I currently have a Samsung Guru E1081T
. It is a very simple phone, and I can use it in Australia and Europe. However, it does not work in the USA. What is the simplest phone that uses SIM cards that I can use in all three places? No smartphones please; battery life is the paramount consideration. I don't care about features, apart from phone and texting.
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike
on May 18, 2013 -
I work at home and, since I moved from NYC to the West Coast, I've simply had Verizon remote-call-forward my number to make the move as seamless as possible.
The problem is the cost, around $70.00 per month.
Does anyone know of a less expensive way to remote-call-forward? Thanks in advance!
posted by tangyraspberry
on May 17, 2013 -
My mom moved to Mexico recently, and I have had a hard time contacting her via phone. She's staying with relatives of her boyfriend, but it seems like she's not able to use their phone to make international calls. I'd like to get her a mobile phone that she can use to call me and her other kids (or anybody else), but I'm a bit overwhelmed by what I'm finding with google - a lot of which seems targeted to making international calls from the US to other countries or just seems spammy.
What is a good way to buy a phone here and send it to Mexico? [more inside]
posted by jeoc
on May 1, 2013 -
Hi all, anyone know if:
Will the Lumia 620 work with At&t's no data plan service (we could just swap sim cards?), aaand, will the phone's wifi still work for web-browsing anywhere with a signal? Thanks Everyone! [more inside]
posted by 1inabillionmistake
on Apr 30, 2013 -
I read this a LONG time ago, a jacket where you could snap ur wrist (or some other hand geuster/movement) and it cause ur phone (stored in the sleeve) to drop right into ur hand. It was awesome if slightly risky and I'd like to take a look at it again.
Anyone know of it? Or something similar?
posted by rmathew1
on Apr 28, 2013 -
Need a new phone for myself and my wife, usually there's a "hot" phone (iPhone, HTC Evo 4G, Samsung Galaxy S3, etc) - whatever the top phone is. That seems to change every 6 months, and I just can't keep up. Also, I don't keep up with the release cycle - if I buy the hot phone today, is it essentially going to be obsolete in 3 months? [more inside]
posted by 0x006DB0
on Apr 27, 2013 -
I'd like a quality compact camera which can make calls and send and receive text messages, rather than a phone with a poor camera attached. Does anyone make that? [more inside]
posted by richb
on Apr 27, 2013 -
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 -
Can anyone advise on an AT&T phone I can use without a data plan but has the best movie/mp3 playback capabilities? Thanks!
posted by 1inabillionmistake
on Apr 10, 2013 -
I'm on Verizon, I have no warranty, started a contract in July w/ a Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G Android Phone. I was a n00b and walked into my car really hard the other night and it was in my pocket. The screen now will barely turn on, the touch screen is cracked. The touchscreen is unusable. I cannot dial or even use the phone.
A google nexus will be $299. What are my options? The phone itself, I kind of hate, the OS is nice but charging has always been an issue and it dies pretty quickly.
I need ideas on either should I replace it? (With what and how much?) I don't want to renew as Verizon has had terrible quaility and I want to dump them in 18 months and go back to Virgin Mobile (I even have a phone for it). Should I foot the $350 ETF and switch back to Virgin? Cost to fix it?
posted by snow_mac
on Mar 20, 2013 -
I (30) met this woman (35) at a work-related meeting ten days ago. We were in a small group (2 men, 2 women), and chatted briefly. Among a few other things, she asked me if I was married and had children (no to both). She is divorced and told us (most of the interaction was with the group) that she was on her own, and had to work really hard to support herself and her two young children. She seems a very loving mother, in addition to an attractive and easygoing person. Before leaving she asked me (and the other guy) for our email addresses and told me she would send me a facebook friend request. This didn´t mean much in itself, as we might conceivably need to get in touch for work-related issues. Later that evening I see and accept her fb friend request, and we chatted for a few minutes. [more inside]
posted by Basque13
on Mar 12, 2013 -
Help me figure out what to do about my buggy HTC Incredible, either to fix it or to replace it. [more inside]
posted by jiawen
on Mar 3, 2013 -
Heading to London in the next two months, and am ignorant in the ways of electric converters and chargers, etc. Please help! [more inside]
posted by PJMoore
on Feb 28, 2013 -
I'm trying to fix my phone. How do I deal with a very tiny, hard to get at screw with a stripped head? [more inside]
posted by delezzo
on Feb 27, 2013 -
Is there any advantage to using a Verizon (or equivalent) 4G Hotspot over tethering a mobile phone? [more inside]
posted by zephyr_words
on Feb 26, 2013 -
A friend would like to switch to a cheap, unlocked Android phone and a prepaid plan within the next month. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill
on Feb 26, 2013 -
While I am working, my phone is sitting idle on my desk, but within my field of vision.
