What about non-Android phones on Ting?

We love phones. It comes with the territory.

We're big fans of Apple and all that they've accomplished with the iPhone. Perhaps one day we'll be in a position to offer it to our customers but currently we have no plans to offer the iPhone.

We recently added a Windows Phone 8 device, the HTC 8XT to the Ting lineup. We'll be adding another Windows Phone 8 device in the near future.

We do not offer BlackBerry devices, nor do we have any plans to do so.

To see the great devices we do offer, check out the Ting Devices page.

We're always listening and we'd love to hear your opinions on these or other smartphone operating systems.

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  • Tracy,

    Considering how much you'd be paying over a two year contract with a major carrier, that "free" phone becomes not so cheap all of a sudden. Keep in mind that you can buy the $70 brio feature phone available from Ting that works just fine as a basic cell phone. If you can keep the usage below 100 mins and 100 texts per month, I doubt you'll find any other carrier that can give you the entire package (phone and service) for less than $400 (including all taxes) over the course of two years as Ting would. I honestly don't know of a more family friendly option...

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  • Hello I am new to ting, I just discovered the site and I think it is great but I am not all that sure about the phone choices because personally unless I use a top end smartphone I wouldn't like to buy it. Also I'm looking for a new phone provider in november and tmobile with an unlocked iPhone or samsung galaxy s 3 seems to be the way I'm headed, when are the markets latest and greatest coming to ting? And how can I test drive the ting phone and service to make sure I know that ting service is good?

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  • Ting can only offer phones that Sprint allows them to sell. Research the blog postings & comments at  https://ting.com/blog/device-update/ to get some estimated times for new phone models.

    Some people have successfully purchased a low end Ting phone and used its identity to convert another model phone to Ting. The new phone only gets the same access as the donor phone. If the donor phone does not have 4G, the new phone would not have that access.

    What do you mean by locked? Although Ting's phones are carrier-locked, I understand that they will freely provide the code needed to migrate to another carrier.

    Whether or not a given phone model is locked from rooting or is unlockable is probably outside of Ting's control. Research on similar phones, especially Sprint phones should help you determine whether a given model suits your needs and preferences.

    In answer to your question about test driving a Ting phone, you should probably call Ting or open a support ticket to ask them. They appear to try and deal with each customer individually.

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  • Any plans to add a Blackberry?

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  • No firm plans to add BB at the moment. We are keeping an eye on them.

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  • Hello to both those considering or using Ting, Ting is a breath of fresh air to an industry that cares more about its shareholders and ARPU (Average Revenue Per Unit) than the customers they serve.

    Comments like this are disturbing to others and me; however, one should not interpret this comment as an attempt to moderate this forum,

         "I'm glad there are no plans for the iPhone or any other Apple products!  Please keep it that way.  With it's [its] proprietary type business model, Apple is antithetical [hostile] to the open source platform which tucows has championed and which is healthy for the the [duplicate entry] internet, good for you and the world!  June 30, 2012 14:11

    The reality is that people’s love, lackluster or disdain for a device for differing reasons, to mention a few some are ignorance (it's not a bad word), ease of use, preference to Operating System, manufacturer, form factor, and the list goes on and on. I have been intricately involved with customers of every social economic status and all carriers over the past 15 plus years.  There are pluses and minuses for any phone, manufacture, form factor, and so forth, most find a phone they like and stick with it until it is no longer works physically or for their personal needs.  More or less, most purchase a phone without regards to their needs in the future, and thusly, become frustrated with their particular device, phone envy is another reason for change.  Having the iPhone or any Apple product on Ting (Sprint Network) would allow Ting to procure a substantial number of new customers from all carriers (AT&T, Verizon, prepaid services and yes, Sprint) to be clear, a phone manufacturer, or the network it runs on has nothing to do with the health of the internet.  I would support all phones, and the sooner one can bring their existing phone over or obtain the exact device on the Ting service will greatly increase both awareness and customers along with customer loyalty. 

    Keep up the good work Ting,

    Fitz

    PS - I look forward to new device announcements 

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  • Well said Fitz. I'm really fed up with crApple right now. Nobody has stolen more ideas than Apple, and Steve Jobs used to brag about it.

     

    But my wife is very happy with her iPhone (and iPad), and my kids love their iPod Touches. They are slick devices. Comments like _"I'm glad there are no plans for the iPhone or any other Apple products!  Please keep it that way." _ are way too "My team/Your team" for me.

    For those who haven't tried Android recently... When I first got my Samsung Galaxy S, it was running Eclair, and though I liked the openness of it compared to iPhone, the interface felt very clunky.  But ever since Ice Cream Sandwich (I flashed a very stable ROM for it), it feels way ahead of iPhone. And Jelly Bean is even better (I flashed a very UNstable ROM... and switched back).

    Bottom line, the more choices people have here, the more (happy) customers there will be.

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  • Not sure thats the best place to spam a referral link, Scott =P

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  • Kevin's post applies to a Ting referral post that was deleted. I was confused until I checked my email from this thread.

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  • The day you get Windows 8 phone i'm dropping my Verizon account and switching.

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  • Huge HUGE +1000000 for a BlackBerry. I love them, and have an older one, and want to upgrade. You guys have GREAT prices, and would switch in a second if you could get a OS 7 one for a good price.

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  • Ting, you rock!  I have one of your phones and your service is THE BEST!  But I also use an iPhone and I love that device.  If you carried iPhone it would be the best of both worlds.  Like those old commercials, you got peanut butter on my chocolate, not you got chocolate in my peanut butter.  Ting and iPhone - a mind-blowing combination!!!!

