Now that our promotional credits with Ting here in the USA have run out, those of you who only make a small number of calls and/or texts each month may benefit from switching to a different plan (but still using the T-Mobile UMTS signal). The plan I’ve switched to is Ultra Mobile PayGo (https://www.ultramobile.com/paygo/).
Ting charges $6/month for the account, plus $3/month for the first 100 minutes, plus $3./month for the first 100 texts, plus no fewer than 6 taxes and fees, for a total of more than $16 each month. This gets you up to 100 calls and 100 texts.
If you typically use fewer minutes and/or texts in a month, PayGo may be a better choice. They charge $0.10 per minute and $0.10 per text, with a minimum of $3.00 (30 minutes or texts in any combination). Furthermore, they only charge one tax (state sales tax) and no fees. The SIM card costs (one-time charge) $10.00 at a T-Mobile store (actually $13.00 because 30 minutes/texts are included).
Thus, if you only use about 60 combined minutes/texts per month, your monthly bill would be only $6.00 plus state sales tax, a saving of ~$10.00 over Ting. This economy is because PayGo lumps talk minutes and texts into the same category, while Ting charges separately for talk and text and has a base fee just for having the account.
Since PayGo uses the T-Mobile UMTS network just like Ting (or GSM if you’re successfully running with 2G), there is no difference in coverage or signal strength vs. Ting.
One last advantage of PayGo: if you simply do not pay at the end of a month, your service goes dormant for up to 3 months without losing your account/number. This way you can use your cellular service intermittently.
This is just a thought for you to ponder. My Makerphone is in no way my primary cell phone, so for me PayGo is just more economical for my limited usage.