you dont really save any money with ting

I use my data mostly at home off my cable wi fi yet everyday there is a minimum amount of ting data (app. 2-3 mb) of data used. At this rate in a 30 day billing cycle it puts you at 60-90mb without ever using ting data. The minimum cost for lowest tier is maxed at 100mb. So with out ever using a drop of ting data you are almost at the next tier, at that point the cost goes up drastically. I saved nothing my first month, this month i will save because i turned ting off before reaching second tier. Most carriers give you 1gb before charging more or throttling . I do not like the fact that i have to constantly keep an eye on my data usage as to not get to the second tier which is still only 500mb. in all the years i have tracked my data i have never come close to 1gb in a month so im not a heavy user. You can get 1 gb for about $45 through most carriers and not have to monitor your usage daily as i do with ting. Plus other carriers do not charge or for that matter care how many calls or texts you make. Very disappointed with ting and will be going to another carrier soon.

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  • Most of us here save money with Ting. Most modern phones use a small amount of data for network connection use and Ting does not charge for tht if that is the only data usage.
    2-3mb per day seem s excessive for just phone network use, Do you have data turned off? Perhaps your phone is checking email or something whenever you are away from home out of range of your WiFi.

    Many phones by default turn off Wi-Fi when sleeping. This would cause the phone to use data and mot people find it drains the battery more than necessary. Try disabling Wi-Fi sleep.

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  • I don't get how you're not saving money with Ting. I have a family of 4 on Ting. We pay an average of about $60-70 a month TOTAL, or about $15/person. Most plans are $30-40/person and you're locked into a 2-year contract and a limited choice of devices from that provider. With Ting, it's much cheaper, we're not held hostage with a contract, and we have a huge and growing choice of devices. I tend to buy used phones at a great price and get fantastic features and performance.

    As to managing data on Ting, like you, we rarely need data and use wifi most of the time. We keep Data turned off to make sure this is the case, and only turn Data on when we're out and need it. Then we turn it off. In addition, you can set many tasks to only happen over wifi. For example I have my Google Photos app only sync photos over wifi, or my Google Play apps only get updated when I have wifi. This prevents these from using Data and potentially costing money.

    In addition, Ting allows you to set alerts, so you don't have to keep tabs on your data usage - let your personal virtual secretary do that for you. We have alerts set when our Data use hits 75MB, so we know to play it conservative for the rest of the month so we don't go over the 100MB line into the next bucket.

    As for the costs of phone minutes and texts, Ting is incredibly cheap. My teenagers text like mad, and my daughter calls a lot as well. I've compared the cost with other plans, and nothing can touch the Ting prices. If you've found a plan that allows 4 of us to use a few hundred minutes, over 1,000 texts, and <100MB of data a month for <$60/mo., especially with no contract and letting me choose my own devices, let me know. I'll switch too!

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  • Rod, are you living in the stone age? contracts are or on the way out, and most carriers allow unlocked phones you just simply buy there sim card just like ting. I have all the alerts set that im aware of but like i said my nexus 6 is showing ting data being used while im asleep (10 ft from my wifi). consistantly 2-3 mb per night. I do not see how a family of 4 can use less than 100mb of data. im constantly at work and at times need to use data to look things up, cant get on wifi at work. I was with Republic Wireless before ting, my bill ran less than 45.00 using all the data, calls and texts i wanted. unfortunetly you must buy phone from them to use them. they have a great selection of phones. anyway i guess my point is you should be able to use less than 1gb of data for under 50.00 with no message or call limits. thats not happening with Ting. Havent tried it yet but believe i can get what im looking for at T Mobile

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  • Possibly apps from your branded phone soaking you for data. The later (newer) the phone model, the harder it is to get the data faucet shut off completely. If your phone is branded, what better way for the original carrier to ensure the income stream than stealth data that cannot be throttled off? Since Ting has no apps or bloatware (purely a carrier) I doubt they are the source of pilferage. Ting does discourages this, but consider rooting and flashing a pure android rom... you can practice on an old galaxy sII, for example ($30-40$). They run android 4.4.4 CM 11 just fine and when you turn off data, it is OFF. Also check your downloaded apps permissions, check background data allowed or not in settings; all the usual culprits.

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  • I switched from Verizon to Ting and am saving almost $70/month. I couldn't be happier!

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  • YOU might not, but I'd say the 15 bucks a month I pay for my phone is way better than what I used to pay. Though, I am not someone who constantly uses data, I usually only use it in emergencies, or just when Im extremely bored but I rarely go over a hundred. Also, if your getting 60-90 used without ever using it I can almost guarantee that's a problem on your end, as if I use no data, I don't get charged for it. You probably have one or more of your apps updating using data. Point being, it may not save YOU money, that doesn't mean its the same story for everyone.

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  • I appreciate all you hard core tingers but believe all of you are missing my point(s). First off data is being consumed at my house while im sleeping 10 ft from my wifi. i would also agree that the problem probably lies within my phone, however i have checked everything im aware of and it should all be using wifi when available. SECOND, maybe you should all check yourselves. What is the point of buying a smartphone, any smartphone, if your not going to use it. if all your going to do is use it for a phone and some texts why not buy the cheapest phone that also texts and purchase prepaid cards. This way you can stay in budget and not waste money on a phone that was designed to do much more. oh also, they still make home phones, landlines are usually included in any cable package, problem solved for all of you that just want a phone.

