iPhone SE

What is the Ting process for newly released iPhones as far as bringing a device onto the network?  Can we preorder/buy them from Apple and activate them directly on Ting or will Ting be selling them directly?

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    Hey Kevin,

    You can definitely purchase the SE straight from the manufacturer and activate it with us! The Sim-free model of the SE will be compatible with Ting GSM (you will of course need to get the Ting GSM card for it). if you want to activate on Ting CDMA, you would require the Sprint branded model. We don't have any word if we will be selling the device directly at this time. 

     

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  • and which sim would the cdma version require?

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  • Hey Yumi, 

    We don't have word on which CDMA SIM card the CDMA model will require at this time. Once we do we will be sure to update our shop to direct you to the appropriate CDMA SIM card. 

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  • I already have a SIM card for my 5S, will it work with the SE?  Thanks

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  • I have a Sim already with my Nexus 5, will it work with the iPhone SE if I punch out the sides to make it a nano?

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  • Hey Guys, 

    As it stands right now, if you have a GSM sim card and you purchase the unlocked GSM version of the phone (sim free) you would be able to use your existing sim card in the phone.

    For CDMA, we do not know what sim card it will require at this point, we will have to test the device and once we know it will be updated here: 

    https://help.ting.com/hc/en-us/articles/205428218-Finding-Your-SIM-Card

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  • Just to confirm what has been said, if I were to purchase the Sprint version of the iPhone SE, it will work with Ting?

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  • Hey Mason! Yes it will -- we're just not yet sure which Sprint SIM works with the phone yet, but we should have that info soon.

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  • I'm currently using a Sprint iPhone 5, but I'm hesitant to go with another Sprint phone because of their unlocking policy. I used to have AT&T and I couldn't get any reception at work; with Sprint it's pretty decent. I plan on buying an unlocked iPhone SE directly from Apple. Any advice?

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  • I tried ordering the phone from the apple website. It seems I can only purchase the CDMA version if I sign up for Sprint, which I'd rather not. Is there any way of getting around this?

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  • Gregg,

    you will need to get a sim free version that is only compatible with our GSM network. At the moment we do not have a compatible CDMA version for the SE. The CDMA version that is being sold, is the Sprint version that need to be active on Sprint for 12 months before it can come over to Ting. At the moment there is no way around this. I would recommended keeping an eye out on our blog for the latest device updates: https://ting.com/blog/device-update/

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  • so even if you pay for a cdma sprint iphone se in full, you would still have to wait a year? that sounds like a whack propostion.



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  • This PCMag article seems to suggest that the SIM-free phone is actually usable with CDMA, but is missing Band 41. So you could use it, but you wouldn't get "LTE Plus" speeds:

    http://www.pcmag.com/news/343091/the-iphone-se-is-not-carrier-agnostic

    "The AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon units, as well as the unlocked unit, do not work well on Sprint or on Canadian carriers. These units are model A1662. It has the LTE bands for AT&T (2/4/5/17/29), T-Mobile (2/4/12), and Verizon (4/13), but not all of Sprint's bands. Sprint's high-speed Band 41, also known as Spark, is missing. While you will get some Sprint LTE signal on bands 25 and 26, it won't be the best speeds."

    That doesn't sound like a worst case. Would that work as a CDMA phone? Guess it's kinda 6 one, half-dozen another, but I'm curious.

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  • CDMA is a closed system -- the way it works is essentially Sprint (or Verizon) has a "whitelist" of phones in their database of Sprint phones, and when a Sprint phone activates on their network, it does a check with that database, says, "Okay, you're a Sprint phone" and lets it activate. So even if you had a CDMA-compatible phone, like say a Verizon phone, it won't be able to activate on Sprint's network (and vice versa, Verizon's network will refuse entry to Sprint phones).

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  • I would like to purchase the SE for use on my Ting account.  (I currently have a 4S.)  When I first switched to Ting a few months back I was using my old AT&T phone (GSM) but I didn't get service at my home.  T-Mobile doesn't work here.  I got my child's 4S Sprint phone when they upgraded to the 5S and that problem was solved. The Apple store says I can buy the Sprint SE at full price and it will come unlocked.  However, I spoke with someone at Ting who said I definitely want the sim-free phone (A1662).  It looks like the SE will work on Ting; will the sim-free phone work for me?  Thank you for any information!

