Is it possible to activate ex-Verizon or ex-Sprint smartphone on Ting?

Technology (CDMA, EVDO) is compatible, and in the past i've successfully used Sprint phones on Verizon and vice versa.

Would this work with Ting?

Thanks!

--igor

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  • This is a question I was going to post.. so "Me Too"

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  • The short answer is No. The long answer is still no, but you can read about it here:  http://ting.com/blog/i-have-to-buy-a-device/

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  • The current answer may be no, but that is far from an explanation... If I produce a compatible CDMA phone, who is standing in the way of activating it on Ting?

    They seem to be sympathetic to the idea, so why not give a real explanation. 

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  • Hi all,

    We're just getting started... there are a number hurdles we need to overcome in order to let people bring their own device to Ting. That being said, we've seen a couple of customers using non-Ting CDMA devices use our service by using their ESN/MEID (serial number) of a Ting registered device. We think this is great and we're doing what we can to support them. 

    But like I said, we just launched, so we have some work to do in order to better understand HOW we can help customers in this area.

    Sorry we don't have more to officially share with you yet.

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  • How about I buy a 'Ting' device, say a Motorola Photon, used, from a third party. Is it possible to do that?

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  • Hi Mayank, 

    You may have a difficult time finding one since we haven't sold that many, but you can absolutely use a used Ting phone. 

    Thanks!

    -Ben

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  • Hi Ben,

    Sorry, what I meant to say was, if I buy a Motorola Photon from a third party (on Amazon, EBay, or whatever), can I still activate it with Ting?

    Mayank.

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  • Hi Mayank,

    Gotcha. Then the answer would be not right now since the phone wouldn't be registered with us. 

    -Ben

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  • Hey Ben,

        How 'bout pursuing a deal with a 3rd party fone seller, e.g. http://www.cellhut.com/ ,  so we could get fones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note, et al, ??

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  • You guys have the RIGHT idea on being a provider: sell the transport media, much like a toll road owner. BUT you havent' quite followed thru. Your current policy/limitation is as if the toll road owner only allowed cars they sold to be used on their roads.  

    As others have said, you're almost there: keep up the good work and you'll get bunches of biz.

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  • David, 

    Thanks for your support and kind words.

    We're only just getting started. We've been planning and building the service for more than a year and we can't be everything to everyone all at once. :) 

    We'd be perfectly happy just being the road and not selling cars at all!

    -Ben

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  • Ben,

    Thank you for your answers on this subject.

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  • Ben,

    Just so I'm clear. I already have a photon that I use with sprint.  To switch to Ting I would have to buy a brand new photon?

    Thanks,

    Jannan

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  • Jannan,

     

    Unless you are able to do what Ben mentioned in his very first comment, it looks like you'll need to buy a Photon for use with Ting.

    I know how that is because I bought a Ting Photon. It's pretty expensive, compared to buying a Photon (Sprint) from somebody on eBay or Craigslist.

     

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  • I would be willing to pay an "activation fee" to bring my old SPRINT device - any plans for that?

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  • What about buying one of the cheaper Ting phones... say.. the LG Optimus.

    If I were to buy that phone from Ting and use its ESN/MEID (serial number) on say a Samsung Nexus S (unlocked) or other non-locked carrier device. Would this theoretically work?

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  • Greg - 

    According to Ben's response on the "Reprogramming ESN" thread ( https://help.ting.com/entries/20973446-reprogramming-esn), yes - theoretically it will work, except you will not have 4g, since that feature is tied to the ESN of the Ting phone.

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  • I want a smart phone, but fiancee likes her feature phone. We are currently with Verizon and paying way too much for two phones with no data plan. Would it be possible to bring a feature phone over?

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  • Greg......Look at the thread about using a Nexus. I am certainly not an expert, but I got my nexus to work only as a phone. No data. ESN's and MEID numbers are easy to get, but you'll need a few passwords ( HA and AAA) that Sprint won't give up.  Just my experience. Good Luck!!!

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