[olug] OT: Ting

Jon Larsen jon at jonlarsen.us
Thu Apr 3 20:32:37 UTC 2014

Oh, I almost forgot - https://zclat02lqs4.ting.com/

On Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM, Jon Larsen <jon at jonlarsen.us> wrote:

> Ting uses Verizon's voice network when you are outside your main service
> area.  (this was just mentioned five minutes ago during the Ting Hangout on
> Google+ http://ting.com/hangout )
> Jon L.
> On Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 7:09 AM, Obi-Wan <obiwan at jedi.com> wrote:
>> Let's try this without the screenshot & see if it goes out to the list
>> any faster...
>> On 04/02/2014 11:34 PM, Joseph Gulizia wrote:
>>> I'm looking at Ting for phone service.  Any referrals for it or reasons
>>> NOT
>>> to switch to it?
>> I've been using Ting (my referral code: https://znt1he1mog3.ting.com)
>> since last summer.  It's great for low-usage users, as long as you don't
>> travel outside the main metro areas very often.  Sprint's service sucks in
>> rural Nebraska.
>> Our family of 3 smartphones typically pays $52 per month combined.  That
>> saves us about $130/mo vs Verizon.  Pricing for service is a tiered
>> approach based on what your entire family uses that month.  There's a $6/mo
>> flat fee to have each line activated, plus some small regulatory taxes
>> (totaling about $8/mo for our family of 3 phones).  After that, you pay
>> separately for voice minutes, texts, and megabytes.  If you don't use one
>> of those at all during a month, you don't pay for it (you can turn off
>> services per device, too).  My family typically sits in the medium tier of
>> all three categories, though we have occasionally jumped into the large
>> tier for data when my son forgets what he's doing. View their tier pricing
>> and use their rate calculator at:
>> https://ting.com/rates
>> Their customer service is unlike anything you've ever experienced in the
>> cell phone industry.  I actually enjoy interacting with them!  Very fast
>> response via phone or email, and they've got a great sense of humor.  You
>> can setup alerts so you automatically get notified if certain usage amounts
>> are surpassed, which is nice.  You also have detailed reports available
>> online or on a smartphone app.  I'll attach a screenshot of my dashboard as
>> an example (or not; the OLUG moderates any message over 40KB).  It's
>> updated daily.
>> I live most of my life in a WiFi zone, so I'm actually the lightest user
>> in our family.  Ting's great for low-usage customers who don't leave major
>> metro areas all that often.  If you travel all over the state, you need to
>> go with Verizon.  If you're a power user that talks for thousands of
>> minutes or downloads many GB of data every month, then you should find an
>> unlimited plan. If you must stick with Verizon's network, I'm told that
>> Straight Talk is decent, at about $45/mo per line for unlimited usage.
>> Using a pay-what-you-use account has encouraged us to adjust our behavior a
>> bit.  For example, when we're at home or work, we make voice calls to/from
>> the land line instead of the cell as a first option, even if we're looking
>> up the number in our cell phone contacts.  We also avoid watching YouTube
>> or other high-volume services over 4G without good reason.  Those are
>> pretty small sacrifices to keep our payments low, IMHO.
>> If you do sign up, please use my referral link (
>> https://znt1he1mog3.ting.com), which will save you and me each $25 off
>> our next bill.
>> --
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