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Lower mobile data usage and save on your cell phone bill

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There are many different ways to reduce smartphone mobile data usage without having to limit yourself or switch up your smartphone routine.
Using Wi-Fi instead of mobile data
There are data saving toggles and features in popular apps (including Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat) that help you cut your mobile data use. There are controls built right in to your smartphone operating system to do the same.

Take a look at our broad list of articles that will help you lower your cellular data usage. If you’re with a pay for what you use provider like Ting, this means a lower monthly bill.


Comprehensive guides

Check out some of our longer-form articles that will teach you everything you need to know about smartphone mobile data.

From the basics to the bonus features, the guides below have it all.

Android iconiPhone iconGet the free Cut Your Data ebook to reduce mobile data usage

Android iconiPhone iconDo more with your smartphone without paying more for data

Android iconiPhone iconSix simple tips to save money on smartphone mobile data

Android iconiPhone iconSix (more) simple tips to save money on smartphone mobile data

When should a kid get their first smartphone?

What age do you think is appropriate for a first smartphone? Ting customers respond.

As a parent, it’s tough to decide when your child should get their first smartphone. You may want them to have the option to contact you in the case of an emergency (and vice versa), or prefer to wait until they’re old enough to pay for their own phone.

Whatever you decide, Ting is a great choice for families because each phone line costs just $6 a month plus texts, talk minutes and data shared across all devices under one account. Ting’s account tools give you complete control over your child’s phone. You can set limits and alerts on what they use so you’ll never be caught by surprise.

We decided to ask Ting customers what they think is a suitable age to give a child their first smartphone, and received some great responses. Take a look below!

If you’re ready to purchase a phone for your child, check out some of the best smartphones for kids.

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.

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.