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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 come 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.

The best Ting smartphones for geeks

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Your old phone just isn’t cutting it anymore.

You know your way around computers and technology. Maybe you already have a particular phone in mind. Let us help you narrow it down to find the perfect phone fit for you. There are a ton of great options for the tech-savvy type if you’re looking to bring your phone to Ting.

You probably prefer Android and if so, you almost certainly prefer stock because it’s clean, customizable without a bunch of add on junk or ride along manufacturer apps. Your eyes probably wander towards the internal specs of a phone before you check out the features, and you’ve at least thought about rooting your phone at one point or another. Unless you’re Australian, of course. You care about your phone’s ability, not its mass market appeal, and you want something unlocked that will work with any carrier.

The good news is you’ve got plenty of great phone options in the budget, mid-range and high-end levels.

Kajeet customers: $35 credit + $25 for each additional phone you bring to Ting

Choice is the upside of competition. Today we have more choice in cell phone providers… though we had slightly more yesterday. Family-focused carrier Kajeet has decided to shut down its phone service to instead focus on its Internet efforts.

That leaves a number of Kajeet customers making plans for where to take their phone service.

May we present Ting as the most — arguably the only — logical choice for anyone that liked Kajeet’s kids and family focus.

In short: You can bring your Kajeet phones and numbers to Ting and be up and running in minutes. No contracts or BS. Here, you’ll get powerful tools that put you in control.

Displaced Kajeet customers: we think you’ll really like Ting. We’re happy to offer you $35 to get started with one phone. We’ll also credit your account an additional $25 for each additional phone you add to your Ting account. For a family with four phones for example, that’s $110 in Ting credit. Ting credit is automatically applied to your Ting bill total and doesn’t expire.

The average Ting bill is just $23 a month per phone on an account.

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.

How many megabytes are in a gig? Understanding mobile data

What exactly is a megabyte of mobile data? A gigabyte of mobile data? How many emails is that? How many minutes of YouTube video? How many hours of streaming music from the likes of Spotify or Apple Music?

A voice minute is easily understood. After all, we all know what a minute is. Ditto for a text message. Data is a little more difficult to quantify, especially for those new to the world of mobile.

First, let us drop some numbers on you. These numbers come directly from an about.com article on mobile data and are compiled from various carrier estimates of the average smartphone data usage of specific smartphone activities.How many megabytes are in a gig

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