Suggestions for new cheap CDMA smart phone
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Last Cyber Monday I snagged 2 boost mobile Moto G's for $40 each. Of course that doesn't work anymore with Sprints new Feb rules. I am looking for suggestions as to where I can purchase some new cheap smart phones that will work on Ting. Brand really doesn't matter. I know I can purchase a used phone, but I always seem to have battery issues (unless someone has a good suggestion for a quality cheap used smartphone. I'd like to keep it under $75. It also seems like there are quite a bit more BYOD rules than there used to be, so I am trying to work around that as well. As I understand it, does any prepaid sprint phone (used or new) have to have been active for 12 months? What about normal Sprint phones? I am trying to do some research and find some phones for my kids and in-laws, who also want to come over to Ting. Our Moto G's work fantastic still and we absolutely love Ting. It definitely saves us money and the quality and coverage is great. Thanks!

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  • As you have noted, Sprint has made it pretty much impossible to bring a new phone purchased elsewhere to Ting CDMA. Sprint has said they do not see their role as providing phones for Ting customers.
    An individual Sprint phone must have been activated on Sprint at least 2 months ago.
    A prepaid (Biist, Virgin Mobile, Sprint Prepaid) must have been uses on its designed service for at least 12 months consecutively so Sprint can recoup their phone subsidy.

    If you have gppd T-Mobile service, Ting GSM is much more flexble. Any T-Mobile or T-Mobile Prepaid phone can be brought to Ting with a Ting SIM. Any unlocked GSM phone that is compatibl can come too. Some people gave had issues with locked firmware features on Verizon phones, though.
    GSM specs are at https://help.ting.com/hc/en-us/articles/205428938-Can-I-Bring-My-GSM-Device-to-Ting-Compatibility-and-Unlocking-Guide

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  • Thanks Bruce. That helps to clarify exactly what I am looking for. When I check the Tmobile service in our area, it only displays as "Partner", which I believe is IWireless (a Tmobile Affiliate). I am assuming that should work? It maybe worth giving a try.

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  • I am not sure. I would chat with or call Ting support to verify that.

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  • If you are seeing partner as the coverage in your area, that means you are actually outside of the GSM network and in a roaming area. You can get voice and text services when out of the network but data roaming is unavailable from Ting. I would have to recommend staying with CDMA in this case. The only places you can get a new device that will be able to activate on Ting CDMA is our shop page, ordering a Nexus directly from the Google Play store, or purchasing an unlocked iPhone 6/6+ directly from Apple.

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  • used Sprint iphone 4 and 4s' are going for $50-80 now. a new battery is $5 if you need one. A 4S is still a pretty ok phone as long as you don't need 4G LTE.

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  • I'm also wondering about this, as I've been using an old galaxy s2 epic that I got on eBay before the first time I tried ting.

    I've been wanting to get something newer but don't want to pay a ton. I'm not so sure I want to pay over 130 for a galaxy 4s, which is so old already, & I also now am confused about whether it will actually work if I would go that route.

    it seems to me that the iPhone 4s that Daniel mentioned below are too small - I don't want anything smaller than what I now have (old eyes & all). I'm very confused.

    (used Sprint iphone 4 and 4s' are going for $50-80 now. a new battery is $5 if you need one. A 4S is still a pretty ok phone as long as you don't need 4G LTE.
    daniel tso 2 months ago Share)

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  • Hey Cindi,

    You can find quite a lot of used devices on Swappa or Glyde for cheap that will provide you with what you need. The reason I suggest these websites is that the people selling the phones on their site have to be "ESN clean." If you buy a device from them and find out later that the device has a financial flag on the phone, they will gladly return the device for a refund and also remove the user who was trying to sell the phone on the website in the first place.

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  • so it seems I have to go to the extra expense & hassle of getting a ting SIM card, if I get another phone? I just read that elsewhere. I probably won't buy a phone from one of the listed places due to the extra expense. some of us just don't want to put out the extra cash necessary - spending even $150 is over budget. almost got an s5 for $155 but now due to the whole SIM card thing, I'm rethinking.

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  • Hey Cindi,

    You also have the option of purchasing the HTC Desire 510 Blue for $88 new from Ting here: https://ting.com/shop/HTC-Desire-510-Blue . Just an idea!

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  • I just ordered the s5 thru swappa, so what will I need to do? do I actually have more expense to put out? (I read nothing positive about the HTC, but that's a non-issue now)

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  • Hey Cindi,

    You will need to purchase a CDMA SIM card for the Samsung Galaxy S5 if it does not already come with a Sprint SIM card. If it comes with a Sprint SIM, you may be okay to activate with that card.

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  • how much is that?
    hopefully it will come with a sprint SIM card, as the seller said he switched companies & it's ready for activation.

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  • Our SIM cards are $9 each, + shipping & tax. Regular ground shipping is just $4! https://ting.com/shop/microsim

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  • wow, hopefully I DO NOT have to spend all that other money just to activate this phone. 'ready to activate' does not seem to include spending another $15 etc just to do that.

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