We are a more-than-ten-years Sprint family...and as near as I can tell, Ting will serve our needs.
Here is what I think I know, as far as what the important service-related differences between Sprint and Ting boil down to: DATA ROAMING.
If I believe what I'm reading here, Ting voice and text and data use the Sprint network (more on that in a minute) and while Ting voice and text roam the same as if you're a Sprint customer (i.e. roaming is free)...Ting does not allow data roaming of any kind.
In other words, as far as data are concerned...you'd better be near a Sprint tower...because, as I wrote above, as a Ting customer, no data roaming is allowed. Is this correct?
But is this no-data-roaming a deal-breaker?
We just returned from a week in central FL (Disney) and east central FL (Cocoa Beach).
My oh my was the Sprint (data) service bad--and our three devices, which work very well at home--struggled to do anything as far as data was concerned. Roaming? I'm not sure what was going on except that the data was crap.
...all of which gets me thinking--there is a spot about a half-hour north of our home where the Sprint coverage hands us off to what I believe are Verizon towers. While voice works fine when roaming, the data roaming, through the Verizon tower, just doesn't work very well.
So how well does data-roaming work for current Sprint customers? Is our experience the norm? Because if it is, then what do we lose by going to Ting?
Make sense? We have had similar experiences recently in the Chicago area (which, again, if I believe what I read...is due to Sprint's conversion to LTE)...simply awful data...and useless data via roaming.
So I want to be sure--exactly how does Ting handle data roaming?