There are a lot of things google can afford to do for "free" or cheaply that a small mvno like ting can not. I really hope ting is able to sell the nexus at the Same cost as google. I suppose it all depends on various factors we simply aren't able to consider from our perspective. Given the choice at the time of purchase, I hope ting realizes how many of us that went with s2 only did so because there was no nexus.
I'm sure they are trying but as much as I really prefer the nexus, I can't swing another 500 for another phone unless ting would be willing to take back the s2 or something. if I do, the nexus will be the last phone I purchase for a long time.
FYI, selling a used s2 is really hard right now. I have the gsm international version and I've gotten no hits the weeks I've had it up at all the usual spots. Maybe folks are saving for the S3. The s2 could have had better staying power in the market if Samsung would have used a 720p screen as in the nexus or some other high res device.
^^You should be able to get at least $300 on Ebay for a good condition unlocked GSM S2.
That seems like the minimum they are selling for.
I really don't think it's an issue of google selling it at a loss. I think I've read between the lines here and basically sprint is giving Ting whatever phones they are kind of trying to "get rid of". And sprint is more than happy to get rid of their last gen phones at full cost. I don't mean that in a bad way, like Ting is doing something bad. But it is totally in Sprint's best interest to keep the best, newest, cutting edge phones to themselves and their more costlier plans. They don't even share them with their owed MVNO, Virgin Mobile, solely because the plans are lower cost.
I can accept this and I came to terms with this and that's why I got two GS2/E4GTs. I figure that gives me a couple of years and we'll see where they are with LTE phones by then. I honestly wish Ting could have gone with a GSM/HSDPA carrier so they could allow unlocked phones on their network. But I'm sure there was a lot that went into their decision and Sprint was the only provider that they could deal with and give us a reasonable cost.
I would pay up to $550. I would be buying two of them. The third phone I buy will be a cheaper phone.
John Lafitte said:
I think I've read between the lines here and basically sprint is giving Ting whatever phones they are kind of trying to "get rid of".
That's absolutely not the case.
While not ALL phones Sprint offers through its own retail stores will be available through Ting we're sure that we'll be providing a range of devices that will appeal to customers. That includes fancy-schmancy (that's a technical term) smartphones as well as simpler feature phones.
We're in a bit of a weird spot at this moment as we're still new and we've been selling down stock on some phones faster than we expected. And Sprint seeing a slight delay in getting LTE-based smartphones into the distribution channel.
I've said it in another thread, but it bears repeating here, what is good for Ting is good for Sprint. We're not being treated by them as an also-ran or a dumping zone for old phones. You're just seeing a few hiccups while we get things rolling smoothly.
Please don't take what I said as an insult but until you do show us something different, that's exactly what Sprint has given you. We all know the Galaxy S3 is coming out on all providers and even Sprint has reduced their own price of the S2:E4GT on contract. It's obvious they are trying to sell the phones they have in anticipation of the newest ones coming out. I have dumped Sprint and joined Ting, so I'm not saying it to degrade you guys, it is just plainly obvious to me. I welcome being wrong about this, but you haven't show anything to prove me wrong. Ting excels at providing affordable per-use plans. That is enough and that's why I made the switch, not because of promises of new devices on the horizon. People seduced by that won't switch anyway until you actually sell the device, so I'm not sure why that is a problem with what I said.
I have heard there are some issues with customer and the EVO 4G LTE phone. I really am trying to wait but if you could see how badly I cracked my EVO screen it so sad. I need a new device and I am trying to hold out to see what you guys offer. I am not even so concerned with LTE as it will be a while before I can get it where I live.
I don't see a problem with what you said John. Ting is still new though and judging these things and purchasing the devices is a big decision as I am sure the cost is huge. I am trying to be patient.
Well, to be fair to Ting, the only high end phone they are lacking at the moment is the Galaxy Nexus LTE. The EVO 4G LTE just came out and the SGSIII has an unknown release date on Sprint. Not sure about the other "get rid of" phones that Ting has because I don't really have any interest in them. Are people even interested in buying these middle-of-the-road phones? Now that the Vero is gone, they are sorely missing a simple flip phone, which I would like to see back. The other problem with these high end phones is the massive amount of money they have to spend to have them sitting in a warehouse somewhere. Like Ivan said, Ting is still very new, so I'm sure they have kinks to work out.
No offence taken John! We struggle with how much to reveal about the sausage factory that is device procurement. Sometimes we say, "no one cares until the device is available" but other times we say "It makes sense that we share what's happening with our customers."
To Drew's comment, we sell more low-end and middle-of-the-road devices than high-end ones. Our most popular phone right now is the Optimus S. Generally ALL devices are selling well and consistently. We haven't really had a dud yet.
That's really good to hear, as long as the business model is working, I'm happy for you guys. The price of the Optimus S is very palatable too, considering it is a smart phone. I was just emailing Mike Whitman about getting back a simple flip-phone, since the Vero seems to be no longer manufactured. For those who don' t text or need data, I'd say it's a must.
Count me in the 'interested in Galaxy Nexus' camp. Have been looking at it on Google Play (at $399) to possibly use a T-Mobile SIM card as I get rid of my grandfathered All-tel (now Verizon) pay as you go flip phone, and as such would have a hard time paying over $500. I'd prefer to get it on Ting and mesh plans with the phone I got my wife on Ting (which she loves, and I love the pricing model).
Hi all, thanks for the feedback.
In general I think its true that most customers and potential customers don't care until the device is available. However, I get the impression that Tings initial cutomer base may be mo discerning and would be very appreciative for the heads up.
I've seen enough interest (on these forums) in the galaxy nexus that I would think it would warrant a public notice on it. It was stated earlier that an announcement would be coming in a few weeks regarding hardware. I hope part of that a announcement is about the nexus. This would give potential customers holding on the fence due to device concerns more information and hopefully push them over to ting.
...over to ting once the device was released, right? You see my point. Unless they are going to buy a cheapie phone and wait it out, it's still not going to make them switch knowing it is coming soon. I like to know too, and I don't think they should hide it. I never said they should. I'm just saying that teasing about devices wether it is the people in the forum or Ting themselves won't really bring anyone over.
Even though I plopped down $1100+ for devices on Ting, I would still want to know what the future holds. If they came out with the Galaxy Nexus in the next few weeks I would be pretty upset, but I don't know who I would blame. The more we talk about new devices the more it makes me think I should have waited, so that's the only point I guess I was getting at. Still though, I am all for full disclosure.
So, Sprint just announced that the SGSIII is coming on June 21st, very good news I think.
My Sprint contract ends March 2013, hopefully you guys will have the EVO 4G LTE and SGSIII LTE by then.
I'll probably just pay the termination fee if either of these show up earlier.
I see the Milano has been added. I also hope I can see a price drop or something on the S2 sice the S3 is coming on Sprint so soon.
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