After being a Sprint subscriber for i-don’t-know-how-long, I finally made a jump to Ting. And in the process, I was able to keep my number thanks to Google voice. The switch was surprisingly easy…
- Set up my Google Voice account.
- Set up an account through Ting – I didn’t set up any phones yet.
- Went through the steps to port my number in Google Voice - Waited 24 hours for the port to complete.
- Received notice my number was ported, my Sprint service was dead
- Went to Ting and set up my Epic 4G with a new phone number, following the BYOD instructions for my device.
- Went back to Google Voice and set up forwarding to my new Ting number.
Total time spent: ~1 hour actually doing something relevant. Not bad. I was a little leery of the conversion process, knowing that any hiccups could spell disaster but everything was very straight-forward and went without a hitch. I tend to lean heavy on the data side so my first stop was to find an app that allows you to talk via Google Voice over wifi instead of running calls through the cell network. My first try was with GVPhone. While the app appeared to perform fairly well, I was hit up twice with unwanted chat requests. I tend to lump this all into the spam category so it was removed within 24 hours. I then went to Groove IP and paid $5.00 for their app. It’s a fairly simple interface with quite a few features under the hood.
Another thing I did was disable sending transcribed voicemail by text. Being on a plan such as Ting’s, text messages count and transcribed voicemail can quickly add up. So my $72.50 Sprint plan (that includes a discount through my employer) should run be ~$30 on Ting (hopefully). Not too bad. Now lets see if I can keep hit my target phone bill this month.