OpenSRS launched Ting in February, with the goal of making a more transparent mobile phone service with clear billing and better support.
Prior to Friday’s announcement, several OpenSRS resellers participated in a beta to help design the wholesale offering.
In the October issue of the WHIR magazine, WHIR editor-in-chief Liam Eagle interviewed Tucows CEO Elliot Noss on the new mobile service. In the interview, Noss discussed the US mobile market and Tucow’s plans for disrupting it.
For web hosts, a mobile service is very complimentary offering since businesses and individual customers not only need websites and domain names, they need mobile phones. Also, it is not hard to see that mobile in general is a huge trend, with mobile website builders and ecommerce solutions in high demand from web hosting customers. Since there are a few major mobile phone providers in the US, and there is a lot of frustration with the billing and support of these providers, Ting could be a good way to address this problem and offer a sticky service.
When someone signs up for Ting using a providers’ URL or partner code, it gets 25 percent of net revenue generated by that customer for two years. In a presentation at Parallels conference in February, Noss says mobile is more lucrative than hosting since the margins are so big.
OpenSRS resellers can access the Ting service in the OpenSRS control panel under OpenSRS Offers. OpenSRS Offers was launched in September 2011 for resellers to share promotional offers with customers. In April, Host Merchant Services became the latest provider to offer discounts on its payment processing solution through OpenSRS Offers.
Through OpenSRS Offers, providers can offer a $50 discount off a device purchase.
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