Saving money switching from Sprint to Ting.

When I got my first cell phone I got it with Alltel, and that sucked, Alltel was horrible.  Once my contract was up with them I switched to AT&T and at first I was happy then the service started to cut in and out and my monthly bill start to go up so I switched to Sprint when my 2 year contract was up with AT&T.  Now I was really happy with Sprint, the price was lower than AT&T and the service was much better, plus the people at the Sprint store didn’t act like pricks unlike the people at every AT&T store I went to.

So I was happy, and when my two year contract was up I renewed it and got a new Samsung Galaxy Nexus and went on my merry way.  Then I noticed that my bill was going up a little every month and I started to watch it and it just kept going up, I started off paying about $72.00 a month for an unlimited plan and by July of 2013 (the middle of my 4th year with Sprint) my bill had gone up to $98.15.  That means in 3 1/2 years my bill went up 23 dollars, or about $0.76 per month.

So in January of 2013 I started thinking about dropping Sprint for a Tracfone or some other prepaid provider when I was listening to on of the TWiT podcasts I listen to while driving when they talked about Ting, and since I had been looking for low budget backup phone I gave it a shot and tried out the service.  Now Ting runs off the Sprint network so I checked my connection on both devices all over the place, I took both the Sprint phone and the Ting phone everywhere I normally go and tested them both, and the Ting phone operated just like the Sprint phone so on August 5, 2013 I bit the bullet and switched to Ting canceling my Sprint contact 6 months early, and paid the ETF of $350, and yet I still saved almost $400 in that six months.  The whole process took less than an hour, I did everything myself, and there are very well written instructions for a variety of phones.

I love Ting, and will most likely be with them for a very long time, my only issue is that in the last two months I stopped being able to get a data connection anywhere in or near Mansfield Ohio, thankfully I’m not there for more than an hour a night but still I wonder why I stopped getting a connection when I had one before.  I can still get voice and text but no data anywhere in Mansfield (darn not YouTube or voice to text), I wonder if Sprint is doing something to the connection to make a MVNO look worse than the carrier it’s self.  I can’t prove this it’s just a theory, but between the money I’ve saved, the insight on my own usage, and the amazing customer support (it’s real people with real knowledge of what they’re talking about talking to you) I’m totally fine with no data connection in one city I’m only in for an hour a night, I have data everywhere else I go.

So stop paying absurd amounts of money to the carriers, switch to Ting!  And if you click on the Ting logo below it will take you to the Ting website and you’ll get a $25.00 credit on your account when you sign up.  The way this works is every Ting customer get’s a referral link, and if someone signs up using that link they get a $25.00 credit and so does the person that owns the link.  Understand I will get a $25.00 credit as will you if you follow my link, but I did not write this post just to try and get referrals, I really do love Ting and want to spread the word.  Also I have in no way been promoted or offered monetary gain for writing this, no one from or representing Ting have prompted me to write this post.  Now click the link below for your $25.00 credit and start saving money with Ting!

Why I will never waste my money on OtterBox again

I have had the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for about 3 years now, and before I left the Sprint store with my shiny new phone I bought an OtterBox Defender Series case and belt clip.  At first it was alright, the belt clip dug into my side a bit but tucking my shirt in where it dug in solved that problem. Soon I found that if you even bump the release latch on the belt clip that the phone (inside it’s case) would pop out and drop, so I became very mindful not to let my right arm hit the latch. Then I found that when I sat in my car the latch was pushed thereby releasing my phone by the seat belt, so I had to make sure to pull the belt clip up near the front of my pants while driving.  I did all this to protect my phone, and I willingly paid the $50.00 price to get what was called the best protection you can get, and I got use to all this because I thought my phone was safe.

Then came the four diffrent belt clip breaks, I won’t tell the story of each break but needless to say the belt clip on this thing breaks easier than a ceramic vase on a Tilt-O-Whirl.  I’ve also had three case failures, now with the first two once the case broke on impact at the point where the case clipped together, I would check the phone and see that the phone was undamaged and buy a new case, and both of these drops where onto concrete and the phone was fine, hence I spent the $50.00 and bought a third case in October 2013.  Yesterday I’m standing in my kitchen on the linoleum floor when I receive a text message, I reach for my phone and bumped the belt clip release latch and the phone fell less than three feet onto the linoleum and this happened to my three month old case, and my phones screen.

So OtterBox can take multiple hits to concrete and only the latches fail but the phone within is protected but drop OtterBox on linoleum and you’ve found it’s kryptonite.  So the case busted completely and my phone’s screen is cracked much worse then you can see in that picture, and when I check out the OtterBox Warranty page what does it say?  They will replace the OtterBox case if you take two pictures showing the damage and the OtterBox logo with your name hand written on a piece of paper in each photo, and you have to show a receipt of the purchase that can not be more than a year old.  Thanks OtterBox, that’s just what I wanted a new case for my broken phone!
Look I understand they can’t say they will replace any broken phone that had an OtterBox case, it would be the worlds cheapest insurance plan, as soon as your phone needs replaced just smash it in the OtterBox case and they would have to pay for a new one.  I understand why they won’t replace phones, but they should at least stand behind their product a little and offer to pay for fixing a cracked screen when an OtterBox case is in use.  The fact that they won’t stand behind their product and at least offer to fix broken screens and only offer a new case, tells me that the people at OtterBox don’t believe in their own product enough to make that offer and they know that they are selling cases that break far to easily, and that is why I will not buy another OtterBox case.  If they won’t stand behind their product, I won’t buy it.