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  • Excellent comment Margaret!

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  • Came to Ting because of Hover.  I'm waiting for the big announcement this week from the talks with Sprint for new phones and BYO(S)D before becoming a customer.  I've gone though a lot of the blog posts and keep refreshing for any news.  Ting make mobile telephony sexy!

    The only downside of Ting is the childish behavior of some of your Android users throughout your forums.  The forums are a godsend, it's a just a turnoff to have this banter when you're looking for help.   Looking forward to many more offerings from Apple, Windows, et. al.  Give me a solid (indestructible) candy-bar phone and I'll buy that one and wait for the right phone for me in the future.

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  • Thanks for the kind words Margaret & Gil. :)

    I promise you that we'd love t be able to offer the IPhone, and we'll be sure to very proudly let you all know we are if and when that time comes.

    As to the rancor in the OS wars, I don't think anyone means anything too serious by it. I try and take it more as an analog to an argument like what band's better between the Rolling Stones or the Beatles, or who's made the best Bruce Wayne/Batman.

    I hope it hasn't been too much of a turn-off for you.

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  • I just heard about Ting while listening to my latest "This Week in Computer Hardware" podcast and just had to check it out. I'm very interested in your service, as others have said, it seems otherworldly to see a carrier that isn't bending over backwards to nickel and dime you! However, the lack of a Windows Phone is a going to make it hard to switch, as I simply love my HTC Trophy (not to mention the awesome WP 8 devices coming out soon). I may end up coming over to your side eventually though, as my monthly bill from Verizon is outrageous!

    Hope to see you guys end up very successful, as this seems like a company I would love to join!  :)

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  • Joshua,

     

    Ting is relatively new to the cell phone business, having provided service foe less than a year. You should soon have a couple of options. Ting us currently alpha testing a system where you can bring you own Sprint or Sprint MVNO phone (except Boost, Virgin Mobile, & iPhone) to Ting. Perhaps you could find a used phone on eBay.

    According to the blog posting at https://ting.com/blog/device-update-new-refurbs-home-phone-connect-and-a-look-at-what-2013-will-bring/ they expect to offer a Windows phone sometime in the first half of 2013.

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  • My Verizon Incredible 2 wasn't working well (I didn't carry replacement insurance on it), but I had several months before I was eligible for a phone discount from Verizon and a few more months after that before my Verizon contract was up. One of the reasons I hesitated in dropping Verizon was that I have an unlimited data contract. Of course I would lose that if I accepted the phone discount when I was eligible for it.

    I got a Galaxy S III from Ting and went ahead and paid the $190 penalty for canceling the Verizon contract early. I saved more than the penalty by getting the phone from Ting rather than Verizon, including a $50 discount I got by using a code I got from the Leo Laporte podcast. 

    So in other words I saved money initially by getting onto Ting and now pay about half the cost each month that I was paying on Verizon.

    I could not be happier w/the S III and the Sprint network has been working fine for me in the Southern California so far.

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  • It all sounds very cool, but without the iPhone it's really a nonstarter for me. I hope you can arrange that someday or-- if not-- at least letting people bring their own unlocked devices to Ting.

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  • Tom,

    Ting is restricted by the rules set by Sprint and Apple. Without their cooperation, Ting cannot support the iPhone. 

    AFAIK, Sprint currently does not allow non-Sprint phones on their network, even f the phone is unlocked and supports their network frequencies.

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  • I have iPads 1 and 2 and am pretty happy w/them. Even though I like Apple devices, I am extremely happy w/my Galaxy S III.  I would be interested in the Note 2 when it is available to me, but at this point I would rather have the S III than anything else available right now.

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  • How about Windows 8 phones? I'd rather get it from you guys than Verizon.

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  • I am sure Tine will let us know about Windows 8 phones when they are sure.

    Fro our account dashboard you can sign up for new device alerts.

    On the original dashboard (horizontal line gauges), first verify from the lower right menu Your Settings -> Alert Settings that your email address is correct and click Save or Cancel. Then go to Your Settings - Account Information and check the box "Send me alerts about new devices" and click Save.

    I do not see how to sign up on the new dashboard (semi-circular gauges). To return to the old dashboard, click Settings -> Dashboard Preview -> "Leave me with the old Ting dashboard for now -> Save. You can then follow my instructions above. To return to the new dashboard, go to the lower right menu Your Settings -> "User the new Ting dashboard .(beta)" -> Save.

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  • The best place to check for information about future phone releases is always the blog, and in terms of Windows 8 phones, we're all set to release our first Windows phone on the latest OS in the first half of 2013.

    https://ting.com/blog/device-update-new-refurbs-home-phone-connect-and-a-look-at-what-2013-will-bring/

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  • you guys should bring the Samsung galaxy note 2, i would be very interested in buying one.

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  • Jose,

    This is off-topic for this thread since the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is not a non-Android phone (it rune Android), but you will find more information about the Note 2 in the Ting blog posting at https://ting.com/blog/device-update-lets-get-back-at-it/ .

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  • Hi! I'm so glad to have found Ting and want to become a customer in a few months. I've had a Blackberry for so long that I don't know what of Ting's phones to consider. I'd greatly appreciate any suggestions of what OS and device you think a soon to be former Blackberry user would best adjust to. Thanks!

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  • what about blackberry 10, will you carry it?

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  • Jose, we haven't heard anything about any Blackberries coming down the pipe, and as always, your best place to check for upcoming device news is the Ting blog at https://ting.com/blog/

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  • no iphone, no deal. sorry. please get the iphone. I don't get it. Sprint offers iphone. so what's the problem?

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