This post does have my referral link to Ting but they haven’t asked for me to write this. By using my link, you will get a $25 credit when you switch! I have just been amazingly impressed!
We switched from Sprint Wireless to Ting in December 2014 and couldn’t be happier! Its one of the cheapest cell phone service providers out there. The service itself has been the same – our calls don’t get dropped, our data is fast, and the text messaging works the same. This makes sense – they use the Sprint and Verizon networks in my area. Hence while there are so many Verizon cell phone deals around here. The customer service the few times we have used it to ask questions has been stellar!!! No 30 minute hold times and no more finally getting through to someone who has no power or info to help. I would rate their customer service 5 out of 5 stars! For hubby and me, Ting has just been perfect!
Our 6 Months of Savings with Ting Wireless
With Sprint, we paid $150 a month, every month for more than 10 years all the while we could have been getting cheap unlimited data plans. Sheesh. That means in 6 months, we would have coughed up $900 like we always did.
But check out our last 6 months with Ting:
- January – $55.38
- February – $58.84
- March – $65.74
- April – $58.79
- May – $55.54
- June – $65.79
TOTAL = $360.08
That means we have saved $540 by switching to Ting in just 6 months!
Okay, so here’s a quick breakdown of Ting and by the way this was a tough decision because we were very tempted by the current Boost Mobile deals. You are charged $6 for each line. Then you are charged for each part of your cell phone use – minutes, text messages, and data – which are looked at separately. In each of those parts, there are 6 “plans” – XS, S, M, L, XL, and XL+. You pay for each part based on how much you use. Here is their rate table – I’ve chosen the options based on our last month of usage.
For example, on our last bill, we were charged $12 for our two phones, $18 for 951 minutes (changed at 1000), $11 for 2659 text messages (would go up again after 4800 messages), and $19 for 569 megabytes of data (we could have gone up to 1000 for the same rate). That plus $5.79 in taxes added up to the $65.79. Now I feel like we have one of the cheapest phone plans you can find.
As you may be able to tell, text messages are CHEAP, minutes are pretty cheap, and data is the most expensive part. But the trick is to use Wifi anytime you can, which doesn’t count towards your data number.
The only drawback that I see with Ting is that you will no longer get “free” upgrades. You have to buy your devices. They have a shop ($40-$700 seems to be the range) or you can buy a phone elsewhere as long as it will work. They also sell phone accessories. I’ve been looking for used phones in great condition on Ebay and will most likely be paying $150-$175 for my next used phone (UPDATE: I bought brand new Samsung Galaxy S5’s during one of Ting’s Black Friday sales for $275 each plus they credited us $10 each after we activated them).
How to Switch to Ting
- Look at your last cell phone bill to see how many minutes, text messages, and data that you use and how much you pay. This was actually the hardest part for me since I lost our login. But once I was in, woot! Remember that Wifi use isn’t counted towards your data total.
- Check out Ting’s rates for the same usages – use my referral link and get $25 for yourself (and me too 😉 ).
- Create an account quickly with Ting.
- Use Ting’s Activation page to activate a new device with Ting or to port your number to Ting. This can take up to 24 hours. It took about 2-3 hours on our phones. I suggest doing it overnight. This is super easy if you are coming from Sprint, but you can buy a device if they don’t take yours.
- Once your phone has been switched over, call your previous carrier to request your final bill that will include the early termination fees if there are any. This bill can be online or on paper.
- Turn that bill with the early termination fees over to Ting. They will reimburse the 25% within 2-3 business days as a credit to your account.
- Enjoy your lower bills!
Ting is definitely one of my favorites now. Yay for exactly the same stuff for about 1/3 the cost!