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Full disclosure - Ting is my mobile provider of choice. I may write about the constant tug-of-war between the big four American carriers, but at the end of the day, I refuse to sign a two-year contract with anyone, and T-Mobile has precisely zero coverage in the drastically non-urban corner of the US that I'm from. Thankfully, I have options. Ting is celebrating its two-year anniversary this week, and it's doing so by slashing its data prices. As a Ting customer, this is my kind of party.

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Sprint may still offer unlimited data plans, but Tuscows-owned Ting (a Sprint MVNO that uses the same network) has to charge higher rates. Its former prices of $24 for 1GB and $42 for 2Gb were quite a large pill to swallow. But starting tomorrow, 1GB will cost $19, and 2GB will go for $29. Additional data costs 1.5 cents per megabyte (down from 2.25 cents), which amounts to $15 for each additional gigabyte. That means a customer who uses 3GB will get charged $44, only slightly more than what they would have previously been charged for just two.

Ting has also increased the allotments for XL tiers for minutes and messages without touching the prices, and extra minutes have dropped from 2 cents per minutes to 1.9 (not the biggest drop, but better than nothing). Extra texts remain .25 cents per message. XXL options have disappeared across the board, so per-unit pricing kicks in sooner.

If you are in the middle of a billing cycle, as I am, you will still be charged with the old rates. These discounted prices will take effect once your next cycle begins.

Source: Ting

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Barnassey

    Their service was great but i left them over that reason. The data prices were CRAZY high if you accidentally went over. Plus for a long time they didnt have data controls for the account.

    • Lauren Bryan

      If you are in the middle of a billing cycle, as I am, you will still be charged with the old rates. These discounted prices will take effect once your next cycle begins.

    • techlte

      Nothing about Ting is "CRAZY high" if you understand the service they provide.. Plus there isn't really any way to "accidentally" go over their plan if you're responsible or at least take a minute to set up your account.

      I transitioned from Sprint to Ting taking advantage of their ETF payoff promotion. I set my reminders and hard limits on data consumption and was able to lower my bill roughly $40 a month (and I had an 18% corp discount)! Combining SIP and Google Voice I was coming in below $25 a month and estimated to save about $400 a year without breaking a sweat.

      In the end I moved all of our Sprint lines to Ting utilizing an ETF payoff promo but I moved my line to T-Mobile. I'm a technology enthusiast and professional by trade, I'd classify myself as a heavy user. As I was already accustomed to SIP+GV for about $6 more a month to TMob I'm paying $31.80 and utilizing their 4G LTE network. In my area Sprint actually has better spectrum holdings (Spark), TMob is crippled here even after the Verizon spectrum purchase.

      • Barnassey

        Really? So those high prices on the higher end are cheap?

        • techlte

          I suppose you missed the first portion of my response..

          Nothing about Ting is "CRAZY high" if you understand the service they provide.. Plus there isn't really any way to "accidentally" go over their plan if you're responsible or at least take a minute to set up your account.

          A business makes money, your job as a consumer is to find the right fit. In short, it should be a non-issue. Be a responsible consumer and you'll be just fine.

  • Caleb B

    $15 a GB is pretty standard industry wide.

  • deltatux

    What's interesting is that Ting is owned by Canadian company Tucows, yet something like this will never happen in their native country ... which is sad for me as a Canadian since we have 3 telecoms owning ~95% of the market (so Americans, stop complaining, you guys have it better).

    • Scott

      Not too long ago... it wasn't much better. It's slowly getting better though with all these BYOP plans.

  • flosserelli

    Bertel King sings the praises of Ting,
    For minutes & data without the wallet ding.

  • Vetal

    still rather steep if you only want the 500mb and no more its 2.4 cents a mb. Better off going strait talk if you go with xl down the line.

  • Mike Fleming

    If you sign up for the 500mb and go over they will charge you for the next tier...not per meg, same if you sign up for a higher tier but use less than a lower option they will charge for the lower tier.
    I love being with Ting...my bill for four phones with Sprint was $340 a month...with Ting I have never gone over $100 since I switched over a year ago.

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    The part about T-Mobile having zero rural coverage is DRASTICALLY overblown. C'mon, that's kinda cheap. I live in a semi-rural area and venture off the beaten path quite a bit, and I have not yet been let down by T-Mo.

    I find it ironic that the author says he's getting service with... get this... Sprint! A Sprint MVNO, mind you, which means that if it's the traditional kind of MVNO it's without Verizon roaming. Seriously...

    Going from anyone to Sprint for "better coverage" is like going from Jamba Juice to Johnny Rockets for healthier eating.

    • techlte

      Typical Sprint bashing with absolutely no data to back it up.. If the author gets better coverage with Sprint, then who are you to say otherwise? Sprint coverage has vastly improved over the last two years all around the country. Just because you think coverage should be bad doesn't make it so. I understand it's cool to bash Sprint online, but get over yourself already. Ting is a great MVNO with unparalleled support IMO and a viable choice for someone with proper Sprint coverage.

      • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        Uh... No data? How about the highest churn in the industry? Or that they lose customers every quarter? Are you serious?

        In don't revel in their troubles. I wish Sprint was doing better, but you also know they aren't. And I never attacked or said anything untrue or derogatory about Ting. I just find MAJOR fault with the author's untrue jab at T-Mobile. Now THERE'S a lack of evidence.

        • techlte

          Obviously data in regards to his coverage area.. Twice now you've assumed the quality carrier coverage for the author. Nothing you've said has added value to the conversation, you're simply spouting off a biased opinion. Hence typical Sprint bashing based on your biased assumptions of the authors respective carrier coverage.

          A carriers coverage is not the same region to region:

          http://specmap.sequence-omega.net/
          http://reboot.fcc.gov/spectrumdashboard/searchMap.seam

          • jaduncan

            There's no need to have some kind of mutual jihad about for-profit phone carriers.

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      I didn't say T-Mobile has zero rural coverage, I said it has zero coverage *where I'm from.* It that particular corner of Virginia, Verizon is basically the only carrier that gets decent signal. Fortunately, Ting *does* roam to Verizon.

      Now I live in Pittsburgh, and while T-Mobile's network runs circles around Sprint's here, I still travel back to my old stomping grounds too often to make that switch. I also don't care that my network isn't blazing fast when I'm not paying all that much for it. I wouldn't put up with Sprint's network as a Sprint customer, but I'll gladly do it with a cheap MVNO.

      • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        Ah! Thanks for the clarification. Different performance in different areas, I guess. That makes sense.

        Haha, I wasn't offended or anything, I just doubted the scope of the claim.

  • Björn Brorsson

    600 calls, no matter how long, nationwide.
    6000 SMS/MMS, to the whole world.
    3GB of data, after that, unlimited but with a speed of 256 kbit/sec.
    Coverage; splendid.
    ~41 USD/Month.

    That's Sweden for you :p

    A 2 year contract gave me about 150 USD off the price of my phone too. Payed the rest of the cost of my nexus, myself. The Nexus 5 however is ~615 USD for the 16 GB one though. Almost 100 USD in VAT though. That's the downside of living here... :p

    All in all, we have better contracts, you have better phone prices... In my opinion that is. :)

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