Would you maybe like a free smartphone to use at Ting???

by Kristen on March 19, 2014 · 223 comments

in Giveaways

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Pam H, the winner of the Kyocera Rise Smartphone!


Kyocera Rise

I recently wrote about how Mr. FG and I have a two-iPhones-for-$21/month plan, which is working out really, really well for us.

(Actually, last month we paid $18 because we managed not to use any data!)

Although I didn’t originally have any relationship with Ting, after I posted about our experience with Ting Wireless, the people from Ting emailed me and asked if I’d like to give a smartphone away to you guys.

And of course, I said yes because I really love Ting’s uber-flexible, super-inexpensive service, and because if I were you, I would want to win a smartphone!

(By the way, Ting runs on the Sprint network, so if you’ve got good Sprint coverage in your area, Ting will work great for you.)

The Phone

The smartphone Ting is offering for this giveaway is a Kyocera Rise.  I haven’t personally used one of these, but it’s an Android Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone (I have no idea what that means!) and it has a slide-out qwerty keyboard.

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And it’s all set to use on Ting’s rockin’ plan, so you can get busy slashing your cell phone bill right away.

(In case you missed my earlier post, click here to read all about how Ting’s phone plans work and about how Mr. FG and I keep our bill so low.)

How to Enter

To enter this giveaway, use Ting’s savings calculator to figure out how much you could save by switching and then share that in the comments.

Just visit Ting’s website and click on the Savings Calculator link, like so:

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Leave a comment telling me how much you’d save by switching to Ting, and you’ll be entered in the giveaway.

Don’t forget that if you sign up with Ting through any of the links on my blog, you’ll get $25 to use toward your first bill or toward the purchase of a phone.

And if you’re like Mr. FG and me, that’ll cover you for a good month!  ;)

The giveaway closes on Sunday night, March 23rd, so get your entry in before then.  Alaska and Hawaii residents, this giveaway is open to you guys too, so enter away.

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Legal Things and Such

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.

I’ll use random.org to choose a winner after this giveaway closes at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, March 23, 2014.

Ting is providing the Kyocera Rise, and I am not compensated for this giveaway. I do receive an affiliate commission for anyone who signs up for Ting’s service through my links.  I am a paying customer of Ting Wireless, though, and I’d blog about their service, affiliate or not, because I think it’s totally awesome.

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1 Kim W March 19, 2014 at 7:37 am

I would save $20.00 a month and $240.00 a year and I currently don’t even have a smartphone. Its a qwerty phone with data capability so a phone I could use for money saving apps would be really fun for me. We have found with my husband and daughters smart phones adding our WIFI password to them saves a fortune on data! I would love to have a ting phone and service for myself!

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2 Kristen March 19, 2014 at 7:39 am

Yes! We love using wifi…it’s available in so many places now and cuts our data usage to almost nothing.

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3 Kim W March 19, 2014 at 8:44 am

The savings I calculated was just for me. I guess the actual savings monthly would be 100.00 a month including the other 4 phones on the account!

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4 Teri March 19, 2014 at 7:46 am

I would save $960 over 2 years! That’s incredible!

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5 Ruth March 19, 2014 at 7:47 am

It said $2309 would be saved in two years. This did not include the cost of buying new phones.

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6 Sarah March 19, 2014 at 7:53 am

Good grief. $1584 for two years. That would more than cover getting some smartphones.

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7 Laura C. March 19, 2014 at 7:56 am

Goodness. I am embarassed at how much it would save us as we have SEVEN people on our current plan. Now, if I can just convince my husband to go with a carrier that is not one of the big three, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint…….

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8 Sarah March 19, 2014 at 8:02 am

Hey Laura! Sarah from Ting here.
I totally get where your husband is coming from. He wants to feel like he can rely on the network to work wherever and whenever he needs it. The good news is Ting runs off of the Sprint network. In fact, we purchase minutes, texts and data directly from Sprint, so he wouldn’t have to worry about not getting the same coverage.
Let me know if you have any questions!
Sarah

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9 Kristen March 19, 2014 at 8:25 am

I was just going to say…Ting IS on the Sprint network so you can probably convince him!

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10 Kristy K March 19, 2014 at 7:57 am

We don’t have smart phones (just talk and text), but I’ve been looking into adding data to our plan. If we did, Ting would save us about $40 a month! I’m definitely going to look into this service (and I would love to win the phone!)

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11 Marianne March 19, 2014 at 7:59 am

We have 3 on our plan, we were paying 2520 annually, switched to a non-contract plan and we are down to 1524 annually not including a phone (we are keeping our old ones) this is with the shared data plan with a company discount using AT&T. Ting would still save me another $25 per month as I typically only use my phone when I am in WiFi areas. I am not sure I can live without my iPhone features though. I have several apps like Evernote that I use daily. I wish Ting accepted more phones.

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12 Savannah March 19, 2014 at 8:45 am

My understanding is that Ting does accept iPhones! It just has to be Sprint compatible. I believe Kristin purchased a refurbed iPhone 4 and is using it on Ting!! :)

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13 Sarah (Ting) March 19, 2014 at 11:13 am

Yes, we currently accept the 4, 4s and 5! They must be Sprint-enabled iPhones.

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14 Dinah Losee March 19, 2014 at 8:12 am

The savings calculator says I wouldn’t save any money, but I currently do not have a smartphone and would really like one.

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15 Sarah (Ting) March 19, 2014 at 11:15 am

We’ve got a bunch of great smartphones to choose from. I could even help you out if you need help! Realistically, if you use wifi when you can, your bill could be as low as $20 per month (or less).

