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The Easy Step-by-Step Guide to Switching to Ting Wireless Because They Save Me Nearly $1000 a Year!

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This is exactly how to switch your cell phone provider to Ting and save a ton of money. This family has saved nearly $1000 in a single year thanks to switching. That amount of savings would make such a huge difference for my budget. Keeping the costs of recurring bills down is so, so important. Mobile phones feel like a necessity these days, but the cost of service can be insane. I'm definitely looking into switching to Ting Wireless for my house. #Ting

Okay, today’s post is all about Ting Wireless.  I WAS NOT PAID TO WRITE THIS POST.  It does contain my referral code.  BUT, I’ve been blogging about Ting since I switched in 2014 – before I knew they had referral codes – plus the code will credit you with $25 just for switching (and they credit you FAST)!  I love Ting because I didn’t have to compromise anything – it’s the exact same or even better service for way less money than I paid with Sprint!

In short, I use Ting because they save me money.  I want you to check them out because they MIGHT be able to save you money.  I created a list of my favorite money-saving tools just for you!  If Ting can save you money, SWITCH NOW and don’t feel stupid like me.  I heard about them in 2012, waited 2 years to switch, and wasted at least $1800!  Don’t do that.  Okay, let’s see if they are a good fit for you…

5 Steps to Switch to Ting (Specifics Below)

  1. Use my referral link to get to their site and check your coverage area.  This will make you $25 if you end up switching to Ting Wireless!
  2. Look at your last cell phone bill to see how many minutes, text messages, and data that you use and how much you pay. Remember that Wifi use isn’t counted towards your data total. If you don’t have a bill, they also have a usage estimator.  Check out Ting’s rates for the same usages.
  3. Check out Ting’s accepted devices or ones for sale (they have a 30 Day Price Guarantee).
  4. Use Ting’s Activation page (or their Official Activation Guide for extra info) to activate your new device or to port your number to Ting. I suggest doing it overnight since it took 2-3 hours for us and could take up to 24 hours.
  5. Claim your Early Termination Fee (ETF) credit by submitting your final bill (that will include the early termination fees if there are any) to Ting. They will reimburse you for those ETF fees up to the amount they currently offer within 2-3 business days as a credit to your account.

Then just enjoy your lower bill!

1.  Coverage Area

I know I sound like a brainwashed convert, but I love how straight-forward Ting is about everything – their rates, their devices, their service, etc. That said, let’s see if you are in their coverage area.  They use the Sprint Network (CDMA) and T-Mobile Network (GSM).

You can find out if you are in Ting's coverage area right off the bat!

2.  Estimate Your Usage

Okay, so if your area is in their network, find your last cell phone bill (paper, ebill, through your phone data, etc). Then look at how many minutes, text messages, and data that you use and how much you pay. Remember that Wifi use isn’t counted towards your data total with Ting. If you don’t have a bill, they also have a usage estimator.

Once you know your own numbers, check them out based on Ting’s rates.  You pay based on how much you use of each main resource – minutes, texts, and data.  Here are some sample rates:

How much would you spend if your switched to Ting Wireless?

I can tell you from my own experience, their rates are what they say they will be plus $5-$10 in fees. We usually fall into the “$60 + Extras” area thanks to how much we text and talk (see below). Our bill is $65.84 right now when we do hit the $60 mark. That’s $5.84 in fees and taxes that they don’t have control over. Works for me.

3.  Your Actual Phone

Okay, so IF they would save you money, let’s think about your device. You may be able to bring your own, like we did initially with our Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3’s. Sprint devices are generally accepted as well as a couple of others.

You can see if you can use your own device by plugging in your MEID (also known as IMEI or DEC)…it’s the long number under your battery usually.  If you still have the original packaging, the IMEI should also be on a white label on one end of the outside of the box.  Some devices even have the IMEI listed in the Settings menu under “Device Information” or similar heading.

If you can’t bring your own device, you can either buy one from Ting or on your own using their guidelines. They have iPhones and Androids. They have new and used. They have the most recent releases and the old, cheap favorites. You have a bunch of choices!!!

Here are some of the current new devices being sold by Ting Wireless!Here are some affordable cell phone options being sold by Ting Wireless.

I ended up buying our Samsung Galaxy S5’s from Ting during their Black Friday sale in 2015 for $265 each…it was easy, they continue to work perfectly (as of mid-2016 as this is being written), and they were easy to activate. I also like their 30 Day Price Guarantee – if you buy from Ting and see a cheaper price on Ting for the same device within 30 days, just contact them and they will credit your account with the difference!

I get nothing extra if you buy through them – I just liked how easy it was and the fact that during their sale, they were cheaper than other Black Friday sales and way cheaper than list price. And their phones are the same great quality as the ones I bought from Sprint before.

4.  The Activation Process

Once you know you want to switch and have a Ting-friendly device, create an account quickly with Ting. Then use Ting’s Activation page to activate a new device with Ting or to port your number to Ting. If you need help, you can contact Ting directly (I called) or you use their Official Activation Guide to get the play-by-play.

Here is what the Official Ting Activation Guide looks like!

It takes a minute to start the activation process but then can take up to 24 hours for the switch to happen. It took me 2 minutes to turn in the info and about 2-3 hours to be good to go! I suggest doing it overnight.

5.  Early Termination Fee (ETF) Credit

Ting offers an early termination fee credit!  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.  The bill can be online or on paper. Turn that bill with the early termination fees listed over to Ting. They will reimburse the amount they are currently offering within 2-3 business days as a credit to your account.

Ting Wireless makes it easy to claim your early termination fee credit if you had to break a contract to switch!

