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Does Virgin Mobile getting the iPhone increase the chances of Ting getting one?

Cathy Cleghorn
posted this on June 05, 2012 17:59

It looks like Virgin Mobile will eventually be getting the iPhone, and it could be either the 4 or 4S. Although, this may be an effort by Sprint to reach its quota of iPhones that it has to sell on account of Sprint's deal with Apple. So, the subsidiaries beholden to Sprint are most likely the only ones to benefit.

Here's a link for the whole story:

http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/5/3065814/virgin-mobile-prepaid-iphone-sprint-network

 

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Chris Brubaker

I saw this article too, and instantly thought of Ting.....fingers crossed!!!!!!! The second Ting gets an iPhone or Windows phone I'm in like flynn. 

June 07, 2012 11:02
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Casey Foster

There is no maybe.  The VM iPhone 4S is announced and coming it is just a matter of when.  Between this and the Galaxy SIII Ting may pull my wife and I both over since Ting will roam to VZW for voice while VM will not.

 

http://www.virginmobileusa.com/iphone

June 07, 2012 11:51
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Bryan Hakey
^ this
June 07, 2012 13:59
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Rob Lake
Ting

Hi Cathy,

Yeah, we've been following the news too. Pretty exciting stuff, although the announcement doesn't really affect our own plans for the iPhone. We think it's a really great device and one day it would be nice if we had the iPhone in our device lineup. Unfortunately nothing new to report.

-Rob

June 08, 2012 16:33
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Stu Manis

I think that the biggest change we will see in the next two years is a move to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) by many of the MVNOs.   Rather than just getting an iPhone, I would like Ting to get ahead of the curve on this whole movement.  T-Mobile has just started a no contract BYOD service that includes the iPhones among the many, many phones that work, so this game has already begun.

June 11, 2012 09:24
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Casey Foster

Sorry Stu but that isn't going to happen anytime soon.  All CDMA devices are carrier locked by default.  It is the carrier that decides who and what devices can be activated on their network.  Ting would LOVE to offer BYOD but Sprint won't let them (same with all other CDMA providers).  This means that hacking/flashing are the only alternatives to BYOD and since Apple is so restrictive in their nature you won't be able to alter the ESN or other necessary information to get the iphone to work on Ting.

June 11, 2012 09:31
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Stu Manis

Yeah, now that you mention it, I noticed that all of the iPhones that we're eligible for use on T-Mobile's new BYOD plan were GSM models.  I don't have any idea of how many of the 73 MVNOs currently operating in North America are CDMA based and how many are GSM based.  Still, with T-mobile breaking the mold, will other's find a creative way to follow?

June 11, 2012 10:07
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Casey Foster

The current iPhones will only operate on EDGE speeds on T-mobile b/c they are missing the right frequencies for 3G/4G also.

 

Any MVNO not on ATT/Tmobile is GSM in the US.

June 11, 2012 10:20
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Emmett Hoops

It would be an exercise in futility for Virgin Mobile to get the IPhone.  Virgin has absolutely no roaming agreements with any provider, so you're stuck with very bad coverage indeed.  I had a Sprint plan and Virgin assured me my phone would work wherever my Sprint phone did; this was wholly untrue and disingenuous, since they neglected to tell me it only ran on Sprint towers in both voice and data.

Nobody beats Ting!

June 24, 2012 22:23