Anyone on Ting rocking a Nokia 3310 3g?

Surprised this is not a topic of conversation, at least not that I can find. Feeling the need for a stupid-simple device. Tired of updates. Tired of touch screens. Tired of autocowreck. Are the new Nokia bricks compatible with Ting?

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  • Hey Anna, 

    We've had a few questions about this phone. As much as we'd like to support it the specifications of the Nokia 3310, unfortunately, don't allow for service in the US due to the network bands. If you'd like some other simple phone options try out our Ting personal shopper

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  • Many thanks Andre Haroutounian. My hopes are that Ting can accommodate a few dumb phones that honor simplicity and privacy. I really appreciate your prompt response, as well as Ting's excellent service.

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  • Anna,

    The Nokia 3310 has never been available in the North American market, not even the good ol' one from back in 2001. The reason being that the 3310 operates on a carrier band (think of it as the frequency that the phone operates on) that has never been present or in use by any North American commercial cell phone service provider.

    However, there are old school Nokia phones that will work on Ting's network currently. In fact, I was using one of these very phones when I switched to Ting last December, a Nokia 3390b. You can easily find these, sometimes in unused condition, on eBay. I eventually switched to a Nokia 3395, which I was using from last February up until September when I purchased a used iPhone 4s.

    The point I'm trying to make is, yes, Nokia phones will work on Ting. T-Mobile, the company that isn't supposed to be talked about that provides Ting with their main bit of their GSM phone coverage, has promised to continue proving 2G phone service till 2020, so if you want to use an old school Nokia, your window of opportunity is getting shorter. 

    If you're looking to use a Nokia, you want to make sure that the phone is unlocked, and operates on Band 2 (1900 MHz). You will need a Ting GSM SIM card, pop it in the phone and you should be good to go!

    Anyway, I hope this has been helpful whilst not being too bogged down in technical jargon. If you have any questions feel free to ask me! I'll be happy to answer them for you.

    -Tegan

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  • @Andre -- I saw this on pcmag ( https://www.pcmag.com/review/357272/nokia-3310-3g ):

    On T-Mobile, it's only compatible with the sliver of a 1900MHz 2G network
    the carrier has left around for Internet-of-things gadgets. I found that
    T-Mobile coverage dropped anywhere inside our office building.

    Now I know we don't know who the GSM carrier is for Ting, but I thought their reception was sneakily similar to T-Mobile's.

    Still no dice?

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  • That is interesting. We do have the 1900mhz frequency on our GSM network so it could potentially work on Ting. Looking at the specs for the 3310 3G the single SIM version is the one that has the frequency. I would think that that version may work on our network. 

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  • Neat. If your spectrum support matched T-Mobile, it looks like you could use the new single-SIM model through 2020 (https://newsroom.t-mobile.com/news-and-blogs/att-2g-iot-lifeline.htm). IANAL, YMMV

    The Un-carrier has pledged to continue supporting its nationwide 2G 
    network through 2020, thanks to our new spectrum-efficient 2G GSM
    optimization.

    Thanks for the info. I might have to give that a try. Though Twitter on 2G doesn't sound like a ton of fun. ;)

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  • Wondering if this was ever resolved? I bought an Alcatel Onetouch Fling from Ting and it's awful. Within a month it's frozen and unable to get in (I've already worked with Ting customer care, I'm sending it back for a refund). I'd like to pick up a Nokia 3310 to replace it. Was it ever determined if it would work with Ting's GSM network? Thanks!

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  • Yes. The single-SIM version of the Nokia 3310 works on our GSM network for talk and text, as well as 2G data speeds, if you use them. 

    The social functions of the phone (twitter, mostly) will load, but may take a while.

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  • I'm a little late to the topic but I just signed up with Ting using a Nokia 3310 (2017) single SIM. Call and text work just fine-- which is all I was interested in doing. 

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