Any word on the Galaxy Nexus or EVO 4G LTE coming to Ting?

I realize this is sort of wishful thinking, but I remember reading that there was supposed to be a blog post about possible future Ting phones.

Any word on whether or not the Galaxy Nexus or EVO 4G LTE will be coming to Ting?

There should be LTE sites lighting up on Sprint in the very near future.

It would be nice to have one of those phones available on Ting.

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  • Pretty sure the work day is over for Ting as of right now, maybe it will get posted tomorrow. Here's to hoping for tonight though. Ordering two devices tomorrow to switch, probably the SAMSUNG Transform Ultra, love the price tag.

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  • Sad to see nothing today. 

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  • Seriously sad.  I am very disappointed, Ting.  I've been refreshing the blog since 8 am.  I wasted my whole day, based on a promise.  Starting to remind me of Republic Wireless.  

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  • Hi all - the post is coming today, just a few last edits. I am afraid I have created a monster! 

    Seriously though, we appreciate your interest and patience, and going forward will post updates more regularly so that there is not so much pent up demand. 

    One last caveat: I hope your expectations are set correctly, in that my original intent in posting something was to give a high-level overview of some of the things we are dealing with, and also provide an update on where we are at. It was never intended to announce some ground-breaking achievement which I fear some of you are expecting now.  Hopefully by giving you regular updates going forward everyone will be on the same page...

    You should see it soon!

    Cheers ~

     

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  • LOL not expecting ground breaking but I would like to see if there will be movement on price or introduction of new devices. As I have mentioned I am without a phone at the moment and would like to purchase one with ting but I am hoping to see something that will make me move and not have to buy another Sprint device. 

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  • Thanks Scott, I don't think any of us "expect" groundbreaking, but I think we all "hope" for it. We are just looking for the best information to base our decisions on. I really do appreciate your team's work and dedication to customer service.

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  • Hi Scott,

    That's exactly what I was expecting - an overview.  I wasn't expecting an announcement of the launch of certain phones today, but an overview.  Thanks for sticking with your promise and putting the blog out today!  Keep up the good work!

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  • Great, thanks all, it's up. 

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  • It's something. Looks like I'm stuck with the gs2 and it's less than stable gps performance for now. In general, I'm not fond of how innovation is given third seat to practice and profit. Ting has to maneuver through a lot of crap I'm sure.

    Perhaps I can try using an Optimus s as a donor phone for a sprint galaxy nexus.

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  • Thanks Scott for getting the blog post up!  Sorry I was grumpy, I hope we can still be friends.   It's definitely not what I was hoping for, I guess I have to get over wanting something on the beginning of its life cycle or stay with AT&T.  

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  • Carmela I think I may be in the same boat. I appreciate the info but the thing that has me upset at he moment is we know certain devices will work on the network as they are offered by sprint. I really would like to know the reason I cannot buy a device that is currently on Sprints network and use it with Ting. What is spring doing to prevent that and why has it been so difficult for people to get devices to work. I just have a hard time swallowing paying 485 for example for an S2 when it is about 2 weeks away from being the last gen. As nice as a device as it is I can't justify it. 

    I know you guys are small but something needs to change for me to make the switch. 

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  • What I am considering doing, not to take away from our friends here at ting, is getting a straight Talk sim and drop it in my current gsm phone until ting gets a phone that I feel comfortable spending the money on. That way I don't give att 1 cent more than I have to and will join up at ting later without having too much gadget envy. Hope this helps some of you decide. Now about that fruit triggered cough there Scott, I hear that you need to talk to a guy named Tim about that...

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  • I know everyone wants this information and ting is reluctant to say lest it be constrewn as promises but I've got some important decisions to make. My contract ends in early July. I'd like a phone I'm going to be happy with for a while. I'm on Spring with an Evo 4g. Am I correct in that there's no plan to allow BYOD even if its a Sprint phone? If I could do that I could hang tight for some time waiting for the SIII. If not, how likely will it be that you guys have the SIII around the release date on Sprint (June 24?) or a few weeks after? I'd switch to Ting if I could BYOD, I'd switch if you guys would sell me some crappy burner (you don't carry those it seems), but if I can't get an SIII by the time my contract ends, I'll be out of options and I'll be gone for 2 years on another sprint contract. I'd just like some good faith estimates so I'm not caught in the rain when my contract expires.

