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We asked Ting customers: What phone do you think was the biggest game changer?

biggest game changer

What phone was the biggest game changer?

Many of us, in a particular age bracket, have a concrete memory of that moment in time where phones became a bit more than phones.

A moment where we weren’t using those handheld devices exclusively for calling anymore. We were using them for taking pictures, listening to music, instant messaging, emailing and playing games.

Where once cell phone ownership was a badge of honor, now not owning one is almost unimaginable.

How to reduce Instagram data usage

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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.

Reduce Instagram data usage

In a line-up of apps accused of wasting your mobile data, I bet you’d probably never consider your old friend Instagram. I mean, how could it be guilty? It’s just pictures, right? Hundreds of pictures of brunch, with some filters on it. Pictures, and sometimes video. Streaming video that plays without your permission…

You hear the shatter without realizing the mug was slipping out of your hand. Coffee spills everywhere.

How could you have been so foolish? Instagram was Kaiser Soze all along. What once appeared as an innocent looking app with a bum leg, now confidently strides out of your workplace and into a limousine, taking your precious megabytes along for the ride.

Luckily, this week’s Ting Tip exposes the one secret Instagram never bothered telling you – it has a mode to control cellular data usage. Just flip on the “Use Less Data” switch and videos will no longer automatically preload over your mobile network, saving you money in the process if you’re with a pay-for-what-you-use provider like Ting.

Read on for our step-by-step instructions on how to reduce Instagram data usage.

 

 

Reduce Instagram data usage

App of the Week: Alarm Clock Plus

Why we love Alarm Clock Plus:

Alarm Clock Plus is an app that will help you spring out of bed, bright eyed and bushy tailed. Either that or it’s the type of app that’ll make you throw your phone at the wall after the fourth time you fail to answer the math question that’s required to turn off the alarm.

Either way, you’re awake and ready to face the day. Whether it’s an expensive morning or not? Well, that’s determined by your arithmetical abilities… and perhaps your personal rage quotient (PRQ).

Alarm Clock Plus

Free
Download from Google Play
Set an alarm to wake you up in the morning. Turn on nightstand mode to dim the display. At the appointed time, your alarm will sound. No biggie, right? Well, there’s more to it.

Alarm Clock Plus lets you completely customize your alarms and take control of myriad options to create the perfect wakeup call. Most notable: Require a correct answer to a mathematical question (difficulty determined by you) before the alarm will turn off. Or, if you’re feeling particularly masochistic, before the alarm will even let you snooze.

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.

Make email easy with Unroll.me for iOS and Android

Ting tip

Quick tips to get the most from your phone, your favorite apps and your Ting service. No fluff. Just the tips.

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Clean up your inbox and mass unsubscribe with Unroll.me

Got a scary high inbox count? Find yourself flooded with alerts, newsletters and offers? Managing subscriptions is easier than ever with Unroll.me | Android | iOS | , a productivity app for Android and iOS.

Unroll.me helps you wrangle your email subscriptions and keep your email feeling fresher than ever.

You don’t need the latest iPhone. Here’s why.

iPhone 7

If you’re looking at that iPhone X price tag while turning your pockets inside out in protest, we get it. As far as phones go, the $1000 plus range feels gratuitous at best.

But if you’re using a battered iPhone 5C and thinking, I’m in need of an upgrade now, don’t worry. There are more budget-friendly iPhone options that will get you all the flash of the latest iPhone, for less.