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What is a financial eligibilty date (FED) and what does it have to do with my Sprint phone?

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Ting offers mobile service on a couple of different nationwide networks. Sprint is one of those networks. Any Sprint phone is compatible with Ting. However, to be eligible to activate with a carrier other than Sprint, that phone needs to be free and clear of any financial obligations to Sprint.

Sprint confirms a phone can move carriers by doing a financial eligibility check (FEC) to ensure that phone’s financial eligibilty date (FED) has passed. We’ll explain what that means. Read on!

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Fiber Internet is totally different from the Internet most of us are used to. From slow and sluggish connections to bloated bandwidth, we’ve all experienced bad Internet, but what about great Internet?

We cover all the exciting stuff of fiber in our latest ebook, What is fiber Internet?

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Ting’s thoughts on the proposed T-Mobile and Sprint merger

T-Mobile and Sprint mergerWe’ve fielded some questions around the proposed T-Mobile and Sprint merger. We haven’t said too much because it’s a process. That process is now at a place where we can share our thoughts on the subject in more detail.

Consider this post the tl;dr of our 12-page letter to the FCC on the subject. We’re generally supportive of the proposed merger provided three main points are recognized and addressed. We also have some caveats and cautionary tales to share.

This post got pretty long itself, so here are those three central points in a more digestible format:

MVNOs like Ting, Google Fi, Republic Wireless, Consumer Cellular and others are the ones driving innovation, keeping prices down and service levels up. They need to be protected, especially if the “Big Four” carriers are to become three.

eSIM and other technology and standards allow Americans to take the cell phones that they own to any carrier they choose. The public demand for just this kind of innovation in device portability needs to be heard and honored if a merger is to be approved.

Canadian cell phone service sucks. Mostly because of an anti-competitive three carrier, no challengers system. Service is inflexible and expensive because no one has any reason to make it anything different. Americans would be fools not to heed this warning.

Save on your textbooks this year with digital ebooks and old-school options

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Save with digital textbooks, ebooks and old-school paper

It’s no secret that textbooks can be a huge financial burden on students. Being smart about how you purchase or rent books can bring the cost down in a big way. We’re going to talk about some ways to save on textbooks by going digital or being savvy when buying real books.

Keep in mind, the digital textbook market is far from all-encompassing and is certainly more attuned to the needs of students studying Dickens and Shakespeare than those hunting down the 9th edition of some obscure quantum physics textbook. We’re going to scale out some of the players in the digital textbook market and see how Amazon, Google and Apple stack up.

If you love paper or have little success finding digital copies of your books, don’t worry. We’ve included some old-school, tried and true tips as well as a few affordable online retail aggregators of second-hand books and textbooks for rent.

How to backup iPhone text messages

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How to back up text messages on iPhone

  1. Enable iCloud storage by going to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup.
  2. Follow the initial steps in the iOS Setup Assistant, select Restore from iCloud Backup and select the backup you created.
  3. If you’re reinstalling iOS on the same device, wipe it by going to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.
  4. Then follow the initial steps in the iOS Setup Assistant, select Restore from iCloud Backup when prompted and select the backup you created.

Trying to backup iPhone text messages only to realize there is no one-step solution? We previously explained how to save your texts in Android. We thought it was time to give some love to the Apple crowd!

Looking to transfer your texts to a brand new iPhone or restore your iPhone without losing all your messages? Wondering how to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud? Hoping to save texts to your computer in a viewable format? This is for you.

Family game night 2.0: Smartphone games on the TV that everyone can play

Family game night revamped

Struggling to get in that quality time with your family? What you need is a good old-fashioned family game night — except instead of breaking out the board games, you’ll be huddled around a TV trying to crush your competition. Or, like, fostering family togetherness. Same difference.

There are plenty of couch co-op games that the whole family can enjoy. Your mobile device becomes the controller. Technology really is amazing, isn’t it? Here’s a look at just a few of your options for family-friendly smartphone gaming.

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