[olug] OT: Ting

Jon Larsen jon at jonlarsen.us
Sat Apr 5 19:35:50 UTC 2014

When it falls back, it is only voice/text.

On 04/03/2014 04:24 PM, Dan Linder wrote:
> When it falls back, does it use Verizon 4G, or just 3G/2G?
> (Or if there's a map/URL you can point me to I'll read up myself...)
> DanL
> 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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