Ting Hotspot Review – Would It Win a World’s Strongest WiFi Competition?

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Have you ever watched the World’s Strongest Man competitions? You know, during those times when you’re deathly ill with the flu and can’t sleep so you set up shop on the couch for 48+ hours next to a bucket and a 2-liter bottle of 7-Up? Maybe I’m the only one.

Anyways, I love some good, old-fashioned, tests of strength and I thought I’d put a new internet option through a gauntlet of tests as well. Ting mobile, where I have service for all of my cellular devices (can’t say enough good things about our experience there), is offering a mobile hotspot for $25 per month, capped at 30 GB of data. I was game to try it out as a possibility for a home WiFi connection, mostly because I hate my internet service provider with the same passion that I hate stepping on Legos in the middle of the night.

After I received the device in the mail, the set-up was straight-forward. I slid a Sim card into the device, plugged it into the wall, and activated it through ting.com. The device is really small and sleek so I preferred it to a bulky router and modem. But now it was time for the tests. I gained some inspiration from watching those behemoth individuals on tv and set up four tests for the hotspot.

Test #1: The Atlas Stones

You never really know how strong a man is until he has to lift a 17 billion pound rock sphere off the ground. And you never really know how strong a connection is until you FaceTime with Grandma. The initial call went well, but moving around the house put some stress on the connection. My wife reminded me that our current internet set-up has similar issues, so the hotspot wasn’t written off just yet. 

Test #2: The Vehicle Pull

I love seeing those dudes pull a bus. But they can only go so far. How far could my hotspot go? I live in a ranch home with 4 bedrooms, so I went to each bedroom, the basement, the deck, the garage, and bathrooms (crucial if you know what I mean) to test the signal strength. The hotspot was stronger than I thought, but probably not what we were used to, and that is a pretty low standard. Because the device is so small, I was able to easily try out a lot of places for placing it.

Test #3: The One Where They Tip Those Big Finger Things Over

How many weird-shaped objects can one man pick up and push over? Better question: how many devices can this hotspot handle? I put both phones and a laptop on it, and it seemed to be ok. My current internet doesn’t handle much more than that, so I wasn’t going to stretch my hotspot past that either.

The Pillars of Hercules

I kind of get a kick out watching a man’s veins pop out of his skull while he stretches his arms out to hold up two enormous pillars. How long can he make it? The true test of endurance. I was curious to see how much data I would use over a 24 hour period and a project that over a month’s time. There is a hard cap at 30 GB, and I don’t want to cut back on my Blacklist binge-watching every 27th of the month. Ting.com does a really good job of tracking minutes, messages, and data usage, so it was easy to see if my internet use would wear out the hotspot. My family used right around 1 GB of data for the day (don’t judge), so that made me a little uneasy on the monthly total.

I like Ting and I hate my internet provider as much as I hate sour milk, so I was really hoping this would work out. Unfortunately, the strength wasn’t quite there to provide reliable internet for the distance and amount required. Because the price is so low, I’d definitely recommend a Ting hotspot as a primary source of economical WiFi in a small living area. Because the installation is so easy, I’d recommend the Ting hotspot for a person who is on the move and wants a reliable, but limited, WiFi capability. 

What about you? Do you have any WiFi alternatives that would make it in my world’s strongest competitions?

Check out Ting

Ting Hotspot


Ease of use




Customer Service







  • Easy to install
  • Small and mobile
  • Cost - If it's a good fit for your habits


  • Speed and strength isn't stellar
  • Hard to cover entire house
  • Cap at 30GB

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  1. For any who may not already know it, may I suggest this handy tool?
    Type in:
    Internet speed test
    in google.

  2. Nice review, Matthew. I use data to check email, do internet research and occasionally listen to the radio or watch a youtube video. Not a gamer or internet tv binge watcher.
    I had a hard decision to make about internet access. Eighteen days after the Franklin R850 mobile hotspot arrived (I did need to call Ting to get it started and I must say their customer service ROCKS!), I got the first email notice that I’d used 20 GB. Uh-oh. So, yeah, when day 27 rolls around, then what….?

    I debated going to Boost mobile: 50 GB for $50 – and dropping Ting (Noooo!!!). The Boost hotspot is $49.99, free shipping).
    I looked into Sprint: 100 GB for $65 (-$5 for autopay) + taxes + fees (unknown amounts) and a $240 hotspot that if you paid in 24 installments appeared to be $2.50/mo., discounted from $10/mo.). Oh, and a two-year contract…. oh, and a $30 or $35 activation fee.
    The third option was to get a second Ting hotspot.
    Boost was out because Ting was familiar, is inexpensive and has truly amazing customer service. I didn’t want to switch providers and then have potential phone tug-of-wars with customer service.
    Let’s pause there for a moment: I’ve called Ting twice (and once back in 2015) and my brother out in Hawaii called once and each time it was like we were sitting on the couch with a really chill, really helpful and easy-to-understand friend or neighbor. Ting’s customer service is, quite simply, without compare.

    So, it was between Ting and Sprint. My top two concerns are: cost (both initial price of modem and total monthly cost) and amount of data. In third place is download speed.

    As for cost, Ting’s $25 + $25 is actually already over my budget. So Sprint, at ($65 – $5 +$2.50 + est. $10) about $72.50/mo. plus initial cost of activation – although a good deal – was out as well. It would have given me greater convenience (a single hotspot and 40 GB more data). But my budget said “denied!” and the spectre of big-company overseas customer service scared me away.

    Then there s the subject of download speed. Sprint’s is, I am assuming, spectacular.
    Ting’s ranges from almost decent down to nearly dial-up (anyone remember that?). Varies throughout the day and very, very disappointing.

    I stuck with Ting.
    Ordered my second Ting Franklin hotspot through Amazon pay (easy!) and it arrived in three days, two days earlier than the first one ordered directly from Ting. Haven’t activated it yet.

    When my income improves, I will reconsider Sprint, but hope that Ting will improve their download speeds by then. And I cannot say enough about their customer service reps. So great!

  3. Did you happen to test the download speeds? For me that’s more important than the data usage. If the speeds are too slow do anything worthwhile, the data usage cap is virtually a moot point.

    • Good point Andy. Not sure if Matthew did this test.

  4. My children love it they take it everywhere with them. But I hate the fact when you use all the data you have to buy a new one or wait until your next service day. If I can spend another $25 on a new one why I can’t just add $25 for more data to the one I have. I asked the man that and he says that’s just how it works. I believe it works like that so you can spend more money. You would go from $25 a month to $50 a month smh wow.

  5. A WiFi extender , i.e. netgear ex2700 , would probably provide the speed and reliability you need in the weak signal zones.

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