Data Roaming

I really would love to have some kind of data roaming even if it was at the 1X speed... This would at least make my experience with Ting the best.  I know Sprint charges a lot for roaming but 1X speed shouldnt be that bad.

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  • Hi Barry, thanks for the request, it's something that has been brought up before. Data roaming would add cost to our network footprint, so it's something that will constantly be under discussion. If we do decide to pursue this avenue, we'll be sure to make a large announcement.

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  • I would also like to see data roaming availability even though I would use it only occasionally.  Last summer I was traveling down the highway while roaming.  I could see a major thunderstorm up ahead.  Normally I would have checked my weather app's radar map to keep an eye on the direction of the storm.  However, I couldn't do that while roaming.  Fortunately, I was able to make a call to someone who could access radar and tell me how to avoid the storm.

    It would be nice if Ting could somehow piggy back on Sprint's roaming agreement with Verizon and offer users data roaming with a small surcharge above the regular data cost. 

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  • I have been thinking exactly what D C just said which is what led my search results to these posts. I LOVE my TING service, but regularly have the disappointment of not having data while roaming. Like the previous posters, I wouldn't use it much, but would be happy to pay a small surcharge either regularly, or as an ad on whenever I choose to purchase it for one billing cycle, such as when I travel out of town.  I would imagine there must be some minimal contract Ting could obtain that could be profitable for Ting as well as a good value for users like us who would be happy to pay a small surcharge for a small amount of roaming data, which we would likely not even use most of.     For example, I would be happy to pay say, $5 per month regularly on my entire account for just a couple hundred megs of roaming data. Even if it was only SLOW data. As long as I had the option in my account controls to disable it from say, my daughter's phone! LOL!  In which case most of it wouldn't be used. OR  another option would be something like a  $10 add on block I could chose whenever I want for one month only when I go out of town.    I'm sure there are lots of economical options for Ting marketers to explore here.   It would really make Ting 100%. The lack of data is not a problem for me personally 99% of the time, but it would/ will be if and when I travel more and also pending the major carriers' current lower pricing marketing trends.  They aren't close yet to making me consider leaving Ting,  but the roaming data issue may be one Ting needs to step up to to remain such a great value in the future. 

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  • Mike,

    The key word in your posting is *small* surcharge. As I mentioned in anotherthread, Ting has estimated that roaming data rates would be at least 10 times the non-roaming rates. People are already complaining about Ting's data rates. A high roaming rate adds complexity and poor publicity for a new carrier.

     

    BTW, no need to post in multiple threads. "Liking" the threads is sufficient.

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  • I wonder if some kind of prepaid Data service/device providing Wi-Fi would bridge the gap for those of us who spend most of our time in Wi-Fi and rarely need data but occasionally need it.  Perhaps Ting could endorse/provide something like that.  It seems like an appropriate price/service structure for many Ting customers. :-)  I, for instance am planning a 1 week family trip out to western Nebraska to enjoy the dark skies and look at the stars but I can forget about getting any Sprint service although Verizon is there.  It would be nice to have data out there to check the Radar or VPN homeward. :-)  I need to explore for a solution.

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  • I am in Connecticut visiting family at the beach where there is ZERO Sprint service and very poor service on any provider. Even Verizon is spotty and undependable. I had been contemplating a Straight Talk HotSpot available from WalMart for $79.88. Runs off of Verizon but is only 3G. $15 gets you 1 Gig of Data good for 30 days. The larger data blocks are, naturally, a better value. I tried it and it worked acceptably well. Signal was weak but steady. Could do email, FB, and even the low res stream from my home security cam system, albeit a bit slow. I probably have made a VOIP call. Speed tests put me in the 200- 500kbps range.   So for a one time expenditure of $80, you can have the functionality we are asking for from Ting. But you need a separate device. It is small and not a problem, but I would rather have given that $15 to Ting for the same thing right on my phone....or even less data. Or maybe $20 or $25 for that GB would have been fine too. I don't see how Ting doesn't see this as viable. But I am not a cell phone marketer nor have any idea how much the roaming would cost Ting. And I would only use it once or twice a year, so, there's that. 

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  • In another thread, Ting has said that the roaming data cost is ten times that of non-roaming data. I would not be surprised that there would be other business expenses to provide that too.

    Although a few users sometimes could use this feature, many users agreed they would not want to pay higher data rates to allow a few to roam.

    This is an area where Ting is not a good fit for some people. It is probably good to get away and unplug for a while anyway,

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  • Well put, Bruce. I don't exactly REALLY NEED it. I just thought it would be nice for GPS while driving, but, you know what. I'm not gonna get lost, so the hell with it. And if I did get lost with no connection to the electronic world....that's probably a good thing. 

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  • I thinkl Google Maps lets you download maps ahead of time. I tend to use Garmin, though.

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  • Yes, they do let you download maps ahead of time now and also there are some other apps that are even more fully functional and totally free now. I have been using GPS Copilot now and it seems promising.

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  • This is marked as "Not planned," but suffice to say it's closer to "Maybe Someday."

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  • Some option would be nice - Republic Wireless is able to offer data roaming...  Even as an expensive add-on package choice this would be very valuable to folks who need it.  I visit family in an area with no Sprint service and this means Ting is just not an option for me as-is.

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  • Hopefully T-Mobile's recent victory at the FCC regarding excessive data roaming charges by Verizon and AT&T will lead to Ting being able to offer data roaming at reasonable rates.

    http://www.tmonews.com/2014/12/fcc-agrees-with-t-mobiles-request-for-clearer-data-roaming-rules/

    http://www.fcc.gov/document/wtb-issues-declaratory-ruling-data-roaming

    DC

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  • So OK, old thread but still relevant.  Fast forward to 2020 with the new Plans.  Now is there data roaming?  Or is it even technically possible?  Makes a difference in choosing a X3 vs V1 SIM especially if you live (as I do) in a rural area.

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  • Yes. 100MB of data roaming is included with the X3 SIM.

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