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16 Heather March 19, 2014 at 8:18 am

WOW – it says I would save $720.00! I have been trying to figure out ways to slash certain household bills, so this would be a PERFECT start……pick me, pick me :)

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17 Rachel March 19, 2014 at 8:22 am

This would be awesome! I’d save ~$15 per month but ADD data! I’d love to be able to use Instagram and Twitter but am currently only able to do so from my laptop. This would be a great upgrade! Thanks for the opportunity, Kristen!

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18 Becky March 19, 2014 at 8:27 am

It’s not quite an accurate comparison, but the savings calculator says I’m in the 2% who wouldn’t save by switching. I’m on a $30 per month pre-pay plan with my old-fashioned flip-phone (no data) and my husband gets by on the pay-per-minute & doesn’t use up a $100 card in a year. We are intrigued by Ting, though, as we may be looking to move to a smart-phone in about a year or so for traveling purposes & money-saving-deals via smart-phone.

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19 SMx March 19, 2014 at 8:28 am

I would Save $696/year.

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20 shayna March 19, 2014 at 8:41 am

I would save $840 in 2 years!

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21 Savannah March 19, 2014 at 8:44 am

I would go from roughly $160 per month to $78! For two phones! I’ll have to research and ask around as to whether Spring is good in our area because this is a no brainer for us! Thanks for sharing Kristin, you’re awesome!!!!

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22 Susan K March 19, 2014 at 8:50 am

Thank you Kristen! I would probably use more data than you, but would still save between $100 and $120 per month. A free phone may be the thing that convinces my husband to make the switch (I’ve been talking it up since your original post a few weeks ago).

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23 liddlem March 19, 2014 at 8:52 am

I’d save $83.05/month and $2004 in two years. Sign me up!

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24 rosie March 19, 2014 at 8:57 am

oh, apparently I would save about $700 bucks in two years if I were to switch. not too shabby!

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25 Laura Gori March 19, 2014 at 8:58 am

It says my husband and I would save $1,752 over 2 yrs by switching to Ting! We have never had smart phones before and would love to win one! Thanks for the opportunity to try.

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26 Allison March 19, 2014 at 8:59 am

We already have ting and we save about $80 a month from our old plan. Ting says we would save over $2000 over a 2 year plan. We love Ting and I really love that I can control how much we pay and we only pay for what we use. We don’t have a land line, so we use our phones as phones. Because some months are much heavier phone usage months than others, I really like that I never have to worry about how much I talk to my family.

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27 Rachel March 19, 2014 at 9:02 am

I would save $969 in two years! That’s about $40 a month! Holy moly!

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28 EmilyRose March 19, 2014 at 9:03 am

I would save $40 a month (about half) and we only right now pay for talk!!! We want smart phones but we are waiting for the right deal ;-)

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29 CindyK March 19, 2014 at 9:04 am

$1487.76 in two years. Wow!

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30 Ruth March 19, 2014 at 9:05 am

They claim I would save $2112 in two years, which is not the number I came up with when I looked at their site when you posted originally. Maybe closer to $500 in a year. But Sprint coverage in our area is notoriously horrible :(

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31 Amy March 19, 2014 at 9:08 am

Me! I switched to Ting back in May and save, on average, $50/month. I desperately need a new phone as mine is the ORIGINAL Samsung Galaxy S and, while I adore it and ported it to Ting NO PROBLEMO, it is old and is starting to freeze often/not want to charge any more. Winning this would be the answer to my bankrupt prayers! lol!

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32 Diane March 19, 2014 at 9:09 am

$3,816 over 2 years! Wow!

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33 Rachel March 19, 2014 at 9:10 am

10 bucks a month, but I don’t have a smartphone and would love one!

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34 Shannon March 19, 2014 at 9:12 am

I would save $612 over 2 years by switching to Ting.

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35 Melissa March 19, 2014 at 9:18 am

I hope I can still enter. My husband and I use pay as you use Tracfones to avoid a regular cell phone bill. However, I’d love to get a smartphone, especially if I got it free from Ting and then signed up to use Ting! Thanks.

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36 Heather March 19, 2014 at 9:18 am

I would save $120 a month!

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37 Casey March 19, 2014 at 9:19 am

Ting estimated I would save $148/month and that includes the cost of buying a refurbished phone.

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38 Kristina March 19, 2014 at 9:19 am

Looks like we would save about $24 a month!

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39 Ashley B March 19, 2014 at 9:19 am

My hubby and I use our data way too often and don’t take advantage of the Wi-Fi offered at the university and at home. We live in a small town that actually does not have a lot of free Wi-Fi locations. No Starbucks!! :(

I would actually love to sign my mom up for this as I know she never uses data and would really help her with monthly budget (that is extremely limited). She would save probably $40 a month and about $480 a year.

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40 lizzy March 19, 2014 at 9:20 am

Okay, so this is lame — I already use Ting and my last bill was $1.95 (I had credit). But, I still have two lines with Sprint that I am planning to port to Ting and will save $110 month total with all three lines on Ting. Can I still be a part of the giveaway?

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41 Cindy March 19, 2014 at 9:20 am

When I used Ting’s calculator, I would pay the same compared to what I pay now; but I plan to switch, talk less on my cell, and text less. This will allow me to save more, and I will have a phone upgrade with a smart phone :)

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42 Elle March 19, 2014 at 9:24 am

My family would save close to $700 in one year! Thanks for telling us about Ting and thanks for this giveaway.

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43 Susan March 19, 2014 at 9:25 am

I’m part of the 2%!
I would save $0 money with Ting, because neither I nor my husband has a cell phone.
My husband has been pushing a lot lately for us to join the rest of you in the 21st century and get a smartphone, so we have already looked at Ting based on posts over at Mr. Money Mustache.
The initial cost of the phone was my main “hang-up ” about not signing up, so a free phone would mean there wouldn’t be much reason for us not to finally get a cell phone. The monthly fees are very reasonable.

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44 Meredith March 19, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Me too Susan. We have tracfone and pay about $20 every 3-5 months for the both of us. However, I would love to do a smartphone and this is a cheap way for us.

