Competition heats up

Ting imitators are popping up. One of my friends who I have persuaded come over to Ting after his contract expired  just pointed me to another sprint MVNO ZACT . Looks like they want to compete on price. The Mobile phone service industry is going to be an interesting one this year.

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  • As long as they don't go the way of Prepayd Wireless :-/

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  • Just checked Zact out. Seems like there's always a gotcha. Looks like only two devices available and those are not exactly top notch. I know the SIII is still very capable but its about to be two generations behind.

    Prepayd Wireless, just read up on that. That would stink, I suppose that is a danger of using less well established MVNOs.

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  • You might want to check out this thread. https://help.ting.com/entries/23829093-What-makes-ting-different-from-Zact-

    Last May, their website indicated that Verizon was a financial partner. That is interesting, especially since they are a Sprint MVNO.. I notice they no longer say that on their website.

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  • Bruce just a loose association with Verizon would be enough to make me nervous :)

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  • I figured Verizon was trying to figure out what makes Sprint so attractive to MVNOs :D

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  • How true, Bruce. I know I come off as a Ting fanboy but I really haven't found any MVNO that has price, phone selection, and what I think is very important a roaming agreement that compares.

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  • My intent in starting this thread was to point out that imitators are cropping up. I am fully aware that there is a wide chasm between matching TIng's plans/pricing and the guiding principles that you run your company by. Ting is very unique and probably one of the best companies I have dealt with for any purpose. It would take more than a few dollars to make me switch away from Ting. 

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  • Wesley and I are Ing customers just like you. I have 4 phones on Ting. (One is for an emergency phone for a relative.) We just help other users and sometimes test new services to make sure they are stable for general use. I was involved in early testing for BYOD, for example.

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  • R s I'm with you. I suppose imitation is the greatest form of flattery.

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  • I spent 15 years pissed off that my mobile phone bills were as much as my electric bill. Now with ting I feel great when I see my monthly mobile bill. 

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  • Michael I know +1 post are annoying and likely not appropriate, but +1 :) on that for sure. I had got to the point that I know my blood pressure had to go up to dangerous levels just looking at our 170+ phone bill for TWO phones. with taxes its rare that I break 50 bucks on ting.

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  • I would recommend ZACT to a family that has younger teenage kids because they have neat features to help parents manage the kid's phones usage but I am not in that way anymore and they have such a limited phone selection so no good for me.  

    It would be OK with me if Ting added those features... but not at the expense of losing their focus on what they do best!

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  • John, what type of features do they have to do that? I've found Tings control panel seems to do about all I would want to do. Limit minutes, data etc.

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  • I haven't actually used them so i can only give info from their website:

    With Zact, you can set age-appropriate curfews, usage limits and app-based restrictions right from your phone – like a remote control.

    control your kids' phones, remotely

    • "Turn it off" at bedtime, set usage caps, even choose which apps to allow.
    • Reward them for good behavior with short-term 
      access to games, additional texts and more.
    • Do it all right from your device. You'll never have to take their phone away again.

    Mainly i like time limits and the restrictions do not apply when connecting to parent phone.  So apparently you can set kid's phone to "no texting or calling between 11:00pm and 7:00am" but they would still be able to call you if you were out dancing till 2:00am!

     

     

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  • ahh yes and the app controlling is no doubt a result of the limited phones they have also. I would suspect that to be the case at least. But, I agree with you wouldn't want to trade it for what ting does best either.

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