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Seeking librarians' input on hotspot lending

Our local library will soon start lending mobile wi-fi hotspot devices (similarly to what BPL and KPL have done), and I am interested to learn about the experience of others who have engaged in similar projects. [more inside]
posted by papafrita on Jun 3, 2016 - 5 answers

Help someone be a (phone) genius in France

My wife (C) is going to Paris soon. She'd like to use her current US iPhone there for voice & data, but is a bit technophobic about SIM-buying & -swapping. I'd like to get her a step-by-step how-to. [more inside]
posted by NumberSix on May 27, 2016 - 5 answers

Best mobile phone plan for Europe/UK holiday?

We're holidaying soon, and I'd like to get a local sim card to make life a little easier. We're spending most of our time in the UK, but will also be visiting Paris, Vienna, Prague and Berlin. Are there any good options that would cover the lot?
posted by Silentgoldfish on Apr 11, 2016 - 5 answers

Sim card or whatever for iPhone while travelling in US

This seems like an obvious question but the internet is being surprisingly non-informative and what information I can find seems to be several years old. I will be travelling for about 1 month. I have a totally unlocked iPhone 6s purchased in the UK. Can I walk into a store in the US when I arrive, buy a pre-paid nano sim with a data allowance, and stick it in my phone and use it? [more inside]
posted by cilantro on Mar 16, 2016 - 8 answers

What are options for inexpensive 3G chips for use in small IoT device?

2G networks are about to be discontinued and "upgraded" to 3G. I have a prototype of an IoT device that would work great with 2G because it periodically sends and receives very small amounts of data. But now I have to find 3G chips, which appear to be much more expensive. What are some 3G chips that I can use in my device that are reliable (FCC approved) but inexpensive? Are there wholesale sellers I can work with to find the right type of chip and pair it with mobile network providers? [more inside]
posted by erikvan on Mar 15, 2016 - 13 answers

Real age of Mongo record in Meteor

Hey all, intermediate Meteor user here with a question that I feel should have a simple answer, but that simple answer is really eluding me. I need to determine the real age of a mongodb record (time since the record's server timestamp) and display or hide this record reactively on the client without using the client's time. [more inside]
posted by signsofrain on Mar 7, 2016 - 6 answers

Mobile sites that work in Opera for Nokia S40?

Can anyone recommend mobile web sites that are fairly viewable using the Opera browser on a phone running the Nokia S40 operating system? News sites would be my go to, but anything with mildly interesting written content (sports, entertainment, travel, etc..) works too.
posted by eelgrassman on Mar 4, 2016 - 1 answer

Upping my UI/UX design game

I need to improve my skills at making mobile apps (and websites) usable and beautiful. What resources do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Feb 24, 2016 - 8 answers

I've come to look for America

The plan is: a counterclockwise loop beginning & ending in New Orleans with stops in Biloxi, Mobile, Selma, Montgomery, Huntsville, Shiloh, Memphis, Oxford, Vicksburg, Port Gibson and Natchez. I have a working list of what to see, what am I missing? [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on Jan 11, 2016 - 17 answers

Why do these Android apps ignore my rotation settings?

Certain Android games ignore my OS-level screen rotation settings and will, at the drop of a hat, switch to portrait mode from landscape, often only momentarily before flipping back to landscape. Fallout Shelter and Adventure Capitalist are the worst, and will do this even while the phone is completely motionless and either lying flat or propped up in landscape orientation, while Bloons TD5 will, again without any provocation, flip to portrait and then instantly back to landscape. This occurs regardless of whether screen rotation is enabled and is extremely obnoxious. What gives? Can this be prevented?
posted by Pope Guilty on Dec 18, 2015 - 4 answers

Building Decent Mobile Apps

There are plenty of tools to help someone build and customize a website without needing to know coding; Wix, Serif, Network Solutions and Go Daddy website builders. Likewise, are there similar tools to help someone build and easily customize mobile apps without knowing code? If so, what and where are they?
posted by CollectiveMind on Dec 14, 2015 - 1 answer

Inexpensive cell phone for a month in Canada.

So I'm going to be spending about a month in Edmonton, AB this December and need to find an inexpensive cell phone and plan. I don't need data, only text & voice. I've seen other similar questions but they seemed to all have the option of bringing in a mobile phone from abroad whereas I want to buy something cheap and not too crappy.
posted by flyingfox on Nov 23, 2015 - 9 answers

Should I buy the OnePlus One X? I'm in the US.

