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New wireless carrier Ting to go live in 2012, minimizes your monthly bill with flexible plans

0. phoneArena posted on 06 Dec 2011, 04:12

Internet hosting giant Tucows is planning on launching its very own wireless carrier at some point in 2012. Named Ting, the service will be available throughout the U.S. and will ride on Sprint's network...

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posted on 06 Dec 2011, 05:36 1

1. hepresearch (unregistered)

Like the idea... wish it was not stuck on Sprint, though... might even be too good of a deal to be allowed to continue operations (by consensus of the other carriers, who will probably hate it). The concept, though, is very nice. If I had money, I might try to get a phone from them. I wonder if they will be able to flash other CDMA models to work on their service, like MetroPCS does?

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 05:46 1

2. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

Its a love Hate idea. Good try, but Alltel has been doing the same thing with their phones for a few weeks now and their flexible payment plans are pretty respectable. The area where Alltel has advantages are in the coverage. I don't know the plan rates for TIng yet.

LOL, Alltel is still on the map. It has just been turned into a simplified version of Verizon. It has Verizon's older android phones and is selling them at ridiculously low prices, even the unlocked variants are fairly low priced.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 06:06 2

4. hepresearch (unregistered)

I have never lived in an Alltel market, ever. Even before Verizon bought them out, and allowed the remnant to operate under the Alltel name, I had hoped they would arrive in my region, but they never did. Ting could be the only possibility for such a thing out my way.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 10:44 2

13. Rio1983 (Posts: 25; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)

With all that they got coming down the pipe.. You are going to see SO MANY PEOPLE FLOCK TO THIS PLAN.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 05:51

3. ibap (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)

Good point. We're on Sprint, and flashing an existing phone would make this attractive.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 06:20 2

5. FromOSN (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

I hope ting has some type of phone insurance and have 4.3 inch phones

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 06:37

6. hunted (Posts: 403; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)

is that like gsm or cdma?

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 06:42 2

7. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

its sprint, so CDMA.

You know, if the plans are cheap enough, and it roams on sprint's entire network and not some limited version of it.. it could be a killer deal.

The trick is.. for me at least.. can it compete with Tmobile's $30 unlimted 4G text/web plan with 100 mins. If i didnt work for the carrier, thats the plan I'd be on.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 10:44

14. Rio1983 (Posts: 25; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)


posted on 06 Dec 2011, 08:50 1

8. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)

Virgin Already tops the t-mob plan with $25: 300 min / unlimited data/text

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 09:38 1

9. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

Tmobiles plan comes with truely unlimited internet up to 42m/bs and no weird usage restrictions like virgin and Metro are prone to

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 10:42 2

11. Rio1983 (Posts: 25; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)

It doesnt come with TRULY UNLIMITED KNOW YOUR STUFF.. t MOBILE throttles you which doesnt allow you to have truly unlimited speeds. When throttled it takes 15 to 20 minutes to watch a 5 minute youtube video. Sprint at 1 gb or 10 gb the videos take a third of the time compared to T mobiles throttling and thats at maximum capacity on the network..

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 12:05

18. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

yea, it throttles after 2 gigs of usage which covers 90-95% of users with more than enough. The average data bill is well less than 1 gig.

Besides, ONLY sprint does truely unlimted and its 100 a month, not quite in the same category, eh?
Also, if you want to compare non-prepaid plans, TMobile offeres a 2 gig plann , a 5 gig plan and a 10 gig plan before throttling.. both the 2 and 5 gig plans are WAY less than sprints $100 unlimited plan. The 10 gig plan is the same prce. almost no one needs 5 gigs, and even less use 10 gigs..
but hey, you keep over paying for slower just so you can say its truely unlimited. if your not using more than 10 gigs, your just waisting your money.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 12:26 1

21. iami67 (Posts: 321; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Sprints truly unlimted plan is also not truly unlimited if you read the fine print. If you are roaming you only get 300mbs a month and if you look at there data coverage map there are a lot of areas where you roam unless you live in major cities or just happen to be lucky. For me Id have to check that Im not roaming everytime I use the phone.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 10:43

12. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)

You mean T-mobile got rid of their "slow you down to 2G after 2 gigs in a month"

News to me.

