MVNO Startup Ting Adding First LTE Phone

By Joseph Palenchar On Aug 2 2012 - 7:37pm




Toronto - Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Ting, which resells Sprint service, has added its first 4G LTE phone to its handset lineup.

The postpaid service provider, which charges only for actual usage, made the Samsung Galaxy S III available for pre-order on its website at Ting.com and plans deliveries in three to six weeks. The 16GB Samsung Galaxy SIII retails for $529, with the 32GB at $579. Both are available in Pebble Blue and Marble White.

Ting launched service in February, selling only though its website. For now, the company has no plans to sell through brick-and-mortar or online retailers, a spokesperson said.

To differentiate itself, Ting charges only for actual usage. Users select a monthly plan based on how many minutes, text messages and megabytes they think they will use. Ting will then send monthly bills based on that amount, and if a subscriber comes in over or under, the subscriber will be credited or charged the difference based on actual usage. No overage penalties are charged.

Ting does not subsidize cellphone prices, contending that with the savings on its rate plans factored in, "we are pretty sure your total spend after one or two years (typical contract lengths) will be much lower than what you would spend on the same device plus service elsewhere," the company's web site says.

Ting, owned by Tucows, is a global Internet services company that includes OpenSRS, which manages more than 11 million domain names and millions of email boxes through a reseller network of more than 12,000 web hosts and ISPs. The company's YummyNames group owns premium domain names that generate revenue through advertising or resale.

 

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