How is TING saving you money?

I was an involuntary port in during the shut down of ringplus. My bill for the first month would have been $23 dollars and this month it's going to be more! However the amount of usage is very little in order to reach $23 dollars. for $23 I got under 100 talk minutes, up to 1000 text and up to 500MB of data. This is bare minimum usage people! And if you bump it up to 500 talk, 1000 text and 500Mb (which is more realistic, but still not ideal) you are paying $30 bucks a month. MetroPCS charges $30 bucks a month for unlimited everything! If you do 2 phones on one account you get to pay $25 dollars each line every month for the same unlimited service! Sure the data gets dropped to 3g after the first 1GB of service but you can use the fuck out of that 3G and TEXT and TALK to your hearts content! without fear of ever being billed anything more then $30 a month! This includes data roaming, which ting does not have! They also have locations that permit you to get real help from live people in person! Why on earth would anyone continue paying Ting these prices? They can save you nothing and you have to always worry about going over your limits and ending up with a larger bill then you where expecting! Ting likely makes more off their customers then other companies because they have no locations to pay for! No building rents at all their different sales locations! And this permits them to have a smaller staff! Yet they don't truly offer a great deal of savings to their customers! Unless you are using the phone as a secondary basic phone that never gets used for more then a few minutes this service is no good for you!

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  • yup! Ting is a ripoff.  For very little usage, there is USmobile which line charge is only $2. For medium usage, there is TPO wireless which offer (500min/500text/250M) for $10. For heavy useage, any service will be cheaper than Ting! LOL, There are always suckers out there and Ting is obviously taking advantage of them. It's sad to see people like to throw away their hard earn money... I guess Darwinism is at work here! For me, I almost exhausted my ringplus transfer credit and I will be moving to mintsim unlimited talk and text and 2GB LTE data!! It's only about $13/month for the first 3 months. If it works out well, I will get the 12 months service for about $14/month with shopclever code! Also, I have freedompop free hotspot (1GB LTE data) as a back up just in case I need more than 2GB data! 

    Can't deal with checking my minutes all the time with Ting and it's overpriced structure!

    BTW, Ting is charging me $15 for about 300min of talk, no text and no data... That's about $0.05/min, more expensive than my long distance calling card!! 

     

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  • Probably just depends on your usage. I have 2 phones on Ting and rarely spend more than $40 so it works out well for me. I've had good experience with the customer service. Finally, I'm sure if you look around enough you can find some deals but eventually, you get what you pay for. I don't want to bounce around different MVNOs that go out of business because they didn't go for a sustainable rate. 

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  • well, no MVNO are safe, 15 years old Ptel shut down in a few weeks! and honestly Ting is actually a very young MNVO (started 2012). very similar with some of the MVNO I mentioned above! For example, TPO wireless started in 2012, $32 can get you two lines having 1000 min talk/unlimited text and 500M data for each line! That is hard to beat with Ting price structure! Hell, even freedompop (found 2011) been around longer than Ting. I wouldn't use freedompop voip service as the main line tho!

    The line charge of Ting is crazy expensive too, even more expensive than tmobile itself! Tmobile only charge $3 for keeping the line and even throw in 30min of talk time per month which is perfect for emergency!! I just can't believe a MVNO is more expensive then the major carrier it buy mins from! For example, USMobile (been around a few years) only charge $2 per line. 

    Some latest cell phone articles are starting to stop mentioning Ting, maybe because it's no longer competitive. 

    http://in.pcmag.com/cell-phone-service-providers/37192/feature/the-best-cheap-cell-phone-plans-youve-never-heard-of

    The article mentioned custom plan with US mobile and twigby without a hint of Ting! 

    Anyway, I just got my mintsim simcard last night and spent 15 min to activated and transfered my old number over. Can't beat unlimited talk/ unlimited text/ 2GB 4g lte data for less than $13 a month!!! After I sign up, I notice mintsim drop the renewal for 1 year to $160 for my specific plan!! That's less than $14/month! Will test the service out for a month. If everything goes well, I will move my wife (currently tmobile) and kids services over too!

     

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  • Note: Before changing providers, check to see if they offer call & data roaming. Ting offers call roaming, but not data roaming. I agree that Ting will only save you money if you only use them for small amounts of phone and text, and little to no data. That's all some of us need, or are forced to use because of budget constraints. I checked with other providers (including US Mobile & TPO Wireless) that would be less expensive than Ting for very light users, but none of them offered call roaming outside of the T Mobile network (which, according to online reviews and T Mobile's map for my area, doesn't have good coverage unless you live in an urban setting). Ting tells me that if I am outside of the T Mobile network, they will roam (at no extra charge) to AT&T. That's why I chose Ting.

    Note: This is my first day with Ting, 5/8/2017. It's too early for me to give a review on my service as I haven't taken my phone away from home. I admit that I am nervous about changing providers because I previously used Net10 Wireless and was very satisfied with the cell service coverage. I used the prepaid $35.00/30 day/Unlimited plan which includes unlimited call & text, first 500 MB data at high speed, then data drops to 2G speed. I very rarely used data because I use internet almost exclusively at home and felt like I was paying for something I didn't need, so I'm trying Ting to see if I can save. 

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