I do hiking and camping in areas that don't have Sprint network. I found out about Ting a while ago and decided to try it out. With Ting, I get Verizon voice roaming, which does cover the areas I hike and camp in. I don't get data roaming, but at least I can use the phone for calling and texting. My wife wanted to jump on the Android bandwagon from her Tracfone, so we are using a shared Ting plan, starting today. We ordered a couple refurbished, cheap phones from Ting, to try out their service. If we like it, we might eventually get better phones. If we don't like it, we go back to Virgin. Btw, the phone I got from Ting is a feature phone, a military spec Kyocera DuraTX, I figured that's what I rather have out hiking, than an expensive but vulnerable smartphone. I will keep my HTC EVO 4 V as a "pad", at home and elsewhere where there is wifi. Too bad I can't bring my EVO to Ting. Our kids use texting and internet a lot, so they are better off staying with Virgin. I will update here later on after using the Ting service for a while, with pros and cons. One mistake I did was when my wife was playing with her new phone, she told me the phone wants to do a system update, and I told her, of course go ahead. later in the day I checked the data usage, and it was already past 250MB! I forgot to set up wi-fi on her phone . If you decide to try out Ting, I would really appreciate if you use my referral link: https://za09jj1h3d3.ting.com. It will save you money when you sign up, and it will also give me credit. I did the mistake of buyimg our phones from Ting, and finding out about the referral program afterwards, too late! So if you want to try Ting, use either mine, or someone elses referral link before you do anything, it will save you money Edit: I also wanted to mention that originally I wanted to transfer my current number from Virgin, but to do that I would have to call VM for my account number (for porting purposes, it is NOT the same as your phone number), and I didn't feel like doing that. I will keep my VM active a couple weeks anyway. The online activation of the Ting phones was really quick and easy!