"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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  • I can't speak for certain as I am not a sprint customer, but with t-mobile I could yank a sim from a dumb 'pay as you go' phone and stick it in a Nexus and I get service. No data, but it was not a data plan. Verizon is still not activating Nexus 7 devices, but you can transfer a sim from your phone to one and it will work. 

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  • I received my Nexus 5 today from the Google Play Store.    I ordered the phone before finding this thread (just found it today).  I've been a customer of Ting since switching over from Sprint 3 months ago.  I love Ting's service model and I think I'm going to love the N5.  The two would be a great combination.  I'm hoping that Ting can figure out a way for me to keep my new N5 and use it on Ting.  Like some others, I unsuccessfully tried to get a SIM card from a couple different Sprint stores today.  My plan is to acquire a Sprint SIM card and hope that Ting can clear a path for my Play Store N5.  If not, I'm not sure what my next move will be.

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  • I just want to second the comments regarding the latest OTA update for the GNex.  I've noticed the responsiveness is really improved.  I'm "dating" a 5S on Tmobile right now; I thought I was unhappy with Sprint service though now I'm wondering if it was just my phone...

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  • So with two comments about the "latest OTA" I just checked for software update and I'm getting one now.  This isn't 4.3 is it?  4.4?  At this point I'd be happy to try 4.2.2.  Hmmm...  Well whatever it is, I hope it fixes the sluggishness.  I'll try that before I flash another rom.

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  • I just looked, it's 4.3.

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  • I was totally fed up with this phone before...

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  • Sweet.. I'm working on it.  Isn't installing automatically through TWRP, gonna put the stock recovery back on and try it.

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  • Well I guess I missed it.  The update failed, it deleted it from the cache and now it says it doesn't see the update.  :(

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  • @Jim did the Sprint store not have sim cards or did they not want to sell one to you since you weren't technically a Sprint customer? I am guessing since Ting has the S4 that they must also have sim cards? I'm stuck in CDMA land so have never dealt with sim cards really.

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  • Hi Wesley, one store said that they didn't have cards that worked in the N5.  According to one store, the cards are different between different manufacture phones (ie. like iPhone, HTC One, and Nexus).  This sounded strange to me since I assumed that SIM cards were universal, but specific to carriers, so you could drop them into different phones.  I don't know much about SIM cards since I haven't had to deal with them much.  I'm guessing that this has more to do with Sprint's data base not being ready to activate the phones.  With respect to being from Ting, I don't know the answer to that question yet.  Unless they ask, I won't tell.

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  • Jim, thanks for the update. I have read reports of people dropping the sim out of the galaxy S4 into their Nexus 5 and data working. I have also read reports of  LTE not working on some phones activated by Sprint. I suspect it will be Friday until we have a real clear picture on this as it seems Sprint stores aren't very prepared. This seems to be par for the course with the local whatever carrier you are on stores that the people there are programmed to sell things but really don't know a lot about the product. Strangely enough I have found the fine folks in Canada to know more about US cell phones than people in the US :)

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  • @Ting  Is this the thread we should be monitoring to get the official answer on the Nexus 5 being supported?  I would like to find out asap when the word is out!  Thanks!!

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  • @Josh, here is a direct quote from someone at Ting from earlier in this thread (the thread is so big its hard to find the right info sometimes)

    "At the moment there is no confirmation about this phone being brought to Ting. I would recommend not buying this phone if you intend it for use on Ting until there is a confirmation for BYOD eligibility. This will be verified on the Device Update blog if/when we do know what it going on with it.

    I apologize for the inconvenience here but please bear with us."

    It would appear that officially it will be on the blog, if the iphone is any indicator you might also want to take a peek at the whitelist ( https://help.ting.com/entries/22567167-Bring-Your-Sprint-Device-to-Ting-A-List-of-All-Supported-Devices ) as it hasn't been officially announced but is in beta.

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  • @Josh sorry didn't finish my thought... anyway you might see the phone as a beta on the white list before it is officially announced, that's just a theory of mine not a known fact.

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  • FYI, I talked to a rep from the Google Play Store about my order and activation issues.  She said that they were aware of the Sprint issues (which I'm not too worried about), and I could return my phone within two weeks of receipt of delivery.  Return shipping would be free and I'd get a full refund, except for the shipping cost out to me.  There would be no restocking fee.  Very nice policy.  I like Google and their products.  I'm going to hang on to the phone until I'm sure that I won't be able to use it on Ting.  Hopefully before the two weeks are up, I'll get a "warm, fuzzy" feeling that I will be able to bring this phone over before too long.

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  • So I just read that Sprint has fixed the activation issues they had with the 32GB N5.   http://androidandme.com/2013/11/news/sprint-is-having-problems-activating-the-nexus-5/

    I called my local store and asked if they now had SIM cards for N5, which they do now.  I would have to bring in my phone and they would have to register the phone in their system.  Since I'm with Ting and not Sprint, I'm not in their system, so no SIM card for me. :-(  Dang it!

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  • Jim that sounds frustrating and sorry to hear about it.  But really, even if you got a Sprint SIM card, it doesn't sound like you could activate it with Ting until they (Sprint and or Ting) bring those MEIDs into their system.

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  • Yeah, If I were still with Sprint I could have gotten my N5 registered and activated this morning.  While I love the N5 (based on what I've read of KitKat and seeing the new phone), it's not enough for me to go back to Sprint.  For this to work, Ting would have to work out an agreement with Sprint, and either Ting or Sprint would have to issue SIM cards for the Google Play phones.  I wish Ting could keep their business model, but not be constrained so much on their phone selection.  Maybe in time...

