One of the ways to enjoy life more, is by reducing the burden of the costs of things, hence find ways to spend less, except on the more meaningful things, whatever those are for you. Along those lines, paying less for subscriptions, if not eliminating them altogether, can be a big relief. Probably 2 years ago I came across a cell phone service provider called TING (link to their About page).
Keep in mind that this service provider is located in Canada and provides service only to North America.
At the dawn of cell phone service, it felt like such a privilege to have a compact mobile phone and have access to be able to talk to anyone, anywhere, provided they too had a mobile. Providers charged a pretty dime for this new novelty. It didn’t take me long to realize that since I don’t talk on the phone that much, why still pay for a landline?! At that time, the risk of not getting signal was negligible.
As the years went on, providers had to really work to get your business as theirs wasn’t the only game in town. Nonetheless, I could never really shake the feeling that I’m still being taken advantage of as what they offered, did not specifically fit my needs. In short, I was either overpaying, or not getting enough of the right service(s), e.g. voice, txt, 3-way calling/conferencing, voicemail, … forgotten by now what their spiel in gimmicks was.
Present day, we’ve got at least half a dozen providers who, in the end, attempt to make their plans look quite glitzy and appealing with wording like “unlimited”, “family & friends”, … BUT, do “I” need unlimited and pay, say $50+/mo/phone? —The numbers are not meant to be accurate, but are meant to convey my point conceptually. You apply your own circumstances, do your own homework, obviously.
1 phone / year = $600 ($50 x 12 months)
2 phones / year = $1200 (the above x2)
Hence my switch to TING’s service. They don’t require a contract, use unlocked phones and you pay as you go and of course can xfer your existing number to their service; though there may be exceptional cases, again, exercise your legs, do your own footwork. You can get used or new phones through them or use your own, in the latter case you’d pay once for their SIM card, insert it and be done. I don’t know why a modern phone would be incompatible with their service, but if there’s any question about compatibility, you can check it via their web site: https://ting.com/byod or even talk to a real human for support! Their web site is super easy to use, manage your own account, look at a dashboard about your usage, add another person, …
TING‘s estimate for charges pretty much applies for my wife and me, roughly $23/mo (our average is still less):
1 phone / year = $276 ($23 x 12 months)
2 phones / year = $552 (the above x2)
I’m writing here with a couple of motivations:
One, why not share my experience if I can possible help to make your life a little easier. Two, for doing so, if you’d be so kind and use my referral link, we’ll both get a discount from TING. Your discount, at the time I wrote this is either $25 off a device or $25 in Ting credit.
My referral link: https://z3nfet3imra.ting.com/
PS: TING actually blogs about how you can reduce your mobile phone costs by doing x, y & z. Check ’em out.