Ting is a prepaid MVNO operating on Sprint’s network, and while they’re in my queue of providers to provide an in-depth analysis on at a later date, this is too good not to report: if you break your current contract and switch to Ting, they will pay for your Early Termination Fee (ETF) up to $350 per line.
We hate to see people toil under the yoke of mobile oppression (not to overstate things). We’ve decided to take matters into our own hands.
Naturally, Ting won’t make you sign a contract to take advantage of this offer. To avoid droves of contract-chained opportunists, the reimbursement will take the form of statement credit, which will then be used to pay your Ting service. This credit won’t expire until it’s used up or you close your account, so even if you choose the cheapest of service options (more on this later), you’ll be set for as long as you have a positive statement credit balance.
Ting is pretty confident in their service to offer a high-risk promotion like this. There’s nothing preventing you from switching to Ting in February, getting them to pay your ETF, using the balance, then switching to another prepaid provider. But they’re pretty convinced you won’t do that.
Why, we hear you asking in earnest? Well, because we’re pretty sure that after you give us a try, you’ll stick around long after your Ting credit has run through and you’ll join the ranks of happy Ting customers, saving money, living contract free and taking advantage of all Ting has to offer
Only contracts signed before January 16, 2013 (when Ting initially pre-announced the promotion) are eligible for ETF reimbursement credit.
This offer won’t last indefinitely, as a $100,000 finite budget has been set aside to reimburse new lines of service. This promotion will last throughout the month of February or until the $100,000 fund has been depleted, whichever comes first.
Ting at a glance
Since Ting hasn’t been covered on this blog before, I thought it appropriate to provide a quick glance at who they are, and why you might be interested in switching.
- Partner Network(s): Sprint
- Package Details: Varies
- Monthly Fee: $6 per device plus package options
- Sign-up Fee: None!
- Perks: Adaptable package sizes, no overages, referral program
Ting is a little bit different than other carriers – prepaid or otherwise. Instead of being locked into choosing a preconfigured package that’s “kind of close” to your usage, Ting allows you to configure your own plan in small increments. Are you a heavy data user, but don’t really talk on your phone much? No problem. Are you a big talker, but not a texter? Also not a problem. Are you a big talker, a big texter, and a big data user? That might be a problem in your life, but it’s not Ting’s problem.
As a Sprint MVNO, you can bring any device activated on Sprint’s network to Ting. There are some hoops to jump through if you want to take advantage of the ETF reimbursement offer with an existing Sprint line, but that’s covered in the Ting $100,000 ETF Payout FAQ.
For many, Early Termination Fees are what hold them back from switching to prepaid. If more prepaid providers offered promotions like this, it’d be a hard argument NOT to switch.
Any Ting subscribers out there? Anyone planning to switch to Ting because of this promotion?