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Taking my iPhone to Canada -- how to not get burned by fees

I am confused about my options for using voice/data/texting on my Verizon iPhone 5 while on a trip to Canada. [more inside]
posted by capnsue on Jun 25, 2014 - 8 answers

How can I safely use my iPhone 5 when I'm driving?

I want to make and receive calls when I'm driving, but I want to do it as safely as possible. I've tried two different Bluetooth devices, and they were both terrible. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on May 24, 2014 - 16 answers

Is there an app for that?

I’m interested in the DURR, a simple display-less “watch” that vibrates every 5 minutes to influence your perception of the passing of time. Since DURR is not currently shipping and I already own an iPhone with a clock and a vibrating buzzer, I feel like this should be doable with an app. There’s already a Pebble app so I’m sure it’s not crazy. If this doesn’t currently exist, how hard might it be to write one myself? I’ve compiled things in XCode before but not written my own from-scratch Objective-C, so I’d be approaching this as a newcomer.
posted by migurski on Feb 9, 2014 - 10 answers

iPhone 4 versus iPhone 4s: antennas, maps, and iOS questions

I have a no-contract plan at Virgin Mobile USA, which I like because it is so cheap ($35/month for unlimited data and enough calling). The downside of cheap and no-contract is expensive phones. However, I just lost my Android phone and would like to switch back to iPhone. My options at Virgin are iPhone 4, for $200, iPhone 4s, for $314, or iPhone 5, for more than I want to pay really. How to decide? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Dec 27, 2013 - 13 answers

Purchase used iPhone on Amazon?

My iPhone was stolen and I need to purchase a new one. I am considering saving myself the hassle of a craigslist interaction by purchasing a used one through an Amazon retailer. Has anyone done this? Would you recommend it? Anything I should look for specifically besides carrier compatibility etc.?
posted by Packy_1962 on Dec 23, 2013 - 8 answers

Shared budget app for iPhone?

I am looking for an iPhone app that will allow two users to track their spending for a shared budget. [more inside]
posted by leedly on Dec 8, 2013 - 9 answers

In which I attempt to mitigate the anticipated disaster.

I have an iphone. Today I will be getting a MotoX. I don't really know a lot about smartphones in general or Android in general (or hell, even ios really) except that I assume there are going to be a few hiccups in the transition. Help me avoid those hiccups! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Dec 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Samsung 3 or 4 OR the Iphone 5s

I need a mobile phone for work and am debating, help me choose please [more inside]
posted by ladoo on Nov 16, 2013 - 12 answers

What do you use your phone for?

I wish for my smartphone to have more utility. What do you use yours for? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Sep 28, 2013 - 47 answers

How do iPhone trade-in programs work?

I have a relatively-new iPhone 5 that I'm thinking of selling or trading in. It all seems a bit confusing, though, so please explain to me how this works. [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Sep 10, 2013 - 13 answers

Text Messaging is Overrated...?

I can't find a text messaging app that does everything I want, so I use multiple apps and confuse my friends with multiple phone numbers. Is there a better way? [more inside]
posted by emoemu on Jun 28, 2013 - 12 answers

Best UK mobile provider for my situation?

I am in the UK. I live in Plymouth. My one year Vodafone contract is finally up and I hate them with a passion. I'd like to switch, but as a still relatively new ex-pat I don't know who to switch to. Can you recommend a provider to me based on my requirements inside? [more inside]
posted by olinerd on May 22, 2013 - 13 answers

T-Mobile: Stay or Go?/iPhone or No?

I have had a reasonably happy relationship with my T-Mobile G2 (aka HTC Desire Z) these past two years, but my contract is up, and I have long coveted the iPhone, mostly based on its picture taking and video chatting capabilities. Should I just get one and take advantage of T-Mobile's new pricing? Or should I jump to a new carrier? An attempt to make this less open-ended is inside. [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Apr 14, 2013 - 16 answers

Choose my phone!

I'm tired of my cheap, app-less phone. It's time to upgrade to something nice. [more inside]
posted by elizamina on Apr 10, 2013 - 19 answers

I'm going to thailand. I bought a used ATT iPhone 3GS. Now what?

