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Hack your phone plan: A smartphone plan under $20

smartphone plan under $20A phone plan with data for around $16 plus tax each month. It’s not a pipe dream. It doesn’t mean giving up your smartphone. In fact, it requires having a smartphone.

With Ting Mobile, the $16 phone bill is within reach. If you’re smart about how you use your phone (and smart about choosing a cell phone service) your phone bill doesn’t need to come with a side of sticker shock. Whether you love iPhone or whether you’re in the Android camp, following are some easy ways to take complete control of your phone bill.

This phone hack works due to Ting’s flexible pricing model where you pay for minutes, messages and mobile data separately. With this “a la carte” approach to pricing, you can use free and freely available services to meet all your smartphone needs without ever paying for a voice minute or a text message. Use Wi-Fi whenever it’s available and jump on mobile data when it’s not.

Do more with your smartphone without paying more for mobile data

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Instead of asking how to get more data without paying, learn how to do more with less

You may be asking yourself “how do I get more data on my phone?” and, judging by the searches that bring people to this particular article, you are. In a similar vein, “how to get more data without paying” is a common question.

Rather than trying to figure out how to get more data on your phone, though, a better approach is how to do more with the data you have. While it’s possible to have a smartphone without a data plan, a little mobile data makes the smartphone experience that much better.

That said, don’t listen to carriers that want you to sign on long-term for so-called “unlimited” data, though: Instead, learn how to do more with less using the simple and easily implemented tips below.

Get the GlassWire app to track and monitor mobile data on your Android phone

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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.

Get the GlassWire Data Usage Monitor for your Android phone

GlassWireThe GlassWire Data Usage Monitor app is a nifty tool that helps you monitor your mobile data use and your Wi-Fi use.

GlassWire is free in the Google Play Store. Give the app a try and see what apps are using your Internet connection and/or wasting your mobile data.

GlassWire is easy to navigate and has colorful charts and graphics that help you understand what your phone’s system and apps are really up to.

We’ll take you through some of the different data monitoring options and views in GlassWire and help you get some insight into your usage. You can also use GlassWire to make a mobile data saving plan and set up customized alerts.

What can you do with one GB of data?

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Do more with data and understand what one GB really gets you

At this point, we’re all used to walking around with supercomputers in our pockets and zettabytes of information at our fingertips.

If you’re with a pay for what you use provider like, oh, I don’t know, let’s say Ting for argument’s sake, it pays to understand and keep an eye on your data usage. With Ting, you can monitor your data use and even set alerts and caps so you never have to worry about going over whatever threshold you decide.

Here are the basics: The things you need to know to quantify what 1 GB actually is in real-world terms.

Get free data this fall from Ting

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Add a line and get free data

From October 2 to 22, we’re giving out 2 GB of data to everyone that adds a line to their Ting account.

Bulk up your Ting account during the promo period and get free data, complimentary from Ting. You’ll receive 1 GB of data in November and another free GB in December as well.

Keep in mind, on Ting you can add as many lines as you want, but this special offer is for the first line you add. That’s 2 GB total per account.

Bring the family

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Tinitell is an all-in-one GPS tracker, watch and phone for kids.

Maybe your kid is ready for their first smartphone or Tinitell smartwatch. Maybe you’ve been thinking of grabbing a device for the the grandparents so you can keep in touch and even video chat over Wi-Fi. Maybe you and your roommate have been thinking of splitting a phone bill.

When you add a line on Ting, you save even more. That’s because you share texts, minutes and data between all your devices.

On Ting, you only pay for what you use. That means occasional users like young kids and grandparents cost you even less.

Get started

Add a new line on your Ting account today.

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Browse Reddit offline without using mobile data on your phone

Reddit Offlinereddit offline lets you browse reddit on your smartphone without having to consume mobile data.

You can schedule Reddit Offline to automatically download content when you have Wi-Fi access, so you can browse your favorite subreddits without having to connect to the Internet. Pictures, gifs, Imgur albums, text posts and comments can all be saved in the subreddits of your choosing.

Keep in mind that the app stores all this content on your device, so if you find yourself running out of space, make sure to clear the cache inside the Settings menu.

Scroll down and let Kyra tell you more about this awesome Android app!

 

If you’re looking for more ways to save on cellular data usage, here’s how you can do more with your smartphone without paying more for data.