On Monday, to celebrate its second anniversary as cheap mobile phone service, Ting wireless announced that it was reducing its rates for data, among a few other minor changes to its rate chart.
The price reduction for data starts with the “M” or medium level on the chart with “S” tier level staying the same at $3 for 1-100 megabytes. The following changes are listed below, which you can also see in the graphic rate chart above (changes in red):
- “M” level (101-500 Megabytes) decreases from $13 to $12
- “L” level (501-1000 Megabytes) decreases from $24 to $19
- “XL” level (1001 – 2000 Megabytes) decreases from $42 to $29
- “XXL” level eliminated for all rate categories: minutes, messages, and data
- Any data greater than 2,000 Megabytes/month will cost 1.5 cents per Megabyte
- “XL” level for maximum minutes was increased from 2,000 minutes to 2,100 minutes
- Any minutes greater than 2,100 now cost 1.9 cents per minute
- “XL” level for maximum text messages was increased from 4,000 texts to 4,800 texts
As we can see, the changes likely won’t effect you much unless you are a heavy user in which case you’ll save on the higher tiered data levels.
However, even though the rate decreases are certainly a nice gesture on Ting’s part, I’m not sure how much this will effect the attractiveness of the Ting service since most of the cost savings for switching to Ting come from people who don’t use their phones a whole lot.
If you were a heavy data user, then Ting might not make a lot of sense even with the lower rates, since there are already cheaper unlimited low cost plans out there like Republic Wireless. For instance, if you were in the “XL” category you’d be paying a minimum of $29 per month just for data, yet Republic Wireless offers an unlimited everything plan on the same Sprint network for just $25 per month.
Regardless, I still think this was a good move on Ting’s part in its efforts to become more of a leader in the increasingly competitive low cost mobile phone plan arena.
For those out there using the Ting service, would you mind leaving a comment below and letting us know how these new rates might effect your monthly bill, if at all?