I'd like to try ting out. Can I activate a phone on a new number, then if happy with the service transfer my number to that phone?
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I'd like to test out Ting's service in my area. Would it be possible to buy a used sprint phone, activate it on ting with a new number (keeping my current number on my current provider), than, if I like the service i'm getting in the area, dump the new phone number and re-activate the phone by transferring over my old number?

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  • Hey Daniel!

    Absolutely! There is no problem at all in doing that. I must let you know though, that if you expire your number on Ting (so you can transfer your own number) the device fee of $6 will carry for both numbers that would be on account. In essence your first month you would pay $12 for the device as you had 2 numbers. To get around this, if you decide to join Ting, wait until the end of your Billing Period and then port the number. This way you can avoid the duplicate charge :)

    All the best!

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  • Ya, that would be the plan. I'm still stuck on Verizon until December anyways. I'd like to find a cheaper carrier, but I'm just not sure how Ting/Sprint's network will compare to the coverage I'm used to on Verizon.

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  • Well if the network with Sprint dips at all you will automatically go to roaming (which we don't charge for) so you will pick back up on the Verizon towers. That being said you wouldn't be able to Data roam.

    I hope Ting works out for you if/when you sign up :)

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  • That's exactly what I did.  I was coming from AT&T, and I had heard that Sprint coverage wasn't too good in my area, but I really wanted the Ting plan.  I bought a used smart phone for $40 on Ebay and tried out Ting for a couple months until my contract ran out ($25 referral bonus paid for that first month, too).  Coverage was fine, so I ported my old phone number over to it.

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  • Paraic, a couple of months ago I was informed that the $6 charge is prorated, which implies that there would still only be $6 (or perhaps an extra 20 cents for the one day the old number overlapped with the new number). Is this a change in Ting policy?

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  • Hi Henry,

    No changes in Ting policy. If you bring a phone number over mid-billing cycle, that number will have a prorated device fee. For example, if you brought your phone number onto your Ting account 15 days into your billing cycle, your device fee would be roughly $3 -- as you are halfway through the cycle. 

    Hope this helps clarify.

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  • Courtney, your post reinforces what I thought -- that each single active device (that is, having an active telephone number on the Ting/Sprint network) thus incurs a single device fee. However, what I don't understand is how that jibes with Paraic's original post: " ... the device fee of $6 will carry for both numbers that would be on account. In essence your first month you would pay $12 for the device as you had 2 numbers."; how does it work that this single device would end up with 2 x $6 device fees?

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  • Hey Henry, We do prorate device fees from when they are activated, not if they are canceled. Using Courtney's example If you activated a line with a temporary number to try Ting then ported your number from another carrier your device fees would add up to $9.00. There would be a $6.00 fee for the original number and a $3.00 prorated charge for the second number. 

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  • Thanks for the detailed explanation. That's a subtle distinction (not prorated for a cancellation), but I understand.

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  • This answered my question and I was impressed with the patience of Ting staff!  Can't wait to get my phone and try this out!

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