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A roundup of some of the best smartphones for teens

best smartphones for teens

Ting’s got the best smartphones for teens

Teenage smartphone ownership is a win-win for parents and kids. You get a direct line to your teen and they get access to talk and text, surfing and social media. On Ting, you also get admin control of the account and how much any phone can use while your teen gets to demonstrate how responsible they can be without the risk of accidentally using a ton of mobile data.

If your kid is due for a new phone or has shown responsible ownership with an old flip phone or hand-me-down, it might be time to look into a new model.

So what kind of gear does a teen really need? A user-friendly OS, fast processing and sharp selfie and front cameras can’t hurt. We’ve included two affordable Android options as well as Apple’s entry-level iPhone (the priciest phone on our list).

Top rated smartphones for professionals

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The best professional smartphones for making your next move

Stay connected with a phone that lets you do it all. We’re talking email, calling, streaming and running multiple apps at once without everything falling apart. Here’s a rundown of some of the top rated smartphones for professionals around in three price brackets. These phones come ready to work and are made for task management, organization, multitasking and easily keep up with your busy day.

Control which Android apps use background mobile data

Restrict background data in specific Android apps

There are many Android apps that, without your knowledge, will go ahead and connect to your cellular network even when the app is closed. This “background data” can be used even when your device is in standby mode (with the screen turned off), as these apps are constantly checking their servers through the Internet for all sorts of updates and notifications.

While you can easily restrict background data usage across all your apps using the Data Saver feature built into the Settings menu, it’s also very simple to restrict background mobile data for individual apps on your Android phone.

The Data usage section in Android Settings lets you view the amount of data used by each specific app. If you notice an app using more background mobile data than you’d like it to (Snapchat comes to mind), you can restrict it from accessing the Internet till you’re back in a Wi-Fi covered area. If you’re looking to conserve your bandwidth and lower that monthly phone bill, this feature is definitely worth checking out.

Have an iPhone? Here’s how to control which apps use your cellular data.

Restricting background data

The best Ting smartphones for geeks

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Your old phone just isn’t cutting it anymore.

You know your way around computers and technology. Maybe you already have a particular phone in mind. Let us help you narrow it down to find the perfect phone fit for you. There are a ton of great options for the tech-savvy type if you’re looking to bring your phone to Ting.

You probably prefer Android and if so, you almost certainly prefer stock because it’s clean, customizable without a bunch of add on junk or ride along manufacturer apps. Your eyes probably wander towards the internal specs of a phone before you check out the features, and you’ve at least thought about rooting your phone at one point or another. Unless you’re Australian, of course. You care about your phone’s ability, not its mass market appeal, and you want something unlocked that will work with any carrier.

The good news is you’ve got plenty of great phone options in the budget, mid-range and high-end levels.

Best small business smartphones for today’s entrepreneur

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Small business smartphones for every budget

Entrepreneurship is no easy feat, and today’s advanced mobile tools should help you get the job done, not stand in your way. If you need a new mobile device that keeps up with you and your business, look no further. We’ve got your best small business smartphones in entry-level, mid-range and high-end models.

If you need to get phones for a team, Ting is ideally suited with administrative controls that put you in control of how much mobile data your account, and each phone that accesses it, can use in a given month.

Free Wi-Fi calling with Google Hangouts

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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.

 

Free Wi-Fi calling

wi-fi callingYou can make voice calls from Hangouts on Android and Hangouts on iOS to any number across North America. For free.

You may be thinking, “doesn’t Google Hangouts use data?” How can it be free?

In short, jump on a Wi-Fi connection and any call you make to any number across the US and Canada is entirely free. These calls won’t count toward your voice minutes and can help you lower your monthly bill if you’re with a pay-for-what-you-use provider like Ting.

The latest Hangouts 4.0 update brings caller ID to your outbound calls, too! No longer will you show up as “Unknown” – your friends and family now see your Ting number when you give them a ring.

Not familiar with Google Hangouts? It’s similar to Skype or iMessage (messaging, voice calls and video chat), except, as we’ve pointed out, Wi-Fi calling North American phone numbers through Hangouts Dialer costs absolutely nothing. Hangouts also supports animated GIFs… need we say more?!

It’s worth noting that you can lower your monthly bill even further by routing incoming calls (and texts) through Hangouts. Just remember that if you’re not connected to Wi-Fi, you’ll be using your mobile data plan, not your voice minutes.