dear Cthulhu. I clicked on the entry for the LG Optimus F3 and it's described as "an orgy of raw power and screaming engines."
You called? Ting has some amusing descriptions for the phones it sells, but the only way the Optimus F3 could be "an orgy of raw power & screaming engines" is if you were watching F1 racing on it, with the volume on max.
Anyways, my wife and I use Ting, and have so far been quite happy with the service. The one time I had to call customer support (when there was an issue porting over our numbers from our previous carrier) I had a real person answering the phone within 30 seconds, that spoke understandable English, and was able to contact the other carrier & get the problem fixed. Ting can also do voice & text (but not data) roaming onto Verizon's towers, which is a nice advantage over Boost or Virgin Mobile if you travel around a bit - those two can only use Sprints towers.
I would also suggest looking at used phones on swappa.com or the like; I got the wife & I new-in-box Galaxy S2s for fairly cheap when we switched; for less than the $250 Ting wants for the Optimus F3, you could get one of last year's flagship phones (Galaxy S3, Optimus G, Evo 4g LTE, Photon Q) in mint condition.
And if you do choose Ting, I can send you a referral code, that gets you $25 worth of service credit with them; and the same to me, of course!
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