I mean thats not a weird usage restriction or anything.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 10:46

15. Rio1983 (Posts: 25; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)

No zay zay. The throttling I referred to was considering the 2gb throttling.. Lol.. T mobile is such a rip off..

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 11:03

16. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)

I was also referring to Remixfa's comment

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 11:36

17. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

90%+ of users never get anywhere near 2 gigs. I tether and stream and so all sorts of stuff to my phone and i rarely bounce 2 gigs.

And whats virgin's speeds? 1mbs with MMS and site restrictions? For some odd reason i think 42mb/s and 2 gigs of data before throttling is a much better deal for 5 bux more. :) That and Tmobile has better coverage. :)

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 10:40 1

10. Rio1983 (Posts: 25; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)

A lot of you guys stay downing sprint but have no valid reasons other than some coverage issues that will be panned out by 2012. Sprint will cover the entire nation in one year with LTE (3 - 21 mbps) plus they have the wimax network (3 - 6 mbps) to fall back on until 2015. I live in Columbia, SC .....Sprint's 7 billion dollar network upgrade puts them back in the driver seat when it comes to utilizing the customer base and giving the most affordable prices. We are not out of the recession fully and a lot of people still have to watch there pockets. Why not save 2000 to 3000 dollars every two years over the competition and help a company that appreciates you in the process. Sprint is the Future, Hello Ting. Welcome to the NOW network.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 12:19

20. iami67 (Posts: 321; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Not sure how sprint is the future the service is horible in most of the country and the data speeds are very slow. As far as wimax that covers maybe 5 percent of the country so is no help to most of us. If you get it in your area then you are very lucky and for you sprint is great. But for everyone else including me in Nj sprint is a scam. If you read the fine print there unlimeted everything pans are not truly unlimited. Im only allowed 300 mbs a month in my area with sprint on the unlimited data plan

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 16:14 1

22. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

That's because you dont actually have sprint coverage in your area, you have roaming.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 17:58

24. chargeon (Posts: 4; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)

I'm guessing you work for Sprint? I worked as an indirect agent for Sprint for 5 years. Even after I left and came to work for Verizon, I kept Sprint service thinking it was the best deal. The reason I dropped Sprint and picked up Verizon was because I was one of the many customers to get screwed over with the change in their primer customer program. In 2 months I went from being eligible for a $150 discount to a $75 discount(really a lot more than a $75 difference) to not being eligible for any discount at all. When I called and complained, and explained that I have been selling their phones for 5 years, and have been a customer that whole time, they pretty much said "too bad". When I said I would be leaving for Verizon, their response was "that's too bad"...The whole point for this reply was you said people were putting down Sprint for no valid reason. Well let me tell you, I have many valid reasons, and the biggest is a total lack of customer service. I am proud to say I sell and have Verizon, and would recommend it to anyone. Sprint on the only hand, I wouldn't recommend to my worst enemy(not that I have one)

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 12:17 1

19. iami67 (Posts: 321; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

So let me see if I understand this. The way a tier works. Ill make examples since there arent any yet. If tier one is 40 a month for 450 and tier 2 is 60 for 900 mins. Then if I go over 450 mins instead of paying overage per min I automatically get bumped to the 60 dollad plan for 900. This seems like a rip off to me. Most people are going to try and stay under teh 450 so they can keep there bill cheap and if they go over itll be by a min or two. So instead of paying a extra 45 cents for talking 451 mins I will be charge an extra 20 bucks. Def not a good idea to me Ill stay on my regular plan with any company.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 16:27

23. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

They automatically bump you down too on months you dont use the phone much. More or less it sounds like a pay as you go service that automatically adjusts itself, good for someone that doesnt want to count their minutes and has varying usage.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 20:23

25. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)

I used the usage calculator on their website (https://ting.com/calculator/) and put in the info for my Verizon plan and usage on Verizon. The websites response was:

"Ting might treat you better, but we would not be cheaper than your current plan."

So apparently Ting isn't meant for heavy users... (700 min, 6000 messages, 12 GB data)

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