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Whats up with the phone prices!!!? This would be a great set up for people who are tight on money such as me and mu husband. We would love to use ting but we just CAN'T afford a couple hundred more dollars for phones when we have phones already!!! WTF

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  • Do the math over 24 months.  Pays for itself quick!

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  • That is true. But not every one has an extra $200 (per phone) to dish out right off the bat.

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  • Hello, Brittany.  It is a great plan to keep costs down!  One option to keeps cost downon devices would be to buy one of the refurb phones that Ting has for under $100 on their devices page.  I bought a Optimus S that way for around $60 and it was in great shape.  Another option (coming tomorrow) is Ting's BringYourOwnSprintDevice (BYOD).  What carrier are you existing phones on?  If they are not sprint phones, then you might want to look at purchasing "clean esn" sprint(former) phones from CL or Ebay.  I have had good luck buying used phones (I have recently BYODed to ting a EVO 3d and a Epic 4g touch).

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  • I must have missed their other devices page with the refurbished ones! I'll go look again. Right now we are using straight talk, and that is tracfone, and I believe for my are it is Verizon, but I am not 100% about that. I did read the article about the BYOD, I wonder if they could tell me if my device is usable

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  • I am not seeing any refurbished phones other then two of them that are still $100... Where can I find the refurbished ones?

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  • I see one at $87 and one at & $76.   Keep in mind you also get $50 off your first phone.

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  • If the Straight Talk phone is an Android one, it may be on Sprint and eligible; otherwise it won't be. Also, you can get $50 off the first phone, look for the Ting discount links to do that. It's not automatic.

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  • I will have to check and see if they can tell me who it is going through. I will look for that. Thanks for the help and tips every one!!

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  • The smartphones in the middle range probably have about the same capacity as a midrange tablet, except that the engineers have to make all the same hardware fit into a much smaller package, which I would imagine could be costly. The average consumer wouldn't bat an eye about a tablet with comparable specs costing around $200, but with phones people expect it to be cheap or even free.

    Unfortunately, nothing in life is free. It's all about what you're used to that's causing this shock. You're just used to the model typically used in America of the cellphone provider subsidizing the cost of your phone to entice you to buy it, and then on the sly making you pay back the full price of the device (and a GREAT deal of interest) over the two year contract. It's not people's fault that the cellphone companies have been swindling them all these years, but just keep in mind that smartphones have always cost this much, and if you had one before you WERE paying full price for your device in the long run, whether you realized it or not. It's a sad day when industry-wide deceit is considered the standard code of conduct, but alas.

    That aside, you can definitely find cheap Sprint phones on Craigslist and the like, but you may want to check with Ting before you buy to ensure it's compatible with BYOSD. Or get one of the cheaper refurbs on Ting and use the $50 off coupon code. I did that for my first device and my phone cost me all of six bucks (and I love it!). There are definitely options out there if you don't need to have the latest and greatest. :)

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  • Yes, what Megan said.  I haven't checked all Tings prices, but I think all Ting phones are under MSRP and usually at or below street price for no contract phones.  You can also buy a sprint phone from glyde.com.  There is a optimus s there now for $40.  Or a Katana II on ebay, around $25.  Be sure to read up on BYO(s)D so you know the requirement and how it works to bring these phones to TIng.  Heck Ting doesn't even charge an activation fee when you BYOD, you can't ask for more then that.

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  • ^ From what I've read, you must buy a phone from Ting initially.  You can port over a phone after that, though.

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  • Ting is implementing a process they call BYOD or BYOSD (bring your own Sprint device).  It is still in beta testing.  You can find out more and join the beta program here: https://ting.com/blog/byosd-progress-report-and-wider-beta-launch-announced/  That is what i did and how i became a Ting customer.   I have not purchased any phones from Ting (though i have my eye on one), I became a customer by activating 2 EVO 4gs that i have had on Sprint for over two years.  In my opinion this this HUGE and as far a i know a first in the US.  I moved my phones to ting without paying anything or buying anything up front.  I have made one phone call to Ting support, and it was the BEST customer support call I have made to any company, let along a cell phone company.  Ting is really paving new ground here and i don't think that can be overstated.     

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  • Thanks again. I will have to look into who my carrier is. I have an LG Q and I am currently on the Straight talk plan which was ok until I lost my job and we can afford a whole lot. Ting seems like a great deal and I have read nothing but good about them.

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  • The easiest answer to someone looking for cheap phones is to purchase a used known working Sprint BYOD-compatible phone off ebay and activate it with Ting. Price tag is around $50.

    Which phones are guaranteed compatible and can be activated right away? These: https://help.ting.com/entries/22352167-ting-byo-s-d-supported-devices-list

    Ensure the one you buy from ebay is noted as "clean esn".

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  • I was going to buy a used EVO 4G LTE for participation in the program, but apparently the LTE phones from outside Ting are not yet supported.  There must be something to do with the firmware's LTE components.  Bummer.  I'm not about to drop $450 on a new phone.  $250 for a lightly used great condition phone is more my speed.

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  • What Gary said used to be true, but no more Go to this blog link for the current BYOD announcement. https://ting.com/blog/bring-a-sprint-device-to-ting-you-know-you-wann

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  • ^ Yes, the EVO 4G, 3D, and Shift are supported but "LTE and Push to Talk (PTT) devices cannot make the move to Ting at all at present".

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