Reminder: Ting has $100,000 set aside, will pay your ETF if you switch
1. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
Lesser carriers always do whatever it takes to get people to switch. Pay your ETF? That's cool, but then you'll hate the reception, coverage, data speeds, phone selection, and lose features. VZW and AT&T provide the largest networks, best phone selections, and best speeds, in the US...yet people don't wanna pay for it. Cheap is not good, and good is not cheap. Not all carriers/networks are the same.
Ting operates on Sprint's network? 75% of Sprint's network roams and they constantly get random towers turned off, across the US, due to non-payment of their own bill (I have a few cell tower engineers as friends and they have verified having to shut off Sprint towers).
It's great that companies want to provide budget plans and try to sway customers, but it's not always about price. When you need to make (and maintain) and phone call, you should have a strong connection and have it ready-available. You need reliability.
2. wumberpeb (Posts: 421; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
Looks like someone works for Verizon...any proof to back up your wild claims that 75% of Sprint roams? Quite frankly, you need different friends to fill you in as that's as ridiculous as I've ever heard
Nobody says Sprint has the best service but the small differences in most cases is worth the drop in price...
Besides, I'm rocking an Optimus G on Sprint. No phone selection?
6. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
LOL @ LG phones, but the Optimus G is prob the best phone avail to Sprint. Btw, I never said selection does not exist--it simply just sucks. Compare all the phones on all the carriers.
As for the roaming, here's a map of Sprint's actual network. It does not show roaming--just their pure network.
20. SmartPhoneStream (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)
How does there selection suck, i just checked it out they have the Galaxy Nexus, Evo 4G LTE, LG Optimus G, Galaxy SIII, and Galaxy Note II, and also throw in many decent mid and low end phones
7. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
A couple more for ya:
5. ph00ny (Posts: 587; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Hmm is that so? Sprint's service has been too inconsistent lately. Random dropped calls, no data service, etc.
Before anyone says it's the phone, it happened on S3, Note2, and iP4S at the same time
8. c.hack (Posts: 492; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
I've had Verizon for 10 years and it keeps getting worse and worse. Even with a femtocell in my house and being in the middle of Verizon "red" territory I get dropped calls, poor reception and not even 3G. I see Sprint getting a lot better - they now have LTE at my house and my friends who have Sprint (Ting's towers) have better reception at my house as well.
Verizon was great 3 or 4 years ago, but their prices are the highest and their coverage is a scam.
12. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
That's hilarious. I've never once had a problem with VZW. Hell, from 2000-2004 I was on an aircraft carrier and I was able to get a signal through all that steel... even down to one deck below the hangar bay. I even had a signal when we were 15mi off the coast of Puerto Rico! Phones and signals were crap then, too! You can't even maintain a signal in your house?! Maybe you've had nothing but phones with crap radios?
And I've never heard of a 'femtocell.' The only in-house booster I'm aware of is the Network Extender o.O
14. ibap (Posts: 688; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
A femtocell is essentially a mini-tower, tied to one carrier, you can put in your home, connected to broadband. All of the major carriers offer them. See, even they admit that their coverage has holes in it.
t/shop/phone_details.jsp?prodI d=dvc6480002prd&deviceSKUId=64 800068&ensembleId=AIR25ACQNG&f low=AAL&firstSelection=PHONES& id16=airave&question_box=airav e
11. ibap (Posts: 688; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
I love VZW users that believe that they have coverage everywhere. We're currently on Ting. We moved from VZW to Sprint (before Ting) because VZW had NO service in our high school, and daughter was involved in too much at school to put up with it. Alltel and T-mob also worked there, AT&T was deader 'n a doornail. It was great fun to watch all the iPhone users (when they were only on AT&T) find their phones didn't work in the school at all. I was able to send our daughter notice of a tornado watch while she was at a rehearsal in the orchestra pit, in the auditorium where a lot of people didn't bother to turn off their phones because they didn't work there.
Ting has a fair choice of phones, and non-LTE Sprint phones can mostly be switched over. You want no choice at all? See republicwireless.com.
I once walked past a dad mouthing off to an audience about how the school blocked cell phone signals. So I stopped and asked who his carrier was - VZW. So I held my Sprint phone up and said "Sprint works fine". So does Ting. I have nothing against VZW, but the notion that you have coverage EVERYWHERE is BS.
