That was pretty resounding.
An iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus that’s purchased outright from Apple directly, that’s not purchased under contract or with a carrier device subsidy (Simple Choice Plan, Easy Pay, Next, whatever name they come up with next) will work.
Both the T-Mobile and SIM-free version of the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus will work on Ting on a GSM network with a Ting GSM SIM.
We’ve also confirmed that the T-Mobile (and SIM-free) version of the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus has full compatibility with the CDMA (Sprint) network. A Nano C6 CDMA SIM card is all that’s required to get it up and running. While there is a Sprint version available, Apple requires you to login to a Sprint account in order to purchase the device. It’s identical to the T-Mobile (and SIM-free) model, so there’s nothing you’ll miss out on by picking up either of those versions instead.
Until we have more information on how Apple is implementing its new monthly installment payment plan, to get a Ting-ready iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, you’ll want to buy the iPhone outright. We link there from our own Ting shop listings for the iPhone 6s.
Buy online or from the Apple Store
If you’re reading this early enough, you could venture into the outernet and queue up outside the physical Apple Store on September 25 in the hopes of getting a new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus to activate on Ting. Going the physical route—if the line is long enough and the news cycle slow enough—you also get the chance of making the evening news.
If that’s your goal, here are a few pro tips to up your odds of making the cut.
1-) If asked to speak to the camera, don’t be too serious. They’re looking for light, throw-away fare here, not a dissertation on how consumer culture is leading us all down a slippery slope. In short, it’s an iPhone line, not a bread line.
2-) Smile! Act a fool! Scream like you’re a thirty-something channeling your one-time tween self and you just learned the Backstreet Boys are getting back together.
3-) Be a good three to five second cut-away shot that the Editor can splice in to paint the picture. Pro tip: Star Trek uniforms, lightsabers and other sci-fi stereotypes play well and boost your chances of passing muster in tech stories like this one.
4-) Say things in seven to no more than 12 second bursts. Ideally, things that ease the anchors into some banter before they cut to commercial. If in doubt, print this on a 3×5 index card. Try not to look like you’re reading though:
“There’s such a history of innovation coming out of this company. I’m just excited to be here on this momentous day. Truly, it is an occasion whose importance will echo through the ages, or at the very least until the iPhone 7 hits.”
Speaking of which, will the iPhone 7 work on Ting? Yeah, yeah it should… but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.