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Ting Now Activating Sprint LTE Phones and LTE Works!

Sprint MVNO Ting announced in a blog post today that they can now activate Sprint LTE phones under their Bring Your Own Sprint Device (BYOSD) program. 

The following LTE models have been tested and verified working by Ting; Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy Victory and Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE. Other Sprint LTE phones, with the exception of the iPhone 5 will likely work. but for now it's up to the user to figure out any manual programming that might be needed. 

One thing that isn't clear from the blog post is whether or not Sprint LTE phones on Ting can actually use the LTE network or if they are stuck with Sprint's rather poky 3G. I contacted Ting and received confirmation that LTE does work on the Sprint LTE phones BYOSD'ed to Ting. To the best of my knowledge, that makes Ting the first Sprint MVNO with working LTE on Sprint phones.

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  1. Ting has been doing LTE for some time, the news is simply that customers don't have to buy Sprint phones from Ting.
    https://ting.com/blog/first-ting-customer-hits-the-lte-network/

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  2. That is great. But Sprint does not have LTE in my state yet. That means my phone would run on that horrible Sprint 3G network. PASS

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  3. I was a firm believer in Virgin/Boost. (2yrs with Vm).....I looked at a Ting, and looked at others....then decided to go back to Verizon. How can you beat 27meg down and 7meg upload speed? That's what my speed test was just now.... Sorry prepaid, I need faster data than you can supply. Sprint ur 3g is more like "no g".

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    1. I have a 4G LTE data plan with Verizon and their download speeds are great at an average of 8 to 10 mbps download and easily 3 to 4 mbps upload.

      Sadly, I am leaving Verizon when my contract is up due to Verizon going toward a share everything plan. I tried out VM's 4G wimax and it's not bad -- the best thing is $35 a month for 10 GB of data.

      I was testing my Verizon hotspot and the VM hotspot in a rural area when I can only get 3G. It was 4 am in the morning and I got 1,800 kbps on Verizon and only 1,200 kbps on VM.

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  4. Q: What is the difference between needs and bragging rights?
    A: Marketing, and a lot of extra money.

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    1. if that comment was directed at my comment, I'm not bragging. I work in a industrial area and the 3g speeds on sprint were dismal. I get to use my phone alot on breaks and the 4glte speeds of my coworkers was depressing. but for only 25 bucks per month more than vm's price I get lte on verizon...if your comment wasnt aimed at me, Sorry!

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    2. Sprint's 3G speeds are bad. I have VM for the past 2 years and download speeds typically range between 600 to 800 kbps during off peak. During prime time, getting a decent 3G speed is challenging.

      There were a few times I wanted to switch to T-mobile's 5G of 4G for $30 a month. The only thing that kept me from switching was that my VM android phone was already paid for and VM's 300 minutes a month is a better deal than T-mobile's 100 minutes a month. As for data usage on VM, I rarely go over 800 MB a month due to poor 3G speeds and faster Wifi at most places.

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