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Netflix adds download option to smartphones and tablets

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Netflix now allows movies and TV shows to be downloaded and watched offline.

Offline viewing is feature that Ting customers in particular have been waiting for. Now, with a tiny bit of pre-planning, you can save your favorite shows and movies and watch them, in full resolution, whenever you want.

Every Netflix original is available to be downloaded and stored for offline viewing. Beyond Netflix original content, you’ll find a wealth of TV shows, movies and specials available. Just keep an eye out for the new Download option in the listing.

Configure five popular apps to save on mobile data

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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.

There are many ways to save on cellular data without restricting your mobile experience. Take a look at some of the most popular apps with built-in data saving features below.

Open a beer with your Mac charger

Ting Tip: DIY

Simple tips, tricks and things you can do yourself to improve your mobile lifestyle.

The scene: You’re in a hotel room after a long day of schlepping around whatever conference is the annual rally point for whatever industry it is you work in.

open-beer-with-macbook-charger-macgyver-introYou’ve earned a cold beer. But what’s this? There’s no bottle opener in sight! They took your multitool away at the airport, thwarting your plans to, among other things, open a cold beer.

No need to resort to crushing cans of Natty Ice. In true MacGyver style, you can get past that crude metal barrier to your microbrewed tipple with just your Mac laptop charger. Here’s how.

How to install a USB power outlet at home

Ting Tip: DIY

Simple tips, tricks and things you can do yourself to improve your mobile lifestyle.

Replace your old power outlets with USB power outlets. Lose the USB power bricks that litter your counter or bedside table. It’s easier than you might think to turn your old, tired electrical outlets into new, hot (figuratively speaking) USB electrical outlets.

Following is the step-by-step how to for replacing an existing electrical outlet in a simple circuit with a USB outlet.

Redditors share seven Ting hacks to help you save money on mobile

The Ting subreddit is a great place to discuss everything related to Ting service, smartphones and the US mobile industry in general.

We’re constantly seeing discussions that help redditors have a better experience with Ting, sharing ways to help minimize data, minutes and text usage. Smartphones offer so many features that it’s easy to miss out on useful apps and settings that can have a big impact on your monthly phone bill (if you’re with a pay-for-what-you-use provider like Ting).

While our Ting tips do a pretty good job of digging into the basics, redditors are on another level when it comes to overall smartphone knowledge. So, we decided to ask the community to share the #1 phone trick or hack they use to lower their monthly Ting bill.

We’ve listed our seven favorites below – take a look.

Ting tip for Nexus phones: Reduce your cellular data usage with Wi-Fi Assistant

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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.

Google has rolled out a new feature for Nexus smartphones that automatically connects your device to public Wi-Fi hotspots nearby. To keep your personal information safe, Wi-Fi Assistant creates a Virtual Private Network (VPN) which routes all of your data through a secure server managed by Google.

Not to be mistaken with the iPhone’s Wi-Fi Assist function, enabling Wi-Fi Assistant can significantly lower your mobile data usage if you’re often near malls, restaurants and other areas with public Wi-Fi. Keep in mind, though, that Wi-Fi Assistant will not work if the public Wi-Fi network requires you to sign in.

It’s as simple as enabling a toggle in the settings menu – find out how in our instructions below.