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Ting Unboxing and a giveaway: Galaxy Note 5

The Galaxy Note series have been the kings of phablet territory ever since the “bigger is better” trend began.

While it’s always been a powerful beast, Samsung has built the latest iteration with style in mind. Thinner and sleeker than last year’s model, the dual-edge glass back makes it a beautiful sight to behold…and actually hold, too.

The Galaxy Note 5 is a premium Android smartphone, both inside and out. With an excellent 16 megapixel camera, 4K smartphone display, 4 GB of RAM and Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the Note 5 offers the complete package.

Compared to its predecessor, pretty much everything inside the Note 5 has been improved and refined. If you’re a fan of the smartphone stylus, this year’s S Pen clicks like never before. We’ve also found the new “Screen off memo” feature to be super handy – it transforms your display into a chalkboard when the display’s off, great for doodling or quick notes when you’re on the go.

Take a further look at the Note 5 in the Ting shop listing. It’s ready for use on both Ting nationwide network offerings, CDMA and GSM.

Ting is also giving away a brand new Galaxy Note 5 on the Ting YouTube channel. Giveaway details are listed below – good luck.

Congrats to our lucky winners on YouTube and Facebook.

Ask an Exec: Where do you find efficiencies between towns?

When you’re laying and lighting geographically separated fiber networks, you learn a thing or two along the way.

Tucows CEO Elliot Noss explains when one-size-fits-all is the right approach and when hyper-local is the best way to go.

Ask an Exec: Does Ting prefer to own the network or light the network?

Should a city or town own the fiber networks? Or should they look to the private sector to bring better Internet to its people?

Tucows CEO Elliot Noss explains that, while a town should probably want to own the infrastructure, it’s just not feasible for some places to make it happen.

Ask an Exec: Does building fiber Internet in a small town like Sandpoint make sense?

By population, Sandpoint, ID and the Greater Sandpoint Area make for the smallest potential Ting town that we’ve considered.

So, how does Ting’s strategy of bringing fiber Internet to smaller towns like Sandpoint, ID make fiscal sense? Tucows CEO Elliot Noss explains.

Ting Unboxing and a giveaway: OnePlus 2

The OnePlus 2 does things on its own terms.

Like its predecessor, it gets ahead of the curve to stand out from the crowd.

Big upgrades like the new USB-C standard charger, fingerprint reader, improved camera and a dual-SIM design have been added to the OnePlus 2. Its 5.5-inch 1080p display with a 1.8 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor is impressive as well. With 4 GB of RAM, it can multitask like a boss and handle anything you throw its way. Plus, with a massive 3300 mAh battery inside, a full day of heavy use is no sweat for the OnePlus 2.

If you’d like a flagship phone without the flagship price tag, the OnePlus 2 is an excellent choice. The OnePlus 2 can be purchased for $349 directly from OnePlus through our Ting shop listing.

We’re also giving away a brand new OnePlus 2 on the Ting YouTube channel. Contest details and links are below – good luck!

Congrats to the lucky winner, Karin S.

Ask an Exec: As Ting grows will prices ever rise?

Krista M on Facebook wonders whether Ting rates will ever increase as we continue to get bigger.

Michael Goldstein explains why a rates increase will likely never happen and how there’s a much bigger chance that the opposite is true.