Ting CDMA International Roaming No Longer Available
Sprint and T-Mobile MVNO Ting has announced that their customers on Sprint’s CDMA network will no longer have international roaming. The reason for this is that Sprint, which provides Ting’s CDMA service, has recently turned off CDMA international roaming. Their customers that use GSM-based service on T- Mobile network will not be affected with this change and therefore, when customers are somewhere out of the country, they will be able to use their phone but will be charged Ting’s regular GSM roaming rates.
As Ting notes, even with international roaming available, for both CDMA and GSM, it’s better option and cheaper to use local SIM card and be charged the local rates when already in foreign country. However, as some customers don’t want to change their phone numbers, SIMs, or even the phones (any phone that would be used only for that purpose) when traveling, Ting will continue to search for a “tenable international roaming agreement” for customers who are on Sprint’s CDMA network.
As much as Ting CDMA customers might be intimidated by no longer having a choice of roaming internationally, mitigating circumstance, as Ting notes, is that newer phones on CDMA are also SIM ready so going with local SIMs and local rates could be a way to go for many CDMA customers when abroad. Ting also says that domestic roaming is unaffected.
Ting is offering service on Sprint’s CDMA network since the launch in 2012 and on T-Mobile’s GSM network only from February this year, 2015. Ting supports BYOD for both CDMA and GSM service.
Source: Ting Blog