Why no SIM or Blackberry on Ting?

I can't see buying an expensive single purpose phone to use on a little known service like Ting but I'd try it if they had a SIM that I could just put in my Android phone or if my Sprint Blackberry would work.  However they don't seem to have a SIM and they say that Blackberrys won't work!  When are they going to come out with a SIM and allow using Blackberrys?

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  • Hey Steve, a SIM card won't work because Ting/Sprint is a CDMA network. SIM cards are for GSM networks. It's a different cell phone technology.

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  • I realize that but for Ting to work they need to make a GSM SIM available that anyone can just put in their phone to try it instead of having to buy one of their expensive phones.

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  • That'd be nice, but it's just not technically possible. You can't run a GSM phone on a CDMA network with or without a SIM card.

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  • Well if they want people to bring their own phones they will have to come up with a way to do it! 

    Actually I just checked the cost and I'm getting a better price with T-Mobile anyway so I wouldn't want to switch unless the coverage was better or something. 

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  • steve c

    Sprint only allows Sprint phones on their network. 

    I suspect that the Sprint + Verizon voice coverage is better than T-Mobile's coverage.

    Ting is targeting the majority of users who can save money with Ting. Since you are getting a better price (and, I assume, adequate service) with T-Mobile, you are not part of Ting's target market.

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  • Bruce, if "Sprint only allows Sprint phones on their network" why won't a Sprint BB work?

    Verizon does have better coverage in lots of areas especially in remote outlying areas like little towns where there is no T-Mobile service but what does that have to do with Sprint?

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  • Ting customers roam for free on Verizon using voice and text (but not data).

    A Sprint Blackberry probably should work on Ting but it is not on of the phones (as far as I know, I haven't gone an look at the BYOD list lately) they have set up for migrating relatively easily.  You would have to figure out how to do it manually (but their custormer service would probably be willing to help you with that).

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  • Frank, what makes you think that Ting customers can roam on Verizon?  Or Sprint customers either for that matter?  I found a message on the Republic Wireless forum that talks about it but I can't find anything on Sprint or Ting that even mentions roaming on Verizon.

    rwusers.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=2

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  • Here's how I found it was fairly easy and low risk to give Ting a try.  I bought a used Sprint phone for about $40 on Ebay.  I activated it with someone's referral link so that I could get a $25 credit to start off.  So that covered most of my costs of giving them a try without much risk.  If it didn't work out, I could sell the phone on Ebay again, and really not be out much of anything.

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  • You could also get a Sprint phone at Goodwill for $3.99 or so but then you'd probably have to buy a new battery and charger for it but I already have perfectly good Verizon, BB and Android phones that I could try for free if there was a way to do it.

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  • steve c

    Among other places, Ting states the roaming at  https://help.ting.com/entries/20827387-Service-area-coverage

    See the postings starting Feb 8, 2012. Ben verifies the roaming on Feb 9, 2012.

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  • After checking the costs though I found that I'm getting a better price from T-Mobile so I'm starting to lose interest.  Now I don't see much use in trying Ting after all.  Also, T-Mobile allowed bringing my own phones after getting just a SIM from them so my old BB and my Android phones will all work on it now.

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  • Bruce, that Ting coverage map is the biggest fantasy I've ever seen!  It shows almost the whole US covered in green for voice which of course is physically impossible!  Am I supposed to believe the entire desert in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas is totally covered?  Come on!  Also it's interesting they don't even show 3G coverage since there's almost none in the Phoenix area!

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  • Hi Steve,

    The map shows greater detail the more zoomed in you are, but yes, the map you see at http://ting.com/coverage is it.

    If you've got your doubts about the coverage, especially if you've used Virgin Mobile who has the same data coverage as us and found it didn't work for you, then that's it. We're probably not right for you.

    With that said, there are lots of other people in the country who're we're a great fit for and who we can help save a lot of money.

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  • Steve,

    Ting is a service, not a right. Nobody is twisting arms to make anyone use Ting. Ease up already. I have a son who's Sprint bill dropped to 17$ last month from the usual 70$ monthly plan. All he does is text & mms messaging. NO complaints!

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