PTel and announced that it was switching to being a T-Mobile MVNO. Sales and activations of Sprint compatible CDMA phones were ended but currently active CDMA phones continued to work.
Ever since announcing the switch to T-Mobile, PTel has been telling customers that CDMA service would end mid-2013. It looks like that means at the end of this month. This week, in response to a user question on their Facebook page, a PTel representative said:
"...we suggest all customers looking to stay with PTel Mobile switch to the GSM service by the end of this month. CDMA service will be terminating immediately after."
PlatinumTel CDMA phones will not work with PTel's GSM service. So unless you have an unlocked GSM or T-Mobile phone laying around you will need a new phone.
With the end of May just over three weeks away PTel needs to reach out to users to let them know of the impending shutdown. I'm surprised that PTel hasn't started notifying CDMA customers by text message or email. I only noticed the Facebook posting after a reader mentioned in a comment.
The good news is that PTel is running several promotions on their website to help make the transition to GSM and a new phone relatively painless.
25% off your entire order with the purchase of a phone or a SIM together with a $40 or $50 unlimited plan PIN using code: PTELSTUD25
Free SIM Card and $20 off the price of $40 or $50 Unlimited Plan or Real PAYGO Top-up PIN using code: PTELSLICK20
$25 off the price of a $40 or $50 unlimited plan PIN with the purchase of a SIM card using code: PTEL25BRAD
Anyone can use the above codes, you don't need to be a PlatinumTel CDMA customer.
If you're feeling lucky, PTel is also running a Facebook contest with the prize being a band new PTel compatible iPhone 5 and six months of PTel Unlimited Everything service. Click here to enter. The contest ends May 16.
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