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Free $5 Starbucks Card For AT&T Customers Who Use Ting's MEID Checker

Now through midnight ET Thursday, October 22, Sprint and T-mobile MVNO Ting (855.846.4389) is offering a free $5 Starbucks card to any AT&T Wireless customer just for checking if their phone could work on Ting.

The card is actually an eVoucher that will be emailed to you rather than a physical card. To get it, go to this page and enter your phone's IMEI (serial number) along with your phone number (to verify that you are an AT&T customer) and the email address you'd like you Starbucks voucher sent to. When you enter you information, Ting will tell you if your phone will work on the T-Mobile side of Ting. There's no opligation to actually switch to Ting and there's a box to un-check if you don't want to recieve marketing emails from Ting.

I'm not sure what Ting is actually checking, probably which of T-Mobile's bands your phone supports. Every AT&T phone supports the 1900 Mhz band that T-Mobile uses for voice, SMS and data (3G in most markets but only 2G in  some). Recent AT&T phones also support some or all of T-Mobile's LTE bands 2, 4 and 12. However the most important thing about using an AT&T phone on T-Mobile is that the phone be unlocked. As far as I know, there's no way to determine a phone's locked or unlocked status from the IMEI.

AT&T GoPhone prepaid customers should be eligible for this offer and I think AT&T MVNO ones likely are too by virtue of being on the AT&T network.

You can find your IMEI by entering *#06# in your phone's dialer as well as on a sticker under the battery or back cover and on the box the phone came in. It's also available in the menus of most smartphones in the following locations:
  • Android: Settings > About device > Status
  • iOS: Settings > General > About
  • Windows Phone: Settings > About > More info
Source and image: Ting Blog

Related post: Prepaid Operator Profile: Ting

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  1. When did Ting become a GSM MVNO? I thought they were a Sprint MVNO... unless they finally ditched them and abandoned the consumer-unfriendly nature of CDMA.

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    1. More than one year ago. Prepaidphonenews reported this with several posts.

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    2. February 2015, I think.

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    3. They became a MVNO last year. I got an invite to order a SIM on Jan 22. They launched Tmo service in Feb.

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    4. it's both now, but only tmobile for the gsm side. their prices are still astronomical though. i have no idea how they stay in business with plan prices that haven't changed in literally 3 years.

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  2. Wait I thought ting is a sprint & T-mobile mvno?

    When did they switch to at&t???

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    1. They did not. Dennis just committed a typo, AT&T vs Sprint in the first line. -Ed.

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    2. That's correct, I mistakenly identified Ting as an AT&T and T-Mobile MVNO. Actually they are a Sprint and T-Mobile MVNO

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  3. Correction: You must enter the IMEI, not the MEID into the Ting checker. Ting will mail you the voucher between 10/23 and 10/26. The Ting check does not verify your AT&T lock status. 'If your (phone model) is unlocked...' is a caveat in the Ting check results.

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    1. You're right the IMEI is for GSM, the MEID for CDMA

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  4. Ting might actually be checking the AT&T lock status. My locked iPhone 6+ returned: "If your Apple iPhone 6 Plus (A1522) is unlocked you can bring it to Ting today!" My wife's unlocked AT&T iPhone 5S reply was just: "Bring your Apple iPhone 5s (A1533) to Ting and it will support the following services on our GSM network." I have seen websites that will check iPhone unlock status.

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    1. They can probably do that for iPhones which are unlocked using iTunes based on information from Apple. I don't think there's any database that stores the locked status of non iOS devices.

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  5. The Ting IMEI check worked on my iPhone 5S with Truphone SIM. Since it roams on AT&T I do not feel guilty about checking ;-) Use a different email address and IMEI per check, and you have to prove you are not a robot. Ask your kids for help with this if necessary.

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  6. Ting is not fussy about giving away these vouchers only to AT&T customers. My Sprint iPhone 5C on Ringplus returned: "Bring your iPhone 5c Green 16 GB to Ting and it will support the following services on our CDMA network." Voucher will be mailed, etc.

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  7. My unlocked at&t iPhone 4S came back as compatible but with only 2G service available! HUH? (So only GPRS and Edge??)

    I've used it with PTEL (T-mobile MVNO) and I get 3G fine. What gives?

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    1. You only get 3G in a limited number of areas where T-Mobile deployed it on 1900 MHz. Your iPhone 4S does not support T-Mobile's main 3G bands, 1700/2100 MHz. Ting's response is true for most areas; folks would only get EDGE speeds.

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  8. The first part of this post that says "AT&T and T-Mobile MVNO Ting" is an error.
    Ting does not offer service on the AT&T network. If you use your AT&T phone on Ting it will be running on the T-Mobile network. Ting is a Sprint and T-Mobile MVNO.

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  9. I think you can just enter any IMEI/ESN/MEID. My Vzw Moto K1M is not compatible (duh) but they say they will mail the vouchers starting 10/23.

