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Cheap No Contract Cell Phone Service

Updated on January 16, 2015
Alternative cell phone service that lets you control what you spend.
Alternative cell phone service that lets you control what you spend. | Source

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I got my first cell phone when I was in middle school. This was sometime around 2000. It was a black, brickish, green and black pixel screen, Nokia and even back then was completely embarrassing to take out in public. Its purpose was strictly for emergencies only!

Cell phones have changed a lot since then. Unfortunately, cell phone companies seem to be having difficulty keeping up with the rapid evolution of technology. Things such as text messaging and data usage are common place now. Everyone expects to be able to use these things without having to pay exorbitant amounts of money because they have become so common place. Cell phone companies don't really seem to agree.

I've used many different services, but recently I transferred to Ting--and so far, I really love it! Now before I continue, I believe I should put a disclaimer. I haven't been paid to endorse this company at all. I just really like the company and want to spread the word to others who may be frustrated with greedy cell phone companies. However, it's true that if I refer people using my link (which I've included in the section at the bottom of this page) I will get credit towards my cell phone bill. But that is just one of the perks of Ting and totally not the reason I'm writing this. In fact, you don't even have to use my referral link if you don't want to. I'm just spreading the word.



What you can expect to pay based on usage.
What you can expect to pay based on usage. | Source

What is Ting, exactly?

Ting is a cell phone service provider that works on Sprint's network. There is no activation fee, no start up fee, no money to put down, no credit checks, no contracts, no plans to choose from, no confusing jargon, no hidden fees, no none of that. All you need is a credit card or Amazon account to sign up.

Customers pay $6 per device on their plan then pay for the texts, messages, and data used during that month, as well as regulated taxes and fees that are determined by the government. Texts, messages, and data are all billed separately. They start out at $3 every month for 0 - 100 messages, minutes, and megabytes. Then the more you use the more you pay--which sounds a little scary, but if you take a look at the chart to the right, you'll see the rates are pretty fair.

At the end of the month, you are billed to the credit card or Amazon account you signed up with.

Savings calculator to estimate how much you can save on your cell phone bill by switching to Ting.
Savings calculator to estimate how much you can save on your cell phone bill by switching to Ting. | Source

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What if you use a lot of minutes/messages/data?

Obviously, this may not sound like a great deal to someone who uses a lot of minutes, messages, or data, but Ting has a savings calculator on their website that will help you get an idea of what you can expect to pay each month for service. All you need to do is enter the number of messages you send, minutes you use, and data you use a month (this information may be available on your phone, cell phone bill, or account profile for your cell phone. If you don't know where to find it, call customer service and ask, or check out your provider's website. Hopefully it won't be to hard to navigate, good luck!). This is a great way to compare what you're paying now to what you may expect to pay with Ting.

Check if your device is eligible for transfer.
Check if your device is eligible for transfer. | Source
Easily activate your phone by following a few steps.
Easily activate your phone by following a few steps. | Source
After you activate your phone, Ting gives you options to customize your account, offers you rewards for referrals, learn how to track your usage and control your spending, and more.
After you activate your phone, Ting gives you options to customize your account, offers you rewards for referrals, learn how to track your usage and control your spending, and more. | Source
Buy used and refurbished iPhones and other smartphones at a much cheaper price than you would elsewhere or use the personal shopper to find the perfect phone (new or used) for you.
Buy used and refurbished iPhones and other smartphones at a much cheaper price than you would elsewhere or use the personal shopper to find the perfect phone (new or used) for you. | Source

BYOD - Bring Your Own Device

If your phone is compatible, you can transfer your device and number over to Ting at no cost. Since Ting works on the Sprint network, most Sprint devices are compatible. This is actually how I came across Ting in the first place. I bought a used Sprint iPhone and was trying to research the best service provider to use with it, a Google search took me right to Ting. After I decided to use the service, activation only took me a few minutes right over the computer! I was so amazed by how simple and easy it was I was convinced it wasn't going to work. Then I made my first call and was shocked! I have had a lot of trouble with cell phone companies in the past. Signing up for Ting was easier than starting a new Twitter account.

Signing Up for Ting

If you have a phone you would like to use, first check if it's compatible by going to "BYOD." If it is, proceed to "Activate." If you need to buy a new SIM card you will have the opportunity to order one, but if you have an iPhone or smartphone that allows it--you can activate your phone right over the computer.

If you don't have a phone, check out their "Shop" first and see what they have available. They have lots of new and used phones at really great prices. Then sign up as normal.

You will need a credit card or Amazon account, and an e-mail address. You do not have to pay anything to start up. Unless your usage is highly excessive, you do not need to pay anything until a month has passed.

Ting App

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Keep tabs on your bill.Easily view your usage.Set alerts to track usage.Control usage with device settings.
Keep tabs on your bill.
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Easily view your usage.
Easily view your usage. | Source
Set alerts to track usage.
Set alerts to track usage. | Source
Control usage with device settings.
Control usage with device settings. | Source

Control What You Spend

Ting offers its customers lots of ways to track their usage and control how much they spend. Once you've signed up, you can track your usage on your account page on the website. You can also use special device settings to limit how much minutes and data you use and messages you are able to send and receive. This way you have full control over what you can expect to pay at the end of the month.

Additionally, Ting offers an app for smartphones that allows you to track and control your usage easily as well. The app and services are both free for download and use.

Cancel Ting

If you find that Ting's service is not for you, cancelling your service is as easy as signing up. Just go into your account settings, port your information, and cancel your account. No cancellation fees, no waiting period, no risk in trying the service out to see if it's right for you.

Drawbacks

I'm still pretty new to the service, but so far I'm really happy with it! If that changes over time, I will update this Hub on things I dislike about the service or that I think others might not like.

- No unlimited anything. At Ting, you get what you pay for. This may not work for people who are on their phones 24/7, but I would highly recommend checking out the savings calculator first before you decide that.

- Sprint network. The Sprint network is decent, but it really isn't the best. People who are in areas that do not have Sprint coverage will not be able to use this service. Hopefully, as Sprint' network improves, this will get better.

- Automatic pay. This doesn't really bother me very much, but some people may dislike it. At the end of the month, your bill is automatically deducted from the credit card or Amazon account you signed up with. So be very aware of when your bill is coming up and if you have a new card make sure you update your Amazon and/or Ting account with that information.

Like What You See?

Sign up for Ting now by using my referral link or by going to Ting.com directly yourself.

If you use Ting and would like to share your opinions (good or bad) please share in the comments below! It will be very useful for potential users to see what others think about the service! If you think I've missed mentioning anything important here (good or bad), please add it to the comments as well so I can improve this Hub.

Thank you and I hope this was helpful for anyone looking to save on their cell phone bills!

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