There are referral links in this post, but I found out about that program after I already switched to Ting. Oh, and if you use one of these referral links to switch too, we both get $25 credits to our Ting accounts!
I’ve been mentioning it on and off, but we finally followed through on it. We switched to Ting wireless services from Sprint yesterday.
Why We Switched to Ting
It’s about the money, honey! We’ve been with Sprint for more than 10 years now. Until last year, I didn’t know of options like Ting and Republic Wireless, and I wasn’t interested in trying out the pay-as-you-go plans I do know about since we do use more than 500 minutes a month, 1500-2000 text messages, and lots of data. I knew the existence of options in a vague way, but I liked ours the best. We paid $150 a month and had unlimited everything on two 4G phones. It was easy and we didn’t need to think about anything. But then I saw Ting’s rates about 6 months ago…
I also saw that we could get exactly what we have now with Ting for $50-$75 less per month. Ting uses the Sprint network so our experience would be the same. Same network, same 4G. Oh, and we could bring our own phones since they are approved. AND we could keep our phone numbers!
Did I switch immediately? Nope. I procrastinated because it was an unknown, and I kept prioritizing everything else. Besides, the contract cancellation fees would stink, right? Yeah, but Ting would cover 25%. I wiffle-waffled anyway.
But yesterday, I received an email from Ting announcing that they are currently covering 50% of the contract cancellation fees up to $150. I just couldn’t put it off any more. I called, I figured out what I needed to do, and we have switched cell phone carriers.
How to Switch to Ting
Take it from a procrastinator, you should look into this and just switch if it’s a killer deal for you too. And it is not as daunting as I thought it would be:
- 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!
- This is the fun part! Check out Ting’s rates for the same usages. Keep in mind that even if you have multiple lines, add up the total minutes, messages, and data as entities unto themselves. Ting charges $6 per line and then the amounts stated for the pooled totals.
For example, my husband and I generally use about 800 minutes, 1500 text messages, and 500-600 megabytes of data. We pay $135+$15 in taxes. The same at Ting is $12 (2 lines) +$18 (minutes) + $8 (messages) +$19 (data) =$57 plus taxes. $150 compared to $75-ish. I’ll post an update after our first bill.
- Create a quick account 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. They will email your when it’s done and explain how to finish the download process. Takes less than 10 minutes after that initial few hours.
- 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%-50% within 2-3 business days.
- Enjoy your lower bills!
I’m really looking forward to updating you all with my first bill in about a month. Wish me luck!
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