This is not a paid post. It does have my affiliate link to Ting but they haven’t asked for me to write this. I have just been amazingly impressed!
We switched from Sprint Wireless to Ting in December 2014 and couldn’t be happier! Our calls don’t drop more often, our data is fast, and the messaging works the same. For hubby and me, Ting has just been perfect!
Our 6 Months of Savings with Ting
With Sprint, we paid $150 a month, every month for more than 10 years. 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. 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. You can see their exact rate table here.
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.
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 other 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 ($200-$700 seems to be the main range) or you can buy a phone elsewhere as long as it will work. I’ve been looking for used phones in great condition on Ebay and will most likely be paying $150-$175 for my next phone. I’m currently using a Samsung Galaxy S3 and I’m only planning on moving up to the S4.
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.
- Create a quick account with Ting.
- Call Ting and tell them that you have a referral code to use – https://ze1f6b36368.ting.com/
- 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 easiest 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!