlj4

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  • Excellent news.  Thank you for the promising update!

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  • Not a problem, that is what these forums are here for! 

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  • (My wife is the BB user, so I apologize for not fully understanding how BB works, but ...)

    I have a general BB question that's not specific to Sprint/TIng ...

    Can a Blackberry handset be mostly/fully functional without Blackberry Enterprise Server?  I've heard (here or elsewhere) that BB10 may be less dependent on BES.  For example, can a BB handset still get mail (POP3/IMAP) voer wifi or cellular data without BES?  With Messenger hitting iOS and Android devices, is there now a possibility of ultimately decoupling handsets from the additional data plan charges that seem to be unique to BB?

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  • Hey Jerod, that's a great question, one I fear am not qualified to adequately answer. I've heard that it is possible for a BB device to function fully without BES, but lack the authority to make that confirmation. I'm curious if any of our other Ting users may know the answer to this question.

    Signed, a former Blackberry 8910 user.

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  • UPDATE: I know many of you are looking forward to the Blackberry coming to Ting. Right now, with BB in a bit of a disarray, including many layoffs, our negotiations and planning have stalled a bit. We're still working on getting the device but it won't arrive along the timeline we originally thought.

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  • I just wanted to come back and thank Mr. Valenzuela and the great folks at Ting for their attention and hard work.  In spite of Blackberry's status as a commercial "success" these days, there are plenty of folks who want to continue using their devices.  Hopefully, Ting will be given the opportunity to officially support Blackberry devices one day.

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  • I don't want to jump the gun, but I see a mention of Blackberry Q10 on the Ting micro SIM page (https://ting.com/shop/nexus5-sim).  Should I get excited just yet? :)

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  • Hi Michael.  I hope you can contain your excitement.  We're just listing the compatibility for the SIM.  No word on whether the Q10 or other devices will be able to make the jump at this time!

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  • I thought that might be it but I had to check.  Please think of me if you have any super-secret beta test opportunities. ;-)

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  • Any word on a BYOD Blackberry Q10? I miss my Blackberry, but I am so happy with Ting that I don't want to leave for another service. Getting a Q10 on Ting would make it perfect.

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  • Hey Patrick!

    No word I'm afraid. When we announce support for new devices, especially this as it would be our first Blackberry, we will be sure to announce it on our blog.

    I hope this helps!

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  • The Q10 was released on Sprint at the end of August 2013. Does that mean that the Q10 will soon be eligible for Ting's BYOD program since a year has passed since the Q10's Sprint debut?

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  • Ting has said in a blog discussion that they do not support Blackberry devices because they cannot support all the features.

    Notice Blackberry devices are also excluded from BYOD.

    I youle not expect this to happen. Call or email Ting for an official update, though.

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  • I believe that the BIS/BES requirements kept Blackberry devices off of Ting. Newer BB10 devices no longer require BIS/BES, which is why, as stated above, the Q10 was mentioned in reference to the SIM sold by Ting.

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  • The discussion I mentioned was regarding the Q10. Ting may have changed their thinking, though. That's why I suggested calling or emailing them. They users here get all their information from the forum & blog postings.

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  • Actually, the discussion was about the Z10. I think the Q10 is similar, though.

    See https://ting.com/blog/device-update-samsung-galaxy-s4-and-s3-mini-htc-one-and-lte-data-devices-inbound/#disqus_thread

    Search the page for Blackberry.

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  • You are correct, none of the BB10 devices require BES/BIS.  I don't think Sprint ever got the Z10 (or Z30), so the Q10 would be the only one that would work here.

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  • Apparently, there is still some infrastructure needed for Ting. A discussion with Ting on the Q10 says it is highly unlikely to be brought to Ting.

    https://ting.com/blog/device-update-new-devices-devices-on-sale-refurbs-and-a-bring-your-sprint-device-to-ting-update/#disqus_thread

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  • If you happen to have a BlackBerry Q10 and you happen to try to bring it to Ting (after checking the ESN, of course), I can't speak to what would happen.  Space and time could end.  Or it could work perfectly and no harm could come to the universe...  :)

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  • Since I started this thread over a year ago, I just wanted to drop in and say "Hi!"  I also want reiterate my thanks to all of the great folks at Ting.

