Upcoming ZTE Axon 7 compatible with Ting CDMA and GSM?

Hi. I'm considering upgrading my circa-2012 phone with the upcoming ZTE Axon 7, but I'd like to know if it will be possible to activate it on the CDMA network [with a Ting SIM]. It's supposed to be "unlocked", and I believe it'll have the necessary hardware to support both CDMA and GSM networks (independently?), but I've read snippets that suggest it'll start off bureaucratically blocked from Verizon and Sprint networks.

Can you please tell me what I can expect?

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  • Hey Brian,

    Until the phone hits the market we can't say for sure if it will work on the Sprint/CDMA network through us, as it gets closer to the launch date we will hopefully come into more details about it.

    Right now though, we know as much as you do, it's only going to work on ATT and T-Mobile out of the gate with support possibly opening up down the line for the other networks. 

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  • Here is a quote I found:

    While it has enough bands to support all US phone networks, it'll only work with AT&T and T-Mobile SIM cards for now. Verizon and Sprint compatibility is due "possibly later in the year," resting in the hands of the two CDMA carriers to flip a switch. All of the antennas are inside - this isn't just a GSM phone.

    from http://www.techradar.com/us/reviews/phones/mobile-phones/zte-axon-7-1322212/review

     

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  • Thanks for the responses. Looks like I'll have to wait until some early adopters give feedback about their experience.

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  •  I went ahead and pre ordered but am worried now that maybe I should cancel my order. I ordered the gray from Newegg along with the free Monster headphones. I have already received a GSM sim card from Ting to use in the phone. So all Ting can tell us is to wait and see? How about Ting doing some research and letting us know? 

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  • What are you worried about, Robert? There are already indications that it will work on the GSM (T-Mobile) network, as reiterated by Brad W. in the first post of this thread. My question was merely pertaining to the CDMA (Sprint network) compatibility -- the phone has the hardware to connect, but perhaps lacks the blessing of Sprint bureaucracy. I would like to activate the phone with Ting's CDMA network, because I believe that network suits my needs better than GSM.

    I think that, yes, sometimes Ting can only ask us to "wait and see." I suppose it's reasonable to remember that Ting is not Sprint, and so must sometimes learn of Sprint decisions after-the-fact. 

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  • Because Bruce if you read his 2nd paragraph Brad states that "Right now though, we know as much as you do, it's only going to work on ATT and T-Mobile out of the gate with support possibly opening up down the line for the other networks." He says ATT and T-Mobile. Nothing about MVNO networks. So to answer your question about what I am worried about. I am worried about spending $400 on a paper weight that will not work with Ting.This forum is called "Ask Ting" So I would like Ting to respond please.

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  • Hey Robert, 

    Just to clarify, when Brad mentioned the following: 

    "Right now though, we know as much as you do, it's only going to work on ATT and T-Mobile out of the gate with support possibly opening up down the line for the other networks."

    He was referring to the device being compatible on Ting's GSM network, with the purchase of a Ting GSM SIM http://ting.com/shp/gsmSIM  

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  • Thank you Kim. Looking forward to my new phone and staying with Ting. I am very happy with your service and was a bit upset when I thought I might either have to give up my new phone or look elsewhere for phone service. Thanks again!

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  • Would love to know from the Ting team if there is anything we can do from a users standpoint for communicating our interest on CDMA. Looking through other forums it sounds like ZTE is making an effort with both major CDMA players in the US but with no timeframe. There seems to be mixed results for people thinking there are the correct bands/channels. 

    Any input if we as a community can help grease the wheels would be great. The device looks amazing but without GSM in my area, I'm afraid I may have to look at another device if I want to stay on Ting. 

     

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  • Looking at the specs the Axon 7 has all the correct bands for CDMA on Ting, it's probably just a matter of Sprint allowing the phone on their network.

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  • Sprint also has to permit Ting to service this model on their network.

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  • Since it is a newly released device, there are Sprint network rules that would not allow the activation of the CDMA Sprint version on Ting without the phone being active on Sprint for 12-14 months first. 
    I'd recommend looking at the available CDMa devices on our Ting Shop page:  http://ting.com/shop

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