Data throttling limits

I know Ting already lets you set limits per line to cut off voice/text/data at predefined thresholds.  I would also like to see the option to throttle data speeds (perhaps go to 2g) at predefined limits.  In my case, this is for a childs phone.  If they burn through their limit watching videos, I want to stop that before costs skyrocket, but I'd like to still be able to contact them via email and have basic web browsing.

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  • This would be a GREAT feature. Please implement it.

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  • Ting doesn't have anything to control the speed of data access, but I guess I just don't understand the need for this situation as you described it.  It obviously makes a lot of sense to set limits on the data usage of a kid's phone because yes, they can blow through a ton of data without necessarily knowing what is going on with that.  So yes, I recommend putting limits on that so they don't blow up your bill.  What I don't understand is using email on a data connection to contact your child.  For contacting your child, calling or texting both seem like the much more appropriate tools for that, so that I don't see the issue of data being off if they used up their allotment.

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  • If, as an MVNO, Ting can't throttle data, that would be the end of it.  However, many of the main carriers (Tmo, ATT, etc) offer this feature.  It's a great way to 'limit' your monthly data, but not be completely cut off for the rest of the month.

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  • Incidentally Boost Mobile does this over a particular threshold so I know it should be possible for Ting (slow to 2G speeds).

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  • James,

    Ting would need to hide the costs for the slower data. Ting aims to avoid hidden charges wherever possible. I doubt this will be planned.

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  • I wouldn't want the data free. I just want to limit certain phones in the event they decide to use way too much, without cutting them off.

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