I am trying to figure out the differences between T-Mobile on Ting and T-Mobile native. Been a Ting customer for years now, but the customer service isn't so good, and having some issues with the Sprint network that nobody knows when will be fixed ("we will email you when they fix it") and not willing to give me a sim and let me try the T-Mobile network on my Nexus 5. If there is no particular benefit to staying with Ting I could just switch over to T-Mobile natively. The price pressure on the major carriers has definitely changed the game since I moved to Ting years back. My bill has been trending up to $70-80 before taxes with 2 lines, mostly due to data usage which I rely on for my work. Have been going beyond XL data.
T-Mobile will offer for $80 unlimited everything. We know that is now really how it works, that is 1GB per phone LTE data and then the speed is capped to 100kbps. Can pay another $10 for 3GB on one phone and for all practical purposes it would never cost me more than that.
With Ting I have the potential to save money, depending in my monthly use. I also have the potential to spend more than I would with T-Mobile in a heavy month due to more talk/text/voice all of which are usage based.
What I am trying to compare is the ups and downs of this, it might help others...there are some vagaries of the MVNO vs being on the network I am trying to figure out, maybe someone can fill in the gaps:
Wifi calling: This charges minutes of voice in both Ting and T-Mobile, though T-mobile is unlimited voice so I guess this is a wash unless I am making heavy calls in a month. I was an old T-Mobile customer and I always loved the wifi calling which had been exclusive to them.
Roaming - T-Mobile does have a data roamaing allowance, it is small like maybe 10-20MB at the lowest plan. But they will let you roam that much so you can get data in a pinch if you are outside their coverage area. I assume this is not true with Ting, there is no data roaming whatsoever just like the Sprint network?
Sharing Data - Ting shares the data, which is good since I use way more than my wife. T-Mobile is not clear if, on their plans, I have 2GB total from 1GB each phone, do I share that, or is it per phone. Does anyone know?
MMS issues - I have has MMS issues since day one with Sprint, sometimes it was the phone, sometimes the carrier issues etc. but it has always been frustrating. Right now MMS is not working on Sprint over the LTE network for my Nexus 5, was told no idea when they will fix it, and I don't know if this is a Ting only issue. I have to force my phone to 3G to download MMS. None of my friends with major carriers ever have problems with MMS, this seems to be an MVNO problem. Anyone have MMS issues on T-Mobile network with Ting?