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How to save data – Six tips to save data and money

Save data in six simple steps

You don’t have to sacrifice the convenience of a connected smartphone just to save money on mobile data. Here are 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 usage each month.

An update to Ting ZyXel routers

Hey, Ting Internet customers. We’re going to be rebooting all Ting ZyXel routers overnight as a precaution in light of the FBI and Justice Department flagging VPNFilter malware.

ZyXel routers aren’t believed to be affected by this malware and we haven’t seen any activity on our network that would cause us to think otherwise. All that is to say, no news is good news, but we’re covering all our bases because you can never be too careful.

Your router may be offline for up to five minutes while it reboots, starting at 1am EST. It will reconnect automatically and no intervention is required.

We’re sorry for the trouble. You can find more information on the issue and recommended response here.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about VPNFilter malware or concerns about your hardware, please reach out to our team.

1-844-846-4994

Chat at ting.com/support

How to make money on Twitch by partnering with Ting

Got a Twitch stream?

Are you a streamer? Wondering how to make money on Twitch? If you’re interested in spreading the word about a smarter choice for mobile phone service, consider becoming a Ting affiliate.

Whether you can pull 50, 500 or 5,000 concurrent viewers when you stream on Twitch.TV, we’ll give you the tools to spread the word about the smarter choice for mobile.

How to use Google Maps offline for 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.

How to use Google Maps offline

Navigating with Google Maps over a mobile data connection can rack up a ton of data usage over time. Most of Google Maps data use is incurred when initially searching for the destination and charting a course. 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.

Knowing how to use 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.

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.

How to watch services like CNN, MSNBC and Fox News without cable

Fox News without cable

Watching CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and Fox News without cable

So, are you ready to pull the plug on your cable or satellite provider but worried about losing access to your favorite news program?

We have great news for you! All the major news services like CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, CNBC and others are available to cord cutters! Yup, it does not matter if you’re a fan of Bill O’Reilly or Rachel Maddow — cord cutting has you covered.

It is true that in the past, leaving a paid TV service like cable meant losing access to cable news. However, Sling TV and PlayStation Vue now give you access to every cable news channel you may want, without the exorbitant cable bill.

Along with big names like HLN and MSNBC, cord cutters can now get even more news services, which they can access all hours of the day, every day of the week.

Let’s take a look at the big names and on which of the two services they’re available.