Is there another alternative to TING?

I came to TING from Cricket.  It sounded like a good deal but honestly I had no idea exact numbers of minutes, text and data I use.  First month i didn't track or limit my usage at all and my bill was only $32 compared to a $50 unlimited everything plan with Cricket. I thought TING and I were a great fit.  As more months when on I noticed my usage  put me over $50 a month and I'm constantly having to track and limit my usage on minutes text and data and now I am well beyond $50 a month and limiting use.  It's rather annoying.  I prefer spending $50 and not having to limit my usage. It's become a hassle and more expensive. I love TING as a concept, it's just not working out for me.  So I tried to switch back to cricket but they are no longer accepting CDMA phones due to being bought up by at&t. I really don't want to go back to sprint but its looking like that is my best option.  Does anyone know of another CDMA provider I can flash to?  I live in Denver, Colorado.   Thanks for your time.   

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  • Everyone's usage is a little different, so sometimes the Ting plan doesn't work out.  We have a "right tool for the job" thing going on.  My wife is a really really high cell usage person, so we have her phone on an all unlimited plan with Straight Talk for $45 a month (AT&T network), and then my phone and my daughter's phone are with Ting, and they total about $33.  I think it works out just a little cheaper that way for us than having them all together.  Straight Talk is an interesting alternative, because they are an MVNO (actually a division of Tracfone) that has partnerships with Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T, depending on the coverage that is best for your area.  So for a single phone with high usage, that might be a good option.

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  • Here's a good place to start looking:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_US_MVNO

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  • Thanks so much!  Looks perfect!

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  • Before I switched to Ting (from Sprint), I was considering T-Mobile.  Ting is cheaper (for me).  I believe both Ting and T-Mobile and decent companies. 

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  • Republic Wireless. Unlimited everything for $25 per month (3g). Plans start at $5per month!

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  • Virgin Mobile gives unlimited messaging and data with 300 minutes voice for 35.00/mo.  It's 45.00/mo for the 1200 voice minutes.   But since Ting won't accept my current brand new smartphones, I would question whether your current Ting phone could be flashed to VM.  I was looking for alternative to VM since they did away with a 20.00 every 3 months voice only plan that we'd had since 2006.  Our cell phones are for emergencies while out in the car.  They're turned off 99.999% of the time.  And have to remember to make at least 1 call a month to maintain account.   Oh  And to check to see if they need recharged.  We've been treating the smartphones like mini-tablets working off of our home wifi router.

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  • try Freedompop, they allow BYOD like Ting. I use my SGS3 (Sprint device) from Ting and use it with Freedompop for my daughter. I choose their free plan with 200 voice 500 text and 1GB data/month. I think their unlimited voice/text plan is $20 data is 2 or 3 GB

    So far so good, but if you're not in the area for Sprint 3G or 4g (LTE) coverage, better not to use them. They utilize VOIP so 3g coverage is a must.

    Lots of complaint from earlier BYOD device, probably due to hardware limitation, with SGS3 I don't find any issue.

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  • Did you check and see where all the data is being used? It's possible you have some apps using data in the background. Often with some settings tweaks you can reduce your data useage without changing your habits. Plus if you are in areas with wifi often you can install an app like Smart Wifi toggler to automatically turn wifi on and reduce your data use that way. Just some things to consider before doing the work of changing providers.

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  • All of the above are great suggestions. I would like to add my personal opinion of Straight Talk as a warning: Once you're using the service it's great for what it is ($45/month for unlimited everything, though data is often throttled after 2GB). The problem is porting into and out of Straight Talk from other carriers. It can be hit or miss, and Ting in particular seems to be an issue for them, as they think that Sprint is your carrier and you have to get a Ting rep on the phone to do a three-way call with Straight Talk to get it done right the first time. That said, their service is no better or worse than other MVNOs out there, once you're actually using it. 

    As for a carrier that will accept your Sprint/Ting phone, I know Virgin Mobile and Boost won't, but they do offer the same or similar model phones as Sprint/Ting for a fairly decent price. You may be able to buy a phone with one of them, then sell your current phone and make back some or all of your money. It will be the same network, so if you're already happy with your coverage it would make sense to stay with a Sprint MVNO. 

    I would also say, avoid Verizon unless you really need the coverage. They are the most expensive carrier for most people. It's my understanding that they are slow to push out phone updates, and when they do they tend to cripple device functions like tethering and video streaming, so they can charge a premium to enable them later. 

