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Six things you can do right now to spring clean your smartphone

Spring clean your phone

Your once shiny, spiffy smartphone has become sluggish. It doesn’t feel like it did when you first pulled it out of the box. It’s not your imagination: Smartphone slowdown is real. While you may never quite recapture the feeling you had on day one, we can help combat smartphone slowdown with a few spring cleaning tips. Cut the clutter and put a spring back in your smartphone’s step.

Phones tend to accumulate a lot of junk, such as downloads, apps, pictures, videos, music, etc. These six ideas will help you shed what you don’t need and may give your old phone a new lease on life.

Moto G5 Plus available for pre-order now


Ting is part of Motorola’s exclusive US pre-launch event. The Moto G5 Plus officially launches on March 31… and that’s when you’ll receive it if you pre-order from Ting.

Please note: While this video shows the Gold Dust variant of the Moto G5 Plus, we’re offering the Lunar Gray variant.

We’re pretty excited about the Motorola Moto G5 Plus. It packs in features typically reserved for smartphones that cost way more than the G5 Plus’ $300 ask. Features like:

  • TurboCharge for six hours of juice after just 15 minutes on the charger.
  • A fingerprint reader to unlock the phone, pay for stuff and to save you the trouble of remembering passwords.
  • 4 GB of RAM and a 2 GHz octa-core processor which, translated into real people speak, means super smooth performance whatever it is you’re trying to do.
  • It’s fully unlocked which means you are in control. (which would also explain why the major carriers are trying to pretend this phone doesn’t exist)


Moto G5 Plus pre-orders from Ting will ship in time to arrive on March 31. The official launch date.

If you’re on the fence and a thin piece of neoprene is what’s going to push you over, you’ll be happy to know that we’ve got 50 Motorola koozies, one of which will ship with each of the first 50 pre-orders.

Pre-order now

Which iPhone 7 is best to bring to Ting?

Great news! You can now purchase the latest iPhone directly from Ting for use on both GSM and CDMA networks. Take a look through the Ting Shop listings.

iPhone 7

Update: SIM-free iPhone 7 is now available

  • SIM-free iPhone 7 model number A1660 or A1661 (for the iPhone 7 Plus) is fully compatible with both Ting CDMA and Ting GSM

Compatible SIM cards

Other compatible models

  • iPhone 7 model number A1778 (or A1784 for the iPhone 7 Plus) is compatible with Ting GSM but not Ting CDMA.

Five capable smartphones under $100

What do you need a phone for anyway? You might want to check for updates in your newsfeed or record an incredible concert video or catch up on new shows in your downtime. You might even want to make a phone call.

What you don’t need is a phone that drives up the balance on your credit card. The Galaxy S7 is $800, and the iPhone 7 is close to $1000. Don’t let the flashy ads fool you – make the smarter choice and invest hundreds into yourself instead.

Here are five smartphones under a hundred bucks that can do everything you need them to…and not a whole lot more.

1. LG Tribute 5

Affordable phones under 100 - LG Tribute 5Price: $55

CDMA network

Looking for a brand you can trust? Get an LG, just don’t buy the most expensive one.

This is without a doubt the lowest price you can find for a brand-new quad-core 1.1Ghz Snapdragon processor housed inside a slick shell. LG’s signature design is still apparent, throwing the power button and volume rocker on the back of the device, where your finger naturally rests.

Both rear and front facing cameras have 5 megapixel shooters, so if selfies are your thing, the Tribute 5 is where it’s at. This LTE capable device is on sale for just $55 – grab one now before they’re gone.

Take our phone survey for a chance to win

Update: Winners have been contacted! Thanks for all your submissions, we really appreciate it.

We’re updating Ting swag for 2017 and need your input! We’re looking into Ting branded phone cases and need to narrow it down to a couple devices, but we’re not quite sure where to start.

Please fill our the form below to help us learn more about the most popular smartphones among Ting customers across social media and the blog. While we won’t be able to satisfy everyone, creating a poll is the best way to ensure as many interested people as possible will get their hands on a Ting phone case.

Using the form below, submit your phone make, model and email address to be entered to win one of five $100 Ting credits.

Why buying last year’s flagship phone is the smarter choice

flagship phoneImagine you’re in the market for a new car. When you arrive at the dealership, you’ll see the shiny new 2019 models, as well as the 2018 models being offered at a fairly compelling price. You decide to test-drive one of each, and while the 2019 might have a few more bells and whistles, a lot of things are pretty much the same. Things like the engine, the safety features, and the fit, finish and feel haven’t really changed after only a year. After thinking it over, you’ll probably end up signing a contract for the 2018 model.

If you’re looking for a new smartphone, you should apply the same kind of thought process as you would when buying a car. Here are a few reasons why buying last year’s flagship is the best choice for your next smartphone purchase.