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Introducing the $130 Moto E4 – Available now in the Ting Shop

Unboxing the Moto E4

 

We like a lot of what Moto has been doing. It’s an opinion based on having tried and tested out more phones from more manufacturers than we care to count. We like the ethos behind Moto E so we were excited to get our hands on the Moto E4.

Budget phones too often come up wanting. While you’re obviously letting go of premium build quality and features in staying under the $150 mark, the Moto E line has always impressed on price vs. performance.

We took the Moto E (2nd gen) for an extended test drive and, even stepping straight down from the flagship Nexus 6P, we were impressed.

The latest Moto E is the Moto E4 and it’s available in the Ting Shop now for $129.

The best smartphones for kids: recommendations for all ages

smartphones for kids

Best smartphones for kids

If you’re in the camp of parents who are considering getting their kid their first smartphone, this post is for you. Some parents get smartphones for kids to encourage responsibility. Others just can’t handle the non-stop pestering for a smartphone. I mean, can you blame them?

Whatever your reason, we’ve got the rundown on some of our favorite smartphones for kids, tweens and teens. We’ll also talk about ways to raise a conscious user (preferably one that doesn’t rack up a crazy bill every month) and keep your family connected (in real life) in the midst of all this tech.

How Ting phone financing works

Ting phone financing

Phone financing is different with Ting

With few exceptions, you should never accept your phone company’s financing terms.

One exception would be if your phone company is Ting. Allow us to explain.

Ting device financing is different. We treat financing as a courtesy to our customers, not like a profit center. As lending practices go, this is about as non-predatory as they come.

Buying a used smartphone to bring to Ting

Looking to buy a used phone to bring to Ting? You’re in the right place.

If you’re planning to buy a refurbished device from Ting, rest assured it’ll be compatible with at least one of our two nationwide LTE networks. If you’re planning on buying elsewhere, there’s a couple things you need to know before jumping the gun.

If you have a used phone in hand, hit the Ting compatibility checker to find out if your phone can come to Ting right now.

Compatible devices

Before you choose a phone, you need to find out which Ting network is right for you. If you know there’s good T-Mobile coverage in your area, go with Ting’s GSM network. If there’s quality Sprint coverage where you are, go with Ting’s CDMA network.

If you’re not sure, take a look through our coverage map or use a crowdsourcing site like OpenSignal.

Four gaming phones that failed spectacularly

Gaming phones that failed

Gaming on your phone. Chances are good you do it today. Maybe you’ve even checked out our piece on the Best Bluetooth gamepads for mobile gaming and can see yourself using one of those to scratch your mobile gaming itch.

Phones today are capable of pushing some pretty impressive pixels when it comes to gaming. The App Store and Google Play Store are replete with great games to play. Plenty of not so great games too, but let’s not spend too many characters talking about those.

It wasn’t always this way. There was a time, not all that long ago, when gaming on a cell phone was a new and ambitious idea.

Ironically, any reasonably equipped smartphone is capable of giving you a better gaming experience than just about any of the dedicated gaming phones we’re about to discuss.

Without further ado: Four gaming-focused phones that we really hope you didn’t spend your hard-earned money on.

Five reasons why the Galaxy S5 is still a great phone

Galaxy S5 is a great phone

The world of smartphones moves fast. It seems like only yesterday that Samsung was announcing the release of its latest, greatest model: The Samsung Galaxy S5.

These days, the Galaxy S5 is a few years old, and so it’s probably not going to get any oohs and aahs from your friends and coworkers anymore. However, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is still a great phone. It has some powerful specs to its name and offers some clear advantages over its successors at a significantly lower price.

Here’s five reasons why the Galaxy S5 is still a great smartphone choice.


Great battery

One of the biggest selling points of the Galaxy S5 was and still is its battery. To begin with, it’s removable, which means you can bring an extra battery along for the ride and replace it in a snap. Switching batteries is not possible in either the Galaxy S6 and S7.

At 2800 mAh (milliamp hours), it’s also larger than the battery in the Galaxy S6, and according to some reviews, lasts longer as well.