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Back to school tech tips from Ting customers

back to school techYour best back to school tech advice

We asked and you answered. Lots of us are gearing up for school to begin again, so we asked for your best back to school tech tips. You shared some awesome tips, tricks, advice, apps and hacks. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites from Facebook and Twitter.

Get organized and stay on track this school season. See what Ting customers do to master the transition for themselves or help out the kids.

What to do with old cell phones?

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Five things to do with old cell phones

  • Repurpose it: Hack it, modify it, use it in a project.
  • Activate it: Pass it on or use it as an emergency phone.
  • Give it away: Plenty of charitable organizations would love to have it.
  • Sell it: Make a few bucks if it still has some life.
  • Recycle it: Find a reputable recycler.

If you’ve got old cell phones collecting dust in a drawer, you are certainly not alone. With hardware upgrade cycles being what they are, we’ve probably all got a few kicking around.

Rather than trashing them or leaving them to collect yet more dust, here are five things you can do with an old device.

Lower mobile data usage and save on your cell phone bill

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There are many different ways to reduce smartphone mobile data usage without having to limit yourself or switch up your smartphone routine.
Using Wi-Fi instead of mobile data
There are data saving toggles and features in popular apps (including Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat) that help you cut your mobile data use. There are controls built right in to your smartphone operating system to do the same.

Take a look at our broad list of articles that will help you lower your cellular data usage. If you’re with a pay for what you use provider like Ting, this means a lower monthly bill.


Comprehensive guides

Check out some of our longer-form articles that will teach you everything you need to know about smartphone mobile data.

From the basics to the bonus features, the guides below have it all.

Android iconiPhone iconGet the free Cut Your Data ebook to reduce mobile data usage

Android iconiPhone iconDo more with your smartphone without paying more for data

Android iconiPhone iconSix simple tips to save money on smartphone mobile data

Android iconiPhone iconSix (more) simple tips to save money on smartphone mobile data

Going grayscale on iOS and Android to use your smartphone more mindfully

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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.

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Phantom vibration is the feeling you get when your phone vibrates in your pocket and, when you pull it out to check, it turns out it was a weird tactile hallucination. 90% of people have apparently experienced this phenomenon. Maybe you’re nodding your head.

Smartphones are little dopamine delivery machines. This fact is not lost on phone makers and app developers. Their job is to push our buttons to keep us coming back to push theirs. Phones are powerful tools at our control… but when you pull your phone out of your pocket at every micro-moment of inactivity, you can start to wonder who actually holds the power in the relationship.

There are many ways we can wrestle control back from our smartphones. As an interesting aside, there has been a bit of a resurgence in feature phone interest which is arguably a direct response to the shiny smartphone’s near irresistible allure.

If a feature phone feels like too much of a step back (agreed), this Ting Tip is a great way to take the power back without giving up the convenience of having a tiny, powerful computer in your pocket.

One way to you can make accessing your phone more of a mindful activity is to switch your display to grayscale. We’ll show you how.

Phone addiction? Tips to help you use your phone less

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Ways to cut back on screen time

Smartphones are impressive little tools that help us stay connected, but sometimes they seem to do the exact opposite.

We’ve all seen that family out in the world. You know the one, everyone glued to their screens, barely talking to each other. Maybe (sometimes?) it’s even our own family.

Want to use your phone less and beat the mobile phone addiction? Have a look through these tips and tricks for decreasing screen time, increasing quality time and even reducing your bill along the way.

On Ting, you pay for what you use, so what’s the harm in a little less phone time?

Show my location on a map (for iPhone and Android)

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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.

Show my location on a map

Trying to meet up with your bestie for dinner but they just can’t seem to find the restaurant? Waiting for your brother to pick you up from the movies but he’s doing laps of the parking lot?

Don’t worry. Google Maps has a cool little feature that lets you share locations in real-time with your friends and family.