Ting

Can I use a smartphone with my home security system?

Samsung Galaxy S10E

Episode 1615

David from Whittier, CA

David has a vacation home and has WiFi cameras in it to view remotely. His problem is that when the service goes down, it could be days before it gets repaired. Could he use a cellphone and TING? Leo says that cellphones can be used as a "hotspot" and they can use their data plan to reach you when you need to view it. The question is, would TING let you do that? Other mobile services do, but they charge you and cameras use a lot of bandwidth. So check to see if they only work on movement. In principle, that could work.

What carrier options do I have for my Moto X?

Motorola Moto X

Episode 1230

Bill from Virginia

Bill's cellular provider is CDMA and he's losing the ability to use his Motorola Moto X. Leo says that the good news is that everyone is moving to LTE/VoLTE, which means CDMA will disappear. Even now, when going with Verizon, you can see the phones have GSM SIM cards. But the older models won't work anymore. A newer one will likely work. Leo says it's time for a new carrier and T-Mobile would let him bring almost any phone to them. T-Mobile also has a pay as you go $30/month plan.

What smartphone should I buy?

Episode 1024

Wendy from

Wendy needs to buy a new smartphone. Suggestions? Leo says that the first thing to do is look at your carrier. It impacts what phone you get because you may not have a choice of the phone you want. And Third party carriers like TING ties into Sprint. Page Plus has Verizon. Metro PCS is T-Mobile. So it's important to pay attention to coverage maps. And you won't be able to subsidize if you're not going under contract and that means full price.