(Update 6/9: Limited-time offer is now ended, back to $25 referral credit.) Ting provides mobile phone service with a “pay-only-for-what-you-use” structure. Think “a la carte” instead of Golden Corral buffet. For the last few months, I’ve been beta-testing the new Ting GSM program in my out-of-contract iPhone 5. Just popped in their SIM card and off I went. Their GSM SIM card service uses the T-Mobile GSM MVNO network, while their original service is a Sprint CDMA MVNO.
Until June 8th, Ting has upped their refer-a-friend bonus to $100 off a device or $100 in Ting credit if you buy used or bring your own phone to Ting. This applies to both GSM and CDMA service. I believe the standard referral offer is only $25 off. I’m actually on vacation right now and thus won’t have a full review ready in time, but here’s what you need to know:
- Ting interactive rate calculator to see how much they would charge you. If you are not a power user or have a lot of variability in your usage, Ting can often save money over time. (Tip: You can set alerts or even hard usage caps, so you’ll never exceed a certain level.)
- Ting phone compatibility checker tool. Bringing over a used GSM or Sprint phone is the best deal in my opinion. You can find a lot of good, cheap GSM phones on the secondary market now, like the Galaxy S series or iPhone 5 or 5S.
Here is my referral link. You get $100, I get $50. Thanks in advance if you use it!
Here’s a screenshot of their rate breakdown:
Here’s the full referral e-mail text:
From now until 11:59pm ET on June 8, the Ting Refer a Friend program is offering you $100 to try Ting mobile phone service. If you sign up and activate a phone, I’ll also receive a $50 credit and yes, once you join Ting, you’ll be able to refer your friends too.
z4jl1i37om9.ting.com. That’s my unique referral URL and the key to this offer. Click through and you’ll receive $100 off select phones in the Ting shop or a $100 credit if you bring your own phone to Ting.
Speaking of which, the phone you already own will probably work with Ting. Go to the Ting compatibility checker to find out for sure.
See Ting network coverage here.