Ting vs USmobile

Someone suggested USmobile to me as an alternative. Seems to me USmobile has a very similar structure as Ting except USmobile seems to be a lot cheaper. As a simple example, USmobile charge $10 for 750min voice ($2 line charge + $8 for 750min), but Ting cost me $15 ($6 line charge + $9 for 500min) for just 500min!? Ting seems to cost 50% more than USmobile! Am I missing something?  Thanks for your input.

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  • Thanks for this information!

    Waiting for Ting's response is like forever.

    i'm also thinking of changing to another carrier.

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  • With USMo, it looks like you need to predict how much you will use each month - then buy topups if you get shut off because you guessed too low or pay more than you should have if you guess too high.  I couldn't find any info on how much these topups cost.  Ting on the other hand just waits until the end of the month, looks at what you used then charges you for the appropriate buckets.

    I suppose if you want to actively manage your account and can accurately predict what you will use, you could save money with them.  If you have multiple lines on one account, Ting looks even better since US won't let you share buckets between lines.

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  • Not being able to share usage on USMo is a good point, Ting can be cheaper depending on usage. For example if you have 3 phones and each phone uses around 260 - 320 of all three billable usages (minutes, text, and data) at current prices:

    Ting = $57 for all three in one account.

    USMo = $69 for three separate accounts.

     

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  • Phuong Nguyen, so far ting's customer service seem to be very response, the normal response to my chat is usually less than a minute.

    Thanks guys for clarifying the difference between ting and usmobile. Seems like ting is more beneficial to users with multiple lines sharing minutes and data! But for customers with only one line, usmobile seems like a better choice...

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  • One other thing to note is that USMobile only uses TMobile's native network, so you don't get the "partner" voice coverage you see on Ting's map. Maybe not a huge deal depending on where in the country you are, but if you do much interstate driving, especially into rural areas, then you'll likely end up with no service at all.

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  • I don't see any different between usmobile and ting coverage map! Both service info next to the map mentioned roaming service. So I don't really see a different.

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  • I agree.  The service doesn't give you what it should.  I am very unhappy with the STUPID data rates we pay and no rollover or other convenience features.  I am really sick and tired of Ting and they need to admit they are garbage for a normal light user.

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  • Ben Smith, I just realized with your example, you can just use TPO wireless, they have a plan with 500min/500text/250MB data for only $10 per line with autopay!!!

    Your bill will drop from Ting's $57 to just $30 for three lines!!

    No matter how I cut it (individual or group or low/high usages)... Ting seems to be a lot more expensive than other MVNOs! Really don't see a benefit with Ting at all!

    For people with very low usage, usmobile $5 per month with 100min will get you through emergency situations!

    For people with high usage, you can get unlimited talk, unlimited text and 2G of LTE data from mintsim for around $23/month! In fact, if you willing to pay for 6 months to 12 months ahead of time. Your bill drop to $20 or $17 per month!

    For my current usage of 122min, 0 text, and 0 data, Ting bill is already up to $15! What a ripoff! I love Ting's customer service, very responsive and polite, but the price is just outrages! Will be moving to another provider once I exhausted the $35 credit!

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