Ting to launch Windows Phone 8-powered HTC Tiara and Samsung device in JulyAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
Ting teased earlier this year that it "definitely" had Windows Phone 8 devices coming, but the operator didn't share any other details on its WP8 plans at that time. There's some good news for Live Tile lovers on Ting this weekend, though, as the Sprint MVNO has now given us some more information on the Windows Phone products that it's got in the pipeline.
Over on its official blog, Ting has announced that it plans to offer Windows Phone 8 hardware from HTC and Samsung in the mid to late July timeframe. The HTC device will be the Tiara, a mid-range Windows Phone that's also rumored to be headed to Sprint. Ting says that the Tiara will be a 4G LTE-capable device. According to the rumor mill, the Tiara will also sport a 4.3-inch WVGA display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel rear and 1.6-megapixel front cameras, 8GB storage and an 1,800mAh battery.
When it comes to the Samsung device that's headed to Ting's shelves, things are a bit more mysterious. The operator says that it can't confirm the handset itself quite yet, but it does say that the phone will sport both LTE support and an unlocked GSM SIM card slot, meaning that it would be ready for use on GSM networks in other parts of the globe.
While Ting has been adding some high-profile Android phones to its lineup lately, including the Samsung Galaxy S 4, Galaxy Note II and HTC One, we haven't really seen Ting officially launch any Windows Phone products yet. That'll be changing soon, though, which makes sense considering that Sprint will soon be landing its first Windows Phone 8 devices as well. It's also worth noting that, since Ting is expecting to offer both these HTC and Samsung WP8 handsets in mid to late July, I wouldn't be surprised to see Sprint launch the same two phones in the near future.
Ting will also be adding a pair of Netgear-made mobile broadband devices to its shelves this summer. One device will sport Sprint 3G and 4G LTE connectivity, while the other will support Sprint's LTE network as well as GSM 3G service.
Finally, Ting says that the list of products that are "officially supported" by its Bring Your Own Sprint Device program is now up to 15 devices. The fact that these devices are "officially supported" means that Ting offers instructions on how to port the hardware to its service. Ting also has a lengthier "whitelist" of products that are able to be brought to Ting but lack a set of instructions. The full list of devices that can be ported to Ting is available right here.