I'm heading to Bangkok in ten days for about two weeks. I looked into using my iPhone 5 overseas and the answers from ATT made me think twice about it. So for 100 bucks I bought a used Iphone 3GS. I figure I'd just buy a sim card there and I'd be all set. But then I thought I should check. Do I need to unlock it? or jailbreak it? Is there anything specific to Thailand and Iphones I need to know? What's the process here?
posted by rileyray3000 on Feb 13, 2013 - 6 answers

I want to save this moment forever

I'm looking for phone apps that will allow me to easily and simply record sound and simultaneously back up the recording offsite (send it to email, save to a cloud server, etc.). [more inside]
posted by decathecting on Jan 11, 2013 - 7 answers

t-mobile unlocking in the uk for iphone

How can I unlock an iphone tied to t-mobile in the UK? I have received as a Christmas present an iphone which is locked to t-mobile. I am currently on an 02 contract that ties me for a further 6 months. Clearly, I would like to use my 02 sim with this iphone, however, when I went to a shop who specialised in phone unlocking, to get it unlocked, I was told that he could not unlock it and that it would take atleast a month to get t-mobile to unlock it. It was also mentioned that the merger of t-mobile in to the new company everything everywhere will probably delay the unlocking further. I am getting the impression that I will be forced to take out a t-mobile contract as it stands. Anyone out there have any recent knowledge about t-mobile unlocking. Many thanks!
posted by conrad101 on Dec 23, 2012 - 7 answers

iPhone me--which model do I need 4, 4S, or 5?

iPhone me! --which model do I need: 4, 4S, or 5? [more inside]
posted by calgirl on Dec 13, 2012 - 43 answers

merry christmas and happy calling me everyday for help

My mom wants to switch from iPhone to either Android or Windows. What's best for her needs, and which phone should she choose? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Dec 5, 2012 - 8 answers

iPhone cover with a hip no-slip grip

Help me find an iPhone case / cover for my mom, please. [more inside]
posted by komara on Nov 30, 2012 - 9 answers

How to manage the logistics of a cellphone provider switch? Added Difficulty: Christmas Gift

We are switching from AT&T cell phone to service to Verizon, and I'd like to perform the switch smoothly while also using one of the new phones as a Christmas gift. Your advice on the proper procedure would be welcome. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Nov 20, 2012 - 14 answers

Calling all Android fanboys: welcome me into your club, please.

I can't stand my iPhone 4S any longer, but I've still got a year and a half to wait for the contract to end (AT&T). I'd love to switch to an Android, because I'm sick of having to use iTunes just to get a few songs on to the device. I'd like to get an HTC One X, but am open to suggestions. What are my options for replacing this piece of crap? Should I just try and unlock/sell my iPhone on craigslist?
posted by matkline on Nov 12, 2012 - 22 answers

How bitterly should I cling to my unlimited data plan?

How strongly should I feel about hanging on to my grandfathered AT&T unlimited data plan? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Nov 4, 2012 - 18 answers

Are there good iPhone 5 cases available now?

Are there any excellent iPhone 5 cases available now? [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Sep 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Need Help on Navigating Smart Phone Plans

I am looking for advice on finding the best smart phone deals. I have an old clamshell phone. I need very little for myself...not even texting though want the occasional use of apps. I am currently moving to Denver and may switch from AT&T though my wireless and phones are bundled and very cheap ($90/mo for our two cheap phones and wireless for home though that would change *a lot* with upgrades?). I am really confused on what the hell is a decent deal. I don't make many calls whatsoever but my wife will be calling family or perhaps using Face Time/Messaging via an iPhone if we can afford. We don't need the newest and best phones but am not sure where to start for packaging costs, especially as we may do wireless separate once we get to Denver. Any thoughts on how you would go about this, where you would buy a phone (new or refurb), deals that have worked for you (assuming you don't use the phone for a lot but still want the options of some of the apps). iPhone? Samsung? Razr? Carriers recommendations? I want to go as low $ as possible but not make a stupid decision out of pinching the hell out of the pennies.
posted by snap_dragon on Sep 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Why is a brand-new smartphone worth the money?

How do you use your smartphone to actually improve your life/work? How would you persuade someone upgrading is worthwhile with real-life examples? [more inside]
posted by likeyoubutme on Aug 31, 2012 - 35 answers

New iphone, new contracts, minimal pain and suffering.

What's the least painful way to move to a family plan AND have both of us end up with the new iphone when it comes out? [more inside]
posted by rachelpapers on Aug 13, 2012 - 3 answers

GSM, SIM, iPhones in Iceland for US folk: Talk down to me

Having trouble making sense of unlocked GSM phones, SIM cards, and unlocking/jailbreaking US phones for travel to Iceland. Please help. [more inside]
posted by ImproviseOrDie on Jul 17, 2012 - 8 answers

E.T., Phone Hope

Advise me on how to navigate my smartphone issues with the smallest out-of-pocket expense possible. [more inside]
posted by erstwhile on Jun 6, 2012 - 6 answers

Audio Looping on Smart Phones

Smart phone question: Is it possible to be directed to a website and have a sound play on loop automatically (I suppose through Flash or HTML5). [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Jun 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Calling from an iPhone on wireless in china

How can I call an american telephone number (landline or cell) from an iPhone that 1. Has only wireless, and 2. Is behind the Chinese firewall? [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Apr 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Help my partner and I sync up!

