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FONA 2G & Ting : Getting new SIM card activated.
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FONA 2G & Ting : Getting new SIM card activated.

by jim_lee on Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:35 am

Just went through the Ting deal getting a new SIM card up and running for a 2G FONA Feather.

You can't do it through their website form. It says that the phone type is incompatible and you are done.

But..

I already have a running FONA Feather cellphone using a Ting SIM card. So, I talked to them on their online chat thing. They came up with, "Its a general purpose card, so we can just enable it and see what happens". Actually, I had an out of date card and they offered to send me a new one. Today I got the new card, went back on their chat thing and they blindly activated my new card.

Works fine!

So don't worry, be happy. You can still get 2G Ting cards and get them activated at Ting, if you spend some time chatting with them.

-jim lee

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Re: FONA 2G & Ting : Getting new SIM card activated.

by mikeysklar on Wed Oct 21, 2020 3:27 pm

Jim,

Thanks for sharing the good news that it is still possible to get the Ting cards activated via chat.

You probably have also seen the list of alternative vendors to purchase a Mini SIM GSM card from.

https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-fon ... ning-a-sim

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Re: FONA 2G & Ting : Getting new SIM card activated.

by doyle1en on Tue Feb 02, 2021 2:01 pm

I had a similar issue with Ting, but they different really offer a solution via chat. I plan on using a different provider for my sim card, most likely Verizon. I just want to double-check though since I ordered the FONA808 + Ting Card with the purchase, would that same FONA board work with a different sim or is it only compatible with the free ting card?

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Re: FONA 2G & Ting : Getting new SIM card activated.

by mikeysklar on Wed Feb 03, 2021 2:58 pm

Our site recommends T-Mobile.

In the US, AT&T no longer sells 2G SIMs! We suggest T-Mobile or T-Mobile "distributors


https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-fon ... ning-a-sim

Can't say that it will work with Verizon based on our docs and posts.

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Re: FONA 2G & Ting : Getting new SIM card activated.

by doyle1en on Wed Feb 03, 2021 3:04 pm

Thank you for the advice, I will try T-Mobile then. So since I'm using a different sim card than purchased with the FONA 808 (bought the bundle with the TIng Sim), do I need to order another FONA 808 or is the one I originally bought okay to work with the new sim?

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Re: FONA 2G & Ting : Getting new SIM card activated.

by mikeysklar on Wed Feb 03, 2021 4:30 pm

I think T-mobile will let you know if they have an issue (say with the EIN), but i'm under the impression with SIM culture you are able to freely switch between providers without issue.

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