blog post yesterday, Sprint MVNO Ting announced that it will reimburse users for the early termination fees (EFT) charged by the operators they are leaving. The offer is subject to a few conditions, listed below:
- The offer is good from Feb 1, 2013 through Feb 28, 2013
- The reimbursement is in the form of a Ting service credit which can be used to cover Ting's monthly charges and taxes. It can't be used to buy a new phone
- You must port your number to Ting to be eligible for reimbursement.
- Your current mobile contract must have been signed before Jan. 16, 2013
- You must activate a new or refurbished Ting device or an eligible Sprint device that not currently in service on Sprint and port your number to Ting.
- You must send Ting a PDF scan of an online or paper copy of your final bill from your old operator showing the amount of the ETF that you were charged.
- The reimbursement is the lesser of $350 per line or your ETF, excluding taxes and other fees.
- There's a limit of $100,000 for all reimbursements. If every reimbursement is the full $350, that's enough for at 285 reimbursements. But ETFs are prorated so the average reimbursement will be less than $350, probably around $200 or about 500 reimbursements.
Ting's pricing model is unusual. There's a $6 per phone monthly fee that doesn't include any airtime. On top of monthly fee you are charged for buckets of minutes, messaging and data. For example, the first 100 minutes costs $3. Use more and you are charged for the next tier which is $8 for 500 minutes. There are separate tiers for data and messaging. Here's a table showing the tiers.
|Text Messages (domestic and international)||$0||100||1000||2000||4000||6000|
|Cost||$0||$3||$13||$24||$42||$60||2.25¢ per MB|
Unlike most other Sprint MVNOs, Ting offers no extra charge off network roaming (voice and text only, no data), (coverage map).
Ting isn't for everyone. Its pricing favors moderate users, but gets really expensive for someone who really needs "unlimited everything" The minimum monthly charge is $6, $9 if you use the phone at all, so Ting isn't the best for very light "glove box phone" users. But if Ting's pricing works for you and you are stuck under a contract with a heavy termination fee this offer is a great deal.