I've been hovering for a few weeks now and my general sense is that Ting kicks ass for light users. My usage is very light. I am intrigued.
My (monthly, rounded) average Mins/Txts/Data over the last year is: 103/281/0
Ting says I could have a brio + 2 yrs of this service for $406.
But what if I'm a little greedy? What if I'm a greedy little prick and I want a smartphone and maybe some data?
Let's take Galaxy SIII and some (small) data: SIII + 2yrs @ $17/mo = $937
Here's where I throw it down for the Ting devotees:
Virgin mobile will give me an HTC EVO V + Unlimited txt/data (that I won't use, but what if?!) for $240 + 2yrs @ $35/mo = $1080
-I choose the HTC EVO because even though it isn't an equivalent phone...at least VM actually HAS a solid midrange phone. Ting's midrange smartphones are not very well reviewed (CNET, personal experience)
So here's the gauntlet: Over 2 full calendar years I would only save $140 total with Ting and after 1 yr (not shown) I would be in the red by $70. Remember this is for (almost) bare bones usage through Ting and unlimited txt/data from VM. Savings evaporate with moderate usage. So why Ting?
P.S. I'm frankly looking to be persuaded here (hidden VM fees, etc). I'm just as giddy about Ting's "little shop" feel as everyone else and would rather see them make money than Sir Branson. But the question remains - is it charity or am I bad with numbers?