    I'm close to reaching the point where I'd like to swap out my personal HTC Arrive for another device.  I'm not yet sure if I'd go with a BB Q10 (my wife is the BB user in the household), but I have enjoyed having a full QWERTY keyboard.  As such, the Q10 would be on the short list ... and I believe it would give me the functionality to sync with multiple Outlook and SharePoint calendars without first shipping my data to the cloud.  Personally, I'd like a screen slightly larger than the Q10, as the Arrive has been just right in that regard.

    Nonetheless, I'm glad to hear that there are others out there wanting the Q10.  Good luck!

     

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  • I just wanted to share publicly my appreciation for the awesome staff here at Ting!  I have been given the OK to let you know that although they can't officially support it, you can activate and use a Sprint BlackBerry Q10 on Ting.

    I was given the opportunity a few months ago to test this out for Ting.  If you have a Sprint Q10 you can enter the ESN into the normal Ting activation process and it should work.  The phone I had activated itself with no problems, and I've been using it ever since!  

    My phone was not previously activated on Sprint, and I was able to use the SIM card that it came with.  I do not know for a fact if that would be the case with a phone that is currently on Sprint, if anyone would like to chime in on that.

     

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  • Jerod, 

    If for some reason you can't or won't use the BB Q10 (yay for the news from Michael Dwyer btw!), you might want to consider the Motorola Photon Q. My wife and I each have one, and I have to say it's the absolute best keyboard I've ever used on an Android phone. I prefer a physical keyboard too, and I loved the keyboard on my HTC Arrive, but I stopped using that phone once app support started dropping for WP7. I dare say the keyboard on the Photon Q is even better. I don't care that much for Android, and the Photon Q is a capable if slightly sluggish phone, but if the keyboard is your main concern I'd definitely recommend trying one out. It's probably the last keyboard-bearing Android device we'll ever see. 

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  • With Mr. Dwyer's proclamation, I only want to add that my wife's Q10 was successfully added to my Ting account in October 2013.  I just never admitted to that triumph publicly, ... other than thanking the fine folks at Ting.

    I am beginning to consider my own upgrade options for my HTC Arrive, noting that the Q10 seems to meet my Outlook and SharePoint calendar syncing needs.  I am not so overwhelmed by Windows Phone 7 such that I cannot live without Windows Phone.  I'm not overly impressed with Android and iOS either (I do own an iPad Mini and I run CyanogenMod on a Nook Color HD+), and would prefer to keep contacts and calendars out of the cloud.  On paper, it seems that BB offers a solution, and the Q10 is the only Ting-compatible phone at the moment.  I'm not ready to make that jump yet.

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  • Windows Phone 8 addresses a lot of the issues that WP7 had, unfortunately the only Ting-compatible WP8 devices are keyboard-less. It looks like the Q10 may be what you're looking for after all. I know I'd love to get one just to try out for a while, but my budget doesn't allow for it.

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  • Hi all. I just purchased a q10 online, previously used on the Sprint Network. I am looking to activate it on Ting. I know it has a clean ESN. Do I need to buy a SIM from Ting for it? If so, which one? Thanks again for your answers! 

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  • It won't need a SIM card, because with the Sprint network, the SIMs are only used for LTE connections, and the Blackberry Q10 doesn't do LTE.  It looks like from previous people's success here in this thread, that you should be able to just go through the BYOD process on their website, and it should work.  If it's not quite that simple, then Ting support could probably make it happen.

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  • The Q10 is most definitely an LTE device. If your phone came with a SIM you should be fine. If not, then you can purchase a micro SIM from Ting.

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