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  • One thing I've learned after watching all this is that hardware(phones) is more important to people than I thought.  My experiences thus far with Ting and the E4GT (no offense intended to Ting nor it's biz model, I promise) only enforced my earlier dislike of CDMA and the restrictions inherent thereto.  There is a reason the rest of the world uses GSM for the most part and I don't like having my options in hardware so limited.  I dunno how many other folks are out there with my mind set in this matter but I'm certain it's no small number.   Now that I'm totally mobile with Ting, I dislike the idea of going with tmobiles monthly 4g plan (my god their customer service is awful) just to get the phone(s) I may want.  It's not like paying $28-30 for unlimited texts and data seems too much (seems reasonable to me); it's that when you get so accustomed to Ting's price model and the the overall way Ting does business, everything else seems so ancient; ya know from that time when cell carriers just LOVED to rip everybody off!  I'm not so sure I'd want to trust porting my land line over to a tmobile monthly4g plan.  Prepaid is really annoying to keep up with and to get the price I mentioned, I'd have to keep going to callingmart to get small discounts on the prepaid codes.  I could have Tmo automatically take the money from my CC but them I'm paying $30+tax, even less appealing.

    Ting is young and I consider this hardware issue of theirs growing pains one goes thru during beta phases.  Tings business model and customer service are exceptional and should remain as such; the hardware on the other hand leaves very much to be desired and asks customers to compromise (some who are very willing btw) hardware preference to go with Ting.  These "phones" aren't just phones anylonger.  They are portable communcations and navigation devices that also make phone calls.  The choice of which tiny computer to use is as personal as picking a laptop or computer.  Nobody (well mostly nobody) likes lack of choice, but it seems they like crappy customer service and ancient business models less.

    If I were to write up an "official review" of Ting, I would give everything else an exceptional rating except the the hardware.  The _only _way around the hardware issue I see is if sprint were to suddenly ease up on it's resctrictions or Ting also becomes and MVNO for tmobile or ATT which should allow them true BYOD.  Ting could sell activation packages (perhaps priced at $25-30) that include a sim card for use in the customers gsm phone.  I'm brain storming here and rambling, so I'll stop :-)

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  • The funny thing is, Ting kind of brings this on themselves.  For the first time customers are forced to really consider the actual cost of a device.  And what I, and apparently others, have found is that it's not the $500 that disappoints me -- I understand that I'll save money in the long run, and I don't doubt that Ting is selling them as low as they can manage -- but the fact that it's $500 for last year's phone.  

    Still, I'm with Sagi: at the end of the day, Ting's good far outweighs the bad.  Now I just have the problem of figuring out what to do with my AT&T contract ending next week: do I invest $340 in a pair of Optimuses to tide us over until the EVO 4G shows up in August-ish?  Or do I just go with 2 Galaxy SIIs and hang on to them for 18 months or whatever the break-even point is?  As an extra bit of difficulty, I live in the DC area, which means LTE is coming to us this year.  Decisions, decisions.  Feature request for Ting: a big button on the website that I can push, and it will tell me the best course of action.

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  • Where do I go to to see this blog about the phones?

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  • You're right, Ben.  $485+sales tax doesn't accurately reflect contemporary market value for the SGII;  $380-90 tops.  For all I know Ting is being offered these devices at noncompetitive prices to begin with.

    My advise would be to not renew your ATT contract and ask them if you can get them to unlock the phone so you can use it over seas or something.  If it supports full spectrum tmobile, you could get the monthly4g plan, by the refill cards from callmart (cause it's cheaper and no tax) and use that until Ting has LTE phones.  You know you're aren't going to be satisfied if you renew ATT but you really want a Ting LTE device.  If I knew then what I know now and knew LTE was coming to my area this year, I would have done as I suggested and then Purchase an LTE device from Ting the moment it was available.

    If you go this route, I would advise purchasing an activation kit (no more than $5 shipped) from tmobile, then the calling time from callingmart.com two months at a time ( usually priced at $58-59).  That would get you thru the summer and you aren't committing to anything.  You should be able to port numbers from ATT to a tmobile monthly4g account and then to Ting with no issues.  The biggest issue may be getting ATT to unlock the phone for you or having to purchase a cheaper GSM phone until Ting LTE is available.  They are plenty of decently priced GSM devices on swappa.com, ebay, and celltraderonline.com.

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  • Carmela, thanks for your understanding, we can certainly be friends!

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  • You guys with expiring AT&T contracts have one other option assuming you aren't tied into a family plan that still has people under contract and don't mind doing a little work. I probably should not post this here since I like Ting and what they stand for. Tell AT&T you are no longer under contract (or almost no longer under contract), and will be leaving them. You might find they will go out of their way to keep you. Obviously this will be more effective if you have been a long time customer of AT&T in good standing and are polite! My bill was $177 for 3 iphones on a family plan each month. My bill is now ~$95 a month with no contract for the exact same plan/levels due to getting a credit on my bill each month for $85.

    Once I got that agreement, I then went to the local AT&T store and purchased a new HTC One X, and Galaxy Note AT NON-COMMITTMENT PRICING. That is important because as soon as you sign another two-year contract you lose all leverage. Yes, it will be expensive, but no more so than Ting's phone prices, AND you will be getting a state of the art phone. In fact, even the "unsubsidized" prices are still partially subsidized i..e my HTX One X cost $550. That is definitely less than you can pick one up at Best Buy or most other stores without a contract.

