Our bill? A whopping $17.46. It would’ve been $13.97, but we got a text. A text from someone we don’t even know! (Can you tell I’m still bitter?)
Still, $17.46 is a pretty good deal. The next cheapest plans (Cricket and a few prepaid options) were $30 a month. And regular carriers seem to charge $70 to $80. Ouch.
Of course, we were able to keep a low bill because we were also extremely conservative with usage.
After finding out that 17 MB had been used without our leaving the house — apparently iPhones can decide connections are too slow and boost the speed with some data — we learned to turn cellular data off completely unless we needed to look something up. Otherwise, we relied on home and business wi-fi connections.
As a result, we used only 68 MB of data, which kept us on the $3 tier. The next level up (101 to 500 MB) is only $10 a month. Even 2 GB is only $20. So it’s not a catastrophe if we have a data-heavy (for us) month.
Still, I’m happy to shoot for bills of $20 or less. And other Ting users seem to agree because the average bill is only $23 a month. That’s kind of crazy, right?
Of course, really heavy data users may not see savings, but the cell phone users I talked to use about 1.5 GB a month. From what I understand, most people use less than 3 GB. So I strongly suggest you check out the rates because most people will probably see some serious savings.
Incidentally, if you’re impressed by the savings and decide to switch to Ting, use my link for a $25 account credit.
How much data (or text or talk) do you use each month?