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  10. Anyone got a link to a directory of these gsm key strokes (like the *#06# above)? What are they called & what others are available? I tried searching but don't know what they are called.

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    1. They're called USSD codes

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  11. I can confirm that Net10 on AT&T network and GoPhone works.

    Thanks for the $5 x2 Dennis!

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  12. With Ting's coverage being far inferior to AT&T, I doubt they will convince many.

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    1. See the coverage maps. Sprint service roams on Verizon, and Tmo service roams on AT&T. Plus some regional carriers. No extra cost.

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    2. As of Sept 10, Tmo covered 290M Americans, and had doubled their geographic coverage within one year. Their extended-range Band 12 LTE was already deployed in more than 170 markets. During Oct-Dec they say they are on track to cover another 600,000 square miles with LTE and reach 350+ markets with extended-range Band 12. By the end of the year they will cover 300M of 320M Americans.

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    3. That's all smoke and mirrors, the "covering Americans" bit. Pretty worthless for mobile phones since it requires users to never use the phones outside their home addresses. How much of America does T-Mobile cover? According to their most recent maps, their coverage is half of AT&T or Verizon. Sprint is similarly subpar when it comes to data.

      And to correct the comment about data roaming: these two only have data coverage in a small part of the country. The roaming onto the big networks (to get access to most of the country) either doesn't exist with MVNO'S or is very expensive.

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    4. The whole mobile industry measures coverage where people live, work and play (POPS). You measure coverage by looking at maps, focusing on places where population is very thin. 60% of Americans have a choice of 3 mobile networks, and most people don't want to pay extra for coverage they don't need and will never use. You don't care, apparently, but 114M T-Mobile and Sprint subscribers don't agree.

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    5. All of the above comment is just marketing she'll speak to try and cover for the fact of rather poor coverage. & I noticed the above person has redefined POPS from its actual meaning.

      The subscriber figures are also misleading. They ignore the fact that the good networks have far many more subscribers than the carriers with the bad networks. The reason is because the good carriers actually cover where people work live and play far better than the deficient carriers.

      You measure coverage by looking at maps and not focusing on places where population is very thin, but by focusing on the nation as a whole, without any bias toward trying to misrepresent deficient carriers.

      100% of Americans have a choice of four carriers. But only two of these carriers do a good job of covering where people work live and play.

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    6. I just know I have a big trip where i travel across half of the country in a couple of weeks. We need cell phones that work for safety purposes. And we are traveling through the well populated eastern half of the country. Sprint and t-mobile coverage is sporadic and poor and just won't cut it. I have to use a real carrier. i just know i haven't big trip right travel cross half of the country couple weeks period we need cell phones that work for safety purposes. Sprint and t-mobile coverage just won't cut it: it is isolated and sporadic. The big networks cover everything quite adequately.

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    7. Repeat it over and over a few more times and you will feel much better about giving the duopoly extra money. Just don't try to be the 'thought police' for everyone else who can read coverage maps and think for themselves.

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    8. "Duopoly" as a term for the much better carriers is indeed right out of T-Mobile ad copy.

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  13. Great, thanks Dennis. I got the below folks:
    "Great news! Your phone is compatible with Ting.
    If your Sony C6506 is unlocked you can bring it to Ting today! It will support the following services on our GSM network. 2G, 3G, 4G, LTE " also their 3in1 sim costs 9$

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  14. By the way, when I used their tool to see how much I could save it showed they couldn't save me money for my usage pattern, and I'm on an AT&T MVNO with much better coverage. I like the idea of paying only for what you use, but I don't want to pay more.

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    1. AT&T only has better data coverage. The Tmobile service roams free on AT&T anyway. The best savings are for couples and families who share the tiers.

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    2. This isn't 1995. Data coverage is pretty important now; and it is so much better with AT&T.

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    3. Ting's biggest weakness are that half of their buckets have HUGE $$ steps (17, 9, 9, 7, 6) vs the more reasonable ones (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 2).

      Clearly they have the technology to bill in 2 or 3 dollar increments, but they choose to really stick it to you instead, probably right around the breakpoints of the most common usage patterns. That and $15 gigabytes is really a bad deal

      I'll take the fee coffee though, thanks.

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    4. Actual Ting customers don't feel that way at all. They are the most satisfied in the whole mobile industry, right up there with perennial winner Consumer Cellular, which uses the same tier pricing approach. Read the Consumer Reports survey of 61,000 plus readers, who rated them the best. And PC Magazine, which rated CC the Best Bargain Plan for Couples.

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  15. "Now through Thursday October 20, 2015" is it expired now since it is after October 20 or not since it is Thursday?

    Does a cricket phone work for this offer?

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    1. Oct 20 was a typo, since corrected. The promo runs through midnight, today Thursday 10/22. A Cricket phone should work.

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    2. Yes Dennis is correct, cricket does work. Thanks 4 the promo. info Dennis:)

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  16. Just recieived my $5 free Starbucks Card from Ting.

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