I just got an invite for the new OnePlus One X phone, and I have three days to decide. Per this article, the phone uses AT&T's HSPA network, which results in slower downloads and uploads than LTE. However, I use Cricket Wireless which is slow anyway. Would I notice the difference?
posted by onecircleaday on Nov 19, 2015 - 11 answers

Let a creepy stranger use my mobile phone, now worried I've been scammed

Last night I let a stranger use my mobile phone to make a call. The whole interaction gave me a weird vibe. Could I be at risk of being the victim of a scam of some sort? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2015 - 10 answers

Dictation App for iPhone?

I've been doing a lot of hands-on failure analysis and inspection for my work, and I need a good way to dictate inspection notes using my iphone. You know in TV when the coroner describes the autopsy as he's doing it? Like that. I'd really prefer it to be an iOS app, but some kind of laptop app would be vaguely acceptable. Specific Required features inside. [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Nov 16, 2015 - 5 answers

What's eating my Nexus 6P battery?

I got a new Nexus 6P the other day. Part of its appeal was all the reviews said the battery life was really good - and would last approx a day and a half with sensible usage. But for the last two days, I have come to work with it charged, listened to about an hour of music with the screen off on my commute, then left it on my desk, hardly used it apart from checking a couple of messages and yesterday it died after 11 hours, today after 11 hours it's down to 12%. [more inside]
posted by KateViolet on Nov 5, 2015 - 10 answers

Using a Canadian Moto G in the UK -- poor data speeds

Hallo. I just arrived in London today for a conference and I'm very tired. I brought my Moto G (1st gen, I think -- not LTE) from Canada, and bought a pay-as-you-go SIM card from EE. Phone and text work fine, but data speeds are miserable -- 0.15 download/upload. It's only connecting on the EDGE network, and I can't get it to use HSPDA. Am I screwed re: data speed? The people at the EE store weren't very helpful; they variably said the speed would improve in a few hours, or that it wouldn't improve at all because it's a Canadian phone. [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Oct 14, 2015 - 10 answers

Android games for pre-teens learning English

I'm looking for more games to play in my weekly English tuition classes. The class is for working-class children in a multilingual country (Malaysia), so they have some proficiency that is age-appropriate, but they're very used to codeswitching, so I'm trying to get them to be more able to express themselves comfortably in one language as needed. Right now they have played Boggle (which is tabletop) but especially enjoyed Heads Up. Anyone has recommendations for similar party games on Android (that is free or cheap) that would help them in English? [more inside]
posted by cendawanita on Oct 5, 2015 - 2 answers

Avoiding Cell Phone Hostage Plans?

Currently out of my contract with Verizon Wireless and am reluctant to lock in to another 2-year contract requiring a new phone purchase and expensive monthly fees. [more inside]
posted by funfunfun on Sep 27, 2015 - 17 answers

Best inexpensive smartphone/plan these days?

What is the best smartphone/plan combination right now, given a budget of $250 max for the phone and $45/month max per month for the plan? [more inside]
posted by matcha action on Sep 10, 2015 - 22 answers

the pursuit of appiness

I got an android tablet, which is the first mobile smart device I've ever bought. (I'm still in the dumbphone contingent.) What are the few apps that you've found to be the most useful or just plain neat? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Sep 8, 2015 - 16 answers

The most entertaining low-data websites

Though I use it heavily, for reasons of excellent value I have a relatively austere data plan on my mobile phone. I have found the premier sites for low-investment entertainment (your Tumblrs, Cracked, et al) to be increasingly image and video-heavy, which tends to suck up data; and nearly everywhere has slick formatting and flashy ads. So what are your favourite text-heavy/low-formatting/BBS-like websites? (Aggregators like Metafilter are okay, but only if they have something going for them by themselves - they'll link to a lot of videos by their nature.) [more inside]
posted by solarion on Sep 4, 2015 - 7 answers

Mobile app design for beginners

Are there any basic online tips for how to approach mobile app design (for print designers who have a formal training)? Resources for how to design for different screen sizes (there are so many of them), latest trends in UI/UX, and most helpful critique/help forums for beginners would be a great help.
posted by omar.a on Aug 25, 2015 - 6 answers

what smartphone OSs exist besides android & iphone? Customising?

