Guesstimation on when the iPhone 6s/6s Plus coming to ting?
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Title says It all,
I was just curious as to how long you guys might think It will take the iPhone 6s/6s Plus to come to ting?
Simple question.. I noticed that the iPhone 6/6 Plus came out at the beginning of this year while the actual release date was around September 9th for comparison.. However, that Info might not even matter and we could get It sooner? Please let me know

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  • I'm also interested in what you guys think about the iPhone Upgrade Program they announced. According to their website you have to choose one of the Big 4 Carriers, despite the fact that they say it comes "unlocked." Any ideas on if we can buy the phone directly from Apple on this program but then use it with a Ting SIM?

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  • I am extremely interested in this program and would also like to know if/when the 6S will be compatible with Ting's service. Hopefully we can get an answer quickly since the reservations begin on the 12th!

    I'm also wondering if an unlocked iPhone acquired in this manner would require one of the GSM SIM cards that are on sale for $5 this month in the Ting store. Even if the 6S wouldn't work on Ting for a few months, I'd probably want to take advantage of the sale and get the card now.

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  • I am also interested in this question.

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  • Ting will likely continue to support iPhones purchased unlocked directly from Apple.
    I do not remember Ting ever selling new iPhones.

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  • "Ting will likely continue to support iPhones purchased unlocked directly from Apple.
    I do not remember Ting ever selling new iPhones."

    So an iPhone 6S should work with Ting's service immediately after they become available, even if Ting doesn't sell the model themselves?

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  • I found this under "Buying a device for BYOD: Tips"

    "Devices coming from T-Mobile do not need to be unlocked to activate on Ting, but if you want to be able to use the device with other international SIM cards, then you'll need to make sure the device is unlocked at purchase or can be unlocked later."

    I wonder if this is still true? I rarely travel internationally so I would totally be ok with getting a T-mobile device if it works! Otherwise we might have to wait a while for Apple to sell an unlocked SIM-Free 6s.

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  • Ting has 2 services. Ting CDMA (Sprint) & Ting GSM (T-Mobile)
    T-Mobile & T-Mobile Prepaid devices work on Ting GSM without unlocking wth a Ting SIM
    A T-Mobile or unlocked iPhone 6s would work with a Ting SIM
    For Ting CDMA, Ting currently only supports iPhones purchased unlocked directly from Apple. A used Sprint device could work if that particular phone was activated on Sorint at least 12 month ago. The check is at https://ting.com/byod.
    A new Sprint iPhone 6S purchased from other that Apple would work on Ting CDMA in a year if it was activated on Sprint now. Otherwise, it likely still would not pass the check.

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  • You need to chat with or call Ting for an official answer, but I have not heard of any T-Mobile device that did not work on Ting GSM except an old T-Mobile @Home device. T-Mobile does not permit new customers but allows grandfathered customers to use this device.

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  • You can order the iPhone 6s/6s Plus from the Apple Store and activate it on Ting with the Ting GSM SIM card. The GSM SIM card for the 6s appears to be the same one for the 6 (GSM X1).

    https://ting.com/shop/Apple-iPhone-6s-New

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  • We have added a link to our shop to bring you to the Apple website where you can currently order the T-mobile version which we can activate right away. We have not received word yet about being able to bring an unlocked version onto the CDMA network like we have been able to do with the 6/6+ but we are hoping this options comes available soon as well.

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  • I've confirmed with Apple Reps (3 of them) that the T-mobile 6s available now is NOT unlocked out of the box, even if you pay the full price up front.

    In fact, no 6s (or 6s plus) available for pre-order at this moment is unlocked and each of the four big carriers has their own unlocking policy. T-mobile said you have to use the 6s for at least 15 days and then they will unlock it for a fee of $100.

    I don't know why people are talking about the T-Mobile version of 6s/6s plus being unlocked out of the box.

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  • In regards to Jianqiang Zhang's answer, I'd like to add whether a phone is unlocked is different from whether it will activate on Ting. Ting's GSM compatibility guide states that unlocking of T-mobile devices is not required to activate them on the Ting network.
    https://help.ting.com/hc/en-us/articles/205428938-Can-I-Bring-My-GSM-Device-to-Ting-Compatibility-and-Unlocking-Guide
    "If your device is locked, you may want to have it unlocked by T-Mobile before porting your number or canceling your account, however, unlocking a T-Mobile device is not required."

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  • Hey Kasey, thanks for pointing out the difference between unlocking and activating on Ting.

    Unfortunately, I asked this question to the Apple Rep: Will a fully paid T-Mobile iPhone 6s activate on an MVNO operating on T-Mobile's network right out of the box? And I got a straight out NO.

    I also discussed this with a Ting online rep named Matt, who also agreed that the T-Mobile iPhone 6s will not be able to activate on Ting out of the box.

    Somebody's got be wrong about this. I'd LOVE to have the iPhone 6s activated on Ting on Sep 25.

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  • Hi Jianqiang Zhang,

    Please see this blog post, which specifically answers the question.

    https://ting.com/blog/will-the-iphone-6s-and-iphone-6s-plus-work-on-ting/

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  • Thank you so much for pointing me to this post, Kasey! That cleared up my previous confusion.

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  • I don't know if it is unlocked or not but I've just successfully activated the T-Mobile no-contract iPhone 6s, bought directly from Apple, on the Ting CDMA network. All I had to do was purchase a new Ting nano SIM. I tried to re-use my old SIM from my iPhone 5s and it gave me an LTE activation error.

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  • I bought my iPhone 6s Plus, paid in full, from an Apple Store on Friday, the 25th. It's a T-Mobile phone that I've been using successfully on GSM with a SIM card that I bought from Ting.

    As Ting had suspected, it was not possible to "lease" the phone through the iPhone Upgrade Program because the employees' point-of-sale units require them to activate it on one of the big four carriers. The man assisting me wanted to let me use the Program, but there was just no way to do it without signing up for a plan with one of those carriers. This is arbitrary and frustrating, and I suggest that everyone leave Apple feedback about it. It will probably be possible to use the lease Upgrade Program in a few months when Apple starts to sell unlocked models.

    The Apple employee told me that my phone will change from being a T-Mobile model to being an unlocked model after two months, so at that point you could use it with any carrier and describe it as unlocked during resale. I also learned that the Applecare+ insurance plan can be canceled and half-refunded one year into its two-year coverage so that it isn't wasted if you decide to sell your phone and upgrade to a new one when the next model comes out in 12 months.

    The TL;DR takeaway is this: You can use these phones with Ting just fine, you can't buy it with the Upgrade Program installment plan but rather have to pay in full, and you can upgrade on your own to the iPhone 7 or whatever in 12 months by reselling the 6s on your own as an unlocked model without losing/wasting any insurance.

    The only caveat is that my LTE service keeps reverting to 4G. I've opened a support ticket with Ting about this. I doubt that it's a universal issue.

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