#TEAMTING – Jennifer Williams

#TEAMTING is a series where we showcase some of our favorite Ting customer stories, whether from an individual, a family, a tech-head or a retiree.

Jennifer lives in Arkansas and joined Ting over two years ago. She and her family have been saving over $70 a month since taking total control of their cell phone bill.

“Ever since we made the switch to Ting, we use our phones more! Being able to easily tell what our usage is like throughout the month gives us the freedom to use our phones when we need to.”

Jennifer appreciates that with Ting, you don’t have to force yourself to use your phone in order to make your monthly plan worth it.

“Our family of five is always growing and changing. Having a carrier that allows for the flexibility of our growing family is so helpful. We can add devices as the kids get older, add simpler phones for our aging parents to use for emergencies, and always save during the months when we are too busy living our lives rather than living on our phones :)”

“Also, the customer service is phenominal – the person that answers the phone is the one that helps you!”

App of the Week: Untappd

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As the popularity of craft beer continues to rise in North America, so do the tools to keep track of your drinking experience. Until recently, beer logging (or journaling) was relegated to pen and paper, spreadsheets and note apps. What was missing was the ability to promptly recommend a brew to a friend without having to search through books and/or line items. Thankfully, this week’s App of the Week helps bring craft beers into the 21st century.

Untappd is best viewed as both a social network and a discovery app. On the social side is a timeline that logs both yours, and your friend’s, drinking history. Rather than checking-in at a bar or restaurant, you check-in your exact drink. From there others who follow you can get a sense of the drinks various details (ABV and IBU), community ratings, comments, pictures and more.

Now the discovery comes into play. From a check-in, you can wish-list a drink or search for it around your area. Or, if you’d like to go at it alone, the app will use your location data to look for specific beers, bars or breweries around you.

Untappd caters to both the craft beer enthusiast and newcomer. If fact, the latter will find the app as a great jumping off point. And wouldn’t you know it – the app is free and available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

Our review and links are located below.

Hi Westminster. Let’s get lit.

On June 26 starting at 3pm ET and with much fanfare, Ting and the City of Westminster, MD will light up the previously dark fiber network. A contingent of the Ting team will be on site saying hi, speaking, documenting and presenting. It’s a big deal for Westminster and for Ting.

Technology gods willing, we’ll have a live feed of the proceedings here on the local Westminster blog and the main Ting blog.

Very soon, citizens of Westminster can start signing up to get crazy fast fiber Internet from Ting, running atop their publicly-owned fiber network.

We’ll have more sign-up details to offer on the local Ting Westminster page after the fiber lighting ceremony wraps so please stay tuned. The short version, though, is that if you’re interested in Ting crazy fast Internet in Westminster, you first need to sign an access agreement (residential | business). This agreement gives City crews permission to install a fiber drop on the property. Signing this agreement sooner rather than later will put you in good stead to be among the first in your city to get gigabit, the crazy fast Internet we are convinced is required for North America to stay connected and competitive.

  • This high five was entirely spontaneous and not at all staged.

Ting tip – Reduce data usage in Instagram

Become a smartphone power user with the bare minimum of geekery involved. Each week, we’ll share a simple, useful mobile trick. No fluff – just the tips.

In a line-up of apps accused of wasting your mobile data, I bet you’d probably never consider your old friend Instagram. I mean, how could it be guilty? It’s just pictures, right? Hundreds of pictures of brunch, with some filters on it. Pictures, and sometimes video. Streaming video that plays without your permission…

You hear the shatter without realizing the mug was slipping out of your hand. Coffee spills everywhere.

How could you have been so foolish? Instagram was Kaiser Soze all along. What once appeared as an innocent looking app with a bum leg, now confidently strides out of your work place and into a limousine, taking your precious megabytes along for the ride.

Luckily, this week’s Ting Tip exposes the one secret Instagram never bothered telling you – it has a mode to control cellular data usage. If only we had acted sooner. If only.

Fiber Internet: Cities are doing it for themselves

We ought to treat the facilities that connect us to the Internet as a public utility. So argued Harold Feld, a lawyer for the advocacy group Public Knowledge, in a speech at the recent Personal Democracy Forum.

But what that would that actually look like? Feld’s brief talk left that unspecified – on purpose according to remarks he made in a mailing list I’m on.

Historically we create public utilities when we think a service is so fundamental to citizens’ participation in their economy, government or culture that we want to make sure all citizens have affordable access to it. Feld argues for treating the Net as a public utility so that the government can ensure that the access providers serve the needs of their communities, not just their own desire to maximize profits.

In the United States, much of the discussion on this subject has turned to the role of municipalities. This is consistent with how we treat provisioning other public services, such as natural gas and electricity to households. In February, the Federal Communications Commissions cleared the way for this by preempting state laws that prevented municipalities from competing with private Internet access vendors.

But how would municipalities do this? There are many factors, leading to many permutations. For example:

Find your next perfect phone

With all the different smartphones available today, it can be hard to narrow it down to just one.

If you’ve already decided to pass on iOS and Windows Phone in favour of the Android platform, finding that perfect phone is closer than you think. Whether you’re always on the go, love taking pictures or can’t put down the latest mobile game, there’s an Android device out there with your name on it.

To make things easier, Google has launched a website to help you find the proper fit. Just provide some details about what you do on your phone and how often, and let Google work its magic to match you with some suitable options.

To get the most accurate results, make sure to complete as many sections as you can. When asked how often you use your phone for taking pictures, listening to music, web browsing, etc – try to give a good estimate as this question helps Google determine what battery size you’ll need.

While you can’t initially specify your budget and preferred screen size, you can do this from the results page. The drop-down filters let you sort by carrier, display size, price range and release date. (We recommend you choose “all carriers,” and search for the compatible GSM or CDMA model to use with Ting.)

Keep in mind that not all the suggested devices will work with Ting. If you’re looking to bring a device to our GSM network, here’s everything you need to know about getting your hands on a compatible model. If you’re looking to activate on CDMA, make sure to enter the phone’s MEID number in our compatibility checker to ensure it passes Sprint’s financial obligations before purchasing the device, whether new or used (more info).

Of course, all phones on sale in the Ting shop are ready for use on CDMA or GSM, so that’s always a great option if your preferred model is in stock.

 


Find Google’s phone finder useful? What options did you get?