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Ting Download: Opera Max


The latest Ting Download helps you save on your cell phone bill without requiring any sort of effort.

Opera Max is a free app that automatically reduces your cellular data usage up to 50% by compressing data downloaded over the mobile network. It works with the majority of popular apps, including Instagram, Google Chrome, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube and Netflix. We’ve also tested Pokemon Go and noticed some savings – it’s minimal (18.8 MB used with 0.7 MB in savings), but it all adds up!

You can also manage your apps’ mobile data access (like restricting foreground or background data), monitor your data consumption within each app and much more.

Opera Max is currently only available on Android smartphones. For a similar app on iOS, check out Onavo Extend.

Ting Download: NetGuard

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Take complete control of how your apps use data with the latest Ting Download.

NetGuard (for Android) lets you selectively block apps from accessing your cellular data, Wi-Fi connection, or both, without requiring root access. This can be useful in a number of circumstances.

For example, you could block cellular data access for Twitter, Facebook or Instagram if you want to check your cached feeds without the app auto-refreshing and using your mobile data connection.

Or, if you notice an app using mobile data when it shouldn’t be, NetGuard can block it from ever being able to access the cellular network again. This is especially useful for streaming services like Spotify which may use a minimal amount of data even after downloading your music for offline use.

It’s also great for apps that don’t play well when handing-off from the cellular network to a Wi-Fi connection (and vice versa), letting you choose one permanent option.

NetGuard is super easy to set up and use – just grab it from Google Play and keep data-hungry apps from driving up your cell phone bill.

Ting tip: Block ads while browsing on Android and iOS

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AdBlock Browser – Free

With smartphones becoming ubiquitous in our daily lives, it’s no wonder that we spend more time browsing the web on our phones.

Increasingly, websites are being optimized for mobile so you see basically the same site whether you have the latest iPhone, Nexus 5 or Moto E. Sadly, one thing hasn’t changed: An overabundance of ads that, aside from being annoying, can chew through your mobile data without your knowledge.

We’ve all seen the pop-up images and auto-play videos. There are also hidden trackers, analytics collectors and beacons that follow you around and end up taxing your system performance and using bandwidth. According to a recent study by Enders Analysis, “ad content accounted for between 18% and 79% of the mobile data transferred, depending on the site.”

Take control of your cellular data usage with a content-blocking app like AdBlock Browser. Free for Android and iOS, this browser comes with a built-in ad blocking feature to save your battery, save your data and load pages faster. It also includes the option to white-list ads on sites that you want to support, which is a great addition.

There are other ad-block options that are worth checking out too, like Adguard and uBlock Origin for Android, or 1Blocker and Purify for iOS.

Learn more about Content Blocking in iOS 9.


Ting Download: ChoreMonster

Getting the kids to do their chores has never been an easy task. Fortunately, ChoreMonster has found a way to actually make them fun!

As a parent, the app lets you easily add specific chores to your child’s list of tasks. After assigning point values for different types of chores, your youngster will earn these points after finishing his household duties and completing the task within the app.

Points can be redeemed for rewards that you create, like an hour of video games, treats or a weekend sleepover.

ChoreMonster even offers Amazon integration, letting you add items from Amazon listings to your child’s set of rewards. Once they have enough points, they can exchange them for the reward and the product will automatically be shipped from Amazon to your house.

Finishing chores will also give your kid tickets to the “Monster Carnival” where they can win and collect over 250 different Monsters in the app.

ChoreMonster supports pretty much all operating systems and devices. If you can connect to the Internet, ChoreMonster’s got your back. iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Kindle Fire and web browsers are all included.

Learn more about how ChoreMonster works in our video review below.

Ting Download: Google Photos

Google Photos offers free unlimited storage for all your pictures and videos. Safe and secure in the cloud, your media is available on any Internet-accessible device, like your smartphone, tablet or any browser window at photos.google.com. Google Photos also offers shared folders, which makes sharing special moments with your family and friends easier than ever.

It does much more than just store and share your photos though – its search feature is so amazing it’s almost scary. After scanning all of your uploaded content and identifying objects within, Google categorizes your pictures by people, location and things. This intelligent algorithm can show you every picture with your face in it, for example, or every photo you ever took while on the beach.

While its pre-sorted categories are awesome, Google Photos’ search bar can discover more than you’d ever imagine. It can locate almost any object or setting within a photo and instantly show you relevant results. I tested a variety of terms like cat, sunny day, snow and food, and found success every time. Even searching for more obscure things like book and slide turned up a picture of my Game of Thrones novel and shots of my nephew at a playground.

You can upload all your older photos, too – Google Photos isn’t smartphone-specific. Just use the desktop uploader to keep all your memories safe forever, accessible from any Internet browser in just a quick second.

Take a closer look at all Google Photos has to offer in our video below.

Make free calls with Google Hangouts

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

Not familiar with 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 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.