LG Volt

One of your blogs a few weeks back mentioned the LG Volt coming to the Ting device page in mid to late May.  Just wondering what the outlook is for availability.  Thanks.

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  • No UICC SIM was included in the package with the new phone.  Still sealed from Sprint.  @Paul, what did you do?  I have the same phone as you do.

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  • There's nothing additional to buy with the phone (SPP LG Volt) as it's got everything it needs. I just took the phone out of the package, and typed the MEID (DEC) number (located behind where the battery goes) when the Ting activation requested it, and then the ICCID when requested. Phone was activated within a few minutes.

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  • Sorry, I completely missed it.  The microSIM was installed from the factory after all and I just missed it.  Thank you all!  So grateful for the Ting community.  

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  • I got an LG Volt for Sprint Prepaid and successfully activated with Ting. 

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  • Hope I can run into a deal before Christmas my mom is stuck with a bad refurb iPhone 4. Missed out on the low price on this and the Sharp Aquos -_-

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  • Got a SPP Volt last weekend, last of the Radio Shack stock at my local store.  Activation was smooth.  The Coverage Map shows my home in a strong 4G Data area, but on the line between good and fair for voice.  By default the phone wants to maintain a zero bar 4G signal, rather than dropping down, making voice calls unintelligible.  Switching the network type to CDMA gives a 3-4 bar (non-3G) signal at the house and strong 3G signal when I'm away from home.  I suppose I could switch network back to 4G every time I leave the house, but since most of my data use is over Wifi, the tradeoff isn't a deal breaker.  In answer to one of the questions above:  I haven't found a Tethering or Hotspot menu.  Its definitely not in the same network settings menu that Boost has it in, which makes me think the SPP one doesn't support it. 

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  • @Mark, according to Ken earlier in this thread, the Boost version does not appear to have the Tethering/Hotspot option either. All Volt manuals, from Sprint to Boost to Virgin, have this feature listed in their manuals, yet they are not actually available on the phone. Did some research online, looks like many phones that upgraded to KitKat, especially 4.4.2, lost this functionality, so it may very well be a Google/Android specific issue. I called LG support, they still support this native feature of the phone, so if anyone else finds out more info, plz share.

    @Space, yes these SPP versions are incredibly free of bloatware, very refreshing, usually can't get phones that clean w/o rooting them.

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  • I was able to enable the hotspot feature using wifi access point widget. I was able to set the ssid and password, enable the hotspot and connect to it from my laptop, but it is a limited connection with no Internet access. I too saw a lot of discussion about KitKat phones losing this functionality, so I am not sure if it is that or if Sprint has done something besides hiding it to disable it.. It is too bad, because people using their hotspots is a good thing for Ting which is why they don't play all these silly games disabling features to try to gouge their customers.

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  • @SpaceCowboy. That certainly describes my experience, although I am lucky enough to have solid 3G in the areas I'm in most frequently. I originally came to Ting because the dashboard let me put limits on 'tween kids' phone usage. But that phone was on Gingerbread, so I only only saw 3G performance. Because 3G seems solid for me with the Volt, I'm OK with switching my line to Ting as well. But the iPhone 5 we brought over at the same time seems to have similar connection issues and is stuck at 1x. Not sure if this particular network issue extends to Appple devices as well?

    @Tyler, thanks for the clarification. I'd only looked at the Boost manual online and saw the hotspot menu. Didn't know the actual devices werent as depicted there.

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  • @ Doug Groves shopcelldeals on ebay still has the SPP Volt for 59.99, still a pretty good "bang for your buck".

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  • Hi, anyone in CA (or specifically Davis, CA) using this phone on Ting? Is the reception and voice call good? I was confused in this thread that it wasn't working but maybe it was just only a few people.

    Please respond soon, thanks in advance.

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  • @TN, I'm in Roseville and have used mine extensively there and the east bay, plus occasionally in Sac/West Sac and Woodland, but not specifically in Davis. As I noted in a post above, switching on 4G LTE takes the voice signal down to no bars for some reason, at least in Roseville. Ting help desk confirmed this with me but wasn't sure why, since voice and data network are apparently separate. Perhaps it's the network expansion related issue @Space Cowboy mentioned? Ting pushed a configuration to my phone to optimize 3G and I use it on 3G with a very usable voice signal everywhere I've been.

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  • Anyone using the Sprint Pre-Paid Volt and get the latest ZV5 OTA update?

    Also, anyone else notice that the carrier shown on the device is Chameleon, I see this when using the FCC speed test, Signal Check Light and LTE Discovery applications. The phone itself shows carrier as LG. I think it may be due to this http://newsroom.sprint.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=2539 ?

    Maybe Ting could shed some light on this?

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  • @Pokemon, yes, I got the latest OTA update.  I haven't noticed any difference, but haven't been really looking for one.  Anything particular you're interested in knowing?

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  • @ Mark, I was just curious since the Volt I have on Ting has not received the update, yet the one I have on R+ did? Both are Sprint Pre-Paid are yours as well or Boost?

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  • @Pokemon.  Yes, it was Sprint PP, I got the notification on Monday.  I recall from another string that carriers often roll the updates out over a period of time, so note everyone gets the notification on the same day.

