Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ting - a New Kind of Cell Phone Carrier

Ting is still in beta, but it's an open beta and anyone is welcome.

Here are the basics:

  • Ting is an Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) running on the Sprint network
  • They have an interesting sliding-scale rate plan
  • You can bring your own phone

The interesting aspect of Ting is their rate plan.  Unlike most other carriers, you don't pick a plan that you think will cover you.  Ting has four sliding scales and you are billed for what you use.

Let's create an example here.  It you are like me, you use a fair bit of data, but not very much in the way of minutes or messages.  For me, my rate might look something like this:

  • Devices: XS = $6
  • Minutes M = $9 (usually about 250 minutes)
  • Messages S = $3 (usually about 20 messages)
  • Megabytes XL+ = $44 ( 3GB $29 + $15)
  • Total = $64

Before you give me any grief, most of my messaging is done outside of SMS.  I use Hangouts with most of my friends and colleagues.

If, in a given month my minutes go up I would just move into the next tier and pay for that, then my rate would go back down the next month.

This rate isn't great.  It's about the same as I'm paying T-Mobile for an unlimited plan.  So, for me this wouldn't work out so well.  Not to mention the fact that it's running on Sprint.  Not the greatest carrier in Southern California.

What are your thoughts?  Would this work for you?