Ting Will Pay Your Mobile ETF To Switch Over In February

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What if you're an up-and-coming mobile carrier, needing to make yourself evident to those who are blitzed with ads from the dominant players? If you're Ting, you create a $100,000 "ETF Payout" fund, and you encourage people to join your network while promising to use some of that fund to pay for their early termination fee. This story is more than a concept; it's true.

Starting on 2/1, the Ting $100,000 ETF payoff page will go live. Continuing through the end of the month, Ting will be paying off the early termination fees (ETF) up to $350 per line for anyone that’s ready to ditch their mobile contract and come over to Ting. Ting is a no-contract carrier, so the ETF payment comes in the form of a non-expiring service credit dropped straight into your Ting account. If you're eager to participate, you can purchase a new or refurbished Ting device or buy a used Sprint device that’s ready to come to Ting. If you couldn't guess, Ting relies on Sprint's network, much like other MVNOs in America. When you port your mobile number to Ting, your current service provider will automatically cancel your service and send your final bill. This bill will include your ETF.

You'll be asked to share a scan or PDF print screen of your final bill showing your ETF amount, and Ting will drop a service credit equivalent to your ETF, not including taxes, into your account. Talk about making it tempting to switch...
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sevags replied on Thu, Jan 17 2013 4:37 AM

What if someone switches to Ting and doesn't end up liking the service? Is there a minimum amount of time someone would have to stay with ting or will they purposely take so long to pay out that it's like being in a contract? Just wondering what would prevent someone from jumping ship back to their original carrier or using this as a way of getting out of their contract to get to another big 4 provider.

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