The ting mobile experiment: Ting vs republic wireless

The ting mobile experiment: Ting vs republic wireless

IMG_0266While I was in research mode for a new mobile provider, I kept coming back to two names over and over again:  Ting & Republic Wireless.

The review’s I’ve seen on both have been largely positive, and the savings that you can get from switching off of AT&T or Verizon are substantial.

Both seem to offer great coverage, customer service, and are great values, so I wouldn’t really go wrong no matter which way I went.

However, I ended up choosing Ting for basically one reason, and one reason alone:

It would let me keep my iPhone.


I’ve been an Apple fan (and shareholder!) for years, and I currently own 2 iPads, 2 iPhones, an iMac and an Apple TV.  As every Apple user knows well, Apple has made serious efforts to have their ecosystem work so well together that you wouldn’t even think of changing to a different computing platform down the road.

iOS and OS X have a few key features that I use all the time that I would not be able to use if I went with Republic (which forces you to purchase an Android device).

To name a few:

  • IMG_0265AirDrop (useful for when I quickly want to transfer a file from my phone to my computer, like a photo for this this blog)
  • Remote (for controlling my Apple TV when the kids ‘misplace’ the actual remote)
  • Home Sharing (for steaming my iTunes library while I’m at home)
  • AirPlay (for wanting to show a movie I recorded on my phone on my big TV)
  • iCloud (for syncing all my contacts, photo’s, music, settings when I upgraded my phone)
  • App Store (I have a bunch of purchased app’s on my iTunes account that I wouldn’t be able to access from an Android phone)
  • FaceTime (we regularly FaceTime with my wife’s family, who live cross country, and its usually on our iPhone)

Seeing that I would have to give up ALL of these features by switching to Android, as well as learn a whole new operating system, I was reluctant to make the switch.

In addition to the features listed above, I wanted to stay with the iPhone for my kids.  Every parents knows that you occasionally need to be able to keep your kid quiet while on the go, and a simple way to do that is to hand them your phone.  Because we do not do this very often, they are always all to happy to sit still and behave if it means they get to play a game on the phone.

My son and daughter have grown up only knowing Apple products (my son started using an iPad on his own when he was 1), and although I’m sure that Android products are very easy to learn, I truly didn’t want to bother.

What about the cost?

From a cost perspective, I didn’t see a huge difference between the two companies either.  For my wife and I to switch and use the “Unlimited 3G” plan that Republic offers it would have cost us about $50/month (+ extras), which is a DAMN GOOD DEAL.

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Republic’s Plan Offerings for 1 phone

However, that same $50/month would buy us up to 1,000 minutes, 2,000 text messages, and 500 MB of data on Ting, which is more than enough usage for us.

But, with Ting, we had the option of saving even more every month if we went lighter on our phone usage.  For example, we could get that total bill down to only $31/month if we simply talked under 500 minutes and used less than 100 MB of data.

Given that Ting lets you use Google Hangouts while on Wifi to make free calls, and that most of our phone usage happens at home, getting our total under 500 minutes seem’s more than feasible.

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Ting’s pricing plan varies from month to month based on usage

So, there you go, that’s why we went with Ting over Republic.  I will continue to recommend both companies to anyone who is stuck in a high cost contract with one of the big boys, but if someone is hopelessly addicted to their iPhone (like me), I’ll only have one recommendation to make:  Ting!








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