Another thing about Ting. You can buy a femtocell from them, and support Ting and Sprint phones in your home. At our house, there is NO signal from T-mob or AT&T and Sprint/Ting and VZW are really weak without a femtocell. As far as I know, they are the only MVNO with access via femtocell. I believe AT&T requires a post-paid account to get one, and I'm not sure about VZW on that score.
The major carriers have structured their plans to scare you or force you into buying more service than you need. My husband likes to ask "Who do you think is paying for those big buildings the insurance companies have?" Same for cellular service companies.
17. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)
I love VZW's service. There is a reason VZW customers think they have reception everywhere...it's because we usually do. I've NEVER dropped a call, and I ALWAYS have a strong signal. There are gonna be places where another carrier beats VZW, but that is extremely rare!
With that said, I am really, really, really starting to loath VZW as a company! Because they have the best coverage, their ego(s) have ballooned out of control. They've taken everything good about the company, everything that justified the high prices, and have thrown it out the window. Customer service is a joke now, all they really want to do is get you off the phone. Their new motto is basically "Pay up b*tches!" and I for one can no longer justify my loyalty to a company that can't even keep their promises. They tell you your "grandfathered" into a certain plan, then they say it you want to remain grandfathered you have to pay more...WTF!?!? People try to say they aren't forcing you to do anything, but they make it nearly impossible to say "no"!
Yes, VZW has the best coverage.
No, no other carrier can compare in that sense.
But, as a forgotten, disgruntle and unwanted "grandfathered" unlimited... Id rather deal with dropped calls and slower data, than to deal with you BS any longer. I'm out!
18. downphoenix (Posts: 2287; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Ting actually has sprint voice roaming included (but not data roaming) which is more than what most prepaids offer. So Im quite tempted to take them up on this offer.
22. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2939; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Not everyone needs LTE 4G speeds, some people are fine with using wifi and just simple web browising, phone calls, and texting. I would never switch back to Sprint but that's because I would be locked into a contract and be paying similar to what I am with AT&T for just 3G speeds, which I will admit are ungodly slow. However on a prepaid network like this and Virgin Mobile, you are getting the same network of Sprint but no contract and paying way less.
Honestly, this is great for people who are sick of spending over 100+ on a contract every month but don't wanna throw 300+ dollars away to get out of it.
You just need to ask yourself if the faster data speeds are worth the price you pay.
3. sectime (unregistered)
I am a customer of Ting and PagePlus. Yes gmracer Ting uses the Sprint network. Voice coverage is same as Sprints including roaming, data has no roaming. Rest of your post is opinion and innuendo . When I had Verizon I hated paying for unlimited voice and text when I used far less .As far as coverage, I don't care who has more in places I don't go, Sprint is solid where I do live and work. More choices are better for everyone.
4. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
You better read Sprint's disclaimer. Their data does roam, and you get a 300MB allowance during roaming. There are also caps on voice and texting during roaming. Do your homework, please.
9. ibap (Posts: 688; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
Sprint roams data, Ting does not. Ting data is only on Sprint native and they are completely up front about that.
10. sectime (unregistered)
gmracer no data roaming on any MVNO, no caps on voice or texting. Galaxy S3 and Note 2 work well on Sprint. I'm thinking your just a troll.
13. ibap (Posts: 688; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
Not quite true. republicwireless.com uses the full Sprint-with-roaming for voice and data.
21. sectime (unregistered)
Good luck with that. Look over the customer support forums not a happy bunch. When and if Republic gets out of Beta maybe.
15. ibap (Posts: 688; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
And PagePlus runs on full VZW as far as I can tell, for both voice and data. There may be a few places where they don't, but their maps say they are mostly using all of VZW. Their newer, more-data plans offer higher data limits, but are not the bargain that some of their lower-tier plans are.
16. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)
So, start a new contract right now, pay for let's say an iPhone 5, Optimus G, GSIII, etc.. cancel tomorrow, cheap phone? Fraud is nice.
19. downphoenix (Posts: 2287; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
well it would be Ting out the money, not the other carrier. you'd still have to pay the etf to them.