Ting Wireless: An Overview

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The Details (How it Works)

Ting Wireless is an affordable wireless service provider with a unique pricing model.  The bottom line is that you only pay for what you use.  Here are some more details…
  • Coverage / Performance overview
    • Ting offers mobile service on two nationwide, LTE networks (including Sprint)
    • You can have “any combination of active GSM and / or CDMA devices under one account sharing minutes, messages and megabytes”
    • View their coverage maps here
  • Phones
    • You can bring your existing phone over or purchase one from their selection of phones
    • Both new and refurbished phones are available
    • A few that I spotted include the Motorola Moto E, Apple iPhone 6s, Samsung Galaxy S5, etc.
  • No-Contract Plans
    • Tiered rate plan (“floating pricing”): XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
      • Voice minutes, text messages, and MB of data are billed separately
      • At the end of the month, whichever tier you fall in is what you pay (only pay for the levels you reach)
      • Your usage is pooled and shared across all devices in your account
    • Each activated number on an account costs $6 per month
    • May not be the best plan for heavy data users

Levels

XS S M L XL XL+
Devices
$6 each
1
$6
2
$12
3
$18
4
$24
5
$30
6 +
$6 /device
Minutes
Nationwide
no usage
$0
1 – 100
$3
101 – 500
$9
501 – 1000
$18
1001 – 2100
$35
2101 +
$35 + 1.9¢ /additional min
Messages
Global
no usage
$0
1 – 100
$3
101 – 1000
$5
1001 – 2000
$8
2001 – 4800
$11
4801 +
$11 + ¼¢ /additional msg
Megabytes
Nationwide
no usage
$0
1 – 100
$3
101 – 500
$12
501 – 1000
$19
1001 – 2000
$29
2001 +
$29 + 1.5¢ /additional mb
  • Customer Support
    • I didn’t see anything negative mentioned during my research
  • Other Notes
    • Check out the Ting Savings Calculator
    • The Ting online account dashboard and the official Ting app are useful tools
    • If you’re moving from another carrier to Ting you have the option to “port” (bring) your number along
    • No hidden fees or overage penalties (you pay for only what you use; see above)
    • Referral program available that nets you $50 in credit for the first friend who joins and $25 per friend after that

 

 

 

 

 

This month (12/2015), I’ll be reviewing the services/offerings from certain non-major providers such as Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs). 

Previous overviews: StraightTalk Wireless | Consumer Cellular | FreedomPop | Net10 Wireless

Each service will be looked at in detail, as I make a decision as to what to direction to go in when my current contract ends later this month.

Stay tuned for more!

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