The four top US carriers are not your only option when it comes to choosing a service. Mobile Virtual Network Operators or MVNOs offer a lot of attractive plans for those who want cellular services without being tied up to a family plan. These are low-cost carriers who piggyback on one of the major carriers and offer low tariffs to users. Ting, one of the reliable MVNO's has just announced a price cut to their data tariff. The Tucows-owned wireless service provider is popular among subscribers as it lets you create a plan customized to your usage at cheap monthly rates. Ting uses Sprint or T-Mobile's network to offer their services. But multiple networks can be utilized with a single account per device making the service more useful.
As of August 5th, 2016, Ting is offering their XL+ package at $10/GB. According to the market rates, it is the same as what Project Fi charges per GB of data. But Project Fi, owned and operated by Google, has a significant disadvantage. It can only be used on Nexus devices, where Ting supports any unlocked phone. The other advantage Ting has over its competitors is the highly customizable family plans, which lets the user have granular control over sharing amount of data, messages and minutes among multiple connections. The lower prices position Ting as a formidable competitor to other competitors in the MVNO market.
The new price cuts made by Ting affect all the data plans sans the 100 MB option. The medium scheme, capped at 500 MB is now priced at $10, a $2 price cut from the original. The 1 GB large plan is reduced to $16, and the XL plan of up to 2 GB which was previously $29 now costs $20. The biggest price cut is the XL+ plan, now $10 per GB down from $15. The new pricing is available to all customers, without any hidden charges to existing customer to switch over to the new plan. New customers subscribing to Ting will already be paying the lower rates. For existing clients, the new rates will be applicable in the next billing cycle. According to Ting, the new price chart is the direct result of negotiation with carriers for lower data rates.