Moto G

Motorola announced the Moto G today.  Looks like an interesting option priced under $200.  It is expected at some point in January, but I did not see any talks about what carriers it will work with.  Any idea if this will be an option for Sprint/Ting?  Obviously the Nexus 5 is a huge deal for Ting and Ting customers, but a good sub $200 phone would likely open the flood gates!

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  • I am getting the Moto G for Christmas and really want to switch to Ting. I listen to All About Android on twit.tv and have heard great things about ting. I hope we hear word soon as to whether or not the Moto G will work on Ting.

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  • @ Alex, Paraic does not feel qualified enough to make Super Bowl predictions (and I would not be any better either!).

    We don't have any news regarding the Moto G at the moment. As mentioned previously in this thread, we post device alerts/news in our blog. So be sure to check it out to be up to date on everything Ting!

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  • @Joshua, If things remain the same you won't be able to bring the G if you purchase it from Sprint/Motorola for ~12 months. The only way to use a G on Ting would be if Sprint lets Ting sell it directly like they do the Motorola X. I just went through this because I had an opportunity to purchase a used Moto X for less than they are listed but had to pass on it since it wouldn't be allowed on Ting since it wasn't from Ting. I ended up getting an LG Optimus G (LS970) since that device has been out for a year. Be sure and check the whitelist if you want to get a phone to BYOD.

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  • The LG Optimus G looks interesting. I see them on ebay for not too much. How is battery life? I am considering it vs the Samsung Victory LTE. The LG Optimus G is roughly the same size as the Moto G except for being a little skinnier. I like the rounded corners of the Moto G better as I think it would go in and out of the pocket easier.

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  • @Roger, Only had it for 2 days so I can't give you much more than a general impression of it. That said it is a very nice phone. The speed is impressive and it has the official JellyBean 4.1.2 on it. It is a large phone but not heavy. It feels solid. And like you said they are a bargain considering they were LG's flagship phone until the G2 came out. I moved from a Galaxy SII (Epic 4G Touch) and while I like the SIII/S4 even used they are much more expensive.

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  • @Courtney Western, What is the technical issue so you are "not able to activate Moto X phones that haven't been purchased directly from us" (Ting)?  And I assume "Photon Q (MOTOXT897)" listed under BYOD is not the Moto X?  Of course, I'm interested in the Moto G, so are you saying an unlocked CDMA Moto G purchased from Motorola or Amazon is useless on Ting?  And will continue to be useless if you start selling your own Moto G?  Thanks.  (Does your blog have a RSS feed?)

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  • Hi John,

    We are given a list of ESN's by Sprint which essentially control what can and cannot be BYOD'd to Ting. Of course we always want to be able to BYOD the best phones available but because of this restriction it causes a bit of trouble. That's why there are phones that we can sell but not BYOD.

    You are correct in your assumption. We will be unable to bring over the Moto G if not purchased from Ting, and at the moment we have not been informed whether or not we will be getting this phone to sell. And again you are correct, the phone will not operate on Ting if not bought through us.

    Unfortunately we do not have an RSS feed for the blog.

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  • Huh. RSS feed or not, I added your blog to my Feedly account and have read posts there.

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  • Possible good news about Sprint allowing MVNOs to offer Moto G. It is just a rumor, but @evleaks says Boost Mobile (a Sprint MVNO) may be getting the Moto G soon:  http://www.androidheadlines.com/2013/12/evleaks-leaks-motorola-moto-g-coming-boost-mobile.html

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  • OK. If your main concern is data, go with another phone then. There are plenty of others that Ting supports. As for my case, I am hoping to use the Moto G mainly for voice and texts with occasional need to check email or something on the web -- no streaming audio or video. So this phone is all I need to pay for.

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  • Ernie,

    You cannot assume Sprint will allow non-Sprint owned MVNOs to BYOD a phone just because Boost or Virgin Mobile can.

    Virgin has sold the iPhone for years, but Ting cannot (yet) sell them. Sprint handles Boost & Virgin differently than other MVNOs.

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  • Yep. No assumptions, but it would be nice.nonetheless.

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  • Here is the non-existent URL of the blog RSS feed: https://ting.com/blog/feed/

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  • I'm not yet convinced that Sprint is really the cat's meow in the North Jersey area. And clearly, the last thing any one wants is sketchy connections. Having said that, I really love the Ting model, the pricing and the automated plan shifting is super duper. 

    But, why would someone put up with Sprint, step out of the norm with Ting, and then agree to pay $500 for a phone. 

    A guy like me, who really needs to take a picture of the other guy's car when involved in an accident, sends about 100 texts a month, and speaks on the phone as little as possible, needs a smartphone like he needs a hole in the head. 

    So the kind of people that would be attracted to Ting in the first place are people who aren't inclined to spend all that much on the phone.  The rest out there, the "gimme gees" will get the phone for free, and spend $5,000 for service for the next two years.

    I agree with Ernie, but willing to take it a step further, a well made and capable phone for under $200- isn't nice to have, but an outright necessity.

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  • But, why would someone put up with Sprint, step out of the norm with Ting, and then agree to pay $500 for a phone.

