updated 10:43 am EST, Mon November 4, 2013
iPhone support still largely quiet
Ting -- an MNVO carrier launched just last year, and based on the Sprint network -- is now supporting the iPhone 4 and 4S, a report claims. Ting, Apple, and Sprint are said to have signed a deal for the arrangement, which is described as a "beta" in which Ting has to prove that it can support iPhone customers, and hold up Apple's brand reputation, partly through screening for lost or stolen devices showing up on its network. Sources say that Ting is "scared to make Sprint nervous," and that "Sprint is terrified to make Apple nervous," given that Sprint has a deal to sell the iPhone while Ting doesn't. Being able to sell the iPhone often involves strict demands from Apple, including minimum marketing budgets and unit purchases.
The prepaid carrier requires people to either buy one of several Android phones or bring over an unlocked Sprint-capable device. The sources add that apart from the 4 and 4S, Ting expects to get iPhone 5 support "soon;" Sprint, though, is allegedly holding up that deal, since it normally keeps the most popular devices from its partners. One exception is the US branch of Virgin Mobile, which is already selling the iPhone 5s and 5c.