Ting Wants to Pay Your ETF
Has Set Aside $100,000 to Lure Contract Customers
While MVNOs initially flamed out spectacularly, several new wireless MVNOs have launched recently, all trying to do things slightly differently. Republic Wireless
plans to lower prices by offloading most of the daily traffic to Wi-Fi. FreedomPop
promises to offer users a basic free tier of service with low priced data and voice options layered on top. The third upstart is Tucows' Ting, a company we explored back in 2011
that plans to auto-upgrade users up (or down) the sliding tier scale to help users find the best price plan for them.
Ting was the first one out of the gate last year, though I've yet to see subscriber totals or any metric of company success in what's quickly becoming a very crowded prepaid alternative field. To try and lure in new users, a company blog post
this week insists that Ting has set aside $100,000 to pay off the early termination fee (ETF) of any user willing to switch. Well sort of: the total of your ETF will be deposited into your Ting account as a service credit:
On Feb 1, the Ting $100,000 ETF payoff page will go live (we’ll update this post with the link). Continuing through the end of the month, Ting will be paying off the early termination fees (ETF) up to $350 per line for anyone that’s ready to ditch their mobile contract and come over to Ting. We’re not buying out your contract and asking you to sign a new one; Ting is (and always will be) contract-free. Your ETF payment comes in the form of a non-expiring service credit dropped straight into your Ting account.
The company has posted a FAQ
for those who are interested.
Re: No thanks @IC:
Neither do I. With the iphone you can setup a VPN (I use privatevpn) and when you log onto the wifi access point, you just enable the VPN (it's located in Manassas, VA) and you are running a secure tunnel. Nobody watching. It works perfectly on my wifi-only ipads too.
Also, unknown to most people it that if you are browsing or doing anything on LTE/3G, etc, Verizon is collecting that data and reselling it to other people, including your location. Something to think about. They "say" its anonymous, but it's only anonymous until it's not.
If you don't have coverage issues or data limit problems, then this is just an unnecessary hassle for you, but just in case...
The nice thing about it is that I can use it on my laptops, ipads, phones, etc and they don't limit.