PTel and becoming a T-Mobile MVNO.
The initial announcement left a lot of questions unanswered and the Platinumtel site doesn't have much information either. But PTel has been posting the missing pieces in dribbles and drabs on their Facebook page and on Howard Forums.
Here are all the details I've been able to find in one place. See the footnotes for links to the sources.
When will Ptel GSM services start? Around December 15th1
What plans will be available?
|Real PayGo 1||$10/60days*||5¢/each||2¢/each||2¢/each||10¢/MB|
|$40 Unlimited Everything 2||$40/30 days||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited (throttled after 250 MB)|
|$50 Unlimited Everything 2||$50/30 days||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited (throttled after 2 GB)|
When will PlatinumTel's CDMA service be shut down? Mid-2013, around the end of May. 3
What will happen to existing PlatinumTel CDMA customers airtime and phone numbers? CDMA customers will be able to transfer their phone numbers and airtime balances to GSM. SIMs will be free for CDMA customers switching to GSM. 4 SIMs for new customers will be $4.99.
These are mostly positive changes. The monthly plans are less expensive and include more data and unlimited MMS at all price points. PAYGO MMS pricing has been cut from 10¢ to 2¢ each. I haven't seen any mention of the 50¢ monthly fee on PAYGO so hopefully it has been eliminated. GSM gives users total freedom to switch phones by simply swapping their SIM from one phone to the other. T-Mobile's HSPA+ 4G data is up to ten times faster than Sprint's EVDO 3G.
There are a few downsides. The $10 and $30 PAYGO refills don't last as long, 60 days instead of 90 for the $10 and 120 days vs 180 for the $30 refill. Current PlatinumTel customers will need new phones. PTel has said they will likely offer a promotion or discount for customers who "recently" bought a CDMA phone. Personally, I thing the positives outweigh the negatives and I'm looking forward to this transition.
1 Ptel reply to a Facebook comment
2 Ptel's "News for December" Facebook Note
3 Ptel reply to a Facebook comment
4 Ptel post on HowardForums