Are older phones or phones designed for poorer countries any less susceptible to spying than the latest Apple, Google or Android models? I've read about CEO's looking for the very old brick phones because since they don't have the sophisticated technology of the modern phones, they're harder to monitor or track. I understand the phones w/o apps are clearly more secure regarding third parties because they aren't sending personal data to companies. But what the government and everything else; voice, location via cell towers, SMS; the very basics.
posted by CollectiveMind
on Jan 4, 2014 -
Can I make calls over the free Wifi at the Mexican resort I'll be at this week? [more inside]
posted by PSB
on Apr 29, 2013 -
How do I force my Gmail account's phone number to associate with the same account's Google Voice number? [more inside]
posted by frodoxiii
on Sep 20, 2012 -
Currently, I have a Virgin Mobile PAYG smartphone. I'd like to get a phone on my family's Sprint plan instead (for the same monthly price as Virgin, I can get unlimited whatever). However, Sprint says they can't port my phone number because Virgin is a reseller of theirs. I've heard that you can port your number to Google Voice for a small fee, and then have Sprint port the number to a Sprint phone, but this advice was found on a forum somewhere and no one backed up the claim that it actually worked. Would it work? Have you done this? I'd really like to keep my phone number, and before I risk losing it, I'd like to know. Thanks.
posted by bluefly
on May 7, 2012 -
Verizon and Google Voice experts: Which of these plans will be the best way to port my number? What can go wrong with these approaches? [more inside]
posted by slidell
on Mar 10, 2012 -
Can I use Google Voice as follows: right now, person calls in to main office number and gets a recording (for X press 1, for Y press 2, for A press 3, and for B press 4) and upon choosing an extension that phone rings and if not answered goes into that extension's VM box. Can I forward this somehow so that each extension rings to a different Voice number? [more inside]
posted by mrs. taters
on Jan 20, 2012 -
I can no longer access my Google Voice account. I had a phone number set up for it, and I thought I knew which username was associated with it, but when I log into my Google account it no longer has my Google Voice information. How can I figure out what account has my Google Voice number? [more inside]
posted by arniec
on Nov 12, 2011 -
Someone is spoofing my Caller ID and spamming people with telemarketing calls. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by orangeseed
on Aug 21, 2011 -
Can I use google voice to make calls on my iPhone without a sim card? I have an iPhone and it's connected to wi-fi, and I want to use google voice to make/receive calls from my iPhone. I figured they're must be a way to do this by now, but google failed me.
posted by crawltopslow
on Jun 3, 2011 -
How can I make calls on my android without using up my minutes, via sipdroid and/or google voice? [more inside]
posted by Patrick Leo
on Apr 26, 2011 -
Need some advice on polling a live audience via text message. Thinking of using Google voice, but have some questions. [more inside]
posted by kdern
on Nov 19, 2010 -
I use google voicemail on my Motorola Droid. When someone leaves a message that includes a phone number that is different from the number they're calling from, google does a good job of transcribing it. As far as I can tell, however, there's no simple way of calling back that spoken, transcribed number. Instead, I have to memorize it, switch over to phone and key it in (and forget a few digits and switch back and forth and crash the car etc). I feel like maybe I'm just missing something simple, but I'm coming up empty searching for an answer. Does anyone know if it's possible?
posted by The Dutchman
on Jun 28, 2010 -
Why is it that calls made to my cell phone from other cell phones connect to my Google Voice inbox, but calls made to my cell phone from landlines go to my carriers voicemail? And how do I make GV the default for *all* calls, irrespective of their origin? [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi.
on May 16, 2010 -
I'm trying to use Google Voice instead of Jott to transcribe voice messages that I send to myself on my mobile phone. It works fine when I call from my work landline, but when I call from my mobile phone, the Google Voice lady starts asking for my PIN - i.e., I can't leave a voice message. Obviously I've got it set up wrong, but I don't know how to fix it. Please help!
posted by Rad_Boy
on Apr 22, 2010 -
How can I have Google Voice send my SMS to an instant message service such as Google talk? [more inside]
posted by jesirose
on Jun 27, 2009 -