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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.

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.

Authy review: an awesome app for two-factor authentication

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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.

Our Authy review - two-factor authentication

Set up 2FA quickly and easily with our Authy review

Authy | Android | iOS | is an app that lets you easily set up and store two-factor authentication tokens for multiple accounts like your Google, Facebook, Twitch, Amazon and more. We’ve previously covered 2FA for the Google Authenticator app here on the Ting blog, and in this Authy review, we’ll talk a bit about how it’s different, and why you might pick one over the other.

Check if your phone will work on Ting… on your phone

Ting-compatibility-checker-appIntroducing the new Ting compatibility checker app for Android.

Since we added a GSM network to Ting mobile, over 80% of smartphones made in the last few years will work on Ting. You gotta like those odds. The issue becomes making it easy for people to check whether their phone will work on Ting.

We’ve had some form of our Ting compatibility checker online since the early days. Today, we’re launching the Ting compatibility checker app and while it’s super simple, we think it’s some next-level stuff.

It’s a small (1.1 MB download) and lightweight (it doesn’t do anything else) app that grabs an Android phone’s IMEI and checks it to see if it will work on Ting’s networks. It also tells users which network services (3G, 4G LTE etc.) it will support once it’s here.

Why release a single-purpose app instead of bundling this feature into the existing Ting app? A couple of reasons. This is what we in the business call an “on-boarding tool,” so we wanted to keep it simple. We also wanted to keep it small so it’s a quick download for people standing in an aisle in a store, wondering if the Ting GSM SIM card they’re looking at is a smart buy.

Oh, right. This just in, Ting SIMs are going retail.

The Ting compatibility checker app needs permission to dig into your phone’s memory banks to pull out its unique identifying number, its IMEI. This IMEI (and only the IMEI) is then sent across to Ting servers and checked. In a list of app permissions, it sounds pretty heavy. We didn’t want the main Ting app to have to request these permissions.

We also wanted to keep it small and simple, with no learning curve, roadblocks or menus to navigate.

Please give it a try and, as ever, we’d love to hear what you think.

 

The Facebook Messenger app logs call and text history: here’s how to opt out on Android

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Facebook messenger app

The Facebook Messenger app has some privacy issues

The issue of Facebook and personal privacy has come to the fore with the whole Cambridge Analytica debacle.

#deletefacebook is trending on other free-to-users social networks that certainly wouldn’t ever allow a thing like this to happen with user data. 😉

We’ve covered our fair share of security issues here on the Ting Blog, including how to avoid phishing schemes, how to keep your data safe on free Wi-Fi and even how to flag unwanted spam and scam calls.

Anyone that has installed the Facebook Messenger app on their Android phone has been met by this cute, seemingly innocuous yeti thing asking if you’d like to “continuously upload info about your contacts…” including call and message history.

Messenger app

Now would be a really good time to make sure you didn’t succumb to that sweet little yeti’s advances. If you did, now would be a really good time to change your mind and revoke that permission.