Ting Will Use Sprint's LTE Network
Mirroring Sprint's Mid-Year Launches
Several new wireless carriers will launch this year, all trying to do things slightly differently. Republic Wireless
plans to lower prices by offloading most of the daily traffic to Wi-Fi. FreedomPop
promises to offer users a basic free tier of service with low priced data and voice options layered on top. The third upstart is Tucows' Ting, a company we explored back in December
that plans to auto-upgrade users up (or down) the sliding tier scale to help users find the best price plan for them.
Ting was the first one out of the gate, and their pricing was unveiled back in February
. As the chart (right) notes, users are given six "size" no-contract tiers to choose from, allowing them to mix and match voice minutes, SMS, and data limits as needed. Voice and SMS rates are incredibly reasonable (500 minutes cost an impressive $9), while data coming over from Sprint's network is notably less so (2GB will run you $42).
Not too surprisingly given they're a Sprint reseller, Ting yesterday stated in a blog post
they'll be offering LTE service via Sprint's network when it goes live in a few months.
"As an MVNO using the nationwide Sprint network, Ting will offer LTE alongside and in the same places as Sprint," says Ting's Andrew Moore-Crispin. "That means the cities mentioned off the top of this post (Baltimore, Kansas City, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio) will be first, receiving LTE capability mid this year. Next, as Sprint rolls out the LTE network to other major city centers, Ting will be able to offer LTE in those locations at the as well."
Ting has yet to announced supported LTE devices, but says they have numerous USB modems, mobile hotspots, and smartphones inbound. We assume pricing will be in line with existing pricing, as Sprint has stated their own LTE pricing will match existing WiMax services. Initial Sprint LTE launch cities are expected to be Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, Atlanta, Kansas City and Baltimore.