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How to negotiate a good phone deal w/grandfathered unlimited data plan?

I have an Android phone on Verizon with an unlimited data plan, and I'm looking to upgrade my phone. [more inside]
posted by Make Way for Ducklings! on Jul 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Solicitation calls -- from a phone company--Best Way to Make it Stop??

Verizon is calling me