Ting is an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) that offers an affordable tiered rate plan that runs off of the Sprint CDMA network. This cheap cell phone plan company has grown in popularity over the last year enticing customers with simplicity and frugality. To put it simply, when you have a mobile phone plan with Ting, you only pay for what you use, unlike many of the other big wireless carriers.
Cell Phone Plan Rate Structure
Ting’s cell phone plans are kind of like a pay as you go plan except your usage for talk, text, and data fall into different rate tiers. In addition, the three rate categories are not tied to each other, thus if you use talk minutes, texting, or data at varying levels you only pay for whatever each of those rate tiers fall into.
For example, if you were to use 42 minutes of talk time, then your rate for the month in the “Minutes” category would fall in the $3 tier level which is for between 1-100 minutes used. Had you gone over by one minute to 101 minutes then you’d be charged for the next rate category at $9.
So lets say for one of your billing periods you had used 42 minutes of talk time, sent or received 230 text messages, and used up 80 MB of data; then your total monthly bill would come out to $11 for your usage ($3 + $5 +$3 = $11) plus there is an additional $6 flat monthly fee for each device supported on the plan. The total bill in the end would come to $17.
Depending on what you use, your monthly bills could vary greatly. Some months could be less than $12 if you are a person who doesn’t use the phone too much. Although some months could be quite costly if you don’t keep tabs of usage, especially for data.
The way I see it, is that Ting has a fantastic rate structure for those who can get by with just talk and text, yet rarely ever use data. Otherwise, heavy data users would be advised to steer clear of this program since higher data usage would not be more beneficial than a cheaper unlimited prepaid plan like Republic Wireless or Cricket Wireless for instance.
One nice thing about Ting is that they tend to have a fairly decent size selection of phones available in their shop that range from support for different versions of iPhone, iPad, Samsung, LG, Motorola, and others. However, one thing to keep in mind is that since they are a MVNO provider, they tend to only get support for new phones around six months after you see them offered with the big carriers.
Another nice aspect of Ting is that they allow you to bring your own device. If you bring your own phone, it would have to be compatible with the Sprint CDMA network. To find out if your phone is compatible with the Ting service click here and enter your phones information.
- Flexible no nonsense tiered rate structure which can be very cheap for those with low cell phone usage, particularly data.
- Wide selection of phones available along with ability to BYOD (bring your own device).
- Great customer support.
- Runs on Sprint CDMA network which sometimes has poorer coverage compared to other carriers like AT&T and Verizon.
- New release phones take longer to be supported which is generally six months later.
- Not a good choice for heavy data users as the higher tier levels could be costly, thus requires one to be mindful of data usage and to use WiFi when possible.
Other Ting Wireless Reviews
Below is an ongoing updated list of some more Ting reviews from other social media sites (mostly Reddit), possibly some bloggers and technology journalists who I trust to give a fair objective review of the Ting service:
- Comprehensive Reddit review for Madison, Wisconsin – January 30, 2014
- Reddit review after 4 months use – July 3, 2014
- Matt Richmond 1 year review – January 1, 2014
- YNAB Blog – September 4, 2013
- Comprehensive Reddit Review – September 6, 2013
If there are any readers who are currently using the Ting wireless service or have used them in the past please let us know what your experience was like in the comments below.