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  • Jim, since Ting already offers phones with sim cards, I would suspect they have some method of offering replacement sims? So maybe the sim card thing won't be the hurdle that kills it.

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  • Wesley, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the next two weeks.  It would be nice for all of us if we could buy the phone from where ever we like and bring it to Ting.  So far, Ting is the best service for me.  I greatly appreciate their easy-to-understand billing statements, straight forward cost model, and good phone support.  Being able to use a Google Play N5 on this service would be ground breaking, but maybe too much for Ting to handle right now.  I quickly checked out Straight Talk and some other similar services thinking I could jump to them for a few months until I could bring this phone to Ting, but it start to make my head hurt trying to figure out what "plan" to sigh up for and how much it would really cost.  I tried to call Straight Talk to get some answers, by had to starting hitting too many numbers to get to a live person - I gave up before making it to a person.  That is not a scenario I want to go back to.

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  • Jim, I'm in the same boat, I will probably go with an S4 or something like that from Ting if the Nexus 5 falls through, but I suspect it won't. I really like the idea of a totally unlocked phone and that's nothing against Ting it actually seems to fit better with the Ting philosophy. I certainly can't see myself going anywhere anytime soon.

    I have also seen Sprint sim cards for the S4 and HTC One available on Ebay they are 20 bucks but if that is what separates us that could be a possible option on the sim card thing. But, hey Sprint hasn't officially launched yet with the N5 so I suspect I don't need to be solving problems before they occur :)

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  • Hello everyone!

    I'm just going to leave this here....

    All the best

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  • Paraic, thank you for the update, while it isn't THE news we want to hear its still encouraging!

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  • I guess it's kind of off topic now, but the 4.3 update really improved things on my Galaxy Nexus.  I actually cancelled my Nexus 5 order, because I can deal with this for now.  Even if Ting starts selling it for an inflated price I'll probably wait and see if the Google Play version will be eventually be able to come over.

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  • John, I thought that might help you out. I have been running Cyanogenmod 10.2 since they got the radios fixed and 4.3 has been very good on the GNex, while its not super its not bad either. 

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  • I never got to trying CM again.  I was just about to do it with the APN fix posted earlier.  But that's when realized there was a new OTA out.'

    I am probably getting greedy but I've been reading reports that Google is making KitKat work "comfortably" with 512MB RAM.  So it would be a bonus if we got that update.  It took 3.5 months for Sprint to bring down 4.3, but 4.2 seemed to have taken longer.  I'm not really holding my breath, but these updates for a 2 year old device are nice.

    By the way, if anyone else is curious what my problem was... I had a modified build.prop file and that will cause the OTA update to fail.  I put the values back and it updated fine after that.

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  • Hey Paraic, thanks for the article and update.  While it's likely that I'll have to return my N5 to the Play Store, I appreciate you all jumping on this topic so quickly and reacting to this grass roots movement.  If you all could work out a partnership with Google on there phones and tablets, it could be a brave new world for cell service in the U.S.  

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  • @John I'd recommend you not limit yourself with a vanilla OTA release.. It gets much better. Also, a 4.4 OTA most likely will not make it to the GNex as the device is beyond the 18 month support window. Google released a statement regarding KitKat ( http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/31/5051958/google-galaxy-nexus-will-not-be-upgraded-android-4-4-kit-kat)and the owners have responded in the form of a change.org petition ( https://www.change.org/petitions/google-update-the-galaxy-nexus-with-android-4-4-kitkat).

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  • Thanks JL, but I have been flashing custom ROMs for years, dating back to old PPC/Windows Mobile devices, early HTC android devices and Samsung.  While it's fun to play with them, I wanted the Nexus just for that vanilla experience and not dealing with potential flakiness of custom ROMs.  Even when I found a rock solid rom, if I ever had a problem it was in the back of my head that it might be caused by it.  And honestly I just don't have the time to do it as much any more.

    I was willing to do it to make my device usable when it was sluggish, but with this update I can live with it again.  A smooth running 4.4 would be nice, but not a necessity for me.  Honestly, I hope the Google Play Nexus 5 is on Ting sooner rather than later and this whole thing will be a moot point to me.  :-)

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  • Warning: The Nexus 5 has the same low mic gain issue as the Nexus 4!

    If it's important to have a functional pair of headphones or ear buds with an inline mic, then I suggest you consider another phone.  

    I very reluctantly returned my Nexus 5 today.  This early batch (and perhaps all future batches) is plagued with the same low mic gain as the nexus 4.  I created a posting here : https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!msg/nexus/DbvPiXcyhi4/8gcxkIbavTYJ -- in hopes that the issue gets some attention.  The google rep I spoke with thought it might be a hardware issue (like a glitch from the manufacturer or something). 

    Nobody could hear me when I used any of my inline mics -- the same headsets work fine on my S3/S2/S4 -- and there was nothing I could do to get around the issue.  I talk a lot on grooveIP and skype using headsets with inline mics; so this low input gain was a complete deal breaker.  A very disappointing deal breaker.  I wouldn't order an N5 thinking you'll get lucky; I doubt you will since the same issue went unaddressed on the N4.

    Otherwise, it's a great phone, and I was super excited to finally have a Nexus device I might be able to use on Ting or an ATT MVNO if I moved outside of coverage for an extended period.  Admittedly, a little voice in my head wonders if I should "try to get lucky" be ordering another.  Sigh.

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