I have been with Ting quite a long time now, but I'm wondering if I should be moving on. I have 4 lines with them, and have been running between $130 and $170 a month. Of the 4 phones, 3 of them hardly get any use at all, and the total voice/text/data we use don't seem outrageous to me. (We certainly use WiFi as available, and our total data is under 4 GB in any case.)
Yet, considering this use is mostly from only 1 of the 4 phones (and the others might grow) I wonder whether we would just be better off with another "unlimited" service. We also do a reasonable amount of family calls, and I realize Ting charges us for minutes on both ends.
Here's a recent bill -- some figures fudged slightly (within a few cents) in order to partially anonymize it.
Plan Data Usage XL 2000 Mb $29.00
Above Plan Data Usage 1602 Mb $24.02
Plan SMS Usage L 1214 messages $8.00
Plan Minutes Usage XL 2100 minutes $35.00
Above Plan Minutes Usage 254 $4.80
Line Fee ABC/xxxxxxxxxx $6.00 Jan 10 - Feb 09
Line Fee DEF/xxxxxxxxxx $6.00 Jan 10 - Feb 09
Line Fee GHI/xxxxxxxxx $6.00 Jan 10 - Feb 09
Line Fee JKL/xxxxxxxxxx $6.00 Jan 10 - Feb 09
And here were the taxes we collected for Uncle Sam...
Local Transit Tax $0.23
Sales Tax $5.27
Excise Tax (Wireless) $1.19
Franchise 184 $0.23
MCTD 184a $0.08
MCTD 186c $0.36
Excise Tax $1.50
Fed USF Cellular $2.86
Public Safety Communications Surcharge $4.80
E911 Tax (Wireless) $1.20
FCC Regulatory Fee (Wireless) $0.06
Total comes to: $142.79
I'm not exactly.... complaining. The pricing isn't unfair. But I can't help thinking that some set of "unlimited" plans, at least for the top 1 or 2 consumers in our household, might be better overall.
What do you guys think?
(This is aside from Sprint's HORRIBLE TERRIBLE AWFUL data service in the NY metro region. I intend to start moving to GSM, and was hoping to stick with Ting to do it.)