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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.

No tactics and no tricks. Here’s our Ting pricing promise.

Ting pricing

This blog post partly comes out of internal conversations we have all the time here about Ting pricing and promotions on both Ting Mobile and Ting Internet. But to be honest, it mostly comes out of a phone call I had with my cable company recently.

On behalf of Ting (without actually running it by everybody first), I vow that we will never do any of the following:

How much data does Google Maps use?

how much data does Google maps use?

How much data does Google Maps use?

The short answer: Google Maps doesn’t use much mobile data at all when navigating. In our experiments, it’s about 5 MB per hour of driving. Most of Google Maps data use is incurred when initially searching for the destination and charting a course (which you can do on Wi-Fi). There are ways to ensure Google Maps doesn’t use any mobile data at all when driving.

Understanding IMEI – Should I give out my IMEI number?

What is an IMEI number? The VIN of the mobile world

If you’ve ever looked at used cars, you know the importance of running a vehicle identification number (VIN) check before you commit to anything. This little 17-character string says a lot about the car you’re looking at.

If you’ve ever sold a used car privately, you know that the VIN is among the first things a serious buyer will ask for. Providing it shows you’re acting in good faith. Not providing it is probably a deal breaker.

The mobile phone world has an analog to automotive VIN. It’s called the IMEI. What that stands for isn’t important for this discussion, though you may sometimes see different initialisms (MEID, ESN) for what is, in effect, the same idea: A unique identifier that says a lot about a device.

tl;dr: Used device buyers: Always ask for the IMEI. Don’t buy without it. Used device sellers: If a buyer asks for a phone’s IMEI and seems cool, provide it.

The easiest way to find the IMEI of just about any smartphone is by simply opening the phone dialer and inputting *#06#. The IMEI will pop up on the screen. Here’s the same information in animated GIF form (the best of all the forms).

Finding an IMEI – Android.
Finding an IMEI – iPhone.

Hello Burlington. Pleased to meet you.

Ask Us Anything

Thanks for sharing your questions in the first Ting and Burlington open Q&A. We got some really great questions from the community. Check the archived AMA.

Illustrated Burlington cityscape

UPDATE: The Ting Letter of Intent (LOI, otherwise known as our bid) has been updated. Our commitment to Burlington as a whole is laid out more clearly and we’ve upped the ante by $2.5 million. See the updated letter of intent.

We’re Ting. It’s now public that we, via our parent company Tucows, are one of the companies bidding to become the steward of the BT fiber network. We’re happy things are out in the open. We don’t really go in for the whole cloak and dagger routine.

The reasons the network was put out to tender have been discussed at length. We’re not going to retread any of that ground except to acknowledge that the circumstances under which we’re being introduced to each other are less than ideal. We understand that many Burlingtonians would like to keep BT entirely locally owned. We understand that ambition. We appreciate the chance to put Ting and our community approach forward as the best of both worlds.

We aren’t looking at BT as an asset to be scooped up Monopoly-style. We look at Burlington, VT as the kind of forward-thinking community we love to be a part of.

We think that our community involvement, our customer-first approach and our commitment to the open Internet and net neutrality make Ting the right choice to work with BT to maintain the fiber network and continue to grow its footprint.

Choosing the best website domain name for your small business


Hover is one of Ting’s sister companies under Tucows Inc. They offer domain names, custom email and simple integrations with other online services such as Squarespace, Format, and Big Cartel.

best website domain name

Tips on finding the best website domain name

If you’re a small business owner you may choose to build your business online. This has a lot of benefits, from reaching customers at a distance and in different time zones to building credibility within a certain online community. Whatever the reason, once you decide to build your brand online there’s a major factor to consider – your domain name.

Our sister company, Hover has a few tips that you should keep in mind when searching for the perfect domain name for your small business.