Looking to bring a GSM device to Ting? Good choice, if we do say so ourselves. Around 80% of smartphones released in the last few years will work with Ting. This post will give you general tips to determine if a phone you have or are thinking about getting can make the move.
Before we begin
The surefire way to know if a device will activate on Ting on a GSM network is to enter its ESN, MEID or IMEI number in our compatibility checker. If you already have a GSM phone, just run these numbers to confirm your device will work on Ting. Assuming your phone is good to go, grab a GSM SIM and start the activation process once you have both in hand.
It’s not always possible to get an IMEI number. No retailer lists the IMEI number of phones it sells. Sellers in used markets may be hesitant to share this information too.
In this situation, there are two other ways you can verify whether a device will work on Ting on a GSM network:
- The specific device model (e.g a Nexus 5 or an iPhone 6 Plus) and which carrier it’s coming from (e.g AT&T or T-Mobile).
- The specific “bands” (measured in MHz and GHz) the device will work on.