Carrier Ting: Bring us your Sprint phones

The mobile virtual network that rides Sprint's service now lets you sign on with Sprint-bought phones.

Motorola Photon 4G
The Motorola Photon 4G is one device you can bring to Ting's cell phone service. Josh Miller/CNET

Today Ting, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that resells Sprint's network, launched a private beta that lets prospective customers sign up for Ting's service using their previously purchased Sprint phones.

For now, just seven devices make the cut:

Ting says that it has thoroughly tested these handsets to ensure that the hardware transitions smoothly to Ting's MVNO. More than just these smartphones work with Ting, though. Customers are also welcome to purchase compatible phones directly from the company's Web site.

BlackBerry, iPhone, LTE, and push-to-talk devices don't make the cut, and handsets from Sprint's prepaid brands, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile, are also incompatible.

Ting first announced its intention to open the door to Sprint-bought devices back in August. The company's business model centers around a mix-and-match approach to buying buckets of texts, voice minutes, and data.

About the author

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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