Flashing a feature phone to Ting? ...Legal? ...Possible?

Hi, I'm currently trying to get my family off of Verizon and onto the awesomeness that is TING. However, my parents are partial to feature phones and they each have a nice a Samsung Alias 2 and it would be best if they could bring it along for the ride. If i'm correct in my research, i'm guessing that I could unlock the phone using CMDA workshop, and then transfer the phones to TING by buying one of their feature phones and using the ESN of that device on the alias.

Am I correct to believe this is possible, is any of this illegal, am I just crazy? Please let me know :)

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  • I'm also wondering this. I have an old hand-me-down iphone that I'd like to use instead of the Ting phone that I purchased. I was doing the research on how to hack it, but I'm seeing big signs all over that changing the ESN is strictly illegal, to the level of going to prison. Does anyone know if this is the case in this circumstance? 

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  • @Jake,

    It looks like the Alias 2 is a step up from any of the feature phones Ting is offering right now, with the exception of the Samsung Array (M390) coming very soon.

    I would suggest looking at this thread:  https://help.ting.com/entries/21798151-samsung-m370-donor-phone-getting-the-aaa-shared-and-ha-shared-passwords

    download the software mentioned, and see if you can access one of the parents phone before proceeding much farther. You might need to call Verizon and get the MSL for the phone to proceed.

    If you go the donor phone route, my suggestion would be the Samsung M370, it's very easy to get the donor info from that phone, and the steps are spelled out in the above mentioned thread.

    For your parents to use their phones, purchase a donor phone(s) and clone to their Alias 2's. Process is relatively simple, and not illegal since you own both phones.

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  • @Murphy,

    There is increasing interest in people bringing iPhones to Ting, but at this time, I'm not aware of anyone actively working on cloning one, or trying to BYOD.

    Jail breaking the iPhone is the easy part, changing the ESN/MEID is where questions start popping up.

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  • That makes sense, Michael. Thanks!

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