Many people know about the big name wireless service providers of Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. This is for good reason – they advertise everywhere and they basically own the airwaves.
What about those random brands that you might have seen in the store but don’t really know? What’s the difference between them and the more popular carriers? Are they a risk or gamble? Are they too good to be true?
Launched in 2012, Ting finds itself in the increasingly crowded segment of low-cost, no-frills alternatives. Ting was one of the first in the industry to popularize the pay-for-what-you-use structure.
Does Ting support GSM or CDMA?
Ting’s service uses the Verizon and DISH networks for CDMA coverage and T-Mobile for GSM, but it operates with its own plans and features. You can check potential coverage ahead of time, even checking expectations based on the phone you currently own.
Finding unlocked phones with support for GSM is much easier as the selection is larger. Moreover, if you travel internationally, the GSM-based devices will work just fine, and without requiring any major changes.
Tell me about Ting rate plans
Ting’s rate plans are pretty straightforward, giving consumers a few options that cover the bases for most user types. All of the plans include unlimited talk and text with nationwide LTE + 5G data; data speed is reduced to 2G after monthly data allotment is exceeded.
- Flex ($10/mo.) – Data is $5 per gigabyte
- Set 5 ($25/mo.) – Includes 5GB data which can also be used as hotspot
- Unlimited ($45/mo.) – Includes 22GB data, 12GB of which can also be used as hotspot
- Unlimited Pro ($60/mo.) – Includes 35GB data, 30GB of which can also be used as hotspot
You can set alerts and caps in the Ting Dashboard, and create limits on individual lines. This is peace of mind for parents who might be otherwise worried about a child using an exorbitant amount of data for streaming HD video.
Are there any other Ting features worth noting?
Ting users can benefit from calling more than 60 countries at no additional cost. All minutes are counted the same whether it’s US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Puerto Rico, or a bunch of others.
Ting offers a cancellation-fee reimbursement if switch from another service provider. You’ll get back 25 percent of whatever it costs for you to leave your carrier, whether an early termination fee or a balance remaining on your phone. Reimbursement is capped at $75 in credit on your account.
What about Ting handset selection?
Ting offers a small selection of phones, however it’s comprised mainly of Samsung and Apple, with a few LG and Motorola models sprinkled in. For what it’s worth, it does offer the iPhone 11 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10+, and Google Pixel 4a.