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Opera Max can reduce your cellular data usage by up to 50%

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The latest Ting Download helps you save on your cell phone bill without requiring any sort of effort.

Opera Max is a free app that automatically reduces your cellular data usage up to 50% by compressing data downloaded over the mobile network. It works with the majority of popular apps, including Instagram, Google Chrome, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube and Netflix. We’ve also tested Pokemon Go and noticed some savings – it’s minimal (18.8 MB used with 0.7 MB in savings), but it all adds up!

You can also manage your apps’ mobile data access (like restricting foreground or background data), monitor your data consumption within each app and much more.

Opera Max is currently only available for Android smartphones. For a similar app on iOS, check out Onavo Extend.

 

You might also be interested in learning how to do more with your smartphone without paying more for data. And if you’re looking for even more ways to save money on your next bill, check out our complete guide on ways to lower mobile data usage.

Verizon Plans – More for More


Verizon created a lot of excitement a few days ago when they announced that they were bringing back unlimited data plans. Out of curiosity (and maybe some fear), I ran the numbers on what Ting customers paid in January compared to each of the new Verizon plans:

With one device – 97.6% of our customers paid less than the $80 they would pay on Verizon
With two devices – 99.6% paid less than the $140 they would pay on Verizon
With three devices – 99.3% paid less than the $160 they would pay on Verizon
With four devices – 99.1% paid less than the $180 they would pay on Verizon

I think unlimited data – both never having to be mindful (getting on Wi-Fi, caching music and maps) and potentially doing even more on the go – can be a wonderful luxury.

On a personal note, I also think we should all have some affordable luxuries. I have been buying this silly little baguette with smoked salmon, cucumber and dill at a nearby coffee shop for like $15 on Saturday mornings after I work out. It feels wrong every time. But it is so good.

I just think it is helpful to point out that our 150,000 budget-conscious Ting families (and the millions of budget-conscious potential Ting families they represent) averaging $23 per device a month can get more for more with Verizon and others, but they still cannot get more for less.

Six (more) simple tips to save money on smartphone mobile data

You’re probably using more mobile data than you need to. If you’re overpaying for an unlimited plan, by all means use as much as you possibly can. If you’ve realized that there’s a smarter way to do mobile though, then read on.

If you’re not interested in using your smartphone less, don’t sweat it! Often, all it takes is switching on a setting or scheduling a download to cut your monthly mobile data usage by half.

Our first six simple tips to save on mobile data post garnered a ton of helpful reader tips and feedback. So, we’re doing the redux!

Following is a list of popular apps that include options to reduce the amount of data sent across a mobile network. We also include a section on Google’s universal toggle for disabling mobile data, so if you’re only interested in one data saving tip today, make it this one!

Make a call through Hangouts for free on Android

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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.

Use Wi-Fi to make a call through Hangouts

If you’re connected to Wi-Fi, you don’t need to use your voice minutes to place a call through Hangouts to the United States or Canada.

Google Hangouts is an app for texting, calling and video chatting on your mobile device. It also lets you place phone calls over the Internet, instead of your voice network. If you’re on Wi-Fi you won’t be using your mobile data either, meaning you can talk for as long as you want at no cost whatsoever!

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 call!

If you have a Google Voice account you can also receive calls through Hangouts, text through the app and more.

Follow along with the GIFs below and start saving even more on your monthly bill.

Use an iPhone? We have a step-by-step article on how to make a call through Hangouts with iPhone as well.

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Five things you didn’t know Google Assistant could do

Google Assistant, Android’s official voice command software (available for iOS in the Apple App Store), is a useful tool that has been impressing us more and more through each update it brings.

You may think it’s only used to input voice-to-text in messages, emails and Google searches, but there’s much more under the hood than you might expect. We’ve been keeping tabs on the powerful features in Google Assistsnt and decided to list some valuable tricks that you may not have heard about.

Whether you’re navigating across town, listening to music or looking to go out for a meal, Google Assistant can not only make things easier, but enhance your life on a daily basis.

If you’re not able to get the “OK Google” voice action to work, you may need to turn the feature on in the Google Assistant settings page. To enable this:

Open the Google app (called googlenowGoogle in the app drawer) > Tap the menuiconmenu button in the top left > SettingsVoice > “Ok Google” detection > Enable Always on or From any screen


Learn more in the full article


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.