Ting cellular service is now live nationwide, no ball and chain required

Ting cellular service is now live nationwide, no ball and chain required
About a couple of months ago, we found out that internet hosting giant Tucows was getting ready to introduce a new wireless service to the U.S. market. Called Ting, it promised affordable monthly rates, flexible plans, and most importantly, no long-term commitment.

Well, the day has finally arrived. Riding on Sprint's airwaves, Ting is already operational across the U.S., so families and businesses that are looking for an alternative to their current wireless plans are free to check it out.

Here is how Ting works: first you need to go to the service's web page and purchase a phone online. Bringing your own device is not allowed at this time. There is a total of 8 handsets available at the moment:

Android smartphones:

Feature phones:

After receiving their new handset over the mail, which takes between 5 to 10 business days, users must choose their plan in accordance to whatever they think they will consume over the next month. Having 100 nationwide minutes costs $3 and a more reasonable 500 minutes will cost you $9. If you are more into texting, having 1000 of them per month costs $5. Of course, there are data options as well, given that Ting can operate on Sprint's 3G or 4G WiMAX networks. 1000 megabytes cost $24 and 2 gigs can be had for $42 per month. The cool thing about Ting's plans is that there are no overage charges. Even if you go over your monthly allowance, your plan's tier will be automatically switched based on your usage, and you will be credited or charged for the difference in cost. Oh, and services like tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot are free of charge.

So, what do you, guys and girls, think about Ting? Is anyone planning on switching in the near future? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments.

source: Ting via Engadget



1. Yankchef

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

This is actually looks great for people who just want to call/text and check email on the go every now and then. No contract is also nice! I wonder if you already have one of the listed phones from sprint if you can just hop on or if you need to buy it from them...

2. Nick_T

Posts: 186; Member since: May 27, 2011

We checked. Apparently, you cannot bring your own device at this time. Perhaps one day in the future...

7. phoenixpr

Posts: 167; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Don't use Ting.com! I had my credit card at hand to purchase the Samsung Galaxy SIII 32GB $579. I just had a couple of question I needed answer from Ting. I called Ting to ask the following. Q) If I decide after a year I am not happy with Ting, Can I take my purchased Ting Samsung Galaxy SIII 32GB $579 onto the Sprint Network? After all it's on the Sprint Network. Ting reply to this is YES! Lies, Lies, Lies!!! I called Sprint they said only if Ting is nice enough to give me the code. OK I call Ting back, Here is the SHOCKER! The second Ting rep. said NO I can't take my Ting purchase phone unto the Sprint network. I told him the first Ting rep. said I could. Then he change his story and said to me verbatim "if we decide to give you the code" IF? If Ting decide to give me a code? So what? I have to say pretty please if I ever decide I want to switch back to Sprint with my Ting purchase phone. So no protection on my expensive Ting purchase. So I decide to just get my Samsung Galaxy SIII 32GB from Sprint. At least I know from A-Z the ways I'm being screwed from Sprint. This Ting thing is scary, not knowing what standards or rules they what to implement depends on who you talk to. Company do come and go, this is a legit concern, one that needs to be address in writing.

3. pimpollofelice123

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

2 bad you cant bring your own sprint phone at this time. I was trying to activate my htc evo but no luck. I guess someday in the near future.

4. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

It looks to me like it runs on the full Sprint (with VZW roaming) network for voice. But in some areas, it looks like data does not roam.

5. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

i typed my current plan info into the "how does your current provider stack up with ting" page. my current plan costs me $30/mo, ting offered me the same exact plan for $117/mo (dont forget i cant bring my phone to ting and need to buy an unlocked one from them). so, where are the savings? at least ting admitted that "Ting might treat you better, but we would not be cheaper than your current plan" after i entered in my info.

6. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

well its not for everyone. This is probably ideal for people that have varying usage from month to month, or may need some plan that is customizable. Also for people that may want to change their plan and then realize they want to go back but the carrier wont allow it because the old one isnt offered. The rates appear to be very good (with the exception of Data) so it would probably work great for people that aren't really data users or use it sparingly, or frequently have access to Wifi so they can just use wifi most of the time. I would jump on this in a heartbeat if I could use my current sprint phone or something like that. The handset prices are pretty weird. They're good for phones like the Samsung Conquer and LG Optimus, and the feature phone prices are good (though honestly the M360 should be the cheaper of the 2 feature phones as it is a crapier phone than the Reclaim), but the Photon and Evo Shift are pricier than just buying them without contract for Sprint.

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