BYOSD announcement

First of all, congratulations on (soon) adding the ability to go back and forth to and from Sprint.  I think that will help a lot of folks feel OK about signing on for Ting.

 

Question: does this include other MVNOs that use the Sprint network?  I'm thinking specifically about Credo Mobile; a couple of my friends are on that.

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  • For those that missed the annoucement, here is the link:

    https://ting.com/blog/byod-coming-soon-to-ting/

    This is FANTASTIC news! 

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  • Great news.  If we can find a way to get an iphone my wife will be in.  I am just trying to decide what I want, a Galaxy Nexus sounds like a great idea!

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  • will Galaxy Nexus be eligible as BYOSD?

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  • Yeah, this is real progress. And happening sooner than I thought.

    Besides the Galaxy Nexus, it's worth pointing out that around the time BYOSD goes into effect, Google will most likely be releasing a new Galaxy phone. Running JellyBean, if not Android 4.2 Key Lime.

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  • Great.  Now that Sierra Wireless Overdrive 3G/4G that I have had sitting on a shelf for a year can get some use.

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  • Jacob,

    Thank you! It's something we've been working hard on from the beginning, and we're "super excitedly stoked," as we put it in our blog post, about this announcement.

    Right now we know that Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile devices will not be eligible for BYOD. We're still working out the details on which other MVNOs will be eligible however. Stay posted.

    Andrew

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  • Amir,

    Great question. Any phone that's not an iPhone, a BlackBerry, or a PTT device should be eligible, so I'm 99.9% sure the Galaxy Nexus will work since it's an Android phone. We're still finalizing the list though, so stay posted.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

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  • For me it's kind of a race between BYOD and HTC Evo 4G LTE availability. We have 3 on a Sprint family plan waiting to move to Ting at the same time, plus one waiting for an iPhone. We could BYOD as soon as it is available or wait until all our desired phones are available (and some other unlimited carrier with a questionable business plan finally announces their second phone). BYOD would really simplify the process.

     

     

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  • Once BYOSD is implemented, I expect a large market for used (and rather old) Sprint phones to be used very rarely with Ting. Who else can offer a $6 per month connection, that shares my minutes? A few prepaid phones come close, but they tend to require that you add minutes on cards instead of a regular bill. Ting's current $70+ cheap phones are not going to compete well with the cheapest used Sprint phones on CraigsList.

    Sprint sold 3G data modems as backups to household internet service. Again, $50 per month was ridiculous (it might have been $80; I don't remember.) Ting's willingness to charge me $6 per month while it's on standby and then add the minutes to my existing data plan is a nice option.

     

    I think the creative ways people could eventually use a more general BYOD program will surprise you.

    CDMA enabled alarm systems are not useful to me when they need a $50 per month contract, but a $6 per month charge to keep them online plus a few text messages would be very affordable.

    3G enabled Chinese tablets and ebook readers were too expensive for me when they demanded a $50 per month data plan, but paying $6 per month to have the option of paying for more data is something I'd jump at.

    CDMA mini-pci cards are available for $60. I would love to add one to my existing Samsung Q1 Ultra tablet computer. (Vista, 2GB Ram, Single-Core Intel Processor, 120GB HDD, 7" touch screen.)

    I order electronics direct from China, and see intriguing CDMA phones that are not available from Sprint. I would live to try one of those, especially when the cost of a failed experiment is the cost of the phone plus $6 for one month's service. (I would have used the minutes, messages, and megabytes on my other phone if I were not experimenting with a new phone.)

    My robotics students would love to have cheap data access for their robots. I can not find a  CDMA module that talks to the micro-controller via I2C and then sends and received text messages (at the moment.) I'm sure one exists somewhere. Can you imagine a drone, RC plane, or a hot air balloon that senses it has crashed so it turns on a cell phone and texts its GPS coordinates to your cell, which launches Google Maps to help you navigate to the location.

    Think Low-Jack for a car tracking system, but privacy issues must be addressed so that anyone who finds one surreptitiously planted on their vehicle can track it down.

    I am concerned that DHS will use this pricing to track even more of us without warrants. A TING ethics statement, user agreement, and policies should prevent surreptitious tracking of any car you do not personally own.

    TING trackers could recover stolen laptops, stolen book bags, etc.

     

    The problem is: I don't have a clue how difficult it would be to provision all those strange devices.

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  • @Andrew:

    Wow, the possibilities are endless.

    Now you've got me thinking.

    I do not have the know how to do the more complex items you mentioned.  But they sound very interesting.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! 

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  • in your blog post you mentioned an app for BYOD

    will you allow BOYD before that app is ready? or will the app have to be ready before you release BYOD?

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  • Once we have more firm dates on BYOD we'll have more information on the logistics of it all.

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  • I am looking for a very small number of alpha testers to provide me with some ESNs (preferably the hexadecimal version) for devices you want to migrate to Ting. Please email this to me with the device type (eg. Samsing GS2) on  s@ting.com - thanks!

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  • Hi Scott,

    Just sent you an email with the info you requested.

    Thank you! 

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  • I wish I could be a tester for an Airwave.   :(      I know it hasn't been approved yet for BYOD.   

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  • Thanks Joe!

    Mike, send me your ESN and I will see if I can do something... Thanks!

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  • @Scott, I appreciate that!    The Airwave doesn't seem to have a "ESN" that I can find.  It does have the following numbers:   Model#,   MAC#,   Serial#,  AP-ID#

    Where should I send the info?

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  • @Scott,  Disregard, I saw your email address above. 

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  • @Scott,

    I emailed you my info for Samsung Epic 4G

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  • There is an updated BYOSD announcement at https://ting.com/blog/byosd-moving-ever-closer-to-ting/

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