Ting is a wireless service provider here in the United States. Ting doesn’t subsidize the cost of smartphones and does that in order to avoid contracts for consumers. They operate their services via Sprint’s CDMA 3G, 4G, WiMAX and 4G LTE network. It looks like Ting is getting ready to jump on the Windows phone bandwagon according to a recent blog post and in doing so outs the HTC “Tiara” and another Samsung device. We last heard from Ting about a month ago where they reassured their support of Windows Phone.
Last December they started a campaign called “Bring a Sprint device to Ting” that allowed potential customers to bring a list of select devices from Sprint right onto Ting. This was the only way to previously get a Sprint Windows Phone device on Ting, but the company is now looking forward to bringing their own official selection.
Somewhere in mid to late July the company will get two phones. One from Samsung and the other from HTC. They aren’t sure which Samsung device they’ll be getting, but do know for sure the name of their future HTC offering – the Tiara.
As you know the Tiara is supposed to be mid-range smartphone from HTC. Run-of-the-mill specs include a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 8GB of internal storage, 4.3 inch WVGA Super LCD2 display, 1GB of RAM, 8MP camera in the back and 1.6MP up front. This device will be juiced by an 1800 mAh battery.
What’s interesting is that the Ting blog post isn’t sure if Tiara is the official name or codename. But they do mention that this device will be LTE ready. Even more, this device is not expected to be a "CDMA 8X" but rather based off of the Android HTC One SV design. Curious!
The Samsung device Ting is getting isn’t even known to the company just yet. It will supposedly be LTE ready and include an unlocked GSM SIM card slot. An option that many international users would be happy about. The device will apparently come around the same time as the Tiara.
There’s a poll on the Ting blog post asking customers their opinion on Windows Phone. Whether they want the Tiara or Samsung handset…or something different. If you’re a Ting customer be sure to make your voice heard at the source below.
So what’s this mean for Sprint customers? Basically these sound like the two devices you’ll be getting sometime in the coming weeks for yourself on Sprint. We did see the Tiara recently swing by the FCC with some indications it will be ready for Sprint.
Source: Ting Blog; Thanks, iknowsingh, for the tip!