Ting has a fair few devices under $100.
At this price point, you’re not getting the absolute latest and greatest (though we’ve got those too). Several of the devices at the sub-$100 mark are refurbished devices.
If you’re looking for the perfect way to get in on this whole fair mobile thing without dropping a wad of cash, these are the devices you’ll probably want to start out with. Even factoring in the initial purchase price for a top-end smartphone, people save money on their monthly mobile bills by moving to Ting. Buy a device for less than $100 and you’ll reach the break even point and be in the black much more quickly.
As with all Ting devices, these are sold very close to or in some cases, below our own cost and are completely contract and BS-free.
Currently on sale for $53
The LG Optimus S is a mainstay of the Ting device lineup. If we’re going to be honest with each other (it is, after all, the cornerstone of a good relationship) it’s not the best device going. At just a few bucks over $50 on sale though, it’s a helluva deal.
If all you’re looking for is a simple, no-frills phone to make calls, send text messages, check email and do light web browsing, it’s got you covered.
It’s also very capable as a portable hotspot; just flip it into hotspot mode and, assuming you’ve enabled tethering in your Ting account control panel, you can get your laptop, tablet or any other Wi-Fi device on the mobile network.
LG Marquee – Refurbished – Temporarily out of stock
A little further up the value chain, the LG Marquee is a solid device for under $100. With a 1GHz processor and half a gig of RAM, it’s much more capable than the Optimus S. As such, the experience when web browsing, using social media and apps is much better than the experience on the entry-level Optimus S.
While you won’t be playing the latest and greatest games, simple time-wasters are well within the Marquee’s capability.
It’s an ideal smartphone for the kids or really for anyone looking for a good balance between price and performance.
The Marquee is temporarily out of stock. We’ll update this post as soon as we get some more.
Currently on sale for $38
A simple, no-frills clamshell, the M370 is available as a refurb for less than $40. It’s got a 1.3MP camera and Bluetooth for hands-free chatting but that’s about it for frills. It’s got a rudimentary mobile browser but honestly, you’ll likely never even want to fire that up.
If all you want to do with your device is make phone calls and send the occasional text message, you’re well looked after with the M370.
Stored away unactivated, it also makes a great backup phone should you ever need it.
A phone for the older set, the M400 highlights ease of use, large on-screen fonts and big keys. It’s also got a dedicated button for emergency numbers. Given to an aging parent or grandparent, it provides some peace of mind.
Let’s be honest; grandma and grandpa likely don’t need or want anything more than this. They just want a simple device that makes phone calls and that feels instantly familiar, even if they’ve never had a cell phone before.
What’s more, in the use case outlined, there’s a pretty good chance the elders you add on your account won’t talk or text enough to push you into the next usage tier. That means their usage could effectively cost nothing beyond the standard $6/mo. to keep their phone alive.
What’s more, it lets you connect to the nationwide 3G network and, if you’re in a 4G WiMAX area, you’ll get faster connection speeds on this faster network. Far from being sidelined, existing WiMAX installations will be maintained for several years into the future.
Other hotspots display status updates using blinking LEDs. The Overdrive Pro gives you much more detailed insight into the its online goings-on thanks to the large LCD screen.
Totally worth $30… if we do say so ourselves.
In essence, Home Phone Connect 2 is a cell phone without a screen, earpiece or microphone. After writing that, it sounds like the most useless device in the world. It’s not; plug in your existing landline phone and all your calls from home are now happening on the mobile network.
Think of it as an immobile mobile phone. It does have a battery backup in case the power ever goes out and you’re free to move it if you wish but for the most part, it just stays in one place, out of sight, and lets you use your existing phone, including cordless base stations, to make calls at home.