Ting Black Friday deals are inbound

Alternate headline: There has never been a worse time to buy a Ting phone.

No, this isn’t a disgruntled soon-to-be ex-Ting employee looking to take down the organization from within. This Ting employee is actually quite gruntled, thank you very much.

Don’t you hate it, though, when you buy something and then, a few days later, that something is on sale? Us too. We’re trying to help you avoid that particular annoyance.

Black Friday is just around the corner. We’re breaking from the tech tradition a bit and doing Black Friday actually on Black Friday. Vanguard. We know. Starting at about 8am ET, the virtual doors open and the virtual flock of people can pick over our virtual shelves.

Here’s a hint at what we have in store.

Welcome home, former Solavei customers

Solavei-logo-is-sadIn early December, Solavei, an ultimately ill-fated MVNO that used the T-Mobile network, will complete its last call. Forward its last text. Send its last byte.

Solavei is closing its doors on December 4, 2015. Customers are left to find a new home for mobile service.

Hey, wait. Crazy idea. Given that Solavei phones are compatible with Ting on a GSM network and that those customers already know exactly how that GSM network works for them, what if they were to come to Ting?

Solavei customers can bring their phone and their phone number over to a happier home… while there’s still time.

We’ll send displaced Solavei customers a free Ting SIM card plus $50 in Ting credit to get started. Just grab a screenshot of your most recent Solavei bill/invoice and fill out the form below by Wednesday, November 25 at 11:59 PM. We’ll get a SIM out to you post-haste. As soon as you receive your free Ting GSM SIM, activate your Solavei phone with Ting using the bring your phone to Ting program and bring your Solavei number too.

Be sure to activate by December 4, 2015, when Solavei is no more, to be eligible. $50 credits will be issued on December 7, 2015. Even if former Solavei customers don’t choose to come to Ting (even though they totally should), they need to port before December 4 or they risk losing their number forever.

Refer a friend to Ting, make bank, repeat.


Seems we haven’t talked much about the Ting Refer a Friend program recently here on the Ting blog. Let’s rectify that right now.

Item 1 – The Refer a Friend program is rad

Whereas Ting is a cell phone service that eschews plans, contracts and other BS
Whereas Ting customers presumably have at least a couple of friends
Whereas everyone likes a deal
Be it resolved that Ting customers should totally refer friends to Ting.

If you’re happy with Ting, you’re going to tell friends about us. (If for any reason you’re not happy with Ting, we hope you’ll tell us). The Ting Refer a Friend program adds a couple of benefits to word of mouth referrals. Your unique refer a friend URL link, found in your Ting dashboard, lets you tie your friend referrals back to your Ting account so you’ll both earn credit. To receive credit, your friend must use your unique referral link when coming to the site to activate their device (instead of going directly to ting.com).

Here’s the brief: You offer friends $25 off a new phone from the Ting shop or a $25 Ting service credit if they bring a phone to Ting, buy a SIM card or a refurbished device.

In return, you get a $50 credit for the first successful referral and $25 for every successful referral thereafter. The only limit on how many friends you can refer is how many friends you have.

We’re going to go ahead and assume that pretty much everyone has least a couple of friends. If a friend in need is indeed a friend… indeed, perhaps your friends would benefit from a more sane approach to mobile phone service.

Item 2 – There is no Item 2

Seriously, that’s it. Now go refer a friend to Ting.


Learn more about referring a friend to Ting in our help center article.

Ting tip for iOS 9: Content blocking for better mobile browsing

Become a smartphone power user with the bare minimum of geekery involved. Each week, we’ll share a useful mobile trick. No fluff – just the tips.

We’ve all got little computers in our pockets. It stands to reason that the mobile web is taking over. That said, it is proving to be a tough place to chase a user base and to make a buck. The solution, for good or ill, is advertising.

These aren’t your usual banner ads, though. Over the last five years, web advertisements have evolved from simple banners to a series of hidden trackers, analytics collectors and beacons that follow you around end up taxing your system performance and using bandwidth.

How much exactly?

A recent study by The New York Times found that over half of data loaded by mobile pages comes from ads and other third-party trackers. Consider the poorly optimized, data-heavy mobile web pages we’ve all encountered at some point in our mobile browsing as insult to injury.

That’s why iOS 9’s recent addition of Content Blocker apps has become such a hot-bed for controversy. Many content creators fear these blockers eat into their business, while Apple feels its users should have the option to optimize their web experience how they see fit.

At present, the App Store has around 100 content blockers available, both free and paid.

Get the fattest, dumbest pipe you can find when cutting the cord

fiber-no-bgCutting the cord puts demands on your home Internet connection. A lot of the stuff that used to come to you by way of a coax cable or satellite dish now comes over the Internet instead.

People talk about the standard measurement of Internet or network speed, megabit (note: bit, not byte) like it’s supposed to mean something to most people.

If 30 megabits per second (Mbps) is good, then it stands to reason, 50 Mbps is better. 100 Mbps must be really good and when you get up to 1,000 Mbps (1 gigabit per second or 1 Gbps), you’re squarely in “amazing” territory.

1 Gbps, of the sort provided by fiber Internet access, is, dare we say, life changing. It also isn’t available in most places yet…

Since fiber access isn’t available everywhere, most people still have to play the incumbent copper provider’s game of Pick the Megabits: trying to measure cost against Megabits which, as we sort of established, is a ruler that most people simply don’t understand (and shouldn’t have to).

We’re here to offer what help we can in picking through the options to find one that fits.

Cut the cord, keep the content, nix the network


It’s pretty common for new cord cutters to deal with the temptation to go back to cable. To relapse, if you will. If you’ve been following along with our series so far, you might even be experiencing this already yourself. One of the main reasons some cord cutters go back to cable is difficulty in finding favorite shows.

Almost daily I see a post or comment asking where to find one network or another online. A better question would be “where are the shows I want to watch?”

When you break it down, you really do not want the network; you want the shows you used to watch on the network. All the network did for you when you had cable was to create a conduit for you to get your favorite shows.


While it is easier than ever to watch your shows with new services like Sling TV with live streams, and older services like Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Instant offering more content on demand, there’s an undeniable learning curve involved.