Virgin Mobile - even better deal then Ting

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  • 1) This isn't an marketing site.

    2) The company that is best for a particular consumer is based on their particular needs. I wouldn't save money with them... I would need the 250 min, 250 messages, and 500 MB 1-device plan. That is $25.98 (I can stay below 100 on each of the first two). Additionally, it's not usage based billing. There's potential for not using all you paid for with Virgin. It's true you can reduce your plan's cost, but it's not automatic, like Ting.

    3) They require specific phones, only available on Virgin Mobile Custom. Nobody on Ting has a compatible phone as it's not for sale here nor allowed on the whitelist. That's an additional cost of at least $100.

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  • 2.  For my needs that's the best deal, it's best for everyone to go check it out and compare.  Unfortunately I just signed up for Ting and bought a phone that is compatible with them last month, so it makes no sense to buy another phone again.

     

    1. Ting requires specific phones also, True this offer from virgin only has a selection of three phones at the moment, but if you were shopping for a new setup, those are very nice phones for the price.  And the lowest one is 80. not 100.

     

     

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  • It's a good deal if you can live without any roaming coverage.

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  • Good point, Charles.

    The only use I could see for a plan like initially stated would be for an emergency phone. Roaming should be a requirement when looking for an emergency phone.

    Other than marketing hype that is not reality, I see no basis how this thread title is true.

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  • Interesting, but no.

    For my current needs (3 lines/1000min/1000txt/2gb+), I might save $3.56 per month. However:

    Am I going to want to have to remember to adjust my buckets at the end of every month? no - I'm going to want to set them at the bottom, which means I'm going to be nagged on average 7 times every month to manually approve raising my limits.

    Am I going to want to take away my wife's nexus5? Not if I don't want to draw back a bloody stump...

    Am I going to want to spend $300+ on new phones chasing that $3.56/mo? no, that's just silly

    Am I going to even consider shopping at Walmart? HELL NO

    I'll admit, I like the tighter buckets (I sometimes wish Ting would break up its buckets). I do not, however, like that the buckets never stop. I'm always happy when I go just a little over 2gb because then I know I've paid for exactly what I've used with no waste.

    I'll stick with Ting. A few dollars a month is not worth the hassle.

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  • 3) Ting does require specific phones, yes, but they have no exclusive phones unlike Virgin Mobile Custom. Also, there's the chance with Ting to not have to need to purchase a new phone, especially if you came from Sprint or one of a few Sprint MVNOs.

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  • If I could use any old Virgin mobile phone, (and I have two perfectly good ones sitting in a drawer right now)  it might be an option for me, but no way am I going to buy one of three $80 plus phones that don't even suit me just to be in their plan.  But I do agree with Space Cowboy that Ting needs to add more tiers for voice and data.  Fall at the end of the tier and it's a very good deal; at the beginning-not bad, but not so good, either.

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  • Are you saying you are not saving money with Ting? If so, Ting does not need to add more tiers. They are successful and you are saving money.

    You may want Ting to add more tiers, but that is a different argument. I would like to have free service, but I realize that is unrealistic.

    definitely would like Ting to partner with somebody other that Sprint so I can get better coverage at home, but they fell they have sound business decisions for sticking exclusively with Sprint, I am considering moving to an MVNO on a different network to improve the situation.

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  • Ting may in fact need to add tiers to be more successful.  The prepaid and pay as you go market is getting more competitive every month. I currently only have my tablet on Ting.  It's a good fit so far, but I would be more likely to fire up the 3G if there were an intermediate tier between the small and  medium.  To go from small to medium triples/quadruples the tier cost.  I expect Ting will address this issue in the near future.  I hope they do, as my usage historically tends to fall in the lower range of the medium for voice and data.  When/if they do, I'll probably switch my main phone over.  I have a nice Sprint Motorola Admiral available to use when the numbers work out more in my favor.

    What I'd really like to see is a complete sliding scale system with no tiers at all.  Total pay for what you use-no more, no less. That would be perfect for a moderate data/voice user such as myself. 

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  • Ting was initially looking a pure metered pricing, but their market research at that time indicated it was too big a change for most users and tiered pricing was easier to accept.

    It is interesting that most all MVNOs that dod pure metered pricing had to move to plan pricing to make the business profitable. 

    Metered pricing would be nice, but not at the expense of sacrificing Ting's longevity as a business.

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  • The current tiers save me 50% - 66% based on my old phone service. Old bill for 6 phones:$300 now with Ting $100 to $150.  Now that i can make calls via wifi and hangouts i am sure that i can cost per phone down below $15/mo! Maybe to $10! But YMMV.  Check Ting out.  Try Ting out.  With no contract, it is easy to "kick the tires".

    I have looked at others like freedompop and republic wireless and maybe i can save another dollar or two but i just think they would be too difficult to deal with.  Ting CS has been great and I like the business model without the smoke and mirrors of the others. 

    That really just leave reception.  If you don't have good Sprint reception in your area, don't sign up for Ting.  Maybe someday Ting can partner up with a GSM carrier an that would improve things but for now I think that (still) most people in the US would save money with Ting.

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  • I have been on Ting for a month almost and am sitting on the fence about how long I'll stick with Ting. Sprint service is great in my area, so that's not the issue. My issue is that the tiers are too broad for my usage. I'm for more tiers with more gradual pricing.

    From a psychological end, I'd be more willing to bump my usage into a higher tier if that tier is only $2-3 dollars more. As it is, the increase from Small to Medium on talk and data are a deterrent for increased usage, since my monthly use is at the low, low end of Medium plans. Ting only makes financial sense if I either watch my usage like a hawk (not exactly the most pleasant mental task), or put someone else on my plan to make the most use out of Ting's Medium plans, and then task myself to track two accounts (more expensive, maybe slightly less stressful).

    As it is, I do like Ting's customer- friendly approach, so I have hopes that more tiered plans will pan out. It would ease the "constant vigilance!" strain of moderating your phone use.

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  • Consider this a gross understatement: Virgin Mobile's customer service leaves something to be desired. It's only slightly better than dealing with the cable company.

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  • Monica, you do have a couple of options for a "hands-off" approach to data manage.

    1) Alerts are pretty useful which you can use to send out a notification or even disable usage outright to prevent further use.

    2) You can use apps such as Onavo to help reduce mobile data usage. Personally, I use it myself as I near my predetermined data limit.

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