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In a contract? We’ll remind you when it’s up!

contract_calendarWe hear it all the time. You’re eager to come to Ting, only to be stuck in a contract with X months to go. While we do offer some compelling reasons to cancel your contract early (as well as our helpful ETF Relief offer), we understand that sometimes waiting it out is the best option for you.

If that’s the case, let us help you count down the days with our new Contract Reminder tool! Head over to to sign yourself up. We’ll email you 3 weeks before your contract is set to expire with some helpful tips on how to get started.

In the mean time, sign up for a Ting account so you’re all ready to go when that fateful day arrives.


Black Friday app deals!

In case you weren’t aware, Black Friday is one of the best times of the year to save big on mobile apps. If you weren’t interested in fighting through today’s crowds (or even if you were), you can always take advantage of some great deals from the comfort of your own home!

Gizmodo has conveniently put together a complete list of the best Black Friday app deals that are happening across the web. Below, we’ve listed five of our favorite Android Apps on sale today!

Note that all the freebie deals are available through the Amazon App Store as opposed to through Google Play. To access the Amazon App Store, you’ll need to first install the app and log in with your Amazon account. Details on how to do so are available here

Bloons TD 5

Available from: Amazon App Store
Price:Free (regular $3)

The best tower defence game available on Android is completely free for today only! As one of the most addicting mobile games out there, you’ll be sucked in almost immediately, so we advise you to proceed with caution…


Available from: Amazon App Store
Price: $1 down from $2

If you love Risk, you’re going to love Drisk, which is on sale for just a buck! With 37 different maps, smart AI, online multiplayer and streamlined gameplay, you might actually even enjoy it more than the original!

Reddit Sync Pro

Reddit Sync Pro
Available from: Google Play store
Price: $1 down from $2

Our go-to reddit app for Android is half off at $1! With offline syncing, multiple themes and timely updates, it’s by far the most feature-packed reddit app available on the market.

SwiftKey Keyboard

Available from: Google Play store
Price: $3 down from $4

Not the best deal going at $1 off but arguably the best Android keyboard available to date. With Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail syncing, Swiftkey automatically adds the words you frequently use for an easier typing experience. You’ll be blown away by its prediction abilities and surprised at the features you’ve been missing out on!

Need for Speed Most Wanted

Available from: Google Play store
Price: $2 down $5

Considered the best racing gaming out for the mobile platform, you can outrun cops, chase rivals, and race against your friends! Keep in mind the app is 550 MB+, so make sure to use WiFi while downloading it (Requires Android 2.3 or higher).

If you’re looking for Windows Phone or iOS deals, you can also find them in the Gizmodo article!

You Asked: Backing up SMS messages in Android

There are dozens of seemingly-identical apps on the Google Play store that vow to backup your personal messages. Whether in the cloud, in your email or on an SD card, there are various storage methods you can use to ensure your conversations won’t vanish into the digital abyss.

At Ting, we actively encourage you to ask us questions. Through our Ask Ting Anything’s on Facebook, Ting Hangouts and blog posts, we’re always interested in what’s on our customers minds. For this installment of our “You Asked” series, we take a look at several SMS backup apps and run through the various features of each.


smsbackupplusSMS Backup +

SMS Backup + is an app that uses Gmail (or any IMAP server) to automatically save your SMS (text messages), MMS (picture messages) and call logs entries. Upon connecting your Gmail account with SMS Backup +, your personal data is saved in a separate label and can be automatically backed up to Gmail. Are you a WhatsApp user? You can transfer those messages to your Gmail account as well! Unfortunately, SMS Backup + can only restore SMS messages to your device, not WhatsApp or MMS messages. If you don’t know how to enable IMAP, don’t fret! This fellow will show you how in under a minute! The developers have also set up an awesome FAQ page in case you need more help!

gcloudbackupG Cloud Backup

G Cloud Backup is a comprehensive backup app that saves your Android information securely on a cloud and can be accessed by logging into your G Cloud account. Using its simple interface, easily backup and protect your SMS messages, call logs, documents, settings, photos, music, and more on multiple devices! Unfortunately, G Cloud Backup cannot currently backup your MMS messages. By creating an account you instantly receive 1 GB of cloud storage free and can pick up 8 GB just by referring friends, tweeting about the app, and liking G Cloud Backup’s Facebook page. They also offer paid tiers for 16 GB and 32 GB, which is useful if you have a ton of data to save, or multiple devices to backup. Have any further questions? Check out their FAQ page!