    Finally, I highly recommend looking at ways to reduce your data usage before making the jump to another carrier. Ting is all about saving you money (if you haven't picked that up from all the awesome blog posts about budgeting and spending wisely), and I'm sure if you call support you'll get a friendly rep who would be happy to steer you towards data-saving apps and features for your specific device. I'd say that even if you still end up paying the same as you would at another carrier, you're getting hands down the best customer support you'll ever receive at a mobile carrier.

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  • Thank you everyone for the feedback. I still haven't chosen another carrier but the wiki of mvnos was exactly what I was looking for. I will find a carrier from that list. My bills seems stuck at about 78 a month and that is me limiting my data usage pretty heavily. The frustrating thing to is that I always make that minutes jump past 1000 which double the cost of minutes. I have yet to use over 1100 minutes. I agree that ting is a wonderful company and that is why I posted this here in the first place. Ting knows they aren't for everyone and they are so gracious about helping you even if that means going somewhere else. The best customer support in the biz. I wish it could work out but me having to pay more and consciously having to limit usage just out ways the superior customer service. So long and thanks for all the fish. :]

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  • http://www.ringplus.net/ is new and uses sprint backbone.

    They also accept bitcoin.

    Prices range from $0-33 per plan.

    I may make the switch if Ting doesn't accept bitcoin by the end of the year.

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  • I just became aware of Ringplus this week.  Their rates are very good and they except BITCOIN.  Do you hear this TING.  They except BITCOIN.  Here is a article that TING management should read.  http://www.coindesk.com/report-urges-mobile-industry-start-looking-bitcoin/   Don't get left behind TING !!!!!!!   XAPO now offers a debit card tied to your BITCOIN account.  Circle.com will be offering the same.

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  • there's always PagePlus, with a $30/mo plan and a $40/mo unlimited plan among others... and Verizon coverage... and they will take CDMA phones.

    I also have issue with Ting's too coarse minute bucket rates: 500mins costs $9 but 530mins costs $18 !??!. then you add the $6/mo device fee and taxes+fees and it comes to  over $30 just for 530mins of voice (PagePlus is $30/mo for 1200mins and 3000 texts and 500MB data). Airvoice is $30/mo for unlimited voice+text and 500MB data...

    Ting is good for some scenerios, but its not really killer unfortunately...

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  • Daniel, that's a valid point about the jump from <500 to >500 minutes, but two things I always keep in mind about that. One, Ting is pretty good about keeping you in the smaller bucket even if you go over a few minutes. I don't think there's a hard or fast rule about it, but I've noticed that when I use, say 106 minutes in a month, they don't always charge me for the bigger bucket, they only charge for the <100 minute bucket. The way they see it (I think) is that if you find yourself barely crossing the 100 minute or 500 minute threshold each month, you should look at your usage patterns and see where you can cut back. It's not a perfect system, but it works for a lot of people. 

    Two, I always factor in the value of Ting's amazing support and customer service. They are hands down the best MVNO I've ever dealt with from that standpoint. Straight Talk, for example, is a nightmare; by the time you finally get a live person (sometimes after 30 minutes or more on hold), they usually can't help you and are only reading from a script. Ditto for MetroPCS, though I don't know if they improved after their merger. T-Mobile has by far the best customer support of the major carriers, and it doesn't come close to Ting in that regard. You may pay a little less each month at another carrier, but do you get the same level and quality of support? 

    On that second point, I actually left Ting earlier this year because I was given a flagship phone by a friend, that only worked on T-Mobile and their MVNOs. I went to Straight Talk with it, paid about the same per month as I did with Ting, but absolutely hated dealing with them on any issues. Going back to Ting was a breath of fresh air, even though I didn't have as nice a phone at first. Maybe I'm biased, but if I am it's because I actually enjoy having knowledgeable and helpful support when I have to call or email. 

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  • For a single phone, there are some other providers that do sometimes have noticeably better pricing than Ting.  I just find it weird that none of them seem to have figured out a good pricing for multiple phones.  Ting kicks everyone all over the place if you have more than one phone where you want to pool usage.

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  • Space Cowboy,

    The key words here are "Zact HAD". They apparently could not make their business model work even with backing fro Verizon. Ting is still here. There were reports that they wer expected to be profitable late last year.

    Ting is here for the long haul.

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