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45 Mami2jcn March 19, 2014 at 9:26 am

Wow, I would save $936 in 2 years!

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46 Annette W March 19, 2014 at 9:29 am

I would save over 327.00 in 2 years!!!

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47 Kevin March 19, 2014 at 9:29 am

I would save $231.70 in two years. $9.65/month isn’t much but it does add up.

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48 Debbie March 19, 2014 at 9:30 am

I would save $2424 in two years and my monthly bill would be only $26. Wow a.

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49 Debbie O. March 19, 2014 at 9:30 am

Well I could save over 2500/year with 4 phones. That’s crazy and worth a look. We have 4 iphones now so I might have to calculate the cost of all new phones to see the true cost. Several of the phones are up for renewal in January so I’d love to look into this more.

My only reservation is that my oldest child is a college student in Gambier,Ohio. They say that only Verizon works in that area (as it is rural). I’d love to test it there of find out if this will work in that area as this is the only reason we’re staying with Verizon now.

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50 Rachel March 19, 2014 at 9:31 am

We would save over $40 a month, and we don’t have smartphones or data right now. Wow….

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51 Trish March 19, 2014 at 9:31 am

$240 over 2 years

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52 Shawna McMinn March 19, 2014 at 9:33 am

I would save over $2,000 in two years!! Wow!! I’ve got to check and see how Sprint network is around here. We’ve been trying to cut back and this would b GREAT!!!!

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53 KimN March 19, 2014 at 9:35 am

I think I will save at least $60 a month and actually we are already planning to make the switch. Our hold up is getting new phones (since we only have the freebies from Verizon right now). I can’t wait to switch but its a big upfront cost for us so winning this phone would be awesomely lucky!

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54 Kris March 19, 2014 at 9:35 am

I am in the 2% group that wouldn’t save money, but that’s because I have an ancient Tracfone and get the yearly plan and never exceed my minutes. I am interested in upgrading and the Ting plan sounds great!

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55 karla March 19, 2014 at 9:37 am

I would save 268.48 in two years… We have two phones with unlimited Services and that’s I used to field The spaces… But we don’t have wi-fi at home… Maybe if we paid wi-fi at home we could save more.

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56 Sara C March 19, 2014 at 9:37 am

$43 a month! My phone is provided through work, but my husband’s plan is pretty basic and still expensive. If I got a free phone maybe I could convince him to finally switch!

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57 Kelly March 19, 2014 at 9:40 am

I wold save $240 a year. We use A LOT of data, send many texts and have three smartphones on our plan. I was thinking of switching over to Ting, just to help us put the brakes on our obsessive phone usage. Hi, my name is Kelly, and I have a problem…

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58 Debbie March 19, 2014 at 9:41 am

Sorry. Miscalculated earlier… way more megabytes usage and my texts were about 400 short. So I would save $524 in two years and about $20 a month.

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59 anna chan March 19, 2014 at 9:49 am

I would save $912.00/2 years. But this is an over inflated amount. We currently use Boost mobile, with unlimited data and shrinking payments.

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60 Michele G. March 19, 2014 at 9:55 am

I would save about $25 per month!

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61 Kristin March 19, 2014 at 9:59 am

I just wanted to stop by and put a plug in for Ting for all of you who may be on the fence. I am a recent convert from Verizon and just brought over 3 other family members onto my monthly plan. The cell service works great in my area and I must say, Ting customer service is BAR NONE. I have never felt more valued as a customer. Any questions I have had about porting our numbers over, phone compatibility, etc. have all been answered by real people at lightning speed. Highly recommend!

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62 Maggie March 19, 2014 at 10:01 am

We won’t actually save anything, because we currently have phones through Republic Wireless. However, we’re moving to Arizona in November and Republic won’t work out there (yet!).

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63 nancy March 19, 2014 at 10:02 am

I no longer have any cellphone, smart or otherwise, as I couldn’t afford to keep mine. Instead, I use a landline because, bundled with my internet/wifi, it’s less costly. Nevertheless, I would love to be able to have a cellphone again, and a smartphone?! Amazingly, with Ting I’d probably pay about $25 each month less than I used to pay for the phone feature. I didn’t add any data usage as I’d do my best to keep that at a minimum, using wifi as much as possible.

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64 Kelie March 19, 2014 at 10:04 am

I switched to Ting after reading your post and will save about $45 a month! Thanks for sharing about a service I didn’t know existed!

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65 Sarah C March 19, 2014 at 10:05 am

I would save $42 a month!

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66 Pam H March 19, 2014 at 10:10 am

I don’t currently have a cell phone at all, but this my parents keep telling me to get one. So this looks like a smart way to have a phone for emergencies without paying a lot.

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67 Charity March 19, 2014 at 10:19 am

Honestly, our only cell phone right now is an old tracfone that gets more use as an alarm clock than a phone, so we wouldn’t save anything on service by switching. Having a smart phone would help me to manage my Etsy shop when I’m away from home and save money when I forget to print out my Joann’s coupons, though. That alone would justify spending $20/month on service with Ting, lol!

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68 Sarah March 19, 2014 at 10:21 am

It said I would save zero dollars! However, I could really use a new phone and have looked into Ting based on your experiences with them.

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69 Debra Childers March 19, 2014 at 10:32 am

We would save $50.00 per month if we subscribed to Ting.
When you have a growing family a free smart phone with a low cost plan is a sensible option. Thank you for this opportunity to be good stewards of our resources.

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70 Dana March 19, 2014 at 10:34 am

I estimated pretty generously but it said I could save 92$ each month. If I saved even half that I would be very, very happy!