smsbackupandrestoreSMS Backup and Restore

SMS Backup and Restore focuses specifically on SMS messaging and lets you easily save texts to an SD card and restore them at a later date. These backups are created in XML format, can be converted to other file types and easily viewed on your device and computer. Your saved contents can also be emailed or uploaded to cloud storage through Dropbox or Google Drive using the official Add-On. For more information check out SMS Backup and Restore’s detailed FAQ!


Ting’s recommendation: SMS Backup +

If you’re still unsure of which app to choose, we recommend SMS Backup +. If you own an Android device you already have a Gmail account, making the initial set up super easy. In just minutes, your SMS, MMS, and call log entries will be saved in a Gmail label and can be retrieved from your phone or a computer whenever you desire!

Are you missing out on Ting emails?


GMAILWe’ve received word that some of our emails – marketing and system emails alike – may be getting lost in the shuffle. Typically, we send a few marketing type emails per month, generally related to new devices or site features.

We suspect these changes may be due to Gmail’s new feature called Tabs, which organizes your incoming mail into separate categories for an easier viewing experience. This addition gives you more control over where emails end up upon entering your mailbox, and creates three default tabs – Primary, Social and Promotions. If you’re enjoy the current configuration and haven’t had a problem with receiving our emails, that’s fine! Just keep in mind that Ting account emails could possibly show up in the Promotion tab instead of your Primary inbox.

If you signed up for Ting news or Device Alert emails and you haven’t been seeing them, read on! We explain how to get them back into your Primary inbox a few easy steps:


Moving Ting emails to your Primary tab

  • Find an email from This will likely be in your Promotions tab or spam folder. If you find the email in your spam folder, ensure you mark it as “not spam” before heading to the next step.
  • Right-click on the Ting email and select “Move to Tab”, then “Primary”

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  • A yellow box will then pop up and ask you if you want to make this change permanent. Click “Yes” to ensure all messages from us in the future will appear in your Primary tab.

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That’s it! Now you’ll be sure to receive the latest Ting news, updates, and essential info right away.


If you’re interested in receiving Ting Device Alerts or Ting news (and, let’s be honest with each other here, you totally do) you can sign up with the Get Email Updates link that appears in the Get In Touch menu at the bottom of this page.

Ting’s favorite features of the Moto X!

If you haven’t noticed, there’s been a lot of chatter around the Moto Xmotorola-moto-x-angle-back_carousel. Perhaps because it’s Motorola’s first flagship device under Google’s guidance, or perhaps due to the close-to-universal praise it has received from users and critics alike. Regardless of why, it’s a smartphone that deserves to be in the spotlight. Running a tweaked version of Android Jelly Bean (4.2), the Moto X houses several exclusive features that truly makes it shine. Outside of these unique and useful additions, it predominantly runs stock Android and offers a fluid, no-lag experience.

Physically, this device has been brilliantly developed. With a sleek shell and almost no screen bezel, the Moto X feels compact while sporting a large 4.7 inch screen. That screen has been hailed as having “the best performance observed in a mobile display to date.”

We’re taking a look at a few of our favorites from among Moto X’s exclusive features. If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, proceed with caution: The Moto X makes a pretty compelling case for itself.


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Motorola Assist is basically contextual awareness. Your phone figures out what you’re up to and automates tasks and brings the stuff you need front and center. There’s a series of actions and options that can be set for when you’re driving, in a meeting, or sleeping and once activated, you never have to touch a thing!

Driving – Using GPS, your Moto X knows when you’re driving. In Driving mode, it’ll optionally reads out your texts and tell you who’s calling (with auto-reply options).

Meeting – Using your Google Calendar, Motorola Assist knows when you have a meeting. It’ll automatically put your phone on silent and can auto-reply to missed calls from your favorite contacts.

