"Nexus 5" Here You Come?!?!?!

You've read the rumors, I've read the rumors...CDMA enabled for Sprint network!  I already sent Ting a G+ callout indicating they better be staffing up because they are going to be getting slammed!  I for one will definitely be adding a new device to my account!!

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  • Would like to hear that Ting is actively trying to get an answer about this ASAP. It's reported that Sprint will be allowing N5s from the play store to be activated on the Sprint network. Will we be able to activate N5s from the play store with Ting?

    I don't expect them to have an answer right now... just a confirmation that someone is actively asking this question?

    I've already put in order for the 32GB model before they sell out too, just in case.

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  • That does it for me. I'm gonna need the 32gb vs the 16 and there is no way I'm paying that price for a 16gb.

    We'll eventually be able to BYOD the N5 nut for for a while, I'm betting. Looks like I'm going to be switching to an prepaid art MVNO. I really dislike the wireless options in the USA.

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  • Ryan, I doubt they can say much, but judging by tweets and other things, they know there is a demand. They are, I'm sure working very hard on this.

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  • N5 looks like a great phone...I hope Ting gets it soon so I can purchase one to replace my Galaxy S3.

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  • The $449 for the 16 gig is about what I expected from sprint and would expect that is what we will be required to pay to get it on ting.  I would love to think the google version would be able to come over but I have no faith sprint will allow it for mvno's.

    Really starting to think a move to tmobiles prepaid is the better option....  I love ting but these phone prices are insane and byod being locked out for 12 months really limits you.

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  • I just pre-ordered my 32gb N5 ($437 for a new 32GB N5 is reasonable to me).  I intend to use it with Ting but if I can't, then I have  2-3 ATT mvnos priced in the $30-40 range I can use until I can get the N5 back on Ting.  This will be the last android phone I purchase for a long time.  I've always wanted a nexus phone I could use on multiple carriers and this is it.  I'm just gonna have to suck it up and use an ATT MVNO for a while.  Don't hate me Ting!

    The wireless market in the USA is awful relative to the GSM dominated market in the EU.  It's not Ting's fault and they are doing a wonderful job helping to shack up the restrictive USA wireless market.  

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  • Just saw this from Android Central stating that you can buy the Google Play edition and activate on sprint. Wonder what this means for ting? Referring to Paraics comment made earlier in the thread stating it  wouldn't be in Sprint's database of allowable phones. I've ordered the Nexus 5 and would rather activate it on Ting, but T-mobile has me covered if I have to.

    http://www.androidcentral.com/yes-you-can-buy-nexus-5-google-play-and-activate-it-sprint

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  • Sagi, Jon,    I'm in the same boat... I'm loosing faith by the minute that Ting will be able to pull this off to my satisfaction. Which isn't really their fault, being subservient to Sprint... Maybe someday Sprint will stop putting short-sighted restrictions on it's customers.

    But worst case I use my awesome new phone on T-mo pre-paid for a couple months until this is all worked out. Should only cost me an extra $5-$10 a month till then. The market for contract-less phone service has really improved a lot since I started with Ting.

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  • Anyone have any word on the Nexus 4 LTE that was rumored to be released at the same time?

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  • Ordering the 32GB N5 before they're out. Hoping I can bring it to Ting, but if not, it'll work well to leave the wife at Ting and take the N5 to AT&T or T-Mobile. There's a lot of Dead spots with Sprint and with two providers we'd do better on the road.  

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  • It's coming to Sprint, so we can use it here, right? 

    http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-6452_7-57610267/nexus-5-coming-to-sprint-t-mobile-will-also-work-on-at-ts-network/

    <-- wants to buy one

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  • :) Hey Ting, I warned ya this was going to happen because so far I love you!

    Good to see some of you are taking the leap of faith and have already purchased, can't wait to hear back from you once you receive your device to see if you were able to activate!!!  Everything I've read does indicate that you can purchase the N5 from Sprint soon or you can purchase from Google and activate on Sprint, the only thing that I am uncertain of is how stingy they will be regarding letting this on their MVNO partner networks, looks like we'll know soon though!!!  If it can indeed be activated on Ting with little difficulty hoooolllllld on because I believe activation's are going to start blowing up!!

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  • Got to wonder what Sprint's angle is charging a $100 premium to buy a locked (I assume) version of the phone from them.  It must purely be to drive people into being locked into the contract.

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  • Bryan no doubt, but they offer it at a cheaper rate than you can get it from the play store if you sign a new contract, I'm guessing if they have upgrade options etc. Most people don't think about the total cost of anything and the big phone companies use that to their advantage ripping people off and they never realize it. That's part of why I'm at Ting, you know what your bill is going to be you know what the phone is going to cost and I don't have to sign my life away to do it... sorry rant over :)

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  • Just a question, is this compatible with Sprints CDMA? Or is it only LTE?  It's not really clear.  If it's only LTE compatible, it's kind of a deal breaker.

