Ting is not dropping Sprint, in fact the post says that users can have a mix of Sprint CDMA devices on their account, all drawing from the same buckets of minutes, messages and MBs of data. That implies that Ting will charge the same rates for GSM service as it does for CDMA.
So what does Ting charge? That requires a bit of explaining, Rather than having monthly plans with unlimited talk and text and varying amounts of data like most other carriers, Ting users are billed for separate buckets (which Ting calls tiers) of voice minutes, texts and megabytes of data. If you use up all the minutes, messages or data, Ting will upgrade you to the next tier for the current month only. To avoid surprise charges, you can disable these automatic updates by setting usage limits that cut off your taking, data or messaging for the rest of the month when the limit is reached.
The following tiers are currently available:.
|Text Messages (domestic and international)||$0||100||1000||2000||4800|
|Cost||$0||$3||$12||$19||$29||1.5¢ per MB|
The big advantage of going to GSM for customers is that it opens up phone choices to encompass the full gamut of unlocked GSM devices (most GSM phones can be unlocked for between $2 and $30). That's in sharp contrast to Sprint, which exercises dictatorial control over which phones MVNOs are allowed to activate, blocking all non-Sprint phones and any Sprint device released in the last 12 months.