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Going grayscale on iOS and Android to use your smartphone more mindfully

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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.

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Phantom vibration is the feeling you get when your phone vibrates in your pocket and, when you pull it out to check, it turns out it was a weird tactile hallucination. 90% of people have apparently experienced this phenomenon. Maybe you’re nodding your head.

Smartphones are little dopamine delivery machines. This fact is not lost on phone makers and app developers. Their job is to push our buttons to keep us coming back to push theirs. Phones are powerful tools at our control… but when you pull your phone out of your pocket at every micro-moment of inactivity, you can start to wonder who actually holds the power in the relationship.

There are many ways we can wrestle control back from our smartphones. As an interesting aside, there has been a bit of a resurgence in feature phone interest which is arguably a direct response to the shiny smartphone’s near irresistible allure.

If a feature phone feels like too much of a step back (agreed), this Ting Tip is a great way to take the power back without giving up the convenience of having a tiny, powerful computer in your pocket.

One way to you can make accessing your phone more of a mindful activity is to switch your display to grayscale. We’ll show you how.

Get the family together with smartphone organizing apps

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Best organizing apps for families on the go

Consider this an authoritative guide to getting your home and family organized through the power of the smartphone. The best part? All of these apps are cross-platform for iPhone and Android phones and let you share information between devices. Upgrade your organizational strategies like never before.

Ting app roundup: the best apps for road trips

Time to hit the road with these awesome apps for road trips

Planning a road trip this summer? Want to take it to the next level? We’ve got a roundup of apps for road trips that make travel a breeze, from the tried and true to the one you’ve never heard of. Dodge traffic, get bargain hotel rooms, save on gas and more.

Download your road trip playlist and grab your sunnies, this is going to be a smooth ride.

Buying a smartphone: the complete guide

Buying a smartphone

Buying a smartphone

So you’re thinking about buying a smartphone and coming to Ting. Most phones will work on Ting, so if you already own a phone, try our online BYOD checker first. If you have an Android phone, you can also download the Ting Compatibility Checker app.

If you’re buying a smartphone, you’ve come to the right place. This is our Ting smartphone buyer’s guide. Nowadays, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to smartphones. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you and narrowed down your options.

Whether you’re interested in buying a brand new device, looking to buy used, or not sure where to start, we can help.

Show my location on a map (for iPhone and 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.

Show my location on a map

Trying to meet up with your bestie for dinner but they just can’t seem to find the restaurant? Waiting for your brother to pick you up from the movies but he’s doing laps of the parking lot?

Don’t worry. Google Maps has a cool little feature that lets you share locations in real-time with your friends and family.

A roundup of some of the best smartphones for teens

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Ting’s got the best smartphones for teens

Teenage smartphone ownership is a win-win for parents and kids. You get a direct line to your teen and they get access to talk and text, surfing and social media. On Ting, you also get admin control of the account and how much any phone can use while your teen gets to demonstrate how responsible they can be without the risk of accidentally using a ton of mobile data.

If your kid is due for a new phone or has shown responsible ownership with an old flip phone or hand-me-down, it might be time to look into a new model.

So what kind of gear does a teen really need? A user-friendly OS, fast processing and sharp selfie and front cameras can’t hurt. We’ve included two affordable Android options as well as Apple’s entry-level iPhone (the priciest phone on our list).