Samsung Galaxy S III SPH-L710 or GT-i9300

I'm researching phones to purchase so I can leave my crummy AT&T plan (yes, I'm even "grandfathered" unlimited) and join the seemingly happy (and very smart) Ting family. I've seen both the Samsung Galaxy S III SPH-L710 and GT-i9300 models listed for sale but I'm curious if they BOTH will work with Ting or if I absolutely need to get the Sprint version (SPH-L710). If you are familiar with this situation please feel free to let me know which to purchase! Also, if you have any words of wisdom or advice, I'd love to hear it! I'm really looking forward to switching carriers for myself and my family...and not being in debt just to stay connected! Truly revolutionary indeed. Thanks for your help in advance!!! :-)

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  • You must get the Sprint version of the phone. Sprint will only permit Sprint phones on their network, Ting gets their phones through Sprint.

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  • Pretty certain the GT-i9300 is a GSM model for use with AT&T or T-mobile. You need a Sprint compatible phone..

     

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  • I'm looking at a Sprint Galaxy III on eBay that the seller specifically says can't be used with Ting. Any reason why this would be true?

    SAMSUNG GALAXY S III S3 SPH-L710 16GB BLUE SPRINT CLEAN ESN FREE SHIPPING

    *GOOD CONDITION*READY TO ACTIVATE ON SPRINT*

    “Phone has scratches and scuffs, overall Good condition. SIM card NOT included. Phone will Not work on Sprint Pre-paid,** not compatible with Ting Wireless** or any other carrier except Sprint Post-Paid plans.”

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/SAMSUNG-GALAXY-S-III-S3-SPH-L710-16GB-BLUE-SPRINT-CLEAN-ESN-FREE-SHIPPING-/181608600492

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  • Karen,

    Sprint changed their policy for the worse a couple of weeks ago. Now half or more of Sprint devices are failing the mandated financial eligibility check. See https://ting.com/blog/changes-to-the-byod-program-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/

    If you have good T-Mobile coverage in your area, consider a T-Mobile or unlocked GSM phone and use Ting GSM. See https://ting.com/blog/ting-on-a-gsm-network-open-beta-is-well-open/

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  • Yes, the reason is a change to Sprint's policy last week concerning individual devices that are allowed (and the way Sprint has gone about it). There's lots of discussion here and around the web about Sprint's mess (search Financial Eligibility Check). Bottom line:  BEFORE you buy ANY phone from ANY third party to use on Ting check it here https://ting.com/byod first. Sprint phones and unlocked GSM phones will work IF they pass the test https://ting.com/byod and only if they pass.

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  • Thanks for your quick replies. First I'd heard of this. I hope it gets cleared up soon!

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  • Ting does not expect this to get cleared up soon. See Ting's response to this mess at https://ting.com/blog/offer-for-customers-who-bought-a-device-that-has-failed-the-financial-eligibility-check/

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  • Is this Sprint's way of undercutting its MVNOs over the new unlocking rule?

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  • I personally think it is Sprint's way of bankrupting some MVNOs. Not Ting, though.

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  • Sprint is already tring to copy Ting (poorly) with their Virgin Mobile Custom offering, licensing something from Zact.

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  • There's only one Ting! This does seem like a pretty serious issue, though. Good thing Ting has or is about to have GSM now (but bad thing I don't have GSM coverage here).

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  • GSM is in public beta now. I have been using it for about a month and an working on moving my wife's phone over.

    That does you no good without GSM coverage, though. For us, it appears to be better that the network Sprint has contracted to use locally.

    Your best bet might be an unlocked iPhone from Apple or a Nexus 5 or 6 from Google Play. Since they are unlocked. Ting can bring them over.

    The Nexus 5 is really a good deal if you can catch it when Google has some in stock.

     

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  • I'm looking at purchasing this phone through Ebay...thoughts???

    Sprint White/Silver Apple iPhone 5 16GB (Very Good) CLEAN ESN

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  • If you want to bring a Sprint phone (really any phone) to Ting it MUST pass the MEID check at Ting's pages. As I said above: Bottom line:  BEFORE you buy ANY phone from ANY third party to use on Ting check it here  https://ting.com/byod first. Sprint phones and unlocked GSM phones will work IF they pass the test  https://ting.com/byod and only if they pass.

     

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  • Jennifer,

    I agree with Joshua. Clean T-Mobile phones (locked or unlocked) can be brought to Ting too, according to ting staff reports.

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