Ting has taken to its official blog to announce that it will expand its unique take on pay-as-you-go service to an unnamed GSM network in 2015 with a target date of February 2015. While the GSM network was not named due to the usual clauses that prevent such explicit disclosures, the coverage map provided by Ting suggests that the service has struck an agreement with T-Mobile for its service expansion. While Ting does not officially acknowledge its availability, roaming support for voice and messaging is also expected to be made available as it is for its Sprint CDMA customers.
In addition, both CDMA and GSM devices will be able to coexist on the same account sharing from the same pool of voice, messages and data, with the biggest advantage being that GSM customers will be able to bring devices without having to worry about Sprint’s arcane BYOSD policies.
Finally, Ting has also confirmed that the activation process for devices is being modified to allow support for devices that support GSM and CDMA network access in the same device, with more details to be announced. The one caveat given is that such support would require paying for two device access fees instead of one, but would allow for switching between networks based on which one had better coverage for a particular service area.
When GSM SIM cards are made available, they’re expected to cost around $10. However, Ting will still keep the monthly access fee of $6 per phone, with customers paying at the end of the month based on how much was used in terms of voice, messages or data on a predetermined usage range.