Verizon and AT&T are likely doing some kind of behind the scenes kickback to Sprint if Sprint is able to assimilate T-mobile. Meanwhile, resellers (like Ting.com) further expose the scam on consumers by the large telcos . Ting has you pay for your phone up front (or bring your own approved device), no contract, and only pay for what you use. If you use nothing, then your monthly bill will be $12 for one phone. $6 for every additional phone. 3 Samsung smart phones... regular medium use (500min,1000texts,500Meg) for around $50/month total. That's way better than a poke to the eye with a sharp stick.