For a mobile hotspot, can my bill really be just $6(+) for months I don't use it?
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I'm blown away by what I'm seeing here, and I just want to be 100% sure I get this.

I can buy the Mobile Hotspot, activate it, select the XS (0MB/$0 plan) and for any month that I never use it, only pay $6 (+ surcharges)… and when I do actually use it, Ting will automatically just bump me up to the level that I used that month… then if I don't use it again the following month, my bill goes back to $6+?

Is this for real?! 

There's no rollover MB though right… so if I use 300B on month, and therefore pay for the 500MB/$13 plan, I don't get the 200MB balance rolling over to the next month, do I? 

Boy oh boy am I glad I didn't oder the iPad 3 with data  ;-)

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  • Hi Joseph. It warms our hearts to see people "get" our plans and what we're trying to do without explanation. :)

    Yes, everything you said is correct, including the part about no rollover of minutes / messages / megabytes.

    Looking forward to having you as a customer!

    -Ben

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  • Thanks Ben. I feel my wallet warming up already ;-)

    -Joseph

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  • Oh another question… the Huawei Express Mobile Hotspot is unlocked right? So I can take it international and put in another SIM?

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  • Our network is CMDA Joseph... it doesn't use SIMs. Sorry about that!

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  • ooooooh bummer. Well, still a supremely great deal for domestic data. 

    (silly Sprint… grr)

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  • Can we activate, deactivate, activate, deactivate  etc. a device such as the mobile hotspot to avoid paying the device fee during months when we know we won't need it?  (And, especially an issue with cell phones, whenever we deactivate do we permanently give up the phone number?)

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  • Just read that there is a $35 activation fee incurred with each reactivation, so it would not be worthwhile to deactivate unless we anticipate a 6 month pause in usage.

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  • Shirley,

    Where did you read that? I am not aware of any reactivation fee. There was no fee when I temoprarily reactivated my HTC Detail last year, just a prorated $6 / month.

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  • There have been no activation fees (or reactivation fees) on Ting in quite some time.

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  • Whoops, I got that info from here: https://help.ting.com/entries/20842292-billing

    and saw that it was posted on today's date...but I didn't bother to notice that it was posted a whole year ago.  Sorry for any confusion this casued and you are welcome to remove my post.

    So, my original question was, can we activate and reactivate etc as desired?  similar effect to my VM prepaid mifi 2200?

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  • That's technically doable, although you may have to reset the device so it can reprogram itself each time you reactivate it.

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  • If you deactivate a cell phone, you should be prepared to give up the number. There is always a chance you could get the same number back, but the odds aren't good.

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  • Brian is correct. If you deactivate a phone, it's unlikely you'll get the same number when reactivating. Less of an issue on a wifi hotspot device, but technically the same.

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