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Old December 11th, 2012, 09:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New life for old Photons!

I just came across an interesting option for those of us still holding on to our old, beloved Photons. A newish MVNO (mobile virtual network operator, think Boost Mobile and the like) called Ting is starting a pilot program where you can bring your own Sprint device to run on their network. It's limited to a handful of phones right now, but the Photon is one of them. If you're looking for a way to put that Photon to use but don't want to add another line to your Sprint plan, they may be worth checking out.

Ting seems to work on an a la cart system, where you pick an choose pieces to match your usage needs. The example they give is 500 minutes, 4000 texts, and 1GB of data on one device for $50 (data is definitely the lion's share of that cost). Comparable to other CDMA MVNOs, and if you need Sprint's coverage it's not a bad deal.

No, I don't work for Ting nor do I use them. I do plan on keeping this in mind for my Photon (and my wife's old Epic 4G) in case we want to upgrade our daughters' dumbphones to smartphones.
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Old December 13th, 2012, 11:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I was planning on just keeping my photon and using it as a media device. I'm still heavily considering upgrading to a Optimus G. The only problem is that it has no microSD support.
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Sprint and Motorola have teamed up to bring us the Motorola Photon 4G, the carrier's first international handset with Android. It's a 4.3 inch powerhouse with its dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and more. ... Read More

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