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71 BethJ March 19, 2014 at 10:49 am

I calculated it for a 5-phone Verizon family plan, (4 basic no-data phones and 1 smart phone) which receives a discount through work…came up that we are in the 2% who would not save on their monthly bill. All of that could change if one of us “basics” switch to a “smart,” so I will look into that again. Especially if we win the free one! Duly noting the following: “Even if your expected Ting bill is about in line with your current mobile bill, Ting’s no contract service and unprecedented no-hold customer service are priceless. Also, we don’t hit you with bogus recovery fees or other line items in your bills; we only collect the taxes and regulatory fees we’re legally required to collect and pass on to the Powers That Be.” (Verizon charges us $10.80 “surcharge”…but even with that added in we are still in the 2%…must be that work discount.

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72 BethJ March 19, 2014 at 10:59 am

Just figured out by useage analysis that we can safely lower our “shared minutes” and save on upcoming bills with Verizon!

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73 Bev Stephen March 19, 2014 at 10:53 am

So, I would only save $1 a month, but I don’t have a smartphone so this plan would add a better phone plus data. WIFI would be a big plus too!!

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74 Gretchen March 19, 2014 at 10:58 am

I wouldn’t actually save any money because I have a very similar type plan with my old flip-top cell phone. However, i would still come out ahead, because I could do a lot more with a smart phone.

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75 Betsy Wildes March 19, 2014 at 10:58 am

$1100 over 2 years not counting early termination or the price of the new phone! Contract is up in 2 months and then I’ll definitely revisit!

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76 Stacey March 19, 2014 at 11:02 am

I currently don’t have data but would love to have it for things like Target Cartwheel. I would save $23 per month on what I pay just for phone and text.

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77 Janice Nelson March 19, 2014 at 11:04 am

I could save $30 a month with 2 cell phones, and upgrade to smart phones.

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78 Michelle Binkley March 19, 2014 at 11:13 am

Wow! I’d save $41 per month…and I thought I was already on a lower-cost plan!

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79 Mary H March 19, 2014 at 11:16 am

Well, I wouldn’t save any money over my current pay-as-you go phone, but I have been looking into getting a smart phone and from what I’ve read on your site and Ting’s site, this looks like the way to go.

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80 Diane Simonick March 19, 2014 at 11:23 am

We would save $80 a month which would be great!

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81 Erin H March 19, 2014 at 11:25 am

Between our two smart phones, we would save $100/month! Awesome!

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82 kristin @ going country March 19, 2014 at 11:29 am

I don’t even have a cell phone, much less a smart phone, so I wouldn’t actually save anything by getting one. We have, however, been discussing the idea for a lot of reasons lately, and your method of dealing with them sounds manageable for us.

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83 Lanie March 19, 2014 at 11:37 am

$69 per month…that’s huge!

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84 Patrick Utley March 19, 2014 at 11:38 am

I would save $53 per month!

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85 Stephanie Robinson March 19, 2014 at 11:42 am

I’d save over $50/month! I’ve been eyeing Ting when my contract is up next month!!

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86 SusieQT March 19, 2014 at 11:44 am

Actually my bill would be the same, but my current phone is not a smart phone, so I guess that would be an improvement (if I got a smartphone for free, that is!)

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87 Kathy Charbonnier March 19, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Good Gosh! Apparently I could save almost 500 dollars. I need to figure this out!

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88 Maria March 19, 2014 at 12:08 pm

My parents and I were JUST talking about this last night! I had never heard of them til you posted about them. My parents currently pay about $145 a month for two phones and I pay $95 for two phones. So between us, we are talking $240 a month! Since we have different carriers I used the rates to estimate. With a four line plan, and averaging the minutes, texts and data we use, I’m estimating that we would save $174!!! ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY FOUR DOLLARS! If I win this phone will go to my dad, and I’ll then only have to buy 3 more for myself, my son and my mom, so that will mean a lot to me!

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89 Sara F. March 19, 2014 at 12:09 pm

I am thrilled you are doing this giveaway! My husband and I have been wanting to switch to Ting, but the cost of a no-contract device was an obstacle, particularly not knowing how good Sprint service would be in our area. I would love to win this phone! Ting says we could save $3319.92 over 2 years on our family plan of 3 phones. Pretty awesome!!

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90 Rita March 19, 2014 at 12:16 pm

WOW… so sounds like I would save $2074.28 over 2 years.

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91 april March 19, 2014 at 12:29 pm

says I would save 1200 over 2 years….not bad.

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92 Dianna March 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm

I would save 3,000 dollars over 2 years with Ting. That would go a long way in helping me with my build my retirement nest egg as well as dealing with living in such an expensive city.

Even if I don’t win….I love your site and all the advice you give! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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93 stacie m. March 19, 2014 at 12:35 pm

I’d save 240$!!! I would be really excited to try this service. We right now have “dumb phones” because those plans are way cheaper!

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94 Gladys March 19, 2014 at 12:42 pm

I’ve never had smartphone before and I would be glad to get one especially for free!

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95 Missy VerMulm March 19, 2014 at 12:43 pm

I would save $25 a month and $604 in 2 years.

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96 Michelle March 19, 2014 at 12:43 pm

$947.16 would be my 2 year savings per Ting’s website calculaculator.

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97 Leslie Sharp March 19, 2014 at 12:43 pm

After reading your post last week, I forwarded the link to my husband to investigate, since we have been talking about switching plans once our contract is up in April. Perfect timing! We used the calculator and it estimated over $3000 in savings in two years. We knew we were paying too much, but now we know we are.

Keep up the frugal posts!

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98 April in tx March 19, 2014 at 1:03 pm

$94/mo
WOW

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99 Julie Jordan March 19, 2014 at 1:12 pm

I would save $648 in a year! Awesome

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100 Amy March 19, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Our phones aren’t Sprint phones so we would have to get two new phones. If I add in the cost of two refurbished Galaxy SIIIs at $296 each and then subtract the amount I could probably get for my hubby’s phone on Glyde (mine is not paid off yet) we would save $253.40 in 2 years ($10.56 per month). This is enough to make me consider it even though it would be a hassle.

