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android hotspot filtering and blocking

I want to be able to treat my android wifi hotspot like a router and moderate the content that I can access through it. Is there something like a hosts file I can use? I want to block distracting websites. [more inside]
posted by titanium_geek on Oct 6, 2013 - 3 answers

 

Vodafone Spain data balance

I purchased a Spanish Vodafone sim card for use while on vacation and have successfully added credit (20 EUR) and then activated the Smart16 tariff which includes 1.5GB of data. How do I know how much of this is left? [more inside]
posted by samworm on Aug 5, 2013 - 2 answers

iPhone 4s lost ability to talk/browse internet while connected to 3g.

Up until this morning, I have always been able to use my 3g network, make a call and browse the internet at the sametime on my iPhone 4s. This morning when I went to use my phone a message appeared (while connected to 3g) that stated, Cannot Verify Server Identity. Once I got that all figured out, the capability to use the internet while on 3g and talking on the phone was gone. I called Verizon and they claim this was never a feature on their iPhones and told me I must have a special phone. After some investigating, what they are telling me seems to be true, but I know that I have been able to do this the last year or two that I've had this phone. I did it last night while talking to my brother and relaying information that I had looked up for him. But! 8 hours later this feature is now gone and only works when I'm hooked up to my wireless. I'm just severely bugged that this is all of a sudden gone, when I can recall being in my car doing all this (safely parked) and talking to my husband while hes at work. What could have happened? Was I just imagining this for the last couple years or did they somehow take this capability away from me this morning?
posted by Sweetmag on Jul 14, 2013 - 5 answers

What can I/should I do with my new-to-me used Kindle DX?

I've had an e-reader, but never a Kindle and never one with 3G. I understand the reading PDFs and mobi file part, but what else should I know about: what the 3G is good for; apps; hacks; subscribable Kindle-optimized content; the Kindle ecosystem? Besides Instapaper, are there other convert-stuff-to-read-on-your-ereader things I should know about? [more inside]
posted by Zed on Feb 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Is it looked at as unprofessional to not have mobile internet?

My career in web design is progressing and I'm wondering how long I can get away with not shelling out for a data plan before it makes me look bad. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Feb 3, 2013 - 28 answers

Short-term Internet service in London

I am studying abroad for the semester in London. My flat mates and I are looking for an Internet solution that doesn't require a contract. We picked up a 3G hotspot from Three but it isn't very fast. Is it possible to get actual broadband service without a 12- or 18-month contract?
posted by Kronios on Jan 13, 2013 - 12 answers

How to work around $20/day hotel Internet in Central London

My friend is headed to London for eight nights and the hotel he is staying at has Internet for $20 a day. Is there a way around that? Is there a cheap "Mi-Fi" type 3g/wifi device available without a plan, or other tricks to leverage prepaid 3g for his and his wife's laptops? Just a 3g sim isn't enough as they will really need laptop wifi access.
posted by carlodio on Dec 24, 2012 - 9 answers

Cheap, 3G, or readable: pick two

What kind of tablet/reader is best for me? I want something with built-in 3G, but I'd rather not pay an arm and a leg for a contract. [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Sep 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Do used Kindles with cell modems still get service?

Do used Kindles with cell modems still get service? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Sep 10, 2012 - 15 answers

Looking for a Mac OS compatible 3G AT&T USB dongle

I'm looking for 1) an AT&T 3G USB modem(?) that is compatible with Mac OS and 2) an accompanying short-term data plan arrangement. [more inside]
posted by circular on Jul 17, 2012 - 2 answers

What's 3G got that wifi doesn't on a phone?

I've had a smart phone (android nexus one) for a few years now, but have always gotten by with wifi access only. I just recently bit the bullet on 3g access. So what new things can I do now with my phone with my newfound wandering internet access?
posted by garlic on Jul 13, 2012 - 10 answers

Best 3g SIM card for Western Europe?

What are my prepaid 3g data+sim options for Western Europe? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on Jul 12, 2012 - 3 answers

3g iphone not reading sims card after update

I updated a iPhone 3g with the latest software & now it won't read the sims card .... [more inside]
posted by foodybat on Jul 12, 2012 - 8 answers

Mobile broadband in Australia, but cheap

Seeking mobile broadband on the cheap in SE Queensland, Australia. [more inside]
posted by dg on May 3, 2012 - 9 answers

Slap me an app....

I need help finding an Android App which will do the following for me: [more inside]
posted by london302 on Apr 30, 2012 - 2 answers

Can I force iOS apps to WiFi-only mode?