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  • I'm wondering if anyone has the trouble I'm having with the Volt: I had tried a Sharp Aquos, with which I had issues using the camera for reading bar codes, but I did get LTE service. I'm trying the Volt, which activated but will only get 3G data, even when I manually change to LTE. Any thoughts from anyone would be nice.

    I'm using the Sprint version over the Boost or VM ones.

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  • My 2 Volts both get 4G LTE( if I am in range anyway) so no issue with the Volt's ability to pick up an LTE signal. Have you received the latest update to ZV5, it has been said this include an update to the radio, but? You might open a ticket with Ting to see if LTE is toggled on on their end, but if you are getting 3G with the device in LTE/CDMA mode that is probably not the issue. Maybe you just have tower issues at the moment? Have you tried Profile and PRL update, with PRL over data connection or a Carrier reset ##72786#.

    I have to say that on the fringes I get terrible 4G LTE speeds 77Kbps down and I have to switch the device to CDMA only to get "useable" 3G which is faster at around 300Kbps. Sprint data service is just simply terrible. Frustrating to say the least. I have few T-Mobile devices and might try the T-Mobile service, but my experience with T-Mobile with another service provider was not much better than Sprint, so??? I would say if Sprint does not bring Spark soon to our area I will move to an ATT service since my T-Mobile devices fortunately carry the correct bands.

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  • By the way, I did receive the ZV5 update yesterday on the Volt I have here on Ting.

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  • Yes, I did get the update, and the carrier reset, and profile and PRL. Nothing; I also don't get any data on LTE/CDMA setting.

    Thing is I may return it because I don't like the behavior of the soft keys.

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  • I got my Boost LG Volt from Amazon yesterday and also had no Lte. I tried all the various prl, profile, and network updates. Nothing worked. I went into my Ting account settings and disabled data. After waiting for my phone to register the change, I went back and enabled data. A quick profile change later and lte was up and running. However my Aquos Crystal gets much better signal strength. 

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  • Thanks for posting this forum about the Volt - my Galaxy 3 died last weekend (woke up to a 'Internal Memory Damaged' error, and worked on various googled workarounds for a few hours before finally giving up).   Didn't want to spend too much for a replacement, and found the LG Volt as a good replacement, but didn't see it on the 'BYOD' list, so glad I found this forum.  Ordered the Sprint Prepaid version from Amazon on Tuesday for $74 and received it today.  Only took a few minutes to activate after receiving it.  Still working on getting everything setup again, but so far so good.  

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  • @Thuan Dang - Thanks, that is the one thing I didn't think of trying. And of course once I did it worked perfectly.

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  • I was able to get the LG Volt activated about a month ago! I purchased mine on Amazon for $60 as a Boost Mobile unit. It did not require a micro SIM card either. There was some problem getting it to register at first because some stupid popup kept popping up right after turning it on, but after a few tries I was able to do it! I think the key was to register the ID Number with Ting asap.  I was also able to port over my number from my older Galaxy S3, no problem!  This phone so far has worked great and I saved money because the Galaxy S3 needed to have the cracked screen replaced and so that might have cost $150! I also saved a ton of money in not having to get a newer Galaxy or Nexus 5! I was going to get a Moto G, but that has no expansion card and is also only 3G not 3G wireless. I am recently retired and so the LG Volt is a perfect Android phone for me. No insurance required either because if something happens to it, I just replace it for $60 bucks! Link: http://www.amazon.com/LG-Volt-Prepaid-Phone-Mobile/dp/B00K8CS8VS .  (I make no money on this). Best of luck!

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  • Has anyone had any luck unlocking the tethering feature of the Sprint PP version of the Volt?

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  • Anyone reading this for information about bringing a prepaid LG Volt to Ting who hasn't already activated it, beware:  Sprint changed their policy on Feb 14th, 2015 and now the Volt cannot be activated with Ting.  I have 2 of these that I tried to add to my account and now Ting says they are useless other than to use on Sprint pre-paid (which I would never want to do).  I am glad all of these other folks had success with the phones over the last several months, but it looks like the party is over.

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  • My wife and I have both had these Sprint pre-paid LG Volts on Ting since the RadioShack Thanksgiving sale with no problems. Suddenly, today, neither phone is able to connect with the Sprint wireless network. One of the phones came up with an ominous message about the phone needing to be removed from the network, but not losing its data. I pressed Cancel. Anyone else getting these errors?

     

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  • Jeff,

    If I were you, I would contact (call, email. or chat with) Ting support.

    Your phones fall into the group of phones currently activated on Ting that cannot be reactivated due to Sprint's change in rules. Now, prepaid phones like yours must have been used for at least a year on the prepaid service before they can be brought to Ting. Hopefully Sprint is not kicking these devices off their network.

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  • I think at this point we should all just look into affordable GSM phones now that the option is open. You can check out Slickdeals, Ben's Bargains, and Tech Bargains to find some good deals on some affordable phones if there's no luck on getting the LG Volt to work anymore.

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  • So Ting, are there indications from Sprint that they are going to be removing certain devices from the Sprint Network?

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