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gweidenh

join:2002-05-18
Houston, TX
kudos:3
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Re: BYOD - Ting

Just wanted to follow up after a full month of usage.

Total bill for 2 phones and associated usage came out to $45 including all taxes. We ended up in the Medium bucket for all three services (Voice, Text, Data).

Comparing this to the $137/month I used to pay Sprint, we saved $92 in our first month with Ting!

At this rate, we will save well over $1000 in the first year alone.

To say I am happy would be an understatement!



brg

join:2001-01-03
Chicago, IL
kudos:1

^^^

Very cool info; thanks.

I've looked at Ting, but I stick with PagePlus, because there is too big a jump using Ting from S and M. My usage is barely over S, but those several extra minutes would always keep me in M-land. So I stay with the PagePlus "the 12" plan giving me 250/250/10 with incremental per-min/txt/MB overage ability

Relating this back to Broadband so as to stay slightly OT:

It might be interesting to buy a beater Sprint phone (better yet if 4G) and use it exclusively as a hotspot. Good for casual data usage; includes Sprint 3G (coverage waaay beyond all the cheap MVNOs using only Clear/Sprint WiMax), and after the cost of the phone you could get away with $9+extras/mo for 100MB; $19+extras/mo for 500MB. Next step up, with lots more data but costing lots more: Virgin Mobile's Broadband to go



morbo
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said by gweidenh:

To say I am happy would be an understatement!

I'm glad you like Ting. I like the business model and may open a line myself soon.

Question: have you noticed any issues on Ting compared to Sprint? Specifically, are you more prone to dropped calls? I'm unclear on how resellers are prioritized on the network when there is congestion.

w1ve
Premium
join:2007-12-28
Hancock, NH
reply to gweidenh

said by gweidenh:

Just wanted to follow up after a full month of usage.

Total bill for 2 phones and associated usage came out to $45 including all taxes. We ended up in the Medium bucket for all three services (Voice, Text, Data).

Comparing this to the $137/month I used to pay Sprint, we saved $92 in our first month with Ting!

At this rate, we will save well over $1000 in the first year alone.

To say I am happy would be an understatement!

Republic Wireless: Buy the phone and it's $19 a month, unlimited.
Two phones, $38/month.

It uses WiFi when can, otherwise Sprint Network... No limits on Cell usage.

3G only... so not fast ... but very cheap!

YMMV
--
VoIP Geek/Customer of voip.ms, vitelity, flowroute, callcentric, localphone, didforsale, voicemeup among others/Asterisk-PIAF user/FreeSwitch app developer/Consulting

gweidenh

join:2002-05-18
Houston, TX
kudos:3
reply to morbo

said by morbo:

Question: have you noticed any issues on Ting compared to Sprint? Specifically, are you more prone to dropped calls? I'm unclear on how resellers are prioritized on the network when there is congestion.

The service quality is the same. I have noticed absolutely no difference in quality or network speeds.

While some MVNO's do indeed get inferior service, the Ting contract as discussed on their blog states that they get the same service level as Sprint customers themselves.

Customer service on the other hand is dramatically better. A person picks up the phone on the first ring!

The only disadvantage is no data roaming. Voice and Text will roam on the Verizon network, however Data must be on the Sprint network.

They have talked about this in great detail on their site and are quite transparent that data roaming costs are very high compared to in-network data costs.

Another advantage is that you can tether to your laptop for no additional fee. I believe Sprint charges $29/month to be a hotspot.


brg

join:2001-01-03
Chicago, IL
kudos:1
reply to w1ve

said by w1ve:

Republic Wireless: Buy the phone and it's $19 a month, unlimited.
***
It uses WiFi when can, otherwise Sprint Network... No limits on Cell usage.

3G only... so not fast ... but very cheap!

YMMV

Have a friend using Republic; he tells me how it's going on a regular basis.

"Buy the phone" can be an issue. Republic, not being "BYOD", requires the purchase of, at the moment, one specific MOTO handset for "$249 plus a $10 start-up fee and any applicable tax." That rather ups the ante...

Trying to stay OT: can you use the Republic phone as a broadband tether source, I wonder?

w1ve
Premium
join:2007-12-28
Hancock, NH

said by brg:

said by w1ve:

Republic Wireless: Buy the phone and it's $19 a month, unlimited.
***
It uses WiFi when can, otherwise Sprint Network... No limits on Cell usage.

3G only... so not fast ... but very cheap!

YMMV

Have a friend using Republic; he tells me how it's going on a regular basis.

"Buy the phone" can be an issue. Republic, not being "BYOD", requires the purchase of, at the moment, one specific MOTO handset for "$249 plus a $10 start-up fee and any applicable tax." That rather ups the ante...

Trying to stay OT: can you use the Republic phone as a broadband tether source, I wonder?

Not sanctioned officially, but sure, it works.
--
VoIP Geek/Customer of voip.ms, vitelity, flowroute, callcentric, localphone, didforsale, voicemeup among others/Asterisk-PIAF user/FreeSwitch app developer/Consulting


hok

join:2002-02-27

Tethering is not allowed by Republic Wireless.


SCADAGeo

join:2012-11-08
N California
kudos:2
reply to gweidenh

said by gweidenh:

The service quality is the same. I have noticed absolutely no difference in quality or network speeds.

While some MVNO's do indeed get inferior service, the Ting contract as discussed on their blog states that they get the same service level as Sprint customers themselves.

Customer service on the other hand is dramatically better. A person picks up the phone on the first ring!

The only disadvantage is no data roaming. Voice and Text will roam on the Verizon network, however Data must be on the Sprint network.

They have talked about this in great detail on their site and are quite transparent that data roaming costs are very high compared to in-network data costs.

Another advantage is that you can tether to your laptop for no additional fee. I believe Sprint charges $29/month to be a hotspot.

Thank you for the follow-up.

I found a $50 Ting coupon (for those who are interested, please google it) and ordered the refurbished LG Marquee for $87 (plus tax).

It's currently on back order (2-3 weeks) and the $50 will apply towards service when the phone is activated, so after taxes and service credit, the cost of the phone is $43.97.

AndroidForums.com : Marquee - All Things Root.

For those who are interested, the $50 Ting coupon ends on Jan 14, 2013.

On Jan 15, 2013, all Ting end user offers are reduced to $25.