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When less is more: A roundup of our favorite flip phones

Thinking about a feature phone that can talk, text and not too much more than that? This one’s for you.

A simple flip phone is easy on the wallet, has battery life that’s measured in days instead of hours and cuts digital temptation off at the knee. Feature phones also serve as a great backup and are a perfect gift for the technophobe in your life.

There’s a small but growing movement back to ye olde dumbphone (the counterpoint to a smartphone has to be a dumbphone, right?) While the appeal of having a pocketable computer with which to remain connected is undeniable, smartphones demand your attention. Perhaps too effectively. We’ve talked about going greyscale to resist the smartphone siren song but that’s a half measure.

Below, we’ve listed some of the most popular flip phones that are compatible with at least one of Ting’s two nationwide LTE network options.

 

1. Alcatel A392

$63 | Ting Shop | GSM network

Flip phones are so outdated they’re almost back in style again, and with the Alcatel A392, it’s clear why.

The classic flip phone was never as sleek as this device, featuring a 0.67-inch thickness that’s the definition of pocket-friendly and smooth styling. The sturdy casing and flip-functionality means you can say goodbye to butt dials and annoying lock screen passwords.

With up to 32 GB of storage with a MicroSD card, there’s lots of room for music and files or even videos and pics, if you are content to view them on the 2.4-inch screen. Easy Bluetooth connectivity and large keys make it easy to use, even for the tech-phobic.

The Alcatel’s audio playback is surprisingly strong for a flip phone, and even includes built-in FM radio. For added convenience, an external screen keeps you updated on date, time and status when you’ve got the phone closed.

The Chilli fidget spinner phone K188

fidget spinner phone
Remember the trend for smaller and smaller phones back in the early aughts? Remember a couple of months ago when the fidget spinner was everywhere and everything?

This is the tiny fidget spinner phone and it’s everything you’ve ever dreamed of, assuming you dream of barebones phones mashed with fads that have already peaked.

Five new phones that work on Ting

The Ting Shop is stocked full with some of the greatest phones on the market, but we can’t carry every smartphone. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, don’t sweat it. It’s easy to bring your own phone to Ting.

Most phones work on Ting, including the latest iPhone and Android smartphones. If you’ve had your eye on the Pixel 2 or the OnePlus 5, rest assured that they’re both compatible with Ting.

Here are some of the best new smartphones that, while not currently available in the Ting Shop, can be brought to Ting right now.

Shop the Ting Black Friday sale

Black Friday

The latest Android phones for less

This Black Friday, you’ll find the latest and greatest Motorola and Samsung phones on sale in the Ting Shop.

Skip the store this year and grab all your gadgets online with Ting.

How much data does Google Maps use?

how much data does Google maps use?

How much data does Google Maps use? Not much.

The short answer

Google Maps doesn’t use much mobile data at all when navigating. In our experiments, it’s about 5 MB per hour of driving.

Zooming in and out of the map doesn’t use as much data as one might suspect it would. Most of Google Maps data use is incurred when initially searching for the destination and charting a course, which you can do on Wi-Fi. Besides that, there are ways to ensure Google Maps doesn’t use any mobile data at all when driving.

Cheap tech haul: $66 worth of cheap tech stuff

tech haul

Cheap tech haul – Bargain tech shopping

We hit a Family Dollar store to see what kind of tech stuff we could find for a buck or two… or 13. Well, mostly we went to a Family Dollar store to break up the two-hour drive from Charlottesville, VA to Dulles Airport but the point stands.

The original idea was for a $1 tech haul but in the end, we had to set our sights a little higher. We found headphones and chargers, smartphone camera helpers and even a decent HDTV-ready antenna. Here’s all the stuff we snagged, along with the total price of our tech haul at the end.