How can my partner and I share a calendar - with iPhone, Android, and Outlook Exchange accounts on separate secure networks? [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Mar 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Please help me pick a mobile phone plan in British Columbia

Please help me pick a mobile phone plan in British Columbia. [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck on Dec 22, 2011 - 7 answers

You can't play music on a pretty silver brick

How can I activate an old iPhone without a SIM card? [more inside]
posted by the matching mole on Dec 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Best way to record iPhone interviews on the cheap

Best solution for recording phone interviews. Here's my equipment: iPhone, MacBook, iPad. I'm a blogger, and I've been recording my interviews into a recording app on my iPad, or into garageband on my mac, using my iPhone on speakerphone. I'd prefer to not use speakerphone, as it cuts out and sounds like a walkie-talkie. I have an important interview coming up, and I'd like to up my game audio fidelity-wise without buying any other gear. What's my best solution?
posted by letstrythis on Nov 7, 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

What's the most "geek-friendly" phone on the market today?

I'm looking for a smartphone that's hackable and moddable, but I'm a lazy geek so I'm really looking for something that has a strong and independent development community that's already done most of the hacking and modding for me. What's the best phone for me?
posted by wheloc on Jul 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Why must I justify the equipment I need to do my job?

My company is doing more and more development for phones, so I'm trying to convince the higher-ups to buy the development team some phones to test on, rather than rely on coworker's personal phones. [more inside]
posted by emptybowl on Jun 14, 2011 - 14 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

round 2 ... help solve my phone woes?

goal: ipad + wifi + google voice + x = inexpensive wifi calls using GV number. can you help me solve for x? [more inside]
posted by crankyrogalsky on Mar 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Easiest way to use a US iPhone 4 in the UK?

I'm studying abroad in London next semester, and I'd like to use my iPhone 4 while I'm there. I need some help figuring out how to jailbreak and unlock my phone, and what UK plan to use when I get there. [more inside]
posted by MadamM on Dec 12, 2010 - 6 answers

Free iPhone! Now what?

My girlfriend got a used iPhone for her birthday! Now what? [more inside]
posted by saladin on Dec 2, 2010 - 4 answers

Help my find a Smartphone for my Linux addicted dad?

Can you help me find a smartphone to give my dad for Christmas? All his colleagues seem to have gotten iPhones. He is somewhat of a Linux geek tough, so I'm thinking a phone more in that spirit. [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil on Dec 2, 2010 - 17 answers

Iphone ATT contract up advice

my iphone 3 ATT plan is up soon. Basically like the phone for the ipod functionality esp podcasts, the phone itself and the mail set up syncs well with my google accounts, but att network slow and expensive what are my best options to look at now?
posted by dougiedd on Nov 19, 2010 - 5 answers

Forwarding SMS texts

Is it possible to forward SMS texts from my iPhone to another cell phone or to my email? [more inside]
posted by hotchocolate on Nov 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Is my iPhone screwed or just me?

iPhone filter: iPhone 4 battery problem. Do I need a new phone, new battery or am I out of luck? Help me, hive-mind, you are my only hope. [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on Nov 7, 2010 - 5 answers

AndroidFilter - Recommendations for an iPhone replacement?

Can anyone recommend me an Android phone? I've got a family member with an old iPhone that's on its way out, and since we have no desire to sign on with AT&T for two years of punishment and fees, I'd like to go with an open solution. Detailed requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by -1 on Nov 4, 2010 - 17 answers

SIM card for iPhone in E. Europe?

Questions about a prepaid SIM for iPhone in Czech Republic, Turkey, Slovakia, and Hungary. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Oct 28, 2010 - 0 answers

Verizon+VerizonFamily->AT&TFamily

Walk me through this complicated transfer of two separate Verizon phone numbers onto an AT&T family plan. [more inside]
posted by billtron on Sep 27, 2010 - 8 answers

iPhone broken by a 2.5 year old

What's the etiquette consensus on paying for things broken by a relative's child? Last night my wife was at her brother's house. Their 2.5 year old boy snatched her iPhone from her hand while she was using it and smashed it against a wall, breaking the screen. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Sep 15, 2010 - 63 answers

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