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  • Hey Anne,

    It sounds like Ting CDMA is the only option for you based on the coverage in your area. The SIM free model of the SE will definitely work on Ting GSM, but at this time we are not able to confirm whether or not the SIM-free Model of the SE will work on Ting CDMA. The article that R Bailey linked is promising, but we won't be able to confirm anything until the phone is released. As Brian mentioned, phone eligibility on Ting CDMA is ultimately up to Sprint's discretion, we will provide additional information as soon as we have some.

     

     

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  • Thanks for the information!  Perhaps I'll wait a little while before buying the phone.  It's not like I NEED it, just really tired of the 4S.

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  • Can I use the SIM card in iphone 5s for virgin moble on the new iphone se?

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  • Hey Fang,

    At this time we don't have any info on what CDMA SIM card the SE requires yet, so we aren't able to say whether or not the SIM card in a 5s (from Sprint or from Virgin) would be compatible to activate the device. Once we have an update, we will make sure to let everyone know!

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  • @Renny M -- You might want to change what's on your CDMA SIM selection page then. ;^) It's got iPhone SE listed.

    That link takes you here:

    https://ting.com/shop/nanoc6

    ... which is CDMA, and suggests that it's the same as iPhone 5c+. I'll assume someone jumped the gun there (though there is a warning that, "Not all devices can be brought to Ting at this time.")

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  • Good catch! Looks like our product team was able to get that information after all. As our shop page indicates, it looks like the SE will take the Sprint nano SIM model: SIMOLW416C (aka Ting CDMA nano SIM C6). Going back to Fang's question, the C6 nano SIM supports both the 5s and the SE, however if you have had your 5s since release you may have an older model of nano SIM that the SE would not support.

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  • I just purchased the sim-free version of the iPhone SE. It's going to take a couple of weeks to get here. When it does, I'm going to attempt to activate it on CDMA. The band needed for LTE doesn't matter to me much - my wife never uses data on the road anyway. 

    I'll post an update here on how it goes for those interested. Worst case, we'll put it on GSM (not preferred).

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  • I just purchased the iPhone SE Sprint model in-store and the Apple Store employees confirmed that it was unlocked since I paid full price. On top of that, I ran the IMEI through Ting's BYOD checker, and it said that it was able to be activated on the GSM & CDMA networks. Even better, the included Sprint SIM card inside the phone worked (I plugged the ICCID into the transfer process) and now everything is working for me, including phone calling, LTE data, and group MMS. The entire process took less than 2 hours to port from a Nexus 5X on Project Fi.

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  • Hi Mitch,

    Great to hear it went smoothly! One question, did you have to sign up for a Sprint account when you purchased the phone at the Apple store? Or did they sell you the phone without it being active on a network?

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  • I walked out with mine, no questions asked.  You couldn't buy them online without a Sprint account, but no such trouble in the store today if you're paying full price. To be clear, yes, I walked out with the "Sprint" model. 

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  • the listing for the iphone se from the ting "shop" store says that the sim-free version is the one to get... is that right? from the posts above, and just to clarify, it says that it's the sprint model that you want in order to use it on ting's cdma network, and buying it outright deems it unlocked from any sprint related contracts. yeah?

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  • one more thing: i bought the ting nano sim c4 at the beginning of the month when i was planning to buy the iphone 6s cdma. at the time, that was the right sim card to buy, but now it says the nano c6 is the one to get, even for the 6s... is that right? or will the nano c4 work on the iphone se?

     

    thanks again!

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  • Hey Yumi, that is correct the SIM-Free version of the iPhone SE will work on both CDMA and GSM. You will need the Nano C6 SIM to activate iPhone SE on Ting. 

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  • Yumi -- The SIM-free seems like the safe one to get, but if Ting lets us use Sprint's "LTE Plus" on CDMA, you might want the "Sprint" branded phone. The SIM-free version won't be able to access "band 41", which is what Sprint uses (IANAL, afaict) for LTE Plus. I wasn't able to get that version of the SE online without a Sprint account, but was able to buy it at the Apple Store, no problem.

    Btw, someone needs to tell the Ting marketing folk that the SE is the "spitting image" of the 5 and 5s, not the 4 and 4S, if that's really the text from the SE page. Ouch. Android lovers! ;^)

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  • I can confirm that the Apple store sells an unlocked sprint iPhone SE that works on Ting. I verified that the IMEI number (from the box) was ready for Ting before I bought it using one of the computers in the store. Super easy to switch my Ting number to the new phone.

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