    The final step, sell your old phones on ebay to recoup some of the cost of your new phones. I got $260 for an old iphone 4.

    Obviously Scott, feel free to delete this post if you feel it will take away customers, but just wanted to make people aware of all of their options. If AT&T ever changes their mind on the lower price, I will be here. (note, they guaranteed the $85 credit each month for 6 months, at which point I would need to call back and ask for it again), but that is a small price to pay for $1020 in savings each year.

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  • Sagi: Thanks for the advice, but I'm not sure how much that saves in the long run.  Plus, the hassle of switching carriers (and potentially phones) twice in 3 months has to be considered.

    Ultimately, I'll go with Ting.  Considering upgrade cost to stay with AT&T, the formula to determine when I break even is:

    break_even = num_phones x (Ting_price - ATT_price) / Ting_savings

    The way my math works out, I should save about $50 a month on Ting vs AT&T.  The upgrade cost for an SII Skyrocket is $250 ($300 for an SIII or OneX).    So my break-even point with SIIs on Ting is about 10 months (8 months vs the SIII).  That would get me to April of next year, at which point hopefully Ting has had time to get a selection of devices in place (and let's be honest, if DC is supposed to have LTE by the end of the year, it'll be February before they iron out the wrinkles!).  The other costs to consider are:

    a) spending 10 months on Sprint's WiMax vs. AT&T's LTE.  That's really not a deal-breaker for me, but YMMV.

    b) Having an SII instead of a newer phone.  I guess I can live with that in order to save in the long run.

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  • This is just cruel ... ;)

    There are a couple of initiatives we are working on that I can not talk about at the moment, and to be honest they could take a very long time to bear fruit (cough), but rest assured that we are working very hard on a couple of exciting things.

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  • Actually, I get it now... bear fruit (cough).... wouldn't be red and round fruit?  In that case... NO... keep the apple fan boys away!   ANDROID FOREVER!

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  • Brent: I've only been on AT&T for 2 years now, but my parents have been AT&T customers since the Cingular days, and they get all sorts of concessions out of AT&T to stay.  Contrast that with my experience 2 years ago, when I went to Verizon, who we had been with for 5 years, and showed them that they were $10 more expensive than AT&T for the same plan, and I asked if they could match it for a loyal customer, and they just shrugged.  Which is how I ended up at AT&T in the first place.

    But, as you can see from my situation above, it just makes financial sense for me to ditch AT&T completely.  I can save $50 a month, and that's compared to an AT&T plan where I get an 18% discount because my employer is a major AT&T customer.  Granted, my situation is probably unique: my wife and I aren't big users.  We don't have a texting plan (Thanks, Google Voice!), we don't come close to using our 550 minutes, and we probably go through 300 or 400 MB in a month (I wind up paying an overage on the 200MB data plan about once every four or five months, which I didn't even factor into my calculations).  In other words: the ideal Ting customers.

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  • I used to get all of that stuff from sprint, but then every 2 years I would have to haggle for it again because they would require new plans or fee with new devices 4g, etc.  I'm tired of haggling and dealing with CSRs.  Ting has been a breath of fresh air.

    And the apple thing was not really a big surprise.  Any mobile operator would want to get the iPhone.  As long as they don't have to fleece the company and screw up the good thing the rest of us have, I fully support it.  The more devices available, the better as far as I'm concerned.

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  • Benjamin you are exactly right. I don't mind paying the $500.00 I just don't want to pay that for an older gen phone. 

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  • Yeah, I agree too, but I did it anyway.  :(  The E4GT is pretty awesome, but I am disappointed by the wifi strength.  You can put CM9 on it and virtually get a Nexus, but you won't have the higher res.

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  • Something else I wonder John is if we will be able to upgrade the S2 to ICS for example. Without having to hack it?

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  • So, if I wanted to wait for Nexus or HTC EVO or S3, I could buy something cheaper like an LG Optimus now and (saving $100 a month) not feel bad tossing it in 2-3 months for a new one.

    However, a question occurs to me.  Could I stop the Optimus, then restart it later?   Like after giving it to my daughter for Xmas?   Or do I need to keep it active ($6/month) until Xmas?

    **I can't BYOD but can I BTOD (Bring-Tings-Old-Device) back to the service? **Or if I gave it to someone else could they activate a service plan of their own with it?

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  • @Ivan: Samsung has announced they will be releasing ICS for the Epic 4G Touch.  I know it's a Galaxy SII class phone, but they were specific about the Epic 4G Touch.  As far as I can tell we should get the firmware updates from Sprint.  I did ask that question in another post and got an affirmative.

    @Bob: I don't speak for Ting, but I think what you are suggesting is completely fine.  It's very easy to add/remove devices in the Ting dashboard.  I believe the MEID is designated as a Ting device, so it should be able to be unactivated or reactivated at will.  But I will let the guys at Ting confirm that.

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