Unlimited Home Service like StraightTalk

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  • Carriers that offer Unlimited anything hide their costs in higher rates.

    Ting aims to be transparent and will never have hidden charges like you are proposing. It is against the Ting philosophy.

    For example, if you have 2 phones on the same account and call one phone from the other, you are charged minutes on both phones because that is how Ting is billed by its partners.

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  • I understand it is a different model.

    It is still unfortunate as most people aren't going to want to be on the "clock" for home VOIP cell service.  Sure I understand an actual cell phone being on the clock.  However for picking up the old analogue landline phone that connects to a cell box to call friends and family people won't want to be on the clock.

    That makes Ting a no go there and noncompetitive to replace landline service with a Ting cell phone box.  So that leads to my other post on looking into offering VOIP over an existing net connection.

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  • You can buy an OBI 200, and apply for a free google+ number that is relatively local, it works great, and plug any old landline phone into it, also, when it rings, the cell rings, the computer rings, and your landline rings, hard to miss that call.

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  • That is true but doesn't address the cost of replacing VOIP and landlines with cellular.

    One can get Tmobile for the home, Sprint for the home, AT&T for the home, Verizon for the home and not be on the meter.

    If you forward Google Voice to the StraightTalk home phone cell box you aren't on the meter.  If you do the same for Ting you are on the meter.

    Here is AT&T's for $20 unlimited cell based phone via a box and not 10 cent a minute.

    https://www.att.com/cellphones/att/att-wireless-home-phone.html#sku=sku7250257

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  • I'd much rather use my home phone than a cell phone at home, less radiation risk, but each to their own. Also I like to shut my cell down at night, any issues it has generally go away with a reboot, so that's a plus. I'm pretty sure if AT&T was such a great deal, (and Verizon), we'd all be their customers, rather than Ting's.

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  • I think you are misunderstanding these devices.

    If you note the links they show the devices are a box.  The way it works is the device itself connects to the cellular network like say Ting. You then plug it into a jack or cordless phone base so you can talk using your standard "landline" type phones.

    In this setup when you pick up say your Panasonic cordless phone to make a call the system connects to the cellular box and dials out to the cellular network.  This system takes the place of say Comcast VOIP, Vonage VOIP, or an old style landline.

    So you are not using your cell phone as the box is the "cell phone".  Still who wants to make calls this way when you are paying 10 cents a minute to talk to your family or friends on your cordless phone? No thanks.

    The links above are to unlimited calling using a cell box that connects to say AT&T that you connect to your Panasonic cordless phone.  That is more reasonable.  I would prefer to use these items on Ting but again I don't want to be on the meter when using my cordless home phone.

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  • Ting is charged per call (incoming & outgoing) from their network partners since Ting does not have their own cellular network.

    The only way Ting could offer unlimited (anything) is to hide those expenses in hidden, hogher fees for other customers. This is against Ting's philosophy of transparent billing.

    Ting does not pretend to be the best choice for large volume users., They only aim to provide the most cost-effective option for the vast majority of phone users.

    Personally, if Ting's network partners had better coverage in my area, I would use Ting for more of my network needs.

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  • I fully understand Ting's current plan is charging by the minute for calls.  However that is why this is a feature request.

    I also am fully aware Ting is a MVNO and doesn't own the network.  However StraightTalk is a MVNO and does NOT own the network yet they offer unlimited home service using the same back end carriers ie T-Mobile.  Thus it is totally possible for Ting to offer the same thing via deals with Tmobile.

    I am not even saying Ting needs to make changes to general cell service for smartphones.  However once again StraightTalk sells a special box.  Well guess what Ting sells hardware too.  Ting could offer the box for say $99 or whatever and get into the same market as StraightTalk.

    Ting is expanding and now offering Internet service with unlimited data and flat rates.  So Ting clearly doesn't just stick with one model.

    So again to Ting why not offer a box that uses the cell network and connects to cordless phones/jacks with unlimited calling?  Other MVNO's are doing it and it would get more people into the Ting family.

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  • Jeremy,

    You said:

    So again to Ting why not offer a box that uses the cell network and connects to cordless phones/jacks with unlimited calling?  Other MVNO's are doing it and it would get more people into the Ting family.

     

    I said:

    The only way Ting could offer unlimited (anything) is to hide those expenses in hidden, higher fees for other customers. This is against Ting's philosophy of transparent billing.

    Basically, to do what you want would be against the hidden charges & fees Ting is working to eliminate.

     

    I have a home "landline on Ting CDMA and it works quite well for our low volume use.

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  • Sorry but your statement of raising rates for other customers isn't accurate.

    For starters Ting is already offering unlimited Internet so Ting clearly offers some unlimited services.

    As for billing other customers more that isn't necessary either. Ting uses two networks T-Mobile for GSM and Sprint for CDMA with the ability for its customers to choose a network.

    Sprint itself offers a service called "Sprint Phone Connect". This is a box people purchase then get their unlimited "landline" service for $20. So again this is Sprint a company Ting is already reselling and has huge buying power.

    Ting could easily negotiate a deal with Sprint to resell that same Sprint service rebadged as say "Ting Home Connect". I am sure Ting would even be able to lower the final price for Ting customers. This type of thing happens all the time.

    For example there is a company called DSL Extreme that resells AT&T's Uverse Internet service. Now DSL Extreme does not own any of the lines as it is 100% owned and operated by AT&T. However DSL Extreme's prices are much lower than AT&T's Uverse and to top it off all DSL Extreme packages come with unlimited data something AT&T now charges $30 per month extra. So DSL Extreme is reselling AT&T Uverse at much lower cost with added benefits over stock AT&T. How? Buying power!

    So again Ting could easily talk with Sprint and T-Mobile and just resell those companies existing plans rebadged as Ting. This would have no effect on current prices for current devices. There is no need. T-Mobile and Sprint both have all kinds of plans.

    This would be transparent billing to everyone. Ting operates as they currently do with the current price model and then offers the new home phone service at a set unlimited rate. Ting recently lowered their data charge and started offering Internet services. So this would just be another service for Ting plain and simple. They again would just be reselling something already offered by their network partners.

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