Ting-a-Ling! Save on Your Mobile Phone Bill
Mobile phone service plans can be maddeningly confusing. You pay a certain amount for a bucket of minutes, text messages, and mobile data. But at the end of each month, you may see that you didn't use all you paid for. Or worse, you have to pay EXTRA for going over your allotment of minutes or data. Ting feels your pain, and promises not to rely on confusion to turn a profit. Read on to check out some of the Ting plans that can save you money on your mobile phone bill...
What is Ting?
Ting is on a mission to make your mobile phone plan make sense. You may have noticed that Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile constantly roll out new service plans, each one more confusing than the last. But Ting is all about clarity, transparency and flexibility. You can roll your own contract-free service plan, choosing different amounts of mobile data. (All Ting plans offer unlimited talk and texting.)
With the cheapest Flex Plan, each line added to your account costs $10/month, plus $5 per gigabyte of LTE/5G data. A single line with 2 GB of data would be just $20 a month. Data is shared across lines, so a family of four could pay $60 and share a 4 GB data pool. Or pay $80 and share 8GB of data.
The Set 5 Plan offers 5 GB of data for $25/month per line. Your example family of four would pay $100 and share 20GB of data. The Set 12 Plan offers 12 GB of data for $35/month per line. Your example family of four would pay $140 and share 48GB of data. There’s also an Unlimited Plan (22GB of data for $45/month/line) and the Ollo Unlimited Pro Plan (35GB of data for $55/month/line). You can add as many lines as you want under an account but all lines must be active on the same plan at this time.
All Ting plans provide unlimited talk and text, nationwide 4G/LTE coverage and 5G in some areas. You can use your high-speed mobile data as a hotspot. Any unused data carries over to the next month. Ting's rate chart shows all the service plan options and details.
No Math, No Contract.
You can estimate your monthly needs for each family member and see which plan works best. Or skip the math and just sign up yourself and any family members for the lowest-priced Flex Plan and pay just $5 for each extra gigabyte of data if needed. (AT&T charges $10 for extra gigs if you go over your data allotment. Verizon charges $15 per extra gigabyte.) Keep in mind data is shared between family members, and you can switch between plans at any time.
Ting requires no contract, and you can cancel service at any time. That's a breath of fresh air for anyone who's ever been in the vice-like grip of those multi-year cellular contracts that come with hefty early termination fees. Also, there are no start-up fees with Ting. They don't charge extra to activate or transfer your number over from another provider. Oh, and if your current mobile provider has an early termination fee (ETF), Ting will help with that too. They will refund 25% of your ETF, up to a maximum of $75 per device.
And how about some free stuff? Every Ting customer gets Voicemail, Call Forwarding, Caller ID, Three-way Calling, and Picture & Video Messaging. Not impressed? How about free number porting, tethering, and mobile hotspot capability? I know for sure that Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T don't offer all those things for free.
I also like Ting's approach to customer service. Ting says they hire people ("geeks", actually) who are already accustomed to solving problems for their friends and families. These reps are trained and empowered to solve problems without reading from a script. And for what it's worth, my rep spoke perfect English.
You can purchase a Ting-compatible handset, such as the $99 Moto E smartphone, $199 for a refurb iPhone 8, $499 for a Samsung S20 FE, or $1099 for an Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max. (Monthly payment plans are available) Or, you can bring your own device, if it's compatible with Ting's mobile carriers. Ting's phone campatibility page will help you determine if your existing phone will work with Ting.
You can also check Ting's network coverage in your area. Ting is a MVNO (mobile virtual network operator), which means they are a reseller of services from "three of the four national networks, including the nation’s largest." By contract, they're not allowed to name those "four national networks" but I can tell you that they are Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Ting provides service on all but the AT&T network. They'll automatically assign you to the network that provides you with the best coverage in your area.
Are There Any Incentives to Join Ting?
As of this writing, Ting is having a Groundhog Day Flash Sale, which is 20% off your data plan for 6 weeks, if you buy a SIM card or phone from Jan 31 to Feb 2. (New customers only, and discount is applied to one line only per account.) If you're already a Ting customer, you can give a friend a $25 credit to try Ting, get a $50 credit when they activate.
I can't guarantee that Ting would save everyone money in the long run. My gut reaction is that most people (or families) would benefit. For a small business, it seems like a slam dunk win. I have no business relationship with Ting, and I don't get anything if you sign up. Check the rates page mentioned earlier here, and see if your personal, family or small business mobile phone bill looks better with Ting. At the very least, it's a unique step towards more transparent pricing of cellular services. Perhaps it will spur further movement in that direction.
Have you tried Ting, or are you curious about it? Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 31 Jan 2022
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