My husband and I are not phone people. We don’t call people a lot. We barely text. For the longest time, we only had cell phones because his parents insisted on paying for them. I finally decided that it was ridiculous at our ages to be on his parents’ plan still, so I decided to do some research and pick a company to use. After a lot of looking, we went with Ting, and I’m so glad we did.
Ting is an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator), which means they lease wireless and data spectrum from other providers, Sprint in this case. They also have domestic voice roaming (not data roaming) over other CDMA cell phone networks when you’re out of range with Sprint at no extra charge.
We are really pleased with Ting so far. Our first bill was about $19 (told you we’re light users), second month was about $37, and that’s with two iPhones on the account. You see, there’s a per line fee you pay for each line every month no matter your usage, and the rest of the bill just depends on how much you use your phone. The second month we went on vacation to see my dad about 1000 miles away, so there was a lot of driving, calling and using data by our standards. Still light to others, I’m sure, but just for reference, that was 171 minutes of voice and 253 megabytes of data, which were both well within Ting’s medium level for each of those services. Texting only reached the small level. First month, voice and data were within the small level and no texts at all, and so that’s what we were charged for.
You are charged at the end of your billing period just for what you used. You might be charged on the small level for voice and medium for data if you use that much data, but barely call.
What I really like for when I start getting phones for my kids as they get old enough is that you can set up alerts to control their usage. That means no shocking phone bills for you. You go into the alerts section to set their limits, and you can have the system disable them if they go past a certain level. It won’t cut off an active call, but after that, they’re done until the next billing period. This is something you really want when you’re paying based on usage rather than unlimited. You can set alerts on any phone in your account.
If you want to know if Ting might be a good choice for your cell phone provider, take a look at your current usage over a few months, then use Ting’s savings calculator to see if you would get a good deal from them. If you use your cell phone like I use mine, it’s probably an amazing deal. If you’re a heavier user than I am but still not an extremely heavy user, it may still be a good deal… at least worth trying out the calculator to see how it goes.
Ting doesn’t charge for you to use tethering or to use your phone as a portable hotspot. No extra charges for voicemail or anything like that. The only added fees are the ones they’re is legally required to charge.
You won’t get any amazing deals on a smartphone through them, but if the savings are good enough you’ll make up for that soon enough. All phones must be compatible with Sprint’s network, so if you’re with Sprint already, your phone might just come over. Any other carrier, you probably have to buy a new phone. We bought our phones through Amazon. Ting has a supported devices list on their BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) page that you should pay attention to when shopping.
Now here’s a nice deal for you if you go through my link to Ting – they’ll give you a $25 credit. I get a credit too once you’re a paying customer. There’s no contract or anything, so if someone comes up with a better deal or you don’t like them, you’re always free to go to another carrier.