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What phone should I get? Why buying last year’s flagship is the smarter choice

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Asking yourself, “what phone should I get?” You’ve come to the right place. This article will help you make the smarter buying choice when you’re in the market for an upgrade.

Imagine you’re shopping for a new car. When you arrive at the dealership, you’ll see the shiny new 2020 models, as well as the 2019 models being offered at a fairly compelling price. You decide to testdrive one of each, and while the 2020 might have a few more bells and whistles, a lot of things are pretty much the same. Things like the engine, the safety features, and the fit, finish and feel haven’t really changed after only a year. After thinking it over, you’ll probably end up signing a contract for the 2019 model.

If you’re looking for a new smartphone, you should apply the same kind of thought process as you would when buying a car.

New year, old phone: make your smartphone feel like new again

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Over the years, smartphone quality has improved exponentially. There’s almost no need to buy a new, flashy model if you got a phone in the last few years. It’s likely that your old phone can feel like new again with a few simple hacks.

If you’re wondering what to do with an old phone, the answer is simple: keep it! With Apple, Google and Samsung prices all soaring above $1,000 for the latest phone, there’s even more reason to make do with what you’ve got.

You wouldn’t be alone in hanging onto that old phone. According to Consumer Reports “consumers have begun holding on to their cell phones for nearly three years.” People aren’t upgrading as fast as they used to. Why? As TechCrunch puts it, “manufacturers have painted themselves into a corner as they’ve battled it out over specs. There just aren’t as many compelling reasons to continually upgrade.”

We’re going to walk you through our top tips for making your current phone last longer and feel like new again.

    1. Update your operating system
    2. Get a new battery
    3. Tidy up storage
    4. Get more storage
    5. Create a new home screen (Android only)
    6. Replace your screen

Kids first phone: Things you should do after giving your kid a phone

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If you’re wondering what to do to prepare your child for responsible phone ownership, you’ve come to the right place. A kid’s first phone can be an awesome tool for safety, staying in touch and teaching responsibility. There are a few things parents can do, however, to set ground rules before turning that device over to a child.

  1. It’s important to factory reset the phone if it’s a hand-me-down.
  2.  Add any important emergency numbers.
  3.  Enable parental controls.
  4.  Set mobile data limits.
  5.  Have an open conversation about Internet safety and privacy.

Start your kid off on a mobile provider like Ting, where you can set limits on how much talk, text and data they use every month.

Cell phone germs: your phone is dirtier than you think

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Cell phone germs, especially during cold and flu season, are no laughing matter. Your phone is probably one of the items you touch the most in the day, right up there with your keyboard if you work on a computer. The portability and pervasive nature of phones mean you could be tracking germs with you pretty much everywhere.

Our full guide to Internet safety for kids

Internet safety for kids

The Internet has transformed the way we communicate, travel, work and play. It has even changed the way we parent. It presents new challenges, but also excellent opportunities for learning and growth.

If you have kids, regardless of their ages, they probably have access to the Internet at some point in their day. Whether it’s your middle schooler playing Minecraft, or your teenager chatting on social media, Internet use requires a degree of responsibility. You can’t shield kids from everything and while it’s not realistic to monitor every second of their day, keeping an open dialogue around parental controls and Internet safety certainly can help.

At Ting Internet, we like to think of parental controls as training wheels for learning to use the Internet respectfully and responsibly. Browse our guide of parental controls for platforms like YouTube and Netflix below. These practical steps, paired with an open conversation around Internet safety, can help you raise kids who have a mature awareness of the Internet.

Buy or bring a new iPhone to Ting: plus, why we’re excited about eSIM

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The title of this post kind of gives it all away but if you’re eyeing iPhone XR, iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max and thinking, well I’d love to bring me one of those to Ting, we’ve got great news.

All three new iPhone models will be compatible with Ting and they’ll be available in the Ting Shop. We’ll even have them for pre-order on September 14 for iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max and on October 19 for XR.

If you haven’t heard the latest iPhone news, here’s what we’re excited about in the new models.

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