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101 Jessi March 19, 2014 at 1:19 pm

My husband uses a pay-as-you go flip phone like Kristen’s old phone. Switching to Ting would save us at least $13.00 per month, which would be nice!

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102 Little Miss Moneybags March 19, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Um, yes! We actually have a pretty good deal – two smart phones for about $95 per month. But I would love to lower that even more!

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103 Jenn March 19, 2014 at 1:20 pm

$89/mo :)

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104 Megan C March 19, 2014 at 1:25 pm

I would save $534 In two years, but Sprint gets terrible coverage where I live, plus I’m in a basement apartments which makes it worse. We also like to travel a lot and wonder does Ting charge for roaming?

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105 Sara March 19, 2014 at 1:26 pm

I would save $48 a month. I looked into this after your first post but haven’t switched yet because of the cost of a new phone. It would be awesome to win this!

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106 Michelle M March 19, 2014 at 1:41 pm

I would save 129.00 per month! Wow I think that I am going to have to look into this plan!!!

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107 Meredith March 19, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Actually $0. I use tracfone and an old style basic phone. The minutes I average out would equal to a bit less than TING. However, I would LOVE to go to a smartphone. I would gladly pay the extra to do so!

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108 Randi March 19, 2014 at 1:46 pm

We’d save about 70.00 a month. Wowzer

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109 Linda March 19, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Call me cheap, frugal even miserly but I’m doing fine with my Tracfone. Less than $10/month. I have a phone for emergencies and convienience. All my friends have smart phones. When we are together one of them use their phone for stuff mine can’t do. I’m satisfied with my dumb phone Thank you very much!

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110 Judith March 19, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Ting would save us about $70 a month. I looked into this after you mentioned it here and I was amazed at how cheap it is. We are planning to switch when our contract runs out.

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111 Faith Brennan March 19, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Ting says I will save $1,095 in 2 years by switching.

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112 Cristie March 19, 2014 at 3:06 pm

I am seriously embarrassed that I would save $1512.00 in 2 years! I knew we were overpaying. I really need to dump my service provider.

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113 Cheri March 19, 2014 at 3:27 pm

I would save 25.50 a month or $612 in 2 years not to mention having a smart phone:) Maybe my husband’s students would stop making fun of him for his old school phone:)

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114 Kira Gerrits March 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm

I’d save around $15 dollars a month for my current situation, which is a part of a family plan with my dad. When I have to get my own plan I’m sure the savings would be 10x more.

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115 Sandy in NJ March 19, 2014 at 3:52 pm

My results say that I am in the 2% who would not save by switching to Ting. However, there are 4 phones on our plan and only my husband’s is a smartphone and the other three users don’t text or receive texts. We also get a 15% discount through my husband’s job. I’ve been planning on getting a smartphone so we’d probably save at that point. I’d really like a smartphone!

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116 Emily C March 19, 2014 at 3:54 pm

We’d save $75 a month! We’ve been procrastinating on switching plans for months….thanks for the motivation!!

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117 Frugal(er) March 19, 2014 at 4:26 pm

I just switched to Ting and am set to save $29 on my wireless for the month of March! I could not be happier.

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118 suechibana March 19, 2014 at 4:35 pm

I do not have a cell phone right now. I do want it if I can run it cheaply.

;-)

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119 Treva L March 19, 2014 at 4:41 pm

We’d save a LOT! We pay about $180 per month for 4 phones, 2 of them smart phones.

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120 Sarah March 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm

I’m not sure how much I would save, if any, because I currently use a Tracfone. However, I could have a smartphone and add data and pay $12-$15 a month for a smartphone. I’m definitely intrigued by the possibility of switching to Ting and being able to have a smartphone, without paying a huge bill.

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121 Suz March 19, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Wow, it says I would save $18 a month…. I thought I was already doing pretty well, on a pay-as-you-go option!

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122 Colleen March 19, 2014 at 4:58 pm

I’m not currently a smartphone user, but I have to say a savings of $95.98 a month is sorely tempting!

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123 Molly March 19, 2014 at 4:59 pm

So, I’m not sure I would save anything, since I currently pay as you go, and I don’t even know what I spend. But this would definitely be the cheapeast smartphone plan, and that alone would be a huge upgrade for me!

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124 Deborah March 19, 2014 at 5:08 pm

BooWho! I’m in the 2% that would not save. We still have 20 months left on our plan.

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125 Deborah March 19, 2014 at 5:10 pm

I would not save any I am in the 2% group. I still have 20 months on my plan. I will check back before purchasing another plan. Thanks for trying to help us save!

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126 Anissa Telle March 19, 2014 at 5:17 pm

I guess it wouldn’t be much of a savings since I don’t have a cell phone at all. I did check out the rates and told my mom she could save at least $55 though. She pays way too much!

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127 Craig H March 19, 2014 at 5:21 pm

We (my wife and I) would not save anything, but that’s because we currently have flip phones and I use next-to-nothing on my portion of the prepaid plan. BUT, we would like to get phones where we could use data if we want, and this Ting plan fits the bill. And a free smartphone would really end any doubt I have about it!

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128 Amanda March 19, 2014 at 5:26 pm

It’d be an increase for us because we’re paying less than $25/month for two non-smart phones. BUT, of course, we’d then have texting and occasional internet capability, so value-wise, it does make a smart phone sound a lot more plausible.

Plus, I suppose we could benefit from upgrading just one of them, and not being able to text is starting to become socially awkward… You actually have me considering this :)

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129 Leslie Smith March 19, 2014 at 5:54 pm

I would save $1080 in 2 years–that’s amazing!

