"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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  • Yes but unfortunately we probably won't be able to buy from the Play Store to use on Ting. To me it is worth it though because Ting comes in about $15/month cheaper for me than other options. So it offsets any markup Sprint will put on the phone rather quickly.

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  • Is there any definitive statement about whether the SIM is embedded or removable?  And I mean the ones bought from Sprint, not from Google.

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  • Add me to the list of people excited about the prospect of the Nexus 5 on Ting. That enthusiasm will be tempered greatly if they gouge their customers by charging $100 more than Google though. Why wouldn't I just buy it from Google and use it on ATT or Tmo or one of their several MNVOs? Seems like selling it for the same price as the Play Store would be the wise choice for Sprint/Ting.

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  • Yeah, I don't know any of this for a fact, and I don't mean to contradict what Russ said earlier, but I think the inflated off contract pricing by sprint is just to encourage people to sign that 2 year contract with them instead of buying it off contract or from an MVNO (since they basically set the MVNO pricing).  I feel it has nothing at all to do with Google inflating the price.  I've been accused of being a cynic though, and could be only half wrong or completely wrong.

    Really hope the google play version can be used on Ting eventually.  That would be the idea situation to me.

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  • Count me in for the Nexus 5 as well.  I still wouldn't mind an iphone for other members of my family, but I am definitely hopping on the Nexus 5 as soon as Ting makes it available.

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  • @Michael, The dark side is strong with you....."I find you lack of faith disturbing."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzs-OvfG8tE

     

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  • LoL, holy crap, I haven't seen this much excitement and anxiety (and passive aggression) since the Galaxy Nexus was teasing it's way to Ting users last year or so.  Ting listen's to it's customers and tries to meet their needs within the bounds of the agreements they can negotiate with Sprint.  Ting has quickly become recognized as one of the best Sprint MVNOs available thus far.  We finally have a nexus device that is very nearly "carrier blind"; if Ting can BYOD the N5, they will.

     

    I think Ting's customer base should continue to make them aware.  Hell, we'll do another petition page like we did with the Galaxy Nexus.

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  • Count me in as well :-)

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  • Any comments about the pre-order on Sprint is for the 16gb only?

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  • I hope I'm not the only one checking this page (at least) every 15 minutes...seriously.

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  • Chad, more like every 10 for me. We don't have issues do we?

     

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  • Email subscription... so I don't have to wait 10 minutes.

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  • John, but what if something happens before my mail app lets me know? I can't risk waiting that long :) Iris ask a good question about the 16GB on the preorder from Sprint. I would imagine surely the 32GB option will be out there. 16GB with external storage is fine but 16GB without while doable is getting increasingly harder to do.

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  • I haven't (pre-)ordered one yet. I'm waiting for the iFixit teardown first just to know how hard it'll be to replace the battery in it in a year or two when it starts to go.

    All the previous Nexus devices have had decent repair scores from iFixit, but wouldn't want this to be the first one that gets a 1 or 2 for reparibility.

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  • @Wesley Gmail notified my desktop, phone and my spot watch tells me immediately.  Yeah, I know, it's sad.  :D

    I noticed they only had the 16GB too but I had no intention of signing a 2 year contract with sprint so I didn't really pay too much mind to it.

    @Joseph I have never cared that much about the battery because I can't remember anytime that I have kept a phone longer than 2 years and didn't want to upgrade by then.

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  • Geez I said spot watch but I meant pebble.  They haven't made spot watches for a decade or so have they?

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  • This is my first month with Ting and love it, BYOD from former sprint user.  I went ahead and purchased the N5 yesterday evening because it said there was a 3-5 week backorder.  I figured in that amount of time Ting should have worked out what they can or cannot do.  I figure the cost of shipping is worth the gamble, and worse case scenario I send it back to Google or sell it online.  Needless to say Ive got my fingers crossed that Ting will have the ability to activate a N5 purchased from the Google play store.

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  • This FB post says in pretty much black and white that the N5 will have to be purchased directly from Ting. https://www.facebook.com/Ting/posts/525519624205568 No indication of cost, however.

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  • Purchased my Nexus 5 on the play store yesterday.  I hope I'll be able to use it on Ting.  I just created a new account here.

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  • I purchased it too, and I'm thining 50/50 odds that Ting can eventually activate it.  Got my fingers crossed like others, but there are tmobile MVNOs that I can afford and I know it will work on those until then...  Sorry Ting if that's the case.

