Ting GSM service is now available in open beta
Ting GSM service has been launched just as promised. It is in open beta now so anyone can purchase a Ting SIM card and use it with an unlocked GSM phone. Ting doesn’t say whose network it’s using, but a coverage map and the fact that customers can use a locked T-Mobile phone as long as it’s “fully paid off” and AT&T’s phone only if it’s unlocked, suggests that it’s T-Mobile’s.
This can be confirmed on the Ting blog, in the comment area, where a member of Ting staff Jesse Simms, when asked if a “locked” phone to Ting’s GSM provider’s network can be used, said: “Yes, you can use a device that’s locked to T-Mobile, as long as the device has been fully paid off. AT&T devices must be unlocked before coming to Ting.”
Ting GSM and CDMA service can coexist on the same account and minutes, messaging and data buckets can be shared between these two services. Ting also said that switching from CDMA to GSM service must be easy and they are currently working on it.
Also, dual-mode phones (like Samsung Galaxy S4, S4 mini, S5, iPhone 5, 5s, 5C, 6 and 6 Plus…) can now be used on Ting GSM service since they are compatible with both CDMA and GSM networks. For example, Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S5 can be activated with Ting’s GSM service if, off course, it’s unlocked and free of every obligation to the provider it’s been locket to (early termination fee, phone not being fully paid off, unpaid bills…).
Since Ting GSM service is in beta stage, the carrier says that some issues with GSM service exist. However, they are international roaming and international long distance calling related so they could be handled in other ways until Ting makes them work. When overseas, international roaming issue could be resolved by using local SIM in user’s already unlocked phone while for international long distance calling, customers could use a VOIP service like Skype, Hangouts or FaceTime, Ting has suggested.
Ting is selling GSM SIM cards for $9 each. It’s also provided an ESN checker on their website for customers to check if their unlocked GSM phone is compatible with Ting.
Source: Ting Blog