We’ve received several questions about how and if international texting works on Ting. That is, texting from the United States to a phone outside the US.
International texting does indeed work on Ting, and our rates best those of other carriers. No need to grab a calculator; we do after all like to keep things simple: International text messages are billed at the regular Ting text message rate which is 1/4¢. If you opted for the Medium level for text messages for example (1,000 messages, $5) then international text messages are counted as one of your 1,000 messages. This rate applies to text messages both incoming and outgoing.
To send a text message across international borders, just enter the regular phone number prepended with the country and area code. If you’re familiar with international calling, the process is exactly the same.
Use the handy Country Calling Codes directory to figure out exactly what digits you need to prepend to your foreign friend’s phone number.
If you save your friend’s contact information with the full country and area code already prepended to their local phone number, you can save yourself a lot of hassle.
For example, to text a friend in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia you’d save the contact as 011603 then the person’s local number. To text a friend in London, England it’s 01144 then the local number.