Hopefully this will be the first of many alternatives for Cellular Service from alternate providers. I like the fact that there is a fairly well established organization behind the venture. I signed up and look forward to hear what is to come from there.
While they aren't directly publishing pricing, you can get a general sense of the pricing by going to the "how much can you save" section of their web-site and entering your estimated usage.
I tested the site with a bunch of different figures and it appears to be very reasonable, with pricing based upon bands.
$6.00 for a dial tone. $3.00 more for 1 to 100 minutes. $6.00 more for 101 to 500 minutes. $6.00 more for 501 to 1000 minutes. Then $17.00 more for 1,000 to 2,000 minutes. $17.00 more than that for 2,000 to 3,000 minutes. Then $.02 per minute above 3,000 minutes.
I didn't fiddle as much with text and data, but I did note that the first band of texts adds $3.00. I didn't figure out how high it goes..
The most interesting part is at the bottom-- It can be a family plan. You can add up to 5 more lines at $6.00 each, the pool of talk text and data will be shared. No M2M though so calling or texting among family members would still cost on both phones taking double the minutes out of the pool.
Data overage is $22.50 per GB, cool that it's PAYGO data and you are free to buy as much as you want, but the rate should be closer to $10.00 per GB especially considering it's Sprint network.
Unlike most prepaid, taxes are not included in the listed price and would vary by locality.
I also communicated with a top Ting person who advised that voice allows roaming on all Sprint's roaming partners, but data is strictly Sprint.
The thing that I really like about this company is that they've essentially re-created Sprint's Fair and Flexible Plan, only where fairer pricing. This will definitely not appeal to people who want "unlimited," but then, I don't know that anyone who advertises "unlimited" is actually honoring that anyway...
Well, it looks like this service's niche is to cater to those who think they are currently overpaying for cell service & know almost exactly how much they regularly use. Instead of fixed prepaid monthly packages, you pick one from row A, row B, etc.. As usual, it just depends on whether this is a good deal or not.
Anyway if somebody pays $600 or whatever for a 4g Photon, will they get 4g speeds on Ting?
I am in the Ting beta but declined to actually start service since it didn't work for my usage patterns. However, the big advantage they offer is the sliding scale shown applies every month - if you choose more than you need, you get a refund. If you choose less, they just charge you the difference between what you picked and the level you use.
Their phone prices are a bit more expensive than their counterparts on prepaid (for example they offer an Optimus S) and you can't reuse Sprint phones or other phones, so you need to buy one of there's to start service, and their cheapest flip is like $40. They also pride themselves on customer service, which seems pretty good as far as I've talked to them in a pre-sales type situation.
Overall a decent option for those that have usage that's somewhere in between PAYGO and the unlimited plans available on the other prepaid carriers.