Can I buy a phone directly from Sprint and use it on Ting?
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Can I buy a phone directly from Sprint outright like the Galaxy S6 and use it on Ting?  The phone obviously will never have been activated on Sprint and won't be considered a prepaid phone.

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  • Sadly, no.

    See Rob Lake's official answer here. https://help.ting.com/entries/22537088-Bring-Your-Own-Device-BYOD-What-Works-or-NOT?page=2

    Sprint has advised us that they're is not meant to be a channel for acquiring devices for services like Ting. As a result, devices bought directly from Sprint at full price will fail FED unless activated on Sprint a year or more earlier

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  • Drew,

    Speaking from past experience, I believe that you cannot just buy a phone outright from a sprint store. The rep will absolutely refuse to complete the sale unless it includes activation.

    The last time I tried this, I was actually told "we're not in the business of selling phones".

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  • Thanks for the answers guys, that is very disappointing to hear.

    I guess my only option is to wait for Ting to get the GS6 or move to GSM where I will have total freedom on devices.

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  • Ting GSM is likely the best choice if you have good T-Mobile coverage. I think their map is still more up to date than Ting's GSM map. If you get a T-Mobile phone, it doesn'teven need to be unlocked to bring to Ting GSM.

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  • Bruce,

    So I can basically just buy a T-Mobile GS6 outright and it should work on Ting without any problems?  I looked at my coverage and its seems to be pretty good.  I really like their WiFi features.

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  • It appears so.

    Quote from https://help.ting.com/entries/105240696-Can-I-Bring-My-GSM-Device-to-Ting-Compatibility-and-Unlocking-Guide

    Can I bring my T-Mobile device?

    Just about any device sold for T-Mobile should be ready to go on the Ting GSM network.

    You'll need to make sure the device has no outstanding balance or financing owed on it.

    If your device is locked, you may want to have it unlocked by T-Mobile before porting your number or canceling your account, however, unlocking a T-Mobile device is not required.

     

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  • Okay that sounds good.  I think I will go ahead and do that then.

    I've got 4 family members on Ting right now, I think I may eventually bring them all over to the GSM side.

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  • You share buckets among all devices, both GSM & CDMA. I currently have 2 of each.

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  • How would you compare the speed and quality of T-Mobile vs. Sprint?

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  • Drew,

    Speed & quality will vary, depending on the wireless signal level you receive. Generally, Verizon & AT&T have the best frequencies for oenetrating inside buildings. Sprint, T-

    Mobile, and the others have the less desirable frequencies. Some users claim that Ting GSM HSPA+ is faster than Ting CDMA's LTE speeds.

    According to this article, LTE Ting GSM (T-Mobile) is much faster than Ting CDMA. http://www.cnet.com/news/4g-lte-showdown-how-fast-is-your-carrier/

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