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MVNO Startup Ting Adding First LTE Phone

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

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

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


, 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.