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130 Wendy March 19, 2014 at 5:57 pm

I don’t have Ting in my area (we have Virgin Mobile as our pre-paid Sprint affiliate), but I do have a Kyocera Rise, so I can let you all know that it’s a good phone. I’ve had it for about a year, and I have no reason/desire to upgrade, even if (in the smart phone world), it’s a bit “outdated.” The qwerty keyboard is really good if you use it for texting or surfing the web a lot, and it has wi-fi capability, so like Kristen does, you can really limit your data usage by activating that. My only qualm is that it tends to freeze up a lot if you use a lot of apps. My husband and I have the same phone (both Kyocera Rises, not the *same* phone), and I use more apps than he does, so mine freezes up probably once a day, whereas I don’t think his has ever frozen up.

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131 jlp March 19, 2014 at 6:10 pm

We would save $23/month. Hm! I have a feeling a conversation with my husband is in the future…

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132 Karen B. March 19, 2014 at 6:12 pm

Wow! We would save $28 a month, that’s over $672 in 2 years. (If I calculated correctly. We have 3 phones and I divided them up on the “calculator.”) I’m just not certain out area has Sprint availability since we live in a rural area. This would be great for my daughter as I am one of those mean parents who don’t believe children under 14 should have their own cell phone, but do see the value of having one they can use when away from home.

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133 Angie Waren March 19, 2014 at 6:36 pm

We would save an obnoxious amount. We currently have Verizon Wireless. I currently have iphone. Darling has my old flip phone.

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134 Lisa D March 19, 2014 at 7:03 pm

I’m using a pay-as-you go basic plan, so it depends on how much I use the phone how much I would save. I’m thinking maybe $5-10 a month at my current usage rates. But I don’t have a smart phone, and that would be super nice to have on occasion!

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135 Lauren March 19, 2014 at 7:37 pm

I think I would probably save $50 a month, up to $70 if my boyfriend and I both switched. I’ve been thinking about switching for a while now :)

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136 Collette March 19, 2014 at 8:17 pm

I would save around $50.00 a month, if my husband and I both switched.

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137 Allison March 19, 2014 at 8:31 pm

With our 2 phones and no data, we would save $744 over 2 years or about $30+ per month. Works for me! :)

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138 Kim C March 19, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Looks like I could save a bundle! If our family did it, we could save around $100 a month! Wow!

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139 Nichole March 19, 2014 at 8:36 pm

$983.26 in 2 years! I’m going to have to talk to my husband about this…

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140 Zoya March 19, 2014 at 8:38 pm

It would not save me anything as I currently have no cell phone, but after reading about your experience, I totally want one :)

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141 Trish March 19, 2014 at 9:01 pm

We would save $993 in 2 years! Rediculous! (that’s Harry Potter talk).

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142 Heather G March 19, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Looks like we would save some major $$$ dropping our bill from over $230.00 a month to about $68.00 !! I joked with my husband we could almost take the kids to Disney after two years!!

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143 Wendy March 19, 2014 at 9:21 pm

Even though I don’t necessarily want to win (I’m the one who commented before about having a Kyocera Rise), just wanted to pop on and say my bill would actually go UP with Ting. The comparison calculator quoted me $32/mo, and I pay only $25 with Virgin Mobile. This looks great for a lot of you guys though :).

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144 KL March 19, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Well….I’m not sure what I’d save because I’m STILL waiting for the results to load. That is typically of my current service. Unfortunately, I’m stuck in this contract for another year. But I’m getting out as soon as I can. My daughter would LOVE to have a smartphone. She’s saving for a used one now.

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145 Jackie March 19, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Yikes, $2184 a year! About $80 a month. Ting definitely peaks my interest:)

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146 Jackie March 19, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Yikes, $2184 a year, $80 monthly. Ting definitely peaks my interest. I already pinned in my frugal folder when you posted it.

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147 Rebecca Ayers March 19, 2014 at 9:49 pm

We would save $63/month! That is huge! That amount, combined with paying off some debt before the end of the year may be my ticket to staying home and homeschooling!!

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148 Rachel March 19, 2014 at 10:05 pm

$576.00 in 2 years / cause I’m already frugal on Straight Talk

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149 Denise March 19, 2014 at 10:19 pm

I would save $49 per month with Ting. This is a great opportunity to tr a different service provider.

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150 Mary Copeskey March 19, 2014 at 10:40 pm

Approximately $452 savings! thanks FG for bringing Ting to my attention.

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151 Christine Blyden March 19, 2014 at 10:43 pm

I’m already on the sprint pay per month plan, but I would save $20 a month by switching my service to ting! That’s amazing!

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152 Deborah C. Williams March 19, 2014 at 11:05 pm

WOW!!! I would save $29 per month with average bill $21 per month and it calculated that at a two year savings of about $670. That’s huge…thanks for the info Kristin!!

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153 Amy Snook March 19, 2014 at 11:09 pm

The calculator said this:
“You would save $4224.00 in 2 years by switching to Ting for mobile!
That’s an average of $176.00 a month in savings with an average bill of $24.00.”
This is hard to believe! It sounds too good to be true, so my husband and I will look more into this. I can’t stand that we pay $200 a month for the four people in our home– I think it’s ridiculous! I want to make a change:)

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154 Rose Lane March 19, 2014 at 11:12 pm

$149 per month!!

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155 Rosemarie Pflederer March 19, 2014 at 11:14 pm

$220 per month- that’s ridiculous!

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156 Beth March 19, 2014 at 11:23 pm

We would save $71 a month and my kids would have data. They don’t currently have smart phones. My only concern is having to buy the smartphones. I am afraid all the money we would save would be spent on phones.

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157 Jill March 19, 2014 at 11:58 pm

$130.00

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158 Katy March 20, 2014 at 12:36 am

The website said I would save about $2400 that is a lot of money we are wasting right now. Thanks for bringing this option to my attention. I would love to win this phone!!

