As we continue to look at the super low cost cellular carriers and pit them against one another for penny pinching supremacy, we find ourselves staring at two juggernauts with very different deals for consumers. Where Ting offers users a sort of tiered system, Republic Wireless prefers to run a full unlimited plan up the flagpole for far less than most people would think. How do they measure up? Well, it depends on how you plan on using them.
As we’ve covered in the past, Ting uses both the Sprint and T-Mobile networks for a greater flexibility in coverage and devices. Their $6 per line access fee is remarkably low for a per line fee, and their low cost minute and message rates make Ting an excellent value for the average consumer. Looking at a basic user that uses their phone in a minimalistic fashion, Ting can save $50 a month very quickly over the same plans on Verizon or other carrier. Unfortunately, the savings start to disappear quickly as usage goes up. For example, that $26 Ting bill ($6 device fee + $3 for under 100 minutes + $5 for 1000 texts + $12 for 500MB of data = $26 total due) can climb to $50 or more quickly when you start using your device more. In fact, for a single device with over 1,000 minutes of talk, 2000+ texts and 1GB of data a Ting user will drop $81.00 a month.
This is where Republic Wireless comes to bat for everyone. Their extra small package offers users unlimited talk and text with 500MB of data for just $17.50 a month. If you need more, you can upgrade to the 1GB plan for $25, 2GB for $40 or skip all of the 1GB add-on packs and jump straight to the $85, 5GB plan. Of course, the nicest part about the Republic Wireless offerings is that if you do not use your full allowance during a given month, they will refund you what you didn’t use. This could equal out to a $5 a month savings or more on some of the larger plans. For the minimal user, Republic Wireless makes a strong case for winning the battle with their $17.50 plan over Ting’s slightly higher pricedrates listed above.
Of course, price isn’t everything. If the coverage isn’t there, saving money on your plan is pretty worthless. This is where Republic Wireless has an upper hand as they work off the Sprint network, but also use your exsiting WiFi connection as part of your coverage backbone. By pushing service from the Sprint network and offloading it to your WiFi system at home and at popular public places, Republic Wireless cuts costs and provides coverage in some pretty sparce areas. Ting, on the other hand, does give you a choice between Sprint and T-Mobile, but unlike Google’s Project-Fi, you can’t bounce between the networks, it’s an either or situation with them.
Overall, based on performance and price, Republic Wireless clearly wins this battle royal, though either service should be able to save you cash over your current provider, even if you bill is as low as $30 a month. The Republic Wireless refund plan, WiFi calling and decent priced new handset deals make it a stronger choice than Ting’s value plan for lighter users. If you are ready to move on and save some money, visit Republic Wireless today and grab the 2nd generation Moto X for just $249. The savings you rack up will be money in your pocket.