Ting Mobile’s main draw over the years has been its customizable pricing, where you only pay for the calls, texts, and data you actually use. That resulted in lower prices for people who didn’t use much cellular data, but Google Fi, Visible, other MVNOs have put up more of a fight recently. Under new leadership by Dish, Ting today announced that its pay-as-you-go scheme is being replaced with more traditional plans.
Ting previously used a customizable pricing scheme based on how many lines you had, the number of calls/texts needed, and the required data amount. For example, one line of service ($6) with 200MB data ($3), 100 call minutes ($3), and 100 texts ($3) came out to be $15/mo. That was a pretty good deal for people who rarely used their phones outside of Wi-Fi networks, but once you needed more than 2-3GB of data, it was usually cheaper to go with Google Fi, Visible, Mint Mobile, or other MVNO carriers.
The cheapest plan is ‘Flex,’ which most closely mirrors the old Ting pricing scheme. You pay $10/mo for unlimited talk and text, plus $5 for every 1GB data you use. It’s similar to Google Fi, but with the per-GB cost cut in half and no tethering. The next step up is ‘Set 5GB’, which is $25/mo and includes 5GB of data with hotspot and 5G compatibility. There’s also the ‘Unlimited’ option for $45/mo with 22GB of data