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  • Just went and answered my own question. Found full specs and it is CDMA .  It is in the full tech specs   http://www.google.com/nexus/5/

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  • Regarding the marked up price for Nexus phones bought from carriers, I've read speculation that when they are bought via the Play store they are sold by Google essentially at cost, but that Google may be charging the carriers a marked-up price for devices sold by the carriers, therefore the inflated price on Sprint if bought off-contract.

    Regarding activating the Nexus 5, if I'm understanding this correctly, CDMA phones (ie. phones on Sprint and Verizon) are activated via the hard-coded ESN on the device unlike GSM phones that use SIM cards which can be transferred between devices. LTE is a GSM technology and thus uses SIM cards as well. So far the LTE devices on Sprint have used non-removable SIM cards. The Nexus 5 is different, it uses a removable SIM card, or more specifically, a microSIM card. So when you activate an N5 on Sprint, whether bought from Sprint or the Play store, you will need a microSIM card from Sprint. So as mentioned earlier in this thread, Ting is correct that an N% bought from the Play store won't work on Ting...as is. However, it will work if Sprint allows it... by providing a SIM card.

    This is what I've cleaned from the reading I've done. If I've got it wrong then please clarify.

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  • Here is a place everyone might want to keep their eyes on also: https://ting.zendesk.com/entries/22567167-BYOD-Whitelist-  The iPhone 4/4s is included there in a "beta" and it has not been officially announced anywhere, so for those that have already purchased it you might get a slight heads up over waiting for an announcement. I hope this won't be pulling teeth like getting an iPhone however.

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  • Yep, already bought the N5.  If it doesn't work on Ting, I'll be leaving (despite otherwise being happy with Ting).

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  • I cant really say that the N5 is a deal breaker for me. I would much prefer to get it but I must replace my Galaxy Nexus sometime soon, the Moto X might not be a bad second option. I think we should probably give Ting some time, they know we want it. I really wouldn't mind being able to buy the device from Ting even if a slight bit higher than the play store.

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  • I think Craig has the right attitude. The way I look at it, I've already saved a few hundred dollars with Ting in just a few short months, I can port my N5 over to a GSM no contract like Straight Talk, pay the $43 and hope that Ting can convince Sprint to let them work with their customers. 

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  • @Russ Most of what you're saying is right on, up until the "So far the LTE devices on Sprint have used non-removable SIM cards". I don't know them all off the top of my head but newer LTE capabale phones like the GS4 have a Sprint removable SIM, which they say enables LTE. Current practice with Ting is if you purchase a handset like the GS4 from their store they will supply you the removable SIM. The point/policy you're touching on will also have to be changed if the N5 is given the green light. T-Mobile charges 9.99 for a SIM kit but often reduces it to $0.99 online, most recently they were FREE. If you go in-store a rep will usually throw you one for FREE anytime.

    As Sprint has changed position and will be allowing the unlocked N5 from the Play Store on their network it all comes down to a simple decision. Sprint has to decide if they will allow Ting and other MVNO's to activate this phone or not. In short, to cannibalize or not to cannibalize.. This multi-carrier single SKU device changes everything.

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  • Ting replied to some questions on their Facebook page, and the most recent reply I found from them was - 

    "The Nexus 5 will be available on Ting in the next couple weeks. Currently, we can't support Nexus 5's that are purchased off the Google Play store. We're working on getting all the information we can and will share more as soon as we have something more concrete!"

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  • WOO HOO!

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  • Couple weeks is how long it will take to get one anyways so this is awesome!!!

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  • Yes I knew the doubters had to be wrong, I mean this phone is made for many of us that use Ting. I do understand the relationship with Sprint, but still this had to happen and that is quicker than I imagined really.

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  • That is correct. We're still working on getting the Nexus 5 over to Ting. As it was with a certain other infamous device, we have some hurdles to tackle and hoops to jump through. We love the phone, so all I ask is for a bit of patience - we'll get it. Of course, once we have a stronger confirmation, we'll make the announcement.

    P.S. The enthusiasm for this device in here is awesome

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  • Brenna, thanks for the update, and if you need people that are screaming, "here take my money" to test it out I have a feeling all of us in this thread would likely qualify :)

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  • "Brenna, thanks for the update, and if you need people that are screaming, "here take my money" to test it out I have a feeling all of us in this thread would likely qualify :)"

    +1

     

    And thank you so much for following up so fast.  I realize you probably couldn't before the release and we have been a bit crazy on here.  It is great to have a company that responds to customer demand so fast.  I brought my wife over last month, but was waiting for the N5 to swap out for my Samsung Intercept on Virgin Mobile.  It's great to know it will happen.

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  • Looks like Sprint/Ting wants to punk an extra $100 from customers, this is ANOTHER example why CDMA is BAD news.  It's the machine that is SLOWLY losing it's death grip from customers.....

    "Update: Sprint has priced the 16GB Nexus 5 at a whopping $449.99 off contract. So if it wasn't obvious before, you definitely want to buy this phone from Google Play if you're opposed to contracts. A company spokesperson tells us that customers will have no problem activating devices purchased from Google on its network."

    http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/31/5051668/nexus-5-sprint-release-date-november-8-t-mobile-coming-weeks

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