Anybody got experiences using OSs besides iphone, android? Customising them? Dual config eg of sailfish, ubuntu? Best phones to try this on? Tips? Avoid? [more inside]
posted by maiamaia on Aug 24, 2015 - 10 answers

Please recommend a device for father-in-law (Windows OS & data plan)

My contractor father-in-law is looking for a tablet or 2-in-1 device that he can use at home or in his truck on job sites. The main uses will be email, internet surfing, maps and tracking employee time. The other must have is the being able to use an ATT data plan directly with the device. He's familiar with Windows so that takes Apple, Chrome and Android OS out of the running. [more inside]
posted by briar0rose on Aug 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Wanted: Dependable cross platform (Mac/iOS/Android) text note syncing.

I'm a huge fan Notational Velocity (Actually NValt), and store bunches of stuff in it, as plain .txt files. I'd like to be able to access them on iOS and Android devices, without losing or duplicating data, but have trouble keeping up with the ongoing saga of sync backends. [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke on Jul 28, 2015 - 11 answers

Gamifying an interactive book

Suppose your favourite childhood book is being brought to the iPad (tablet), how would you gamify it? I'm setting this as a challenge for my game design students but I thought it was such an interesting question, I'd love to hear all your thoughts.
posted by SRMorris on Jul 23, 2015 - 8 answers

Mobile app research

I am researching mobile apps similar to Airbnb and Trip Advisor--essentially popular apps that allow you to (a) search and (b) book. Any resource that critiques or breaks down how these apps work is extremely important as well. [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Jul 6, 2015 - 7 answers

Best prepaid data SIM plan for Australia/NZ visit

What are my SIM options for a two week visit to Australia (Sydney) followed by a 1 week visit to NZ (Wellington then drive down west coast of south island to Queenstown)? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Jun 25, 2015 - 6 answers

Microtransaction-free mobile games on Android

Good microtransaction-free games for Android phones with endless modes or just large numbers of levels. Don't need to be free so long as they're not moneypits. [more inside]
posted by Lorc on Jun 12, 2015 - 22 answers

How can I avoid paying $200 for a dumbphone?

My husband recently irreparably damaged his cheap Verizon phone and wants to get a new dumbphone to use on a Verizon contract. We don't have any upgrades available. Verizon is asking for ~$200(!!!), even though prepaid phones of the same type only cost $25. Is there any way we can avoid paying this extortionate amount? [more inside]
posted by peacheater on Jun 11, 2015 - 15 answers

Help us upgrade our iPhones?

It's time to upgrade our iPhones and I feel that I lack a PhD in rocket science or whatever is required to decipher AT&T's policies and get the best deal. Help? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on May 17, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me buy a good mobile phone

I'm trying to buy a mobile phone that is unlocked. I want to avoid getting it from the big stores in Toronto, and I am looking online for a good option. I am really not that tech-savvy, and if I had to choose between Android and iPhone, I'd go with whichever has a better deal. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on May 8, 2015 - 9 answers

Is it possible to pause an ATT account and transfer the phone number?

My company offers to cover our phone bill, however I'm currently on my family's plan. I've been grandfathered into unlimited data and I don't want to lose that. Is it possible to put my individual ATT account on hold, while leaving the rest of the family plan active, and still keep the same number either on an ATT individual account or another service provider?
posted by jsmith78 on May 6, 2015 - 7 answers

why is mobile call quality so terrible?

When calling landline to landline, I have no trouble hearing every word that's said. Meanwhile, my friend just called someone to give an ETA and ended up shouting NATO phonetic alphabet into a smart phone that can stream 1080p video. After he hung up, he admitted that he hated talking on telephones because one party or the other always needed something repeated. Why is mobile call quality so terrible? Why do people not demand this (in the economic sense)? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on May 3, 2015 - 18 answers

Social mobile games recommendation

Please recommend to me mobile games for Android AND iOS that I can play with other people in the same room. The games should be fairly easy to learn and a session should take 5-30 minutes.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Apr 6, 2015 - 6 answers

What are the most innovative things retailers are doing with mobile?

I'm trying to find the best, most interesting, perhaps most unusual things retailers are doing with reaching out to mobile phone users. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Mar 31, 2015 - 7 answers

What do you listen to on your amateur radio or scanner?

