I've used Ting mobile for years and went to the GSM service as soon as it was offered because of the better coverage. I had my wife's phone on Cricket thinking that (1) having an alternate provider would help assure one of us had coverage on our travels, and (2) $35/month on Cricket for unlimited calls, text, and 5 G of data seemed like a good deal considering she used those services much more than me. So I was usually paying $50 to $65 a month for both of us depending on my usage. Still not bad compared to major provider retail rates.
But on our recent trips, we found that I often had cellular service and she didn't on Cricket's AT&T network, which surprised us. Our last trip through the West was the decider. Wife's phone was off line through much of Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming while my Ting phone at least had roaming coverage in many of the remotest places.
So I got a Ting SIM for her phone and added it to my account. Our combined bill in our first month was $30--less than her Cricket bill alone. To be honest, I researched many other MVNO's to compare, but Ting won in our household because of value, reliability, and customer service. If the T-Mobile and Sprint merger goes through and Ting rides along, I imagine that Ting will only get even better. Thanks Ting for a painless and profitable means to cure my problem. Don't know why it took me so long to figure it out. Now, do you have counseling service to deal with my other idiot tendencies?