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Turn your computer into a wireless hotspot

The Ting model means paying for what you use as opposed to struggling to use up what you’re paying for, as with traditional mobile plans. On Ting, when you use less, you pay less. As a result, Ting customers come up with some creative ways to reduce their usage. The simplest way to save is to connect to Wi-Fi wherever it’s secure and available. If your office has a Wi-Fi connection available, just connect your smartphone to it and you’ll automatically use Wi-Fi (free) as opposed to mobile data that you pay for.

Not sure if the office has Wi-Fi and whether you’re able to connect your phone? Your local office IT guru will have that information, as well as the details you’ll need to connect.

wifi copyNo Wi-Fi at your office?

If your office doesn’t have a Wi-Fi hotspot you can connect to, don’t worry: By sharing your wired office Internet connection and broadcasting it as a secure Wi-Fi hotspot, you can turn your work computer into your own Wi-Fi access point.

If you have a hardwired connection to the Internet (an Ethernet cable) and a Wi-Fi card in your computer, you’re good to go. If you’re on a laptop, you almost certainly have both these important bases covered.

You’ll also need admin access to your PC or Mac. If your user account doesn’t have admin privileges, you’ll need the assistance of your office IT guru. In either case, you’ll want to make sure that creating your own personal hotspot in the office doesn’t run afoul of your company’s IT policies.

Lifehacker has a great guide for setting up a personal hotspot on your Mac or Windows computer. Follow along to turn your computer into your own money-saving Wi-Fi hotspot!

How does it work? Well, with your own Wi-Fi signal issuing forth from your computer, you allow your phone (or tablet or other Wi-Fi-enabled gadgets) to share your PC’s Internet connection. Whenever you’re in range of your computer, your phone will automatically connect and all your data-heavy tasks can be done over Wi-Fi, which is free, as opposed to mobile data, which you pay for. It works just like your Wi-Fi access point at home.

Find Ben’s suggestions useful? Have your own data savings tip to share? Let us know in the comments below! If you’re looking for more ways to save, check out our complete guide to lowering mobile data usage.