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159 Joti March 20, 2014 at 12:49 am

I would save $2304 in 2 years.

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160 Lesli March 20, 2014 at 1:14 am

I’d save $840!

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161 Bethann March 20, 2014 at 2:39 am

I don’t actually have a traditional cell phone plan at all, so I can’t use their form to figure out how much I would save. I will need to start using one soon though, so can I still be eligible to win? :-)

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162 Kristen March 20, 2014 at 6:06 am

Yup, you’re good!

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163 Lisa March 20, 2014 at 7:27 am

Well, needless to say, I wouldn’t be saving ANYTHING. Why? Because my husband and I do not have any cell phones at all– heck we just made the jump to cordless a couple of years ago! :-) Maybe we would if we had the smart phone… less home phone?? I don’t know… but I would love to win this because it would probably help a little since I am having to start a part-time job to help pay off some bills. Thanks and have a great day!

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164 Kay Lynn March 20, 2014 at 8:14 am

Ting says I would save $72 a month. That’s for the first cell phone on our plan…the second one would probably involve less savings. It’s tempting!

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165 sarah s March 20, 2014 at 9:28 am

We have saved over $100 per month since switching. I can’t believe how much we use to spend on cell service. I watch our usage very closely now so we don’t go over any minutes/texts.

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166 Melissa Accurso March 20, 2014 at 10:02 am

I would save $68.00 a month!

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167 Lucy March 20, 2014 at 10:07 am

We are actually saving up to switch to Ting when our current contract ends in a few months (we’ll need to buy Sprint devices). We would save $103 a month. That is not chump change!!

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168 Samantha C March 20, 2014 at 11:55 am

We are going to be saving like 140 a month (paying about 60 a month for what we currently use) and about 3360 in savings over a two year period! We are so switching!

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169 Jennifer March 20, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Ting sounds awesome! I would save close to a hundred dollars a month using Ting.

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170 Meg March 20, 2014 at 1:15 pm

I would save $45 a month… My husband has a new Droid and I have an ancient phone from sprint which has an amazing battery life and refuses to die, no matter how many puddles I drop it in : ) I would love to have a smartphone though…

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171 Margaret Logan March 20, 2014 at 2:21 pm

$792.00!!!!!!

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172 Lisa March 20, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Insane. I would save $3024 in 2 years if I switched. (and I need a new phone anyway mine is acting up!)

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173 Amber T. March 20, 2014 at 3:47 pm

I would save $41 a month. Wow.

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174 jennifer p March 20, 2014 at 5:47 pm

i would save 68.00 a month.

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175 Deidre Jones March 20, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Well….I can’t get the saving calculator to work. Doesn’t like my login info…which works just perfectly over on the actual AT&T site, so I’m not sure what the issue is……HOWEVER being that our bill is about $183 for 2 phones I’m guessing we’d be saving somewhere in the neighborhood of $150/month!! WOWZERS! Hope I win the phone!

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176 Megyn March 20, 2014 at 7:56 pm

It would take my Tmobile bill from $91/month to $64 (plus taxes)–not bad at all! I’m sure the first year, we’d come out even due to buying phones, but it is definitely worth it!

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177 jeri March 20, 2014 at 8:11 pm

I could save $22/month over two years. :)

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178 Lauren March 20, 2014 at 8:25 pm

The calculator says I would save 800 bucks in 2 years. That’s pretty impressive! If I won the phone, I would give it to my husband because he doesn’t even have a smartphone.

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179 Elizabeth March 20, 2014 at 8:43 pm

I’d save $27/month

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180 Eileen March 21, 2014 at 12:28 am

It says we would save over $4000 a year on our 5 lines. Amazing!

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181 Tina Phelan March 21, 2014 at 12:44 am

$78.52 per month!

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182 Tiffany March 21, 2014 at 8:43 am

I would not save unless I got the free phone.

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183 Arlyn March 21, 2014 at 8:58 am

I would save about $26 dollars a month. We currently have AT&T Go Phones where we pay 10 cents per minute for calls and 20 cents per text. With Ting I could save and finally get a smart phone. That would be great. Thanks Kristen and Ting!

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184 Jodi D March 21, 2014 at 9:02 am

The website says we would save a ridiculous amount over 2 yrs! YES! (Too embarrassed to post the amount )….Almost the total cost of my monthly bill now…..sounds great!

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185 Simone March 21, 2014 at 9:04 am

We would save $1560.00 over 2 years by switching to Ting

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186 Marie March 21, 2014 at 9:11 am

A smart phone would be a nice win…I must say!

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187 Lisa Kamnikar March 21, 2014 at 9:36 am

Thank you for your helpful hints. I have reviewed TING and am switching myself when I get back from vacation. I hate paying for things I don’t use and TING seems to get that! Lisa

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188 Lindsay March 21, 2014 at 9:57 am

I would save $1493.28 over two years and more if I sell my current phone. My biggest concern would be reception. I’m in a more remote area and my cell is the only phone I have so if the signal was bad, I’d be out of luck in an emergency.

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189 Sheila Laurence March 21, 2014 at 10:56 am

Since I don’t have a smart phone, it’s not that I would save that much, but I would just so love to have data access. The calculator said we would save about $1400, but I think that’s a stretch. However, if we could have data access for the same price, I would be very happy.

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190 Katie March 21, 2014 at 12:05 pm

$23 a month!

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191 Colleen March 21, 2014 at 12:26 pm

It says I wouldn’t save money, but I think that’s because currently I don’t have a smartphone and have no data charges. I’d love to have one, though. :)

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192 Stacey Kline March 21, 2014 at 12:42 pm

I have been desperately needing to switch something and save some money. We are currently with Sprint, but are spending way too much! I have already talked to my husband about Ting. According to my estimates we would save over $200 a month. My husband has a very old blackberry and wants to update so it sounds like Ting is just what I have been hoping for. A FREE phone for my hubby would be a blessing, too. Thanks so much for the information.

