Moto X

I know it's early, but any word on availability to bring it over once it's purchased from Motorola/Google?

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  • $299 Moto X on Ting incoming? I certainly hope that's the price point! Seeing the Developer Version released for $650 on Verizon scared the crap out of me.

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  • Hey guys, stop salivating. RW Moto X is a subsidized price for $299. Go to Sprint.com shows non contract price $549.99, and you can ONLY use the RW Moto X on RW as the OS is altered.

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  • I agree with william - Ting hasn't show any indication that they're going to take a loss on the phone in order to increase sales. With their pricing model, Ting's margins can't be big enough that they can give away phones at cost.  I bet it will sell for $549.99 - could be higher if it's shown that the X can't be BYODed..

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  • I know that RW does some subsidizing but it can't be too much. There prices are very low and I don't think you enter a contract with them. One thing is for certain though, if Ting releases the Moto X above $500 it will be terrible publicity because everyone will compare it to Republic Wireless whether that is a fair comparison or not.

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  • Waiting for Moto X too, but if it is priced same as S4 or HTC then it's a deal breaker for sure. The X was supposed to appeal to the average mid range buyer who does not have to have the latest cutting edge tek, but rather a solid phone with pricing more in line. That to me is the appeal of the X. I believe that Motorola will see huge sales if they stick to mid range pricing, but then they seem to be pacifying the major carriers first... too bad.

    That said...  pricing it above the $500. mark will ultimately be counterproductive to alluring a huge market share waiting to be had.   

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  • As williamb said, RW is heavily subsidizing the Moto X. They are a hybrid company that stresses the use of Wifi for voice and data. Their phones have special sofware that will allow calls to be made over wifi. If you look at their plans, they go as low as $5 for only wifi so they are able to keep their costs very low.  I would love to see a $299 Moto X but I fear we will be looking at something no less than $499.

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  • Hey guys. As desperate as we are to please our customers, we are not going to be offering a subsidized Moto X.

    It's just not what we do. We don't offer flat pricing regardless of your usage. We don't put ourselves in a hole to get devices in customers' hands. We pass along devices at or near our cost and we take a fair margin on megabytes, minutes and texts.

    As a result, we have a wonderful, sustainable little business that allows us to keep investing in our product and service the hell out of every customer.

    You don't ever have to worry about us going anywhere. You don't have to worry that we need to find weird or sneaky opportunities to monetize you. You don't have to worry that we will ever ask you to leave the service.

    I'm not trying to fear monger. I admire some of our more innovative competitors. In fact, I sometimes feel bland by comparison. But I like the virtuous little circle we are building here and I think it is working quite well.

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  • @Michael I respect that.  Other customer are having a tuff time because the Moto X is suppose to be a mid range phone (mid price?) and all.  It's harder to find a good deal on new CDMA hardware and that is "allowed" to be BYOD when comparing to GSM hardware, for example a new GSM Nexus 4 was $299 normal price and had a sale for ONLY $199 just recently.  IMO your company should have gone GSM, it suits you better, with harping on the K.I.S.S. method on a weekly basis.

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  • I thought Moto x device update was supposed to be available yesterday, but don't see anything yet. Any updates? I am without a phone and service and waiting for this.

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  • What US GSM carrier has a plan for their MVNOs? Sprint has a plan and that's one reason Ting chose Sprint.

    I find it interesting that Zact, a new Sprint MVNO with plans similar to what Ting had when it started, has Verizon as one of its financial backers. Go to their parent's ItsOn website and look under "Other Investors. There you will see Verizon Investments.

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  • I agree with @william, I can't bring myself to buy a $600 phone. I would buy a nexus 4 in a heartbeat if there were a CDMA version of it. I had my hopes up that the moto x would be reasonably priced, but it sounds like that won't be the case. Too bad.

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  • Yeah, William and Toby, I completely agree with that. I feel like we keep hearing about innovation at mid-range price level and then everything seems to be at the S4, HTC One, iPhone sort of price level. I guess manufacturers are still doing really well there. I have to believe somebody will do something great under $300 and it will all start falling from there.

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  • I do to a point as well but there is a real problem with their current device selection....  they all have problems.  The cheap ones are horrible devices that nobody wants to own and the good devices are way too expensive.  Remember ting is primarily attracting the "value" conscious group but does not have a good smartphone phone for that group (the galaxy nexus is the closest but that is very old now).  Even the nokia 52x priced at $100 off contract would do amazingly well for the same reason.

