"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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  • @Bryan That's the comment I mentioned, I'm still waiting for that to make it's way here. While that comment was posted on FB it has not been officially repeated here. Since then Ting representatives have been directing comments on FB here.

    @Brad Agreed like you mentioned Google has shown us 18 months is the limit. You bring up a valid point, hopefully Ting considers this in negotiating with Sprint.

    @Wesley any price increase is unacceptable and defeats the very purpose of a Nexus device. I'll reserve my blame but I will not support any drastic/exploitative increases with my wallet. I plan on getting all our lines on to N5s over the next year, I'm hopeful I can continue to give Ting business. As of now they've likely already lost one of our lines to T-Mobile :/

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  • J L oh yeah I get what you are saying, but I'm sure its a Sprint thing not a Ting thing on the price.

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  • Aw man, I already jumped the gun and ordered it from the Play Store.....Couldn't they introduce a small fee to allow us to bring our phones over?I wouldn't mind that if the fees aren't exorbitant. 

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  • I just cancelled my Play Store order and will wait until I see Ting get things straightened out. A phone bought on the Play Store will be identical to that sold by Sprint or Ting, sans the sim needed for LTE. Guessing that initially Sprint will hold that puppy hostage for as long as they can.

    I have been very happy with my Nexus 4 (with the exception of some spotty T-Mobile coverage) and will continue to use it in the meantime. Waiting will also allow Google/LG to flush out any first rev jitters that may crop up.

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  • Yeah, I would've cancelled mine, but it's shipped now so I can't cancel it. :/ I would think that Sprint would want more customers, but I guess not.

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  • Sprint wants what Verizon wants... contracts; proprietary, overpriced hardware on a proprietary network; and as much control over their customers as possible. But much like Ma Bell and the record industry of the previous century, and cable providers today, they see a seachange coming. The savvy consumer is finally seeing some other alternatives to simply rolling over for a monopoly (no thanks to the FTC). 

    Kudos to both T-Mobile and Ting for stepping outside of the cell provider box that is littered with broken promises and absurd billing practices.

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  • I can't wait to upgrade my Galaxy Nexus. If Ting don't get this phone soon i will have to pay extra with another provider. Please hurry it up Ting =]

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  • I just got my pin and am ready for the port out tomorrow when my phone arrives. I'll leave other lines with Ting and hope for the best.

    so question for the group, Sprint and Ting both use Verizon when roaming, how would that work with an N5? I know Ting doesn't roam for data but what about the voice?

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  • Hi Ting. Not to beat a dead horse here, but for those of us following this thread, do you have a timeline on when we will get an answer about N5 availability  on the network. Are there people talking to Sprint asking if you guys can have it and when, as in will we know in hours, days, weeks etc.? Or is it just up in the air? I ask because I have already bought mine, along with others here. We are just wanting to know, can we stay with the company we love, or look into getting someone else until Ting has an answer.

    Thanks for your time.

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  • Daniel, in this thread there are some quotes from a facebook post that stated in a couple of weeks they should have an idea. I'm hoping to have an N5 on Ting by Christmas if not before, that's just an artificial time line I have put on it that means absolutely nothing :) I am sure they want us to be getting them on Ting ASAP!

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  • Thanks for the reply Wesley! Sorry I didn't read the previous ones.

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  • Daniel, there is a lot to read! Its hard to get it all :) Here is the post, I should have copied the link earlier:  https://www.facebook.com/Ting/posts/525519624205568

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  • @Daniel Cianci the phone has support for CDMA band classes 0 and 1 (ie. 850MHz/1900MHz) which Verizon operates on. Last I read Ting features voice only roaming on both Verizon and U.S.Cellular.

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  • @Daniel Cianci I decided to look a little further into it.. The roaming agreement is limited to 1xRTT, which is limited ti 1900MHz PCS spectrum or band 1 in this case.

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  • Thanks JL

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  • Hoping someone can clarify a few points about Sprint/Ting for me. I've always been reluctant to buy a non GSM phone but I do have a N5 on the way so Ting is definitely an option I'd like to try. 

    From reading the posts here it appears Sprint puts some restriction on the phone having to come from Sprint.  Assuming this is the case would purchasing a month of no contract service directly from Sprint for the play store version then switching to Ting after that count?

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  • Possibly, but unknown at this point. Or whether Sprint will even activate the phone off contract. A recent conversation I had with my local Sprint store served no other purpose than to demonstrate that they were clueless. 

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  • @JS Most likely not, if the N5 follows with other recent releases. Sprint has placed a 1 year wait time for newly released devices, unless they are bought directly from Ting.

    I imagine the reasoning is that it's possible for people to game the on-contract price+cancellation fee... The hope is that since the device isn't being purchased from Sprint, they might lament and just let it happen... I'm currently holding my breath. 

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  • I found this interesting http://productforums.google.com/forum/m/#!topic/nexus/pWGKq9bZfB4%5B1-25-true%5D It looks like many are having issues getting the N5 activated on Sprint. Not for sure what this says about things but interesting.

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  • @Wesley, the consensus  seems to be that Sprint hasn't green lighted the 32GB version, but the 16GB are activating just fine.

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  • Has anyone here received a Nexus 5 16Gb, gotten a SIM card from sprint, and tried to activate it on Ting?

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  • The reason I ask is because it appears that the 16G phones are already in Sprint's whitelist, and I am wondering if it is the same database that Ting accesses for activation.

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  • There has been alot of discussion about how Ting cannot control the price, and that this is just something set by sprint. While this is probably mostly true, Ting has definitely got a say in it. I offer, for example, the fact that Republic Wireless (another MVNO on Sprint) is providing a NO CONTRACT Moto X phone for the price of $299 ( https://republicwireless.com/phones/moto-x).  As has been referenced by others, this is significantly lower than the price you can get the Moto X off contract elsewhere ($565 on Ting, $549.99 on Sprint). I've generally got pretty good faith in Ting, so I hope they handle this one well. Whether they need to do a "promotion" or whatever, I hope they get us the Nexus 5 soon and at a good price.  

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  • @Joel The thing about that RW price is they're subsidizing it off contract, in turn you get a locked handset running proprietary software. It's a calculated risk, RW's whole model is interesting and they're trying to shake up the industry. Their business model is unique and very much an experiment/gamble at this point.

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  • Joel, 

    That is a case of Republic subsidizing the phone price to get people to sign up for a $40 plan.  Ting doesn't subsidize because it doesn't fit their business model.  I think the price will come in below the Sprint price, but be a little bit above the Google price.  Just guessing.  I assume they add some cost for whatever it takes to prepare the phone for Ting.

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  • Bryan, I hope you are correct on that. I think that would make all of us really happy.

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  • I think Ting buys the phones directly from the manufacturer.  I read an article somewhere (a few months ago) that Ting didn't sell the iPhone because Apple required a certain volume for the iPhone and Ting didn't think they could meet it, even though they now support it (in Beta).  They have already worked deals with Google before to get a phone and I think Google just wants Android in as many hands as possible, so I see them coming along.

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  • Bryan, Yep I think you are correct I suspect the real hurdle is getting it activated on Ting because of restrictions put on them by Sprint.  At the moment Sprint seems to be having issues with some of the N5 activations specifically the 32GB options.

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  • @ Wesley 32GB IMEI were added and are confirmed working. A co-worker of mine got his and did everything online this morning. I read on /r that they may have added them overnight.

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  • J L that's awesome news... I hope for us!

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