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193 Nikki March 21, 2014 at 12:43 pm

$1584 over two years. That is incredible savings for our tight budget! I will definitely be looking in to this.

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194 Ashes March 21, 2014 at 12:54 pm

$57 a month! wow.

Verrrry interested in Ting. :)

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195 Kat March 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm

I would save $50 a month!

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196 Kate March 21, 2014 at 3:22 pm

It says I would save $192 over 2 years. I must admit, it would be nice to upgrade from my Tracfone flip phone.

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197 Kimberly H March 21, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Oh.My.Word.
It says 6,448.08 over two years. (And that’s not counting 3 of our phones).

Thanks so much for the heads up!!!

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198 Ann W. March 22, 2014 at 1:25 am

I would save about $15 per month. Still a great deal!

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199 DANIELLE JONES March 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

We’d save over $20. Not too shabby!

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200 peppergrass March 22, 2014 at 10:48 am

I only have a prepaid TracFone (for the last 3 yrs) that I pay $10/mo for something like 800 minutes per year, no data (some texts). According to Ting’s calculator, it would actually cost me five dollars more per month, but I’d be willing to do that to upgrade (and get a free phone). Also, our teenage son will be driving in a year or two, and I’d like him to have a phone. So please enter me in the drawing!

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201 Kimberly March 22, 2014 at 11:20 am

We signed up for Ting because of your blog, and we’re saving nearly $500 a year! Thank you so much!

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202 Megan March 22, 2014 at 11:26 am

$456 over 2 years! (or $19 a month)

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203 Allison March 22, 2014 at 1:24 pm

$468.00

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204 Danette March 22, 2014 at 4:26 pm

That’s an average of $9.00 a month in savings with an average bill of $15.00. Thats over $216 for 2 years, and I don’t have a data plan on my phone.
I don’t have a smart phone. I can’t do anything but make calls/texts and have been interested in Ting since I read your blog about it the other week. I would probably switch my son over – and my husband would probably come over too. He gets caps on his data plan and he does not enjoy that as he has to use his phone for work. I don’t have a budget for a new phone – otherwise I would have switched already. Thanks!

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205 Valarie S. March 22, 2014 at 6:45 pm

My husband has one of those pay by the minute plans, so his usage always varies from month to month. But, I would love to see him on a plan where we can plan/estimate what his bill would be, and I think Ting would be great for that. Plus, a new phone would be a big help. His is an ancient flip phone, so, welcome to the 2000′s!!

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206 Carrie March 22, 2014 at 7:02 pm

$1296 in 2 years! :-)

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207 Laurie R. March 22, 2014 at 8:43 pm

It is difficult to judge exact savings for our family because my kids and I have pay as you go plans with Verizon phones, approximately $90 per month, sometimes more if the kids use up their monthly allotment of paid for minutes. This is with no data, etc. We’ve outgrown this system, which we set up years ago, so I think Ting would be great for our family, saving us $40-$50 per month.

Laurie

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208 Cecilia Leffew March 22, 2014 at 11:40 pm

We would save $54.00 each month. We are seriously looking into this option. Thanks so much for getting the word out on this company.

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209 cc March 23, 2014 at 7:57 am

I’m in the group who wouldn’t save. I use less than 30 min a month talk with a flip phone on T-Mobile.

I don’t like monthly bills and pay anything I can once a year. I even pay my internet by the year.

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210 chicknlil March 23, 2014 at 8:35 am

I’ve been using a really crappy but free phone from work. I’ve wanted to upgrade, but didn’t want to spend $60/month like my dh. With Ting at $32 per month, I’d save $28 each month or $336 per year!

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211 kim deems March 23, 2014 at 8:47 am

Thanks for this offer! I don’t have a cell phone so this wouldn’t save me money yet. I have not gotten one due to the high monthly cost. I would get one after hearing about Ting. Smart phone, uh yes please. I say if you are going to have a phone, go large or go home.

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212 Lauren March 23, 2014 at 9:25 am

I would save $432.00 over the course of two years! Wahoo!

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213 Amanda Paige March 23, 2014 at 1:26 pm

My family would save 4820 over 2 years!

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214 Tammy March 23, 2014 at 1:42 pm

We would save about $20.00 a month. Even though thats not very much, we would use that savings some where else as other things are starting to creep up.

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215 Kenya Johnson March 23, 2014 at 4:16 pm

I would save $912 in 2 years by switching to Ting.

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216 don March 23, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Looks like we would save about $40 per month or $480 per year! Excellent

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217 Patrick Fries March 23, 2014 at 7:14 pm

I would save about $79 per month!

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218 Kasey March 23, 2014 at 7:35 pm

I would save $320 over two years! I use iWireless right now (which is runs off the Sprint network and is pretty inexpensive) but this would be an even better deal!

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219 REBECCA March 23, 2014 at 7:59 pm

With just one Ting phone, we would save over $80 per month. That is a huge savings obviously. This would be awesome to win. Thanks

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220 Jessica March 23, 2014 at 9:12 pm

You would save $1206.96 in 2 years by switching to Ting for mobile!

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221 Catherine Wood March 23, 2014 at 11:20 pm

No savings here, but that is because we use our phone as a hotspot for home internet. We use over ten GB a month for data! Luckily, we have an unlimited data plan that we got back when there was such a thing. I am still interested in ting for their phones, though!

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222 kristin March 24, 2014 at 9:54 am

my husband would save ~$50/month!

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223 Lori March 24, 2014 at 8:46 pm

I have a Samsung phone and sucking people into a bill instead I said no to the idea why get a so call budget bill when my phone still woks and does what I need it to do.

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