    To have the best of both worlds. At Sprint I had a smart phone and  our family plan cost us $160 a month (that was with an employee partnership discount from my wife's employer). When we started looking at Ting we weren't ready to drop $500 on a phone to test them out. So we bought two cheap flip phones to try them out. We liked them and were ready to buy. I bought a Galaxy Nexus for $404.

    Our usages comes out to be between $55 and $80 at Ting. We save over $80 a month. With those savings I have no problem spending $400-$500 for a phone. It'll pay itself off in 6 months. Ting has also made efforts to make used smart phones available, etc, to lower the barrier of entry for smart phone uses.

    To me it was worth it to be off contract and I really appreciate Ting's business model.

    I completely agree a $200 smart phone like the Moto G would be a great device and price point for Ting. I'm just also saying there are those of us who don't mind spending money on the devices up front to have a smart phone and save money in the long run.

    All that being said in the past year we moved to an area that doesn't have great coverage. So I completely understand not wanting to spend $400+ if you aren't sure you're going to be in an area with good coverage for a while. Fortunately for us the savings has already paid for our phones.

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  • Just saw today that Boost Mobile announced the pending release of the Moto G, Boost runs on Sprint BTW. ( http://www.boostmobile.com/shop/phones/moto-g/) I'm hopeful that this might mean the availability of the Moto G on Ting this year sometime.

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  • Tim,

    Boost Mobile is owned by Sprint and therefore has different rules. The Moto G coming to Boost means no more to Ting than the iPhone coming to Virgin Mobile did. Sprint treats the MVNOs they own differently than others such as Ting.

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  • Bruce,

    I'm completely aware that there are differences, I used to work for Sprint BTW. My only point is that a Moto G with the proper hardware and radio frequencies is coming out that will run on the Sprint network. This is why I stated that I hope to see his phone available this year. My statement wasn't factual or leading it was merely an observation along with wishful thinking. Just trying to shine some hope for those that would also like to see this device on Ting. I would rather stay with Ting if one of these devices is in my future otherwise I may end up having to move to another carrier that has it available. I truly hope that Sprint does right by you guys, you guys do a great job.

     

     

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  • @Tim, I am just a Ting user like you. Perhaps Ting will sell this phone, but it may not be available for BYOD. Sorry for assuming you were talking about BYOD. Many people assume you can BYOD any phoe sold by Ting.

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  • So Verizon is offering the Moto G for $99.99 on their pre paid plan, unlocked. So the question is , would t his work on the Ting network ? 

    http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/2/5266532/moto-g-verizon-release-date-january-9

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  • Since Sprint dozen not allow Verizon phones on their network, there is no way this would work on Ting.

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  • ...doesn't ...

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  • Android  originally shared:

     

    We just launched a new device, the Moto G, Google Play edition, available now on Google Play in the US:  goo.gl/DOODHu

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  • So will the Google Play edition be usable on Ting without a 12 month block from Sprint?

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  • Hi Eileen and Kevin,

    We would love to support the Moto G, but don't have news regarding the device at the moment. Keep an eye out on our blog for any updates.

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  • Unfortunately the Google Play Edition Moto G is a GSM only phone as it's listed in the Play Store. Unless that changes then no. I'm hoping that the CDMA version won't be an exclusive that won't ever be usable on Ting. :-\

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  • The Moto G seems to be dropping on every carrier lately, is their still a chance we will see it on ting? Hopefully there will be an announcement soon. Don't forget the 16gb version as that one seems to be the odd one left out. Thanks for listening.

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  • Ting, This is obviously a huge seller for you. I am wondering why you do not have a huge picture of the Moto G Slapped on your blog stating "From all of us at ting to all of you out there that are building our company, this is the future of pay for what you use phones, and we will do everything in our power to get you this device"....etc etc They love this phone. It has snapdragon and it is 200$! You and motorola can pave the way here. But boost OWNS right now. I am TING4L but guys I think its definately time for spontaneous combustion! Break out (like you did in the beginning with your no contract idea) and sell cheaper phones as another chapter in your history... Yes there are cheaper phones eligible for your service. BUT NOT LIKE THIS ONE! Correct me if I am wrong. This is the baddest phone we have ever seen at this price with no contract. I might be a moron, but you might miss the second wave that hits after the initial tidal wave.This is how you will ultimately Tingle the planet.

    BTW I would love a job (totally unrelated) 

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  • Ting, This is obviously a huge seller for you. I am wondering why you do not have a huge picture of the Moto G Slapped on your blog stating "From all of us at ting to all of you out there that are building our company, this is the future of pay for what you use phones, and we will do everything in our power to get you this device"....etc etc They love this phone. It has snapdragon and it is 200$! You and motorola can pave the way here. But boost OWNS right now. I am TING4L but guys I think its definitely time for spontaneous combustion! Break out (like you did in the beginning with your no contract idea) and sell cheaper phones as another chapter in your history... Yes there are cheaper phones eligible for your service. BUT NOT LIKE THIS ONE! Correct me if I am wrong. This is the baddest phone we have ever seen at this price with no contract. I might be a moron, but you might miss the second wave that hits after the initial tidal wave.This is how you will ultimately Tingle the planet.

    BTW I would love a job (totally unrelated) 

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  • Please get back to me about the GS2 I am sending your way as soon as I get the papers. And keep on Pioneering you guys rock!

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