How do I prevent iOS apps from using 3G on my Bell-account iPhone? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Apr 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Dropped iPhone - Can the display be saved?

I have a an old iPhone 3G that was dropped and is now only showing a white screen or a grayish screen with some vertical stripes (or a black screen). Otherwise it seems to be working - it makes the "battery connection" noise when you plug it in, the "unlock click" when I swipe my finger in the unlock area, etc. Is this something the genius bar can help with, or is this sort of thing un-recoverable (or are there other options I should explore first)?
posted by mikepop on Apr 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Is a kindle good for this?

Kindle questions: 1) I want a device that I can read (mostly) 8.5" x 11" PDFs on without much scrolling (as opposed to page turning) and 2) use to look up prices of things (not just books) on Amazon and other sites. The iPad is great for these except it's too heavy to lug around and a bit too bright to read for hours and I'd prefer no monthly bill for price checking. I'm in Canada if that makes a difference. Is the Kindle appropriate and if so, which one? Also, is it easy to transfer my PDFs too? Can I access Dropbox, for instance? Thanks.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Apr 7, 2012 - 27 answers

No 3G roaming? For shame, Verizon!

Cell phone question: Droid 3 user, on Verizon in coastal Maine. My phone only gets one bar of 1X data while roaming on US Cellular, while my girlfriend's CDMA Kindle and my brother's US Cellular phone get 3-4 bars of 3G data. The Verizon rep told me I should be able to get 3G from the US Cellular tower, but it's not happening. Does anyone know if there's any way to force my phone to roam on US Cellular's 3G? I know some people use custom PRLs, but this sort of thing is new to me and I'd like to do it properly. [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Feb 9, 2012 - 6 answers

So I ordered it, paid for it, it's been shipped, but now I realize that it's not exactly what I wanted. What next?

I just bought a 32 GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, despite the fact that I was trying to buy a 32 GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with 3G. What now? Return it and get what I wanted, or root my phone, save some cash, and move on? [more inside]
posted by Blue_Villain on Jan 20, 2012 - 9 answers

Tooooo much goodness?

Where should I have 3G function? iPhone or iPad? [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom on Jan 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Now iPhone, iPad, can you two play nice or do I have to have you separated?

Can I use the same Macbook Pro (and iTunes account) to sync up both an AT&T iPhone AND a Verizon iPad? [more inside]
posted by Rewind on Dec 27, 2011 - 5 answers

3G Access for My MacBook?

Can I get 3G access on a new Macbook Pro? If not, what is the least expensive alternative for my situation? [more inside]
posted by kmel on Nov 18, 2011 - 9 answers

Move an iPhone 4 from AT&T to Tmobile?

I currently am on my parents plan with an iPhone 4 via AT&T for my phone/data. I would like to keep my phone and number, but move to T-Mobile on to my wife's plan. Is it true that 3G will not work as this article suggests? Can I use any other carrier beside AT&T without gimping my phone? Is there any chance in the future of compatibility with Tmobile? Also: would this nullify my unlimited data with AT&T? Is it possible to get off my parent's plan and on to my own without losing unlimited data? (I was told they no longer offer it..)
posted by idyllhands on Nov 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Must be cheaper than BT eh?

I need a pay as you go USB dongle for 3G wireless that will work with eee pc running Easy Peasy Ubuntu. This is in the UK. Contract will also be considered.
posted by By The Grace of God on Oct 28, 2011 - 8 answers

AT&T vs. Verizon: Bay Area iPhone Smackdown!

as a san francisco bay area resident who is about to upgrade to the iphone 4s, should i stick with at&t (with grandfathered-in unlimited data package) or jump ship to verizon? [more inside]
posted by apostrophe on Oct 11, 2011 - 15 answers

Cached Wikipedia Vandalism

Why does Wikipedia show an old article revision on my phone? [more inside]
posted by nzero on Oct 2, 2011 - 3 answers

Kindle 3 3G in Canada

I'm in Canada and planning on buying a kindle, and am currently deciding whether I should buy a Kindle 3G, or stick with the Wi-fi only model. I'd like to use it at the cottage, where there is no Internet Access, but (not-so-great) 3G coverage. It seems like there are some restrictions on international kindles that don't exist in the U.S. [more inside]
posted by backwards guitar on Aug 17, 2011 - 11 answers

3g for a short stay in LA?

Temporary (1 week) 3g or wireless internet in California? [more inside]
posted by OctopusRex on Jul 14, 2011 - 2 answers

Can you use an PC's case to boost the antenna for an 3G PCI card?