We saw a special in 2014 to get back 50% of our early termination fees, and I jumped at the chance to say goodbye to Sprint. Have been extremely happy with that decision ever since!

Enjoy your lower bills!

Our bills have fluctuated between $55-$95 since we switched over to Ting in 2014. We paid $150+ a month for Sprint for years and years. I am a way happier camper now!!!

COMPLETED – Ting Wireless is Hosting a Nexus 5X July 4th, 2016 Giveaway – COMPLETED

This is the LG Nexus 5X, usually $350+, yours free if you win!!!

To raise awareness, Ting is hosting an LG Nexus 5X giveaway right here on BFS until 11:59pm on July 4th, 2016!

  1. Use their rate calculator or rate table to work out if Ting would save you money or not.
  2. Comment below with the amount they’d save or cost you compared to your current plan.  For example, I would comment “Ting saves me about $75 a month compared to my plan with Sprint!”
  3. A commenter will be chosen at random, using random.org, on July 5th, 2016 and will receive a FREE LG Nexus 5X directly from Ting!
  4. Just remember to use my referral link to receive a $25 credit for yourself and to create your account in order to activate your free, brand new Nexus 5X!   😉

Here is a simple example of Ting's rate table - see where you would fall!

Would Ting save you any money? Or would this cost you more than your current plan? Let me know below!!!



FYI:  I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year.  I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home.  If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!).  Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!
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9 thoughts on “The Easy Step-by-Step Guide to Switching to Ting Wireless Because They Save Me Nearly $1000 a Year!

  1. Very interesting! I never heard of Ting before but will need to check them out even closer (disclosure: I work for AT&T’s GoPhone division, launching prepaid rate plans and features). I like the fact that they use airtime from 2 different types of networks (CDMA & GSM) which will allow everyone to be able to switch to Ting without having to buy a new device to do so.

    Two important notes:
    (1) Over the next 2 years both AT&T and Verizon are doing away with supporting 2G devices on their network. After that you will need a 3G or higher device as 2G’s will no longer work. Since Ting is using airtime from Verizon, Sprint, and probably AT&T, that’s something to consider if you’re switching to Ting and have an older device.
    (2) The IMEI # is actually UNDER the battery, directly on the phone itself. If you still have the original packaging, the IMEI should also be on a white label on one end of the outside of the box. Some devices even have the IMEI listed in the Settings menu under “Device Information” (or similar heading).

    EDIT from Crystal: Thanks, Mitch! I added the new info about finding the number under the battery…it’s been a while since I needed it, lol.




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  2. I’ll pass this info on to my sister; I think she might save quite a bit with this. I’m also interested to see if I can use this short term, while I‘m in the USA for six weeks this summer. Last time I spent $50/month (had to have a three month plan due to my travel dates) for a card. This would save me $20 or so, based on what I think I’d use.




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  3. Well, the rate calculator says it would save me $41.55 per month, but when I break it out with their rates table, it would actually be more expensive. But I did learn something – I text WAY too much. 🙂

    When Ting first came into the market, I kept an eye on it (I think you or J turned me on to it), and it was on the AT&T network, which I’ve always had coverage problems on their network. But if they’ve moved to Verizon’s network, that’s awesome! I’ll keep an eye on my bill as we come up for renewal and see how it might help.

    Thanks Crystal!

    EDIT from Crystal: It’s actually Sprint and T-Mobile (not Verizon). That’s what I get for working off my memory… 😉




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  4. Their calculator says I would save $368 in 2 years.

    I am on a prepaid Veriozon plan. I am mad because Verizon did not up my data Gigabytes even though I pay in advance with a credit card, I have to call to get it upped or disconnect from their services and wait 6 months to get their even better deal on 6 gigabytes. So I figure I can use TING for those 6 months and see if its cheaper. My daughter went from BOOST prepaid to Ting and dropped from paying $43/month to $14/month. You can place limits on how much you use and TING is forgiving. She uses WiFi, so she doesn’t use any Data.

    I only use the data when our internet goes down or we are on the road, which is not that often anymore. So I hope to save enough for a new phone.
    On the Nokia 928 you cannot open the battery and the IMEI/MEID is not listed any where. So I had to actually dial in the code to the software, which is” *#06#”. This worked like a charm.
    I will try out their data just to make sure it works as well as Verizon down where I live. Also, I want to make sure I can still receive and make calls inside our home. With Sprint that is not always the case.
    You need to put the referral link at the top of the page and bottom of the page. My daughter forgot and had to call in your email to get the $25 referral credit. They did give it to her immediately, with no 30 day waiting period. I will have to buy a new SIM card and wait for it before I can switch though.
    I would love to win a new phone!




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  5. Just an FYI….

    I just bought my $9 GSM SIM card from Amazon and saved $4 shipping. I verified I had an unlocked GSM phone first. When I tried to buy it from TING directly, it would have cost $4 for shipping. When I shopped on Amazon and bought it, it was covered by PRIME and I saved the $4. Someone had given me a gift card, so I actually did not pay anything for it. I will use the $25 for my bills.




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  6. As mentioned earlier, my savings estimated was $348/2 years. Please add me for the promotional phone.
    I successfully moved over to TING. It took a couple of tries, because my prepaid cell phone needed an account number and stuff, but I managed, They moved it over almost instantly. I went to my account using you link. I had set up an account when I was seeing if my phone was compatible. I do not see any credit. None. Guess I will call it in, which email should I uses?




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  7. It looks like Ting would cost me just a little bit more than Republic Wireless currently does. My bill changes monthly, but it’d probably be $5 to $10 more per month. However, I would be interested in trying out the newer phone to see if 2GB of ram would be faster than my current phone.




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