I'm planning on moving from Verizon to Ting, hoping to buy a used Samsung Galaxy Nexus for BYOD and have a few questions I wanted to ask about the process.
Verizon: I saw some other people post that they were able to port their Verizon numbers over to Ting but I haven't seen the process explained anywhere. How is this done? Will I need to pay my final bill and wait a few days after that or can I end my service at any point and begin Ting service with my current number?
Phone Model #: I see that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is now officially in the whitelist for BYOD. I am unsure about a couple things though. On the BYOD whitelist page, the model number is listed as SPH-L700KIT, but on the www.ting.com/byod form it is listed as SPH-L700. Are both models supported or only one? Are there any differences in the hardware between those two models? I'm looking to buy a used one, probably from eBay as those sellers are asking for less, but there are a lot more listed as SPH-L700 than as SPH-L700KIT.
Phone ESN etc: If I buy a used phone from eBay, is making sure the ESN is "clean" and that the phone isn't currently in active service with Sprint all that is necessary for it to be Tingable? I saw a couple people say they had no problems, but I want things to be as safe and smooth as possible. If eBay has sketchy results, should I just buy a used one from Glyde? It looks like I can probably save about another $40 or $50 if I get one from eBay, but I'd rather not play hot potato with phones that won't work for a while and start saving money on Ting sooner rather than later.
Phone ROMs: Do I understand that the phone has to have the standard Sprint ROM initially when Tingifying the device also? Once that is done is it free reign on what ROMs one would like to use? Are there any other kinds of updates that Ting would have to perform through the standard Sprint ROM? I'll probably just want to run whichever ROM is the closest to stock 4.2.2 if anyone has any recommendations on that also. I see here (https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images) that under the Sprint CDMA/LTE device they only list a 4.1.1 image, so I assume I'll have to run CyanogenMod or similar. Any advice / experience here is appreciated.
Thanks for any help. The community (including Ting employees) in the forums here looks really helpful and I look forward to working with you all. I can probably document my experience in this process to help out any others too :-)