What are some interesting things it could be doing or displaying?
posted by mulligan
on Feb 14, 2013 -
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 -
I'm searching for the best SIM card for a one month stay in Japan. I've already found e-connect
(1 GB/30 days, only data @ 4100 Yen), but I would prefer an option including SMS/speech.
posted by mathiu
on Feb 12, 2013 -
My Nexus 7 was lost/stolen. I've changed my google, facebook and amazon passwords. Is there anything else I can do? It does not have 3G networking; only wi-fi.
posted by Alaska Jack
on Feb 9, 2013 -
My uncle has a Vodavi Starplus STS / system and KSU with 6 CO lines / which is 6 different phone #s can be used on the system. He recently changed 2 of his three lines to cox digital service. He still has one line with CenturyLink/Qwest. His phone system will not connect with the new digital lines. Cox says it's a Vodavi problem. The Vodavi guy says that there isn't enough voltage on the Cox lines.
So, who's right? Will my uncle's Vodavi system work with the older CentruyLink line as well as the newer Cox digital lines?
posted by Jackie_Treehorn
on Feb 8, 2013 -
For the last four months, I've been getting anywhere between 3 and 60 calls per day on my cell phone from (555) 555-5555, at all hours. If I pick up, it's a recorded voice, somewhere between a computer and a british lady saying "one... one... one..." What the hell is going on, and how do I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil
on Jan 23, 2013 -
I'm interested in making a new podcast/audio interview series for the web. What's the best way to integrate quality phone interview audio into my series, either using my existing podcasting equipment or with new equipment? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid
on Jan 20, 2013 -
What is the best way to record on an Android phone? Are there applications that can do this? Or is a speakerphone/tape recorder combination better? What about physical addons or accessories? [more inside]
posted by the young rope-rider
on Jan 15, 2013 -
I want an app that I install on my Droid 3 phone that'll find my computer on my home wireless network and which I can point to my music folder and stream. [more inside]
posted by cthuljew
on Jan 11, 2013 -
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 -
Asking for recommendations for an answering service, with a live person that can answer our office phones for a week. [more inside]
posted by gemmy
on Jan 10, 2013 -
Good Morning Hive!
I'm having a little trouble setting up my office phone. Here's the info: [more inside]
posted by oviedo
on Jan 10, 2013 -
I'm being forced to answer phones at work. I have NO clue and NO ability how to do this and I have to start NOW. How do I make this situation less horrible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 7, 2013 -
I'm considering porting my personal cell phone to Google Voice so that calls and texts can be forwarded to my newly acquired work cell phone. If you've done this, please see my specific questions/concerns. [more inside]
posted by Swede78
on Jan 7, 2013 -
What is the dangling cylinder
? It is about a yard long. It had been attached to the telephone pole, but that pole was replaced by the one in the image, leaving the cylinder danging and joined to the new pole by a rope, as shown. [more inside]
posted by hexatron
on Jan 6, 2013 -
Now that we all have a handful of old hackable smartphones lying around, is there any way to build our own active repeaters or cell phone to IP gateways? [more inside]
posted by mzurer
on Jan 5, 2013 -
Sprint Android smart phone question: the phone rings for essentially all calls except those from one specific number. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek
on Dec 24, 2012 -
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.
posted by conrad101
on Dec 23, 2012 -
On my last smartphone, I could push a button, say "Find pizza" and the phone would bring up a map showing all the local pizzerias. Or "Find 300 Commonwealth Avenue" and it would show me a map with my destination and where I was.
Now when I say "Find pizza" my phone instead does an internet search for pizza. If it is a more specific command, often the internet search will lead me to an option to find the selected item using Google Maps instead. But it's still a little annoying that I have to choose things with my finger instead of my voice. [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01
on Dec 20, 2012 -
[I am old/paranoid/a special snowflake filter] I am a Mac person. I have mostly avoided google products in my life, and am not eager for google to know everything about me. I just got a Nexus S (because it was the free option). How can I use my phone most effectively for email and calendars/reminders? [Lots of tedious old person details inside] [more inside]
posted by latkes
on Dec 19, 2012 -
Looking for prepaid phone recommendations for an older person in the US. No smartphone, no texting, just very occasional outgoing voice calls. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer
on Dec 12, 2012 -
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 -