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  • I agree Paul, that was a pretty straight forward answer that you will have to buy from Ting (not Play store). Shame to hear it. I'm still curious to learn where the phone will land on price. At this point, IMO, it is safe to say cost will be somewhere between $350 (play store) and $450 (Sprint), though the Moto X did manage to be higher than the Sprint price but I've seen other phones lower than Sprints full price.

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  • @Iris Ailin-Pyzik it's an external SIM, take a look at my post on page 1 explaining how Sprint handles the newer devices.

    @Paul Zink I'd still recommend waiting until an official announcement is made. If Sprint is choosing to only allow unlocked handsets for their customers and not allow MVNOs then that's unfortunate for Ting. This device, more importantly the chipset powering it was meant for MVNOs like another poster mentioned earlier.

    Personally I'll probably be going with T-Mobiles $30 prepaid on my N5 if I can't get it on Sprint through Ting. I will move our other lines to Ting and continue to recommend their service to others. Really unfortunate if they don't get to properly capitalize on this handset.

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  • I'm kind of drawing a line in the sand here.  As much as I have enjoyed Ting and the money I save, this seems to be be the most "unlocked" device they can get on the Sprint network if they can't get it, then I need to move on and just count the extra ~$20 as a write off to be on a better upstream network.

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  • @JL - You know that thing they put on investment prospecti (or something like that) that says "Past performance is no guarantee of future performance"?  Define 'newer'.  The S3 had an embedded SIM.  The Note 2 had an embedded SIM.  I'm thinking it has more to do with the deal with the manufacturer than anything else.  We might get lucky on the 5, and we might not.  I'm looking at overseas travel next year, and I really don't want a cheap GSM for the trip.

    We have 3 phones on Ting.  Daughter's is getting flaky, husband's slightly flaky, but it might just be him.  I was going to give her my EVO 3D which was previously on Ting, this weekend when she's home from college for a visit, to replace hers.  There's no LTE where she's at school so she won't miss it, nor has there been more than hints of it where we live.  Hubby would probably be fine with my current phone.  This whole business needs to move along right smartly.  I don't have anything else to juggle right now except for an old Exclaim.  Oh wait, I might also have a Rumor Touch knocking around, but those phones will make any of us very unhappy, especially if the hiatus is months.

    I have been very happy with Ting, but I have not stopped looking at other options.  The one real killer is that I really do need a femtocell at home - nobody has good signal here, and Ting is the most - er - honest way to have one.

    Hey, anybody for hacking my Photon Q ESN onto the 5?  Oops, wrong forum, and that takes us back to very early Ting.  Also, I'd hate for it to be in a state where it couldn't get OTAs until they've ironed out the kinks.

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  • @Iris While you're correct on the Note II, a simple way to see Sprint handsets that support a removable SIM is to toggle international in their shop ( http://shop.sprint.com/mysprint/shop/phone_wall.jsp?INTNAV=ATG:HE:Phones#). There might be another exception but for the most part and moving forward the chipsets are much more robust now and the removable SIM has become standard for greater LTE support. I assure you the N5 has a micro SIM slot that supports a removable SIM card. Now regarding your trip you must be careful because there is one Nexus 5 for North America and another for international use. Do a little homework beforehand and you'll find a foreign carrier that transmit over compatible frequencies.

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  • @JL, thanks for the heads-up, but I don't expect to get 4G overseas, and the 3G will be covered.  The 4G situation could change, but 3G will do fine.

    As for the chipsets being more robust?  I'm not at all sure that has anything to do with it.  Hardwiring a SIM into a supposedly "world" phone only has to do with reaping revenue from users that can't then pick up a SIM in the country they're visiting.

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  • Looking to upgrade my Verizon Iphone 4 to a Google Nexus 5.  As soon as Ting is able to offer it, you'll get another customer out of me!

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  • Please ting let us use nexus 5 with your service.

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  • I ordered my Nexus 5 off the Play Store in the hopes that I could ditch Verizon and use it on Ting. I will sign up immediately if there is support, but you're going to lose me to T-Mobile if not. I understand that this is a process, but I know there are a lot of others like me out there!

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  • Very happy with the Ting service and hope I will be able to stay and I will if I can move my new Nexus 5 from the Play Store to Ting.

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