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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

Switching to Ting is easy

With Ting, you can get your phone activated from the comfort of your home. You can lounge in your pajamas while you switch to Ting. Sounds nice, right? Calm and stress-free. We like to think switching to Ting is all of those things. Not to mention easy.

sign up for ting Today, I’m going to walk you through our Ting sign up process. We’ll cover the basics, from grabbing the right SIM card to activating your device for talk and text.

If you ever get stuck, we’re here to help. Our super-friendly customer support team is just a quick call away.

With me so far? Awesome. Let’s do this.

Save on smartphone mobile data with the free Cut Your Data ebook

Lowering your cellular data usage is much easier than you think. The major carriers want you to believe that an unlimited plan is necessary in this day and age, but how much mobile data do you really need?

You can have an identical smartphone experience with a much lower bill just by taking advantage of data saving features in popular apps and using Wi-Fi where available.

The comprehensive Cut your Data ebook helps you understand how your mobile data is being used and how to take control of said usage. The book starts with an audit of how much data you’re using today, whether you’re on iPhone or Android. Next, we jump into some general data saving strategies before taking a look at how to limit data usage in all the popular apps and services used today, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

You should totally download it… If only for the horoscopes on the last page.

If you’re thirsty for more info, check out our complete list of guides and tutorials on ways to lower mobile data usage and save on your cell phone bill.

Grab the PDF Book

Refer a friend to Ting

Help a friend discover Ting and you’ll both get credit!

The Ting referral program lets you share a unique Ting referral link which gives your friends $25 off their bill or $25 off a new phone from the Ting Shop. You’ll get $50 off your bill after your first successful referral, and $25 off your bill for each referral after that.

If you’re a Ting customer, log in and head to the Refer a Friend page in the Ting Dashboard to get started. This is your personal referral page that displays a unique URL which, once used, will reward you and your friend with sweet Ting credit. Just make sure your friend uses your special referral link when coming to our website to sign up for a Ting account and purchase a SIM card or phone.

If your friend signed up and forgot to use your referral link, get in touch with us and we’ll make it right.

refer a friend ting website

Some of our customers have received months of free service just by sharing their experience with others and letting them know they can get a $25 credit for signing up through their personal referral link. So if you’re having a great experience with Ting, why not spread the word? Your friends deserve a smarter mobile service too!

We’ve integrated sharing tools for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and email to make it easy to share your link where you think seems fit. Then, just sit back and watch the service credits roll in – there’s no easier way to have a cheaper Ting bill.

Plus, if you refer a friend before the end of January you’re entered to winGoogle Pixel 2, Google Home and Daydream VR headset.

Hit up your unique Refer a Friend page today and let the referrals begin!


Looking for other ways to lower your monthly Ting bill? Learn how to do more with your smartphone without paying more for mobile data.

 

How have you found success with referring friends and family? Please share it in the comments below, your fellow Ting customers will appreciate the insight.

RingPlus members: Your number is safe with Ting

Update

Migration from RingPlus to Ting is complete.

Authenticate your Number

tl;dr: RingPlus members: Your phone number will automatically move to Ting next week. We think you’ll like it here. Ting customers spend $6-$12 a month for an emergency phone. Our full-blown smartphone users average just $23 per month.

If you want to leave, we won’t stand in your way; porting out will be as easy as signing up.

No action is required at this time. Just watch your email early next week for the next steps.

This is pretty long for a tl;dr.

Dear former RingPlus member,

We realize this isn’t an easy time. You’re probably still unpacking your feelings. Anger. Confusion. Fear. Hunger. Scratch that last one.

Whatever got RingPlus to the place where our mutual carrier partner felt compelled to pull the plug, we’re here to help. We’ve struck a deal with your former carrier and prevailed on Sprint’s good nature (or was that Sprint’s good business sense?) to move all displaced RingPlus customers over to Ting.