reported here earlier, Sprint MVNO PlatinumTel will be offering service on the T-Mobile GSM network under the PTel brand name beginning next month. If you were wondering what would happen with the existing Sprint based CDMA service, it now appears that PlatinumTel will discontinue CDMA service in 2013.
In response to a question about buying new CDMA phones on their Facebook page, PlatinumTel responded with "As far as purchasing another CDMA device, we would recommend not to." Pressed for details, PlatinumTel replied;
"We highly understand your concern with being a CDMA user on our service. CDMA will be available into most of 2013 so converting to our GSM service will be as much as a smooth transition as possible. We will be offering our Unlimited Everything plan as well as the Real PayGo plan on our GSM service too, so we are not getting rid of our great pay-as-you-go rates, and are giving our unlimited customers more options. The motivation behind the switch is the ability for us to offer our customers the most out of their phone service for a low price- Truly unlimited everything (talk, text, web, 411, mms, international text) and the ability to bring your own unlocked GSM device."
I prefer GSM over CDMA. It gives users the freedom to easily change phones or operators by swapping SIMs, allows international use with a local prepaid SIM and is generally a more open and user friendly system. However, transitions like this can be painful for users who will need to get new phones and may see changes in their coverage. I hope that the transition goes smoothly for both users and PlatinumTel.
Source: Facebook via HowardForums