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Phone addiction? Tips to help you use your phone less

phone addiction

Ways to cut back on screen time

Smartphones are impressive little tools that help us stay connected, but sometimes they seem to do the exact opposite.

We’ve all seen that family out in the world. You know the one, everyone glued to their screens, barely talking to each other. Maybe (sometimes?) it’s even our own family.

Want to use your phone less and beat the mobile phone addiction? Have a look through these tips and tricks for decreasing screen time, increasing quality time and even reducing your bill along the way.

On Ting, you pay for what you use, so what’s the harm in a little less phone time?

Ting app roundup: the best apps for road trips

Time to hit the road with these awesome apps for road trips

Planning a road trip this summer? Want to take it to the next level? We’ve got a roundup of apps for road trips that make travel a breeze, from the tried and true to the one you’ve never heard of. Dodge traffic, get bargain hotel rooms, save on gas and more.

Download your road trip playlist and grab your sunnies, this is going to be a smooth ride.

Show my location on a map (for iPhone and Android)

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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.

Show my location on a map

Trying to meet up with your bestie for dinner but they just can’t seem to find the restaurant? Waiting for your brother to pick you up from the movies but he’s doing laps of the parking lot?

Don’t worry. Google Maps has a cool little feature that lets you share locations in real-time with your friends and family.

Free Wi-Fi calling with Google Hangouts

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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.

 

Free Wi-Fi calling

wi-fi callingYou 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, Wi-Fi 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 you can lower your monthly bill even further by routing incoming calls (and texts) 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.

Five great apps for parents

Recommended 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.

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.

Family game night 2.0: Smartphone games on the TV that everyone can play

Play smartphone games on the TV with the family

Struggling to get in that quality time with your family? What you need is a good old-fashioned family game night–except instead of breaking out the board games, you’ll be huddled around a TV trying to crush your competition. Or, like, fostering family togetherness. Same difference.

There are plenty of couch co-op games that the whole family can enjoy. Your mobile device becomes the controller. Technology really is amazing, isn’t it? Here’s a look at just a few of your options for family-friendly smartphone gaming.