Ads and Bloatware

I'm looking to buy a new smartphone and considering purchasing through the ting website (probably $150-200 android).  Do their phones come with ads or bloatware?

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  • Hey Barney, 

    We do not put ads or bloatware on our devices. 

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  • Ting may not put bloatware on your phone but Google sure does. Hangouts regularly crashes my phone but I can't get rid of it because Google makes it part of the operating system. With limited internal memory on inexpensive smart phones this can really be an issue.

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  • Anytime I use either my cellar data through ting, or use it on wifi, I get all kinds of ads on the phone.  They are a real pain in the butt.  Is there a way to stop that.  I'm using an inexpensive Blu phone.  I'm thinking of getting an Iphone 7, will the ads continue on the more expensive phone?  TIA to anyone who responds.

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  • Hey John, 

    It depends on what kinds of ads you're talking about. I'll lay out a few examples and whether or not your debate over an iPhone would solve them. 

    The first are ads within applications. These are little boxes that appear on your favorite (usually free) apps or ads on webpages. These ads are served to you by those apps or by the websites, and appear on all phones. Switching to an iPhone would not solve this problem, as ads appear regardless of your phone, though the iPhone's increased power may be able to handle them better. 

    The second are apps that overload your phone with ads, like Booster and Cleaner apps. On Android, these apps will sometimes take over your phone and make it unusable, clog your notification bar or your app drawer. These kinds of apps aren't really permitted on the iPhone, so switching to a newer iPhone probably would solve some of these issues. 

    The final kinds of ads would be interstitials. These also appear in free apps, and are usually between levels of free games. The iPhone does have these kinds of ads, too, because the games have the ads hard-coded into them. 

    On the iPhone, you can try installing something like AdBlock. This blocks malicious ads in your browser, but if ads are hard-coded into the games or apps you use, you'll still have to deal with them.

    As someone who has used both an iPhone 8 and an inexpensive Blu phone, I can say that I do prefer how quickly the ads load (and can thereby be quickly dismissed) on the iPhone, and how less often it seems to bog down my phone when the ads do go full-screen on the games I play.

    Does that answer your question?

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