How do new customers know if Ting's coverage will work where they live before buying a phone and a plan?

I'm a potential new Ting customer and I want to move from Cricket to Ting, but I don't want to waste money buying a new phone and/or plan only to find out after I've ported my number across to Ting that I don't have GSM coverage at my house.  I have run the compatibility checker and my old cricket phone is compatible so maybe I could keep my old phone although I realize I would have to have Cricket give me the unlock code and I'd have to buy a new Ting SIM card for $10.  But I have checked the GSM coverage maps on Ting's website which says only that 'SOME HOUSES IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD HAVE SATISFACTORY COVERAGE' which does not give me a warm and fuzzy feeling.  Is there a good way to test my coverage so I would know for sure that I have coverage before going through the hassle of porting out at Cricket and Porting in and Activating at Ting without it costing me a bunch of money and time and hassle that I would surely regret if really I don't have coverage?  If I absolutely knew I would have even 'fair' coverage here at my house, I would switch to Ting in a heartbeat.

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  • Hey Loren, 

    Our GSM network is T-Mobile. Maybe you can ask around the neighbourhood, see if some of your friends or family are using the T-mobile network. That way you'd be able to tell what the coverage is like based on their service. 

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  • My neighbors are all at least a half mile away, which is a very long ways when it comes to cell service.  Heck, I've seen cell phone coverage work on one side of the house, but not the other, or one side of the yard, but not the other....they're just that finicky sometimes.  I just don't know what to do.

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  • The question is how good is T-mobile coverage at your house. But the phone you use is also a factor. It needs to support all the T-mobile LTE bands and your Cricket (AT&T) phone may not. You could purchase a new phone on Swappa and put in a Ting SIM with a new number. If it works well, then you can port your number to Ting/that phone. If it doesn't work well, sell the phone on Swappa. This way you could also research whether T-mobile or Sprint seems to have better coverage at your home and select the appropriate phone.

    When I moved both my wife and myself from Verizon to Ting, I got her a new phone and put it on Sprint. Then I got a GSM SIM card for my phone, putting it on T-mobile. For us, we seem to have more consistent coverage at home with Sprint, but both seem to work okay even though my phone is missing one T-mobile LTE band. We don't have much experience with traveling yet.

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