Ting

Ting is an MVNO that runs off the Sprint or T-Mobile network depending onwhich SIM card you decide to use. If you choose the CDMA SIM card, you run off the Sprint network, but you get talk and text roaming, while if you choose the GSM SIM card, you run off the T-Mobile network. Currently, visual voicemail is only supported on the CDMA network. Ting has rates instead of plans,  so it’s kind of a mix between a “build your own plan” MVNO and a “pay as you go” MVNO. Instead of charging per minute, text, or megabyte, they have buckets of usage. The idea is you only pay for what you use, so if you are a light user, you’ll pay less than a heavy user.  However, they don’t exactly have cheap rates. For example if you use less than 100 minutes, 100 texts, and 100 MB of data, then your bill will be $15, which doesn’t sound that bad, until you compare it to something like Twigby, which for the same price of $15, you can get 200 minutes, unlimited texts, and 500MB of data. My usage is a bit more than 100 minutes a month, a few texts(most of the people I text have iMessage or Google Allo), and 10GB of data, which would cost me $118 with Ting, which is significantly more than unlimited data with T-Mobile.

The verdict: Unless you are a very light user, and don’t use your phone everyday, then you won’t save with Ting.

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