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Ting at CES 2015

‘Tis the season to see what people will be begging for when ’tis the season much later this year.

That is to say, we’re here at CES 2015, the annual outpouring of consumer tech in Las Vegas, NV. We’ll be roaming the show floor, looking for what’s interesting and we’ll be reporting back to you here on the Ting blog as we go.

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Why Ting on a GSM network is kind of a big deal

We’ll be hosting a Ting hangout tomorrow, Thursday, December 11 2014 at 3pm ET to discuss the GSM announcement and other exciting stuff. That’s 1500 hours for the more militaristic among us.

Turns out, not everyone is interested in reading a big dissertation on Ting adding service on a GSM network in February of 2015.

I know!

The best place to keep up to date with (and maybe secure a spot in an early beta) is on the Ting on a GSM network email list. Sign up after the jump, at the bottom of this blog post.

Now, with none of the nuance or arguably enjoyable turns of phrase (and without our epic Ting GSM SIM video embedded) here are the Ting on a GSM network bullet points:

Ting to offer service on a GSM network

Early in 2015, Ting mobile service will come online on a GSM network. We’re targeting February, for the launch.

This is not us announcing we’re moving away from offering service on Sprint’s CDMA network. Rather, this is us announcing that we’re adding GSM network access to Ting.

Tri-Band LTE now available in 17 new markets

Just yesterday, Tri-Band LTE rolled out to 17 new cities, bringing the current number of total LTE markets, including these newest Tri-Band LTE regions, to over 500 across the United States!

Confused by this “Tri-Band” lingo? It simply means LTE service offered on three distinct frequencies, which provides more reliable coverage, greater capacity and faster network speeds (more info). Many devices on Ting support Tri-Band LTE, including the HTC Desire 510LG G3, HTC One M8, and Galaxy S5. For a complete list, head to the Ting Help Center!

New areas covered by Tri-Band LTE:

The Nexus 6 on Ting… or should that be Ting on the Nexus 6?

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Google has quietly made the next Nexus official. Nexus 6 will be available to preorder from Google Play closer to the end of the month, shipping in early November. Initial reports suggest the base Nexus 6 will cost $650.

We expect to see the first Nexus 6 devices online with Ting before the end of November.

Breaking news: iPhone 5’s just as good as they were two days ago

jordanWhen I was buying basketball shoes in my early twenties, I always asked the staff at Foot Locker for last year’s Air Jordans. I couldn’t care less about having the latest shoe. I liked Nike because it was light and cushiony. I needed ankle protection and I needed any help I could get on my first step more than I needed patent leather. While the latest shoe might actually have been a bit lighter and even more cushiony, I knew the price was inflated by the kids who wanted the latest thing (and patent leather) and the price of last year’s shoe was deflated versus its true functional worth because all those kids didn’t want it.

The iPhone 6 looks awesome. I would never want to pretend otherwise. It has huge functional benefits. I wish we supported it today and I can’t wait until we do. It is a great day for early adopters.

But it is also a great day for bargain hunters.

It is always helpful to remind ourselves that while the new product is better, the old one hasn’t gotten any worse. That seems obvious. But we tend to think about everything in relative terms.