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Configure five popular apps to save on mobile data

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Quick tips to get the most from your phone, your favorite apps and your Ting service. No fluff. Just the tips.

There are many ways to save on cellular data without restricting your mobile experience. Take a look at some of the most popular apps with built-in data saving features below.

Redditors share seven Ting hacks to help you save money on mobile

The Ting subreddit is a great place to discuss everything related to Ting service, smartphones and the US mobile industry in general.

We’re constantly seeing discussions that help redditors have a better experience with Ting, sharing ways to help minimize data, minutes and text usage. Smartphones offer so many features that it’s easy to miss out on useful apps and settings that can have a big impact on your monthly phone bill (if you’re with a pay-for-what-you-use provider like Ting).

While our Ting tips do a pretty good job of digging into the basics, redditors are on another level when it comes to overall smartphone knowledge. So, we decided to ask the community to share the #1 phone trick or hack they use to lower their monthly Ting bill.

We’ve listed our seven favorites below – take a look.

Five inexpensive smartphones with flagship performance

In modern life, our phones are a big part of everything we do. We all want the latest iPhone, Galaxy or Pixel, but the price is too high for today’s smartphone standards.

While flagship phones tend to get all the press coverage, smart buyers look beyond the hype towards lesser-known phones and earlier models that still keep up with the best.

Below, you’ll find proof that you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to have a legendary smartphone experience. You’ll be able to get the latest news from your favorite websites, download some games, chat in the latest app, take a picture or shoot a video.

Even though the flagship phones win at being the most expensive, that rarely means that they are the best performers. Whatever you want to do, you can do it on the road and still have money left over to spend when you get there.

These five overachievers work on one (or both) of Ting GSM and Ting CDMA networks. Just make sure to pick up a compatible SIM card from the Ting Shop and you’re good to go. No contract, no worries.


5 wise smartphone choices for less than $200

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There should really be a category of smartphone called “wisephone;” the kind of phone you get when you like all the cool new features, but you have better things to do with your money than spend $800 or more on a phone. Like when you buy a car, you can keep a great deal of money in your pocket by choosing one from a previous model year or from a brand that doesn’t carry a huge price premium. In the mobile world, it’s especially true when you choose to go no contract. Then, you’re free to find the best deal on the phone with features you want, and you don’t have to buy it directly from your carrier.

Take a good look at these five sub-$200 smartphones. They are not cheap smartphones, they’re inexpensive. It’s an important distinction. These phones will work on either the Ting CDMA or GSM network and so could also be used with Sprint’s (CDMA) or T-Mobile’s (GSM) networks.

Ting tip for Nexus phones: Reduce your cellular data usage with Wi-Fi Assistant

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Quick tips to get the most from your phone, your favorite apps and your Ting service. No fluff. Just the tips.

Google has rolled out a new feature for Nexus smartphones that automatically connects your device to public Wi-Fi hotspots nearby. To keep your personal information safe, Wi-Fi Assistant creates a Virtual Private Network (VPN) which routes all of your data through a secure server managed by Google.

Not to be mistaken with the iPhone’s Wi-Fi Assist function, enabling Wi-Fi Assistant can significantly lower your mobile data usage if you’re often near malls, restaurants and other areas with public Wi-Fi. Keep in mind, though, that Wi-Fi Assistant will not work if the public Wi-Fi network requires you to sign in.

It’s as simple as enabling a toggle in the settings menu – find out how in our instructions below.

Ting tip for Android: Download Google Maps for offline use

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Quick tips to get the most from your phone, your favorite apps and your Ting service. No fluff. Just the tips.

 

Navigating with Google Maps over a mobile data connection can rack up a hefty amount of usage over a short period of time. Fortunately, Google has hooked us up with a feature that downloads entire regions of Maps over a Wi-Fi connection, letting you complete your journey without having to connect to a cellular network.

The previous version of offline Google Maps would only let you view downloaded regions of a map, which was useful but still required you to connect to the Internet to start a navigation or search for a specific location. Google’s latest update offers a much better offline experience for users. Turn-by-turn navigation, location searches and establishment info can all be accessed without a data connection.

Downloading for offline use also ensures you have a smooth, uninterrupted experience even when travelling through a low reception area.

Keep in mind that you can’t save the whole world. That’s Superman’s job. While there’s a limit on the amount of data you can cache, you can save a pretty large area before you hit the max.