I got e-mails for both these promos too. My interpretation of the add a line promo was a little different - that you need to have a line open and then if you add another line, you won't have to pay $6 per month for that second line. Which is not very attractive.
It can make a significant difference, and make Ting competitive for the right users. Ting's rate structure works best with more than one user on an account, and with the users either staggered in their needs, or with some users with minimal needs. With the $6 charge removed from an additional line (which is also the way I'm reading it), it might be possible to add that second (or third) line for essentially no cost.
For me (first line), I could fit into the 1000mb/500min/1000text rate with room to spare, and a $36 price tag. That's high.. I could easily tuck my wife's line in without increasing any of the bucket sizes. $36 for my line + my wife's line is much more manageable, since I'd probably be paying $8-15 for her line elsewhere.
As a comparison, Twigby is probably the closest competitor with Sprint + Verizon roaming. Ignoring their temporary 25% discount, my line would run $17 at Twigby, and my wife's $15, and we're leaving plenty of unused allotments on the table each month. Total $32 at Twigby vs $37 at Ting. Still a little higher, but not drastically so-- and you get Ting's legendary customer service included..
(I didn't look at GSM pricing-- the math might be considerably different, but the concept remains the same.)
I missed this whole thread because I took a week of vacation. Bah.
Still willing to answer questions on this if you have any. [strike]I'm not familiar with the $50 promo but I think it was a sales-team-only promo. I'm verifying with them now, if any of you are waiting for that one.[/strike] Can confirm the $50 promo is a targeted offer for an account with no lines. Not a standard promo.