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  • Kristopher, YOU are being charged for data you dont use. YOU are charged automatically for 101mb if you use it or not After that you are charged quite the increase for the next tier up to 501mb even if YOU only use 102mb

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  • The smartphone I have currently was given to me by my room mate, before that I just used a flip phone and held the firm belief that smartphones aren't worth all the money, which I still mostly believe. Though being as I didn't have to pay for it and now had a phone that could replace my ipod, play all my music at full possible quality without the need to convert. I can stream podcasts and spotify at work over wifi, and use blue tooth headphones so I don't have to have my phone on me all the time (as my job can get pretty messy). If me and a co worker are having a discussion about a show, movie, or actor, but can't remember the name, I can look it up. If I get an idea I can quickly jot it down into a .txt or .doc or whatever I want and upload it to my drop box and view it on my computer later. These are just some examples. While they are not absolute necessities and I got by fine before having them, it's really very nice to have. Not to mention I have never payed as much as I used to pay for my pre-paid feature phone.
    Anyway sorry for emphasizing YOU more times than you were comfortable with, apparently. I'm not trying to patronize you I just can't help but wonder what compels you to patronize everyone else by insisting they are not saving any money when I pretty sure THEY'RE the ones who are in control of their finance's. Why are you so infatuated with the idea of convincing other people to leave just because you are?

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  • Kristofer. You made some interesting points but didnt really respond to what i said to you. You are being charged for data your not using-period THEY you mentioned probably are saving money but thats because they overbought in the first place since all they want is a phone. most people buy a smartphone so they can access data where ever they may be. you are not going to do this for much less than 50.00 at any carrier but you certainly arent going to do this with ting, this is my only point. im crusading because i did a lot of research on phone plans and feel that ting accumalates data differently than most carriers or unessecarilly claims data usage when wifi is available. I said previously i was with Republic Wireless before this and t mobile before that and never accumilated data as fast as i do with ting. Finally, i dont care if you stay with ting. Sounds as if it works for you. All the research i did did not prepare me for the ting experience. I read not one negative review about ting but now i see thats because people using them have a phone not a smart phone. theyre great if you want to make calls, but not if you use a smartphone for what it is. Enough said, enjoy your SMART phone. Oh sorry, you cant because it would cost $$$$

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  • I will also hazard a guess that in all of your years of tracking your data, you were not using a Galaxy S6 on a 4g network. It will grab every stream from cartoons to commercials to the news hour in as High Def as it can possibly grab and, 4g lte helps in aiding and abetting the crime.
    You will likely experience the same problem with any carrier if using hardware as advanced as yours; there may be a way to throttle your phone back to 720p and stream with 3g (apps / tweaks).
    Just hoping you don't get a disappointing outcome whatever you decide to do; I think most of us are fed up with doing our homework to find out which carrier will screw us the least. I've had good luck here, I hope you can do well in your next search.
    Best regards.

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  • I have to agree that I think there are many circumstances in which Ting does NOT save one money. The framework is certainly novel, but the rates are quite high and the $6/line fee kills the lowest end, so Ting is really only good for a narrow window of customers, primarily low-end (but not the lowest end), and it helps to pool service (i.e. families/shared lines).

    Right now our Ting line (which is a "home phone") costs us about $20/month (including taxes) for 120mins of usage -- which is more than 15cents/min... that is a ridiculously high rate for voice usage. Compare that with, for example StraightTalk for their home line service: also about $20/mo for UNLIMITED. Most prepaid carriers are in the $0.05-0.10/min range. I think we all know that the data rates are even more ridiculous: $31 (including taxes and line fee) for 1GB data. Many carriers offer lots of mins, text AND 1GB data for that $30...

    Ting has a niche to be sure, but I don't see how it will ever come out of that niche given the current pricing structure....

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  • Last comment on Ting not saving you (meaning me) any money.
    Greg, your absolutely right when you said prior tracking was not done on such a fantastic phone. Everything you said made since unlike most of Bruces scripted responses.
    Daniel, you too are correct in your response. They have a niche that works for some people. It just isnt me.
    For everyone considering switching to Ting just keep in mind- If your planning on using your smartphone for its intended purpose Ting is probably not for you. Unless you work at home or have no job and can get wifi 99% of the time you are going to eat up data rather quickly. Yes, Ting is upfront about their charges and how billing works but i believe they should include a disclaimer: IF YOUR GOING TO USE A HIGH END SMART PHONE FOR ITS INTENDED PURPOSE OR HAVE ACCESS TO WIFI 99% OF THE TIME THEN WE ARE PROBABLY NOT GOING TO SAVE YOU MONEY.
    I tracked my data at republic for over a year and never consumed 300gb in a billing cycle, ever. I was using my ( fair) smart phone daily. With my nexus 6 i could easily use that much data in a week.
    So to conclude, with all the research i did i still missed points that would indicate that Ting was not for me. My only purpose in starting this discussion was to make people aware if their considering Ting they may want to consider how SMART their phone is. I did not see any discussions on this matter prior to this.
    Good luck Tingers.

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  • We aren't shy about the fact that we aren't made to save everyone money. A lot of our users are able to use their smartphones fully and still receive a nice low monthly bill. There are a lot of ways to limit the data used by your devices when it isn't connecting to wifi. As Rod mentioned, keeping the data turned off on the device except when you want to use it is probably the simplest, but there are other ways to help keep data usage down as well. Here are some tips:

    http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-reduce-your-data-usage/

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  • I agree with the original poster that if you literally do no online browsing, Ting will still ding you about 2-3 mb each day unless you configure your settings to disable browsing.  You really must analyze to see what apps could be consuming the data to get to the bottom of the problem.  My guess is I had certain location-apps like Life360, which probably took up most of the usage.

    I also agree that you WILL NOT save money if you do any sort of non-WIFI browsing.  Ting works for my elderly parents, who just need a phone to make traditional calls, but nothing else.

    I will say I do love Ting's website and the controls it offers to enable/disable various features like messaging vs internet usage.  The website has enough tools to assist, but minimalist enough to not overwhelm.  My carrier is Sprint and their website is gawd awful, loaded with incoherent and confusing links everywhere.

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