Sleeping – Assist knows when you’re sleeping too. Not in a weird “I’m watching you” way. Rather in a “oh, you’ve turned in? Let me silence your phone during the hours you specified” way. If a contact calls twice within the span of five minutes, suggesting that the call is important, it’ll still ring through.



Active Notifications

Active Notifications alters the way you receive notifications based on where you are and what you’re up to.

Active Display – When you receive a notification, the Moto X’s screen will fade in and out to “quietly” inform you. Using internal sensors, the Moto X won’t show these notifications if your phone is face down, in your pocket or purse, or if you’re on a call. Only want to be alerted by certain apps? Active Display lets you choose the types of notifications you want to see!

Motorola Connect – Motorola has launched a nifty Chrome extension letting you send and receive text messages, see who’s calling and view phone notifications directly from your browser!



Touchless Control

Lets you control your Moto X entirely hands-free. After training it to listen for your voice (and no one else’s), saying “OK Google Now” fires up Google Now. Get news and sports scores, check the weather, easily text your friends, email a co-worker, update your schedule and much more without ever touching your phone!

If you’re driving and want to listen to music, you could ask Google Now to play a specific song, album, or artist. Or, if you hear a song you like on the radio, simply ask “what song is this” and Google will speak the answer to you! There are tons of possibilities with this amazing feature. Moto X owners: Let us know if you’ve come up with any unique ways that Touchless Control can help.


While the slogan “Life Companion” has already been claimed by another of the major Android smartphone makers, it would never have been more fitting than if applied to this, the truly one-of-a-kind Moto X. It’s one of those “you don’t know what you’re missing out on” kind of things. We expect many of the smart features the Moto X brings to the table will find their way into the smartphone standard in the future.

At this point, we’d be remiss not to mention that we have the Moto X available on the Ting devices page in both black and white.

You Asked: Android Parental Controls

If you have young children (or really, even if you don’t) you might have noticed that they’re drawn to smartphones and tablets like moths to a flame.

Here are a few tips on locking your device down so kids can play without the risk of warping their fragile little mind… and without the risk of them accidentally emailing your boss. Or, if they have their own smartphone and you’re looking to make it kid-friendly, we can help with that too.

If you’ve got any suggestions on how to make smartphones easier and safer for little hands, we’d love to hear them! Hit the comments that follow this article.

Below, we list some of our favorite ways to protect the kidlets.


Native features

Disable paid app purchases without a password

Make sure your child can’t go on a virtual shopping spree:

  1. Go to the Google Play store on your phone and open the Settings menu
  2. Under User Controls, ensure “Password – Use password to restrict purchases” is checked

Restrict mature applications in Google Play

On the Google Play Store, apps are assigned a maturity rating. You can change what types of apps will be displayed by:

  1. Heading to the Google Play store on your phone and opening the Settings menu
  2. Under User Controls, open “Content Filtering”
  3. Uncheck the content filtering levels that are inappropriate for your child

Disable external app downloads

Android allows you to download apps from places outside the official Play store and then install them on your device. To turn the option to “sideload” applications off:

  1. Open the main Android Settings page
  2. Under Personal, open the Security page
  3. Under Device Administration, uncheck “Unknown Sources”


Free third-party apps

Depending on your child’s age and level of tech knowledge, you may want to install a parental control app from the Play store. Whether you’re looking for a secure browser, app blocker or screen lock, we’ve got you covered.


AppLock lets you password protect the applications of your choosing (Gallery, Email, Contacts, Chrome, etc.). Only unlock the apps that you deem appropriate for your child.

Toddler Lock

Toddler Lock is a nifty app that functions as both a lock screen and drawing board. Your child can doodle with various colors for as long as they desire without having to worry about them opening an app or making a phone call.

K9 Web Protection (Official Website)

K9 Web Protection is a Firefox-based browser that restricts access from mature websites (pornography, gambling, drugs, violence, malware, phishing, etc.). It blocks the usage of other browsers, as well as Google Play and YouTube access. URL History also cannot be deleted, so you’ll know everywhere your child has surfed.

The web-based version includes some advanced features like time restrictions and custom lists, so look out for these being added to the Android app in the near future!