PlatinumTel to end CDMA service in 2013, switching over to GSM
Since PlatinumTel runs off of Sprint’s network, we assumed that offering BYOD option to its customers will be related to activating Sprint phones. However, last week we have learned that that won’t be the case since the company plans to offer it on GSM service using T-Mobile’s network. They have announced launching completely new GSM service under the name PTEL. We again assumed that CDMA service would remain available to those who are already using their service but apparently, we can expect PlatinumTel to end CDMA service sometime in 2013 and switch over to GSM completely.
According to a PlatinumTel’s representative who was answering questions on the company’s Facebook page, the Real PayGo will be available at GSM service at the same rates but they are not recommending purchasing another CDMA phone. In addition, he explained:
“We highly understand your concern with being a CDMA user on our service. CDMA will be available into most of 2013 so converting to our GSM service will be as much as a smooth transition as possible. We will be offering our Unlimited Everything plan as well as the Real PayGo plan on our GSM service too, so we are not getting rid of our great pay-as-you-go rates, and are giving our unlimited customers more options. The motivation behind the switch is the ability for us to offer our customers the most out of their phone service for a low price- Truly unlimited everything (talk, text, web, 411, mms, international text) and the ability to bring your own unlocked GSM device.”
He also said that PTEL’s SIM cards would be available online for purchase next month, when their launch is planned for. Also, they will be able to activate most unlocked GSM phones with their service. The GSM handsets are in general more practical since all that users need to do in order to switch carriers or handsets is to swap SIMs. Also, when out of the country, users can just get a local prepaid SIM and connect.