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Five great apps for parents

Becoming a parent is a pretty marvellous thing. One day its all about you and the next its all about your brand new kiddo, their hopes and dreams, their trials eating vegetables and tribulations potty-training.

best apps for parentsOkay, if you’re a parent you’re probably aware that rearing your very own rugrat isn’t always glamorous. Between making endless PB and J sandwiches, driving kids to and from soccer practice and your dreaded return to long division homework, being a modern parent is no easy feat.

Luckily, technology is on your side. The market is flooded with great apps for parents with kids of all ages. And we’ve rounded up five of our favorites.

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

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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.

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Six (more) simple tips to save money on smartphone mobile data

You’re probably using more mobile data than you need to. If you’re overpaying for an unlimited plan, by all means use as much as you possibly can. If you’ve realized that there’s a smarter way to do mobile though, then read on.

If you’re not interested in using your smartphone less, don’t sweat it! Often, all it takes is switching on a setting or scheduling a download to cut your monthly mobile data usage by half.

Our first six simple tips to save on mobile data post garnered a ton of helpful reader tips and feedback. So, we’re doing the redux!

Following is a list of popular apps that include options to reduce the amount of data sent across a mobile network. We also include a section on Google’s universal toggle for disabling mobile data, so if you’re only interested in one data saving tip today, make it this one!

Six simple tips to save money on smartphone mobile data

You don’t have to sacrifice the convenience of a connected smartphone just to save money on mobile data. Here’s six things that’ll take you five minutes to do and can save you a ton of money each month.

Your smartphone is indispensable. There are a ton of varyingly data-hungry apps that improve your mobile experience. Cloud storage, audio and video streaming, rich browsing, turn-by-turn navigation and so on can put a heavy demand on your mobile data connection. Fortunately though, it’s easy to cut down on mobile data use without hindering your mobile experience.

If you have already figured out that “unlimited” and high-cap plans are a ploy, you’ll love these simple tips that will teach you how to save data each month.

Make free calls with Google Hangouts

 

Hangouts DialerYou can make voice calls from Hangouts on Android and Hangouts on iOS to any number across North America. For free.

You may be thinking, “doesn’t Google Hangouts use data?” How can it be free?

In short, jump on a Wi-Fi connection and any call you make to any number across the US and Canada is entirely free. These calls won’t count toward your voice minutes and can help you lower your monthly bill if you’re with a pay-for-what-you-use provider like Ting.

The latest Hangouts 4.0 update brings caller ID to your outbound calls, too! No longer will you show up as “Unknown” – your friends and family now see your Ting number when you give them a ring.

Not familiar with Google Hangouts? It’s similar to Skype or iMessage (messaging, voice calls and video chat), except, as we’ve pointed out, calling North American phone numbers through Hangouts Dialer costs absolutely nothing. Hangouts also supports animated GIFs… need we say more?!

It’s worth noting that if you’re a Google Voice subscriber, there are ways to have incoming calls route through Hangouts. Just remember that if you’re not connected to Wi-Fi, you’ll be using your mobile data plan, not your voice minutes.

Download Google Maps for offline use on iOS

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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.

Looking to use Google Maps offline? We can help.

Navigating with Google Maps over a mobile data connection can rack up a ton of data usage over a short period of time. Fortunately, Google Maps for iOS includes a feature that lets you download entire regions of the map for offline use later.

By downloading your routes over a Wi-Fi connection, you can save big on the amount of mobile data used during navigation. Turn-by-turn navigation, location searches and establishment info can all be accessed without a data connection.

Using Google Maps offline also makes sure you have a consistent experience through areas with low reception. Taking a wrong turn due to a network delay will be a thing of the past.

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