Having just earned my amateur radio license, I've purchased a handheld transceiver with decent wide-band coverage and I'm trying to figure out what I should program into it. I've added the nearest repeaters on my licensed bands, but what's worthwhile to add next? What else do people program on their mobiles, HTs, and scanners? I'd like to find active and interesting channels to monitor when I'm not conversing with someone myself. [more inside]
posted by Songdog on Mar 27, 2015 - 6 answers

Switching from expensive AT&T iPhone plan to bare-bones phone/plan

Right now I pay AT&T $120 each month for iPhone talk/text/data service. For the past several months, all I have really used is maybe 1-2 hours of talk per month and perhaps 100 texts. I don't use the data at all. I miss ye olde $40/month Cingular plan on my indestructible Nokia brick of yore. How do I get back to that place (and keep my current phone number)? [more inside]
posted by Munching Langolier on Mar 16, 2015 - 18 answers

Conveneint cart

Looking for a light, compact, and mobile utility cart that can be carried up a couple of flights of stairs. [more inside]
posted by mefitem on Mar 8, 2015 - 3 answers

Trailer/RV living in Ventura?

I am trying to help my brother, who currently lives in the back of his truck, find a new "home". I am thinking that if I were to purchase him a very modest camper (like less than $2000) he could maybe find a cheap spot to park it and live? [more inside]
posted by hippychick on Feb 17, 2015 - 12 answers

How to turn off Google Photos

I don't think there's any way to uninstall the Google Photo bloatware on my unrooted Android phone, which is super-annoying. I've turned off "upload to Google+" but am angsty that one day, after an update or whatever, it might re-default to upload. I don't want Google saving copies of my stuff, and I am not reassured by their help materials, which talk about me "not seeing" the images anymore if I delete them. That's not the same as Google not having them, which is what I'm trying to avoid. Without rooting my phone, is there a way I can delete the app, or stop it from storing my stuff? [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Feb 14, 2015 - 5 answers

Is there a way to link to someone's calendar from the web?

I volunteer at an organization that puts on a lot of events. Is there a way to post a link on the web that will automatically link to a user's desktop or mobile calendar so they have the option of just hitting save to add the event to their calendar? Is this doable or even safe from a web security point of view? To be clear, we have no wish to harvest the user's info or anything similar. We just want to make it super easy for them to add our events to their personal calendar.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jan 23, 2015 - 6 answers

% Calls by cell/mobile compared to landline

i am finding it very hard to get good statistics on the percentage of calls made by cell/mobile compared to percentage made on landlines. Anyone have a source? I can get plenty on percentage of homes with or without landlines but no stats on by percentage of calls (number or duration). Stats from all countries welcome. I thought these stat would be easy to find but i am stumped, apart from Vietnam where i found it is s 97% mobile.
posted by priorpark17 on Jan 9, 2015 - 2 answers

Help Us Light the World with Tiny Glowing Screens for Christmas

What would be the best (lowest cost / least hassle) way to get my immediate family (wife, son, daughter, myself) up and running on iPhone 6s for Christmas this year? [more inside]
posted by doctor tough love on Dec 16, 2014 - 10 answers

Selling MP3 downloads via mobile.

What options make the most sense for selling audio drama MP3s for mobile users? [more inside]
posted by davebush on Dec 9, 2014 - 0 answers

Child-safe messaging device

I'd like to give my 2 nieces and 1 nephew a shared device this Christmas, with which they can send and receive SMS and MMS messages (or similar) to and from an explicit whitelist of contacts. Apple iMessage is not an option. Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Nov 25, 2014 - 15 answers

Need options for short-term US cell phone for travel.

I'm traveling from the UK to the US in 2 days, and need a cell phone with a US number for roughly a week. I have an unlocked GSM smartphone with dual SIM slots. Any options to get a short-term US SIM card quickly (and, ideally, cheaply!)? [more inside]
posted by still bill on Nov 16, 2014 - 8 answers

What are the best, high-quality sites about Android?

What are the best news/opinions about Android in terms of quality of writing and analysis? I'm after sites that post relatively infrequently, but tend to produce high quality stuff when they do post: the Android equivalent of sites like MacStories, Daring Fireball, and Six Colors. (I know far more about iOS than I do Android, but should really know about both.)
posted by Richard Holden on Oct 28, 2014 - 4 answers

What makes the optimal wall charger for the Motorola Moto G (2nd Gen.)?

I have recently obtained a Moto G (2nd Gen.) and it comes without a wall charger, while Motorola’s support gleefully mentions (archive.today) it ‘is best to use the Motorola charger that came with your phone.’ What output does a USB power adapter need to give to charge the phone quickest and cleanest? [more inside]
posted by Martijn on Oct 20, 2014 - 8 answers

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