Can you use an PC's case to boost the antenna for an 3G PCI card? [more inside]
posted by toekneebullard on Jul 7, 2011 - 2 answers

SIM Cards for the USA

Travelling through the East Coast of the USA, I would like to use my unlocked GSM phone (Nexus One) for data. My UK provider (T-Mobile) charges extortionate rates for this service. Can I buy a pay-as-you-go or other low cost SIM card in the USA which would give me cheap(ish) data on the road? [more inside]
posted by grahamwell on Jul 4, 2011 - 6 answers

That old thing? Oh, it's just always been here, and we never got rid of it.

A question about cellular networks and deployed cellular technology in the US. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Jul 3, 2011 - 10 answers

Short-term 3g internet access in Seattle?

I'm visiting Seattle for 1 week. Is there a plan/service/product/company/etc that will allow me 3g internet access via my unlocked, jailbroken iPhone 3g for not a lot of money? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey on Jun 22, 2011 - 1 answer

inexpensive 3g internet in France

What is the best option for inexpensive/prepaid 3G mobile internet (on an Android phone) in France? Preferably with SFR. [more inside]
posted by blub on Jun 19, 2011 - 5 answers

To 3G or not to 3G

Buying a Kindle as a gift for a new high school grad going on to college (Yale). To 3G or not to 3G? I would imagine that on campus WiFi is ubiquitous, and so 3G isn't required? Personally, I love my WiFi-only Kindle, but I'm a techy who swims in WiFi waves 24/7. This grad is a non-techy classics major.
posted by schrodycat on May 22, 2011 - 45 answers

iPhone in my pocket forgets its a phone

Why does my iPhone forget it has a SIM card when I keep it in my pocket? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on May 6, 2011 - 6 answers

iPad 3G cellular vs. wi-fi -- which takes precedence if both are active?

iPad 3G cellular vs. wi-fi -- which takes precedence if both are active? If I have 3G cellular turned on, while sitting at home with my home wireless, does it use the faster home wireless? Or does the 3G just clobber everything and gleefully rack up data charges? I've been turning it on and off as needed, but that's just annoying, so I'd like to get the question settled once and for all.
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Apr 5, 2011 - 7 answers

Which of thailand's cellular companies offer The highest mobile speed?

Which of Thailand's cellular companies offer The highest mobile 3g or 4g or whatever tech speed with unlimited plan in Bangkok area. And how much does it cost. Whether it is a USB or 3G or 4g SIM card.
posted by omaralarifi on Mar 26, 2011 - 1 answer

APN? What? I did that.

How do I set up an iphone to use 3g data from Laotel? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on Feb 14, 2011 - 0 answers

My intertubes just stopped without warning

Why does the data connection periodically die (dailyish?) on my Droid Incredible? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jan 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Shouldn't 3G speed be 3G speed regardless of the device?

When do device capabilities determine 3G possibilities? I have two 3G devices, one is consistently nearly 2.5x faster than the other. Is this normal, or is something wrong? [more inside]
posted by bricksNmortar on Jan 6, 2011 - 12 answers

Hawaiian 3G Hotspts

Best Pay-As-You-Go 3G data option for a Canadian visiting Hawaii? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle on Jan 5, 2011 - 1 answer

Traveling to Central/South America with an iPad

iPad 3G/Wifi in Costa Rica... anyone have direct experience? [more inside]
posted by FauxScot on Jan 2, 2011 - 3 answers

Dash cradle for iPhone

iPhone car kit? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Dec 9, 2010 - 9 answers

New Radio Frequency Uses

Recently the FCC auctioned off parts of the radio frequency spectrum that were freed up with the transition to digital TV. Can someone summarize exactly what happened and what those frequencies are being used for? [more inside]
posted by brenton on Dec 3, 2010 - 6 answers

No slider bar for contrast...now what?

How can I adjust the contrast on an iPhone 3G? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Oct 18, 2010 - 3 answers

Kindle Q's

Two Kindle Questions: Should I get the Kindle with or without 3G? Have people had problems uploading pdfs onto the new Kindles? [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist on Oct 3, 2010 - 16 answers

Missed Connections

JoikuSpot Filter: Everything seems to be in order, but I just can't view any web sites. Please help! [more inside]
posted by murtagh on Sep 25, 2010 - 4 answers

Must...Have...Internet...

Pre-Paid Wireless Internet options (3G, 4G, ??) in Reno, NV [more inside]
posted by defcom1 on Aug 27, 2010 - 3 answers

Is ATT behind this?

Bricked iPhone: I just installed ios 4 on my iPhone 3g 16 gig and it bricked. A little help here, people?
posted by cestmoi15 on Jun 26, 2010 - 7 answers

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