    As others have said that is what the motoX was rumored to be....  and based on the specs it should have been priced around $400.  The nexus line is that device but sadly not available on ting.  That is what ting desperately needs....  that phone that is close enough to the high end smartphones but does not break the bank.  

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  • I completely agree with Aaron.

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  • I've spent some time with our refurbished SII and felt like maybe I would recommend that as the most affordable taste of high end sweetness. Are the people here just not willing to trust refurbs (or used)?

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  • @Bruce

    MVNO's on the GSM side are out there, but only T-Mobile has developed a Sprint-like amount of them. My wife has a phone on Consumer Cellular and they are probably one of the better ATT MVNO's. I like Spot Mobile on the T-Mobile side of things along with Lyca Mobile. 

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  • Refurbished phones are an outstanding way to save quite a bit of money. Does Ting offer refurbished S2's? Used phones can be a mixed bag. Swappa is an excellent site for buying used phones along with Glyde.

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  • @Michael see the customer is always right, jk.  My master plan is to get the Ubuntu phone early next year, you guys should save your money till then! :)

    http://www.ubuntu.com/phone/operators-and-oems

    |System requirements for smartphonesEntry level Ubuntu smartphoneHigh-end Ubuntu "superphone"|
    | |
    |Processor architecture
    1Ghz Cortex A9
    | Quad-core A9 or Intel Atom
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    |Memory
    512MB – 1GB
    | Min 1GB
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    |Flash storage
    4-8GB eMMC + SD
    | Min 32GB eMMC + SD
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    |Multi-touch
    Yes
    | Yes
    |
    |Desktop convergence
    No
    | Yes
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  • @William b, What about the apps? you may not find many for an Ubuntu phones...

    I better stay with either Andoid, IOS, or Windows phones...

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  • @Michael,  to me the deal breaker for that phone is lack of lte.  Sprints 3g network is simply not good enough anymore even with the upgrades they are doing with network vision.  I also live in texas where the lte has been pretty much upgraded everywhere already so I actually get to use the new network.  With a smartphone data is the most important thing to have and the difference between 3g and lte is massive.  

    Another problem with buying phones on ting is not being able to easily recoup value when we sell.   We really need a good marketplace to be able to list our phones at to help recoup some of that cost.  Kinda funny and sad at the same time when you try to sell at glyde you see sprint devices listed but not ting.  Right now I have been just giving my old phones to family members.  Not the worst thing to do but that was how I used to finance my next purchase was selling the old thing.  Again another one of those value conscious things we can't do here.

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  • @Michael,

    You also need a good reasonably high end slider. Some people cannot use a virtual keyboard.  

    My Samsung Galaxy S Epic 4G is a good phone, but getting quite old at this point in time.

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  • @Raul, they're working on it right now. Android and Ubuntu are both based on Linux and it will be very easy for app developers that already make Android apps to make a Ubuntu version.  

    http://askubuntu.com/questions/247973/will-android-apps-be-compatible-with-the-ubuntu-phone-os

     

    How would you guys like to buy a phone that is also your computer?  That means instead of buying a PC AND a phone you just buy a phone.  You save a bunch of $ and your phone and PC is integrated with your phone.

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  • @Michael, I have never been a fan of getting things refurbished but when I switched to Ting I got a refurbished Samsung Transform Ultra since I figured I would be upgrading to a newer phone when one I liked became available. Well the first one I received nobody could hear me(defective mic i guess). I had my mom join Ting a short time later and her refurb phone had like 0 battery life. In both cases Ting took care of it by replacing my phone and her battery but I just do not trust refurbished devices.

     

    Also, I switched from Verizon and previously had the Galaxy Nexus. I couldn't justify buying another galaxy nexus when making the switch to Ting because I figured a newer one would be coming before too long (with a reasonable price). Unfortunately that hasn't happened and I am still stuck with this transform.

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  • @Chris Bryan, we do occasionally add devices to BYOSD. Our network provider does protect some new devices, but not many. We should see a bunch added in the next month. It is not technical at (clearly). BYOSD is not even a year old, and there are still some kinks in the system, but we expect it only to get better. Hope that helps! 

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  • Can we stay on topic please? Ting! Moto X! When will you be taking my money???

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  • Right now, its up.

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  • There was no device update "tomorrow" or Thursday. Well, doesn't matter now!

     

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  • $565, *sigh*. As much as I love Ting I may give Republic Wireless a try.

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  • The black one is listed as "ships in 2-4 weeks" but the white one doesn't say that. Does that mean that the white one will ship immediately, or is that an error?

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