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78% of people do most of their holiday shopping online. Plus, more insights from our holiday shopping survey.

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Do you price check items on your holiday shopping list? A recent survey from Ting shows that more people than ever are doing their holiday shopping online and using the Internet, technology and their phones to wrangle their holiday shopping and find the best deals.

Cable companies increase prices and cord cutting has never looked better

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Cable companies are increasing prices again

Still have cable TV? Thinking about cutting the cord? Right now may be a great time to cancel your cable service as their prices are once again going up.

cable companiesBack in October 2018, it was reported that if you still have Spectrum’s cable TV service, you should get ready to pay more. Depending on what market you are in and what package you have, you will see an increase in your broadcast TV price from $8.85 to $9.95 and your receiver cost will grow from $6.99 to $7.50. Digital adapters will also rise from $4.99 to $5.99 each and, if you have the Latino View add-on, it will be going up from $7.99 to $8.99 a month.

You may also see a $5 price hike on your Internet service. It will be interesting to see if they continue to charge this price as $50 5G Internet continues to roll out in the United States.

What is mobile data and how much data do I need?

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What is mobile data?

If you’re new to tracking your minutes, texts and mobile data, you might find yourself asking, what is mobile data? I mean, what is it really?

what is mobile dataOn Ting, you don’t pay a hefty monthly fee for unlimited texts, minutes and data. We do things a little differently, and our customers only pay for what they actually need. Ting charges rates on usage, for texts, minutes and data. Everyone can understand quantities of texts and minutes, but understanding mobile data in terms of megabytes and gigabytes can be something new to wrap your head around.

We’re going to break down mobile data, cover how mobile data works and when your phone uses it. We’ll also go over some tips and tricks for using less mobile data on your iPhone or Android device.

Five holiday shopping tips to make life easier

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In October, Ting shared a holiday shopping survey to learn about people’s shopping habits, both online and in store. Ever wonder how people manage to save during the busiest shopping season of all?

We rounded up five shopping tips based on data from our holiday survey to help you get the upper hand this holiday season. These tips will help you save, get the right gift and make the most of the technology you have at your fingertips every day.

One interesting insight we discovered was how phones help people find deals and make purchase decisions. 

Looking for more tips? We’ve got a ton of tech tips here on the blog. Hungry for more holiday shopping data? Keep an eye on the Ting blog, we’ll be releasing more insights soon.

Get Nb-IoT with Ting: What is Narrowband IoT anyway?

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Have you noticed how everything is getting smart these days? Smart parking meters, smart bike stations, even things that might not be as obvious, such as garbage bins, soil monitors, water meters, electric meters — you get the picture. These things are all a part of the Internet of Things, and one of the best ways to put the Internet in these objects is with Narrowband IoT, or Nb-IoT for short.

What is Narrowband IoT?

Nb-IoT is a network of simple devices that can run on carrier networks — including Ting! Nb-IoT was standardized in 2016 by 3GPP and is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after options of low power wide area (LPWA) technology by offering condition and performance analysis in real time.

Narrowband can support about 250 kilobytes of uplink and downlink rather easily. While that might not sound like much, Nb-IoT is perfect for those IoT devices that use a small amount of data to function over a long period a time.

How to be frugal: eight tips to help you save money and change your life

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How to be frugal in eight simple ways

If you haven’t heard about the cult of thrift, it’s basically a lifestyle commitment to saving more and spending less. Sounds simple, right? Being thrifty or frugal can look easy on its face, but it requires some real mental realignment in terms of how you move through the world as a shopper and spender. We’re going to show you how to be frugal. It’s not hard to save money when you have the right tools and the right outlook on life.

Read on for our intro to frugal living, and how spending less relates to retiring early, getting out of debt and more.