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While I personally had not heard of Ting until today, the Tucows-owned Sprint MVNO operates on a pay-per-usage billing model, providing voice and data service on Sprint's complete network (including LTE). The company launched its first Android app in the Play Store today, designed to help you monitor your Ting account.

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The Ting app may not be jam-packed with features, but it is decidedly clean and simple, and there's nothing wrong with that. You can view your data, SMS, and voice usage in detail - including day-by-day breakdowns of your data habits. That kind of fine-grain history usually requires a big, long billing PDF, so this is definitely kind of neat. I sure wish AT&T's management app was so informative. If you're a Ting customer, head to the Play Store to pick up the new app now.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • atlouiedog

    Oh, wow. I don't know how I missed the announcement yesterday. Well, actually I think I might know how it got buried by other news. :(

    It looks good. There's been an unofficial app maintained by a customer for awhile, but I'll be switching to this official one. The company really knocks it out of the park with customer service and stuff like this is why I like being with them.

  • http://www.dailyplacebo.com/ jeadly

    Yup, Ting is awesome. Our monthly bill is like $100 less than on Sprint. Go get it.

    • Ambroos

      Whoa, $100 less? How much do you pay now then? In Belgium I pay €15 a month (around $20 USD) for one hour of calls every day, unlimited texts and 2GB of data.

      • http://www.dailyplacebo.com/ jeadly

        Its around $40, down from $150. The smallest family plan on Sprint is 1500 minutes and unlimited everything else. We use between 200-300 mins and ~500MB per month so paying for what you use is amazing. Don't underestimate the power of WiFi offloading.

        I know, it's like the dark age of Telcoms in the US with terrible speed and ridiculous prices, but that's what you get when lobbyists are in charge.

        • Ambroos

          That sounds OK for two people. $150 is insane though, that's double what I pay for mobile, home phone, television and home internet together.

  • timrcm

    I wish there was a Ting alternative that operated off of AT&T's network. I love their model, but I love my unlocked phones and Sprint's network.... well, let's not go there.

    • varun

      Ditto here on the Nexii. Another thing is that I like swapping around phones, and I just get depressed that I can't use some random device that I feel like that morning. Pre 3 today, Nexus 4 tomorrow, HD2 with WP7 the day after - alas!

    • JohnBPrice

      Ting phones will do voice roaming on Verizon free in the US.

      • timrcm

        So do normal Sprint phones. That doesn't make their network any less terrible. You still have to disconnect from a Sprint tower before you connect to a Verizon one, resulting in a dropped call. And let's not even try to discuss data.

  • Slighter

    been waiting for my contract to end or a reasonable etf to get on this

    • http://www.dailyplacebo.com/ jeadly

      Run the numbers, you might save enough every month to make it worth paying the full ETF. Also, Sprint forgot to charge me an ETF when I ported my last number away from them, so you may luck out...

  • Doug

    I’ll never go back to having a contract with a cell phone provider. I went from $255 per month on Sprint with five devices down to $116 per month with Ting. Here's my story, exact usage and numbers: http://Doug.LA/ting I’m a happy Ting customer.