Sprint iPhone 5 users can now take their device to Ting, will you be making the switch?

Sprint iPhone 5 users can now take their device to Ting, will you be making the switch?

While it's later than originally reported, customers using a Sprint-compatible iPhone 5 can now take their phone over to Mobile Virtual Network Operator Ting. You can either bring your existing device, or buy an unlocked iPhone 5 that works with Sprint's network. Though Sprint now sells the iPhone 5s and 5c, Ting cannot yet support those devices. This is due to limitations imposed by Sprint, according to the Ting blog:

We’ve talked before about some of the limitations on bringing your own device to Ting. Our network partner keeps some of the best phones for itself for a year. It’s a business move as they want to recoup some of the money they spent in marketing them. We get it. That doesn’t stop us from pushing though.

Will you be taking your iPhone 5 to Ting? Let us know below in the comments.

Source: Ting blog

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is a news reporter for iMore. He's also chilling out and having a sandwich.

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There are 12 comments. Add yours.

jordanm341 says:

#confusing

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blkhwks55 says:

How do you buy an unlocked Sprint iPhone 5? I have a Sprint iPhone 5 but Sprint won't unlock it.

Rick Faced says:

I believe all 5's, 5S' and 4S' came unlocked from Sprint.

mrobertson21 says:

Nope. I have a Sprint iPhone 5 currently awaiting unlock.

Atrain54 says:

Threaten to leave and they will unlock your phone. This is what I had to do to get them to unlock my phone. It works with international GSM carriers but not U.S based carriers like Tmobile & ATT

blkhwks55 says:

Does me no good, I need it unlocked for domestic use. Otherwise it was an $850 iPod.

Atrain54 says:

Exactly, sprints stupid policy only allows for international unlock only. U better of selling it on eBay to someone who needs it internationally.

I will be switching to tmobile as you can get better resale value for ur phones when u upgrade.

emjayess says:

What's the advantage of switching to Ting? Never heard of them.

Wobblin30 says:

Dirt cheap pricing : https://ting.com/rates

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ftoniolli says:

Sprints devices are locked on purchase. Ting is decent, I work for sprint and have my mother in law on Ting, however, it's not designed for heavy phones users.

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pwrof3 says:

No need to unlock the phone with Ting. They take phones directly from Sprint's network.
I have a 4s I have been using and I spend about $20 per month for calls texts and data. It all depends on your usage. You only pay for what you use.

Will I upgrade to 5? Eh, the price is a bit steep, so no. 4s is still a very capable phone

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DrewBear says:

"No need to unlock the phone with Ting. They take phones directly from Sprint's network."

Correct. I bought a used Sprint iPhone 5 last week and activated it on my existing Ting account yesterday. Quick & easy process. One major benefit about Ting is that voice/text roaming on the Verizon network is free.