Got my GSM sim, now trying to be patient...

Hey guys,  I just got my GSM sim card in the mail today.  I am trying to be patient as I wait for further instructions.  It is hard to be patient, though, because just this morning T-Mobile released new coverage maps that shows LTE speeds are now in my area (it was just 2G).  I hope to be able to test things out soon!

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  • Got mine in the mail today as well, just trying to activate before kids basketball practice...  Wasn't able to from /go but said 4g ting with a bunch or bars: )

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  • Hmmm...I tried the same thing but got no bars and a "no service" status. I assumed it because they haven't activated the cards yet. But, if you're getting bars, maybe I wasn't doing something right.

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  • Our email indicated that the SIMs wouldn't be ready for activation yet. I have mine as well and looking forward to working with it! 

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  • Right, I wasn't expecting to have service, just checking if I had a signal. I checked again tonight and got a signal, so this afternoon I must have been in a bad area.

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  • I didn't really read the email in full so just pushed in the SIM, saw i had service and dialed a number. Call was routed through to Ting CS, so it all looks good to go once the allow the SIM to be activated.

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  • Clay - Some of the new 4G LTE area that are showing up, some are using 1900 mhz, if you device is not compatible, you will get 2G.  The new coverage map will pop up a window telling you about the service area when you click on it, and if the area is using 1900 mhz, you will get some extra info at the bottom with a link you click on to view the list of devices compatible with the 1900 mhz LTE.

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  • Thanks Christopher, I'm in one of those areas but I'm using a Nexus 5, which is compatible.  I think my trouble yesterday afternoon was that I was trying to connect while inside a commercial building.  The reception must be spotty in there with all the florescent lighting.

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  • I drove through a bunch of T-mobile 4G LTE areas this morning but my Nexus5 remained on HSPDA throughout. I'm assuming it's related to not being activated yet.

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  • Clay - That is great your phone can take advantage of the 1900 mhz!  Like you said, now you just have to be patient.  The good news is that you have the SIM card and you can activate it as soon as the good people at Ting allow it.

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  • Spencer - Yeah, my phone didn't even give me a data indication last night, it just showed full bars but had an " ! " instead of the data icon.  

    Christopher - Yeah, I was pretty stoked about the new LTE coverage.  Things seem to be falling into place.

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  • I plan on using the SIM in a tablet. As a Ting newbie, do they have data only plans meant for tablets?

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  • Joel, Ting doesn't have specific plans for tablets.   The way Ting sets up their plans, you only pay for what you use.  So, since your tablet will only be using data, that will be all that you are charged for.

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  • Joel,

    At $.015 per Mb, a lot of wireless data on your tablet is probably not a good idea. Streaming a single 1GB movie will cost you $15.

    See the rates page for more info: https://ting.com/rates

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  • If I read the rates properly, I would get 2 GB for $29, plus the .015 after that. That sounds reasonable to me unless I'm reading the table incorrectly. I assume I may need to add $6 for the device on top of that. 2 GB is plenty since I use it mostly in WiFi areas.

     

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  • You read the table correctly.  And yes, you'll need the $6 charge for the device, for a total of $35 per month.  Is this your only device on Ting?  If not, you could try just using your phone as a hotspot (which Ting allows for free) and that would save you the additional $6 per month.  

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  • For now, I'm not going to change the phone permanently. I get great T-Mobile coverage here in Birmingham, Alabama, but terrible coverage on the road in rural areas, which is important to me at this point.

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  • Any word on how beta testers will be chosen? I have the SIM and phone ready to go

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  • Hey Christopher, I'm assuming the devices (that are compatible with 1900)  listed on T-Mobiles site are just a list of devices offered by T-mobile, and not a total list of devices out there that can be used?  I just need to find devices that are compatible with that frequency?

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  • I have an iPhone 4S brought over from Sprint... is this going to work with the GSM sim?

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  • Isaac,

    No one seems to be able to say whether or not sprint can or will unlock the GSM radio, so there's no way to tell.

    It's probably not worth the trouble trying. The 4s does not have a 1700mhz radio, so you can't get 3G.

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  • @Clay Whitenack yes i only know it's only seeing T-Mobile's HSDPA as i run SignalCheck Pro.

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  • Hi Clay - Correct, you will need to find a device that is compatible with the LTE 1900 mhz frequency.  LTE band 2 is used for the 1900 mhz.  You will want to make sure the phone has LTE bands 2 and 4.  Band 12 is also going to be used in some markets eventually.  

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  • Christopher - One more question (maybe?)...  Do I understand it right that there will be no 3G service in these areas?  It will only be 2G or LTE?

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  • Clay - I believe that is a correct statement, but I am not positive.  In the regions that they are converting from 2G to LTE, you either get LTE or 2G.  

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