Best/Worst Phones for Ting

I (unfortunately) bought a refurbished LG Marquee from Ting back in 2012 and have put up with this horrible device since I bought it. I'm ready to buy a new phone and want to make sure I get a good one this time around. I can no longer tolerate the lag of the OS, the signal is horrible, and omg ...the battery life. Whoever the engineer was that developed this phone should be ashamed.

I would like to see some advice from other Ting users on how they like the Android phones they use with Ting, both BYOD and those purchased directly from Ting from any manufacturer. I am primarily interested in a Motorola as someone mentioned before that the radio signal in these phones is excellent (as I live in a rural area) but would like info on any type of smartphone. What's good and what I should stay away from.  I am in a 'fair' area of the coverage map for 4G LTE.

I was looking at the MotoX but it's still pretty expensive for the 1st Generation of this model (and the reviews say the 2nd gen is a much, much better phone) and I don't want to have to wait a year to be able to buy a 2nd gen to use on Ting. Unless I can find a used one for less than $150, I'll pass.  The Photon Q is a great phone ...up until you get to the unremovable battery, so that's out. Someone mentioned that the Moto G from Boost would work, although I don't see it on the compatibility page. Another that has been mentioned to replace the Marquee is the Sharp Aquos Silver Prepaid, a nice phone that also works on Ting that's not on the compatibility page.

I don't know much about the other Motorola phones listed on the compatibility page, so if anyone has or has used a Motorola phone on Ting, please let me know how it's been going.

I just don't want to make another mistake of buying another dud that's pretty much worthless, so I would appreciate any input.

Thanks.

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  • I have nothing but good things to say about my ting experience on my Nexus 5.  Now that the Nexus 6 is coming online, perhaps you might start seeing used 5's available, just don't expect mine to be one of them.

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  • I agree, those are great phones, my daughter has one and loves it ...but I'm not wanting to spend more than around $150. Thanks.

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  • I've been using a Samsung Galaxy S2 and then a Galaxy S3 ever since I have been on Ting.  I really like them.  They are slim and have really nice screens.  Also, since they have been out for quite a while, you can find plenty of them for really cheap on Ebay.  They are very well supported, and since they were so popular, you can easily find them for sale or accessories, replacement batteries, etc.  The S2 only did up through the Sprint WiMax network for data, while the S3 does do LTE.

    Also, one feature I do really like is wireless charging.  The S3 does have the option to do that, but it's not built in.  You can get the thin wireless charging receiver to put inside the back case for about $7, and then you can use any wireless charging pad (about $20-$30).  Here's why it's important.  The charging port on your phone gets plugged, unplugged, plugged, unplugged, every single day.  That is a lot of physical stress on a part.  Many people I know have had their charging port break, and then they are trying to figure out what to do.  Get it repaired or replace the phone, etc.?  Wireless charging bypasses that potential breakage point.  Samsung had the option in the S3, but all of the S4 onward have it built in.  You can look up specs for any phone on www.phonearena.com to see all of the features of any phone if you want to compare features.  It is a really handy site.

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  • Got my wife a Nexus 5 on 10-14 she loves it.   Its our first smartphone Kitkat is really snappy no lags.  Did upgrade it to Lollipop, think that was a mistake.  Kitkate seemed a litter more user friendly in finding some menu items but as far as performance its just as fast.   She does have to recharge it every other day.

    She ordered me an S5 from Ting during Black Friday week since new Nexus 5 can't be found.   Don't have it yet do can't comment on performance.

     

     

     

     

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  • Wouldn't you know it Black Nexus 5 16 and 32 gigs are back in stock on Google play.

     

     

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  • Take the leap on that Photon Q. I have had for one some time and I have never had it run out of charge in a full day of heavy use. And, the only thing I really used a removable battery for in the past was to reboot phones when they froze which this hasn't done once! Great phone!

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  • Google has stated that they will not be making any more Nexus 5 because it has been replaced by he Nexus 6.

    I enjoy my Nexus 5.

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  • I got a Moto G and LG Volt both over Thanksgiving weekend and have enjoyed using both. The Moto G does not have 4G LTE however, but the LG Volt does. Spec-wise they are more or less equal, and I got both new for very cheap. Here is a rundown/comparison of the specs and some reviews: http://www.phonearena.com/phones/compare/LG-Volt,Motorola-Moto-G/phones/8653,8208

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  • I was able to purchase BOTH a Moto G (pre-owned, 1st Gen) and a new Sharp Aquos Crystal for under $110 at Boost.com over the Thanksgiving sale weekend (unbelievable deal). I had been reading another post by someone who wanted to replace their LG Marquee and found a conversation talking about how good both phones were as a cheap replacement.

    I love both phones, but prefer the Moto G over the Aquos, mainly due to voice/data reception (Motorola has the best radio signals) since I live in a rural area.

    I am not constantly tied to my phone and rarely use it off of wifi, so I'm not into putting a great deal of money into one.

    I'll use the Moto G for my main cell phone and save the Aquos for a backup phone.

    Thanks for the input everyone.

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  • I'll throw my vote in for the Nexus 5.  KitKat 4.4.4 is a solid, battery life is amazing, the screen is beautiful and signal strength is crazy reliable.  New, sealed Moto X (first gen) devices can be scored on ebay for well under $300, they already come with the sim as a Sprint device and they are a remarkably solid feeling device in the hand.  More than likely you will get one mfg'd in 2013 which means you'll have series of updates to get you to KitKat 4.4.4 and it takes several days for the device to allow OTA-ing them all.  Another well executed device with a really slimmed down OS, meaning, the bloat is minimal.

    The only real drawback of the Moto X is the 16 GB.

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  • The world just opened up.  Ting is going GSM.  Hold off until February and you'll have SO many more choices, and you'll be able to avoid the unmitigated awfulness that is Sprint's "data" so-called "network".

     

    I have no idea what phone to pick.  My budget's about the same as yours.  Suddenly it's like I'm off a diet at the candy store.

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  • I would love a recommendation for a good inexpensive GSM phone with an SD slot.  These are some nice current choices but they're all missing an SD slot and some or all don't have replaceable battery either.

    USED TMo Nexus 4 - $220 (will this work on Ting GSM?)

    BACK IN STOCK Google Nexus 5 - 16 GB $349, 32 GB $399

    OnePlus 16 GB, $299, 64 GB $349

     

    Any cool Ting GSM deals like the CDMA Sharp Aquos brought in from Boost?

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  • Huh, that is weird.  Every phone I've ever had, even feature phones, had SD card slots.  I didn't know some of those newer phones were being made without them.  Well, that is another checkbox for why the Samsung Galaxy series of phones are awesome.  The S2 or 3 or 4 or 5 all have SD card slots.  Also, they all have removable batteries.  Also, regarding wireless charging, which is a really nice feature, the S3 has it optional, and the S4 and above have it built in.

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  • Some companies don't put SD card slots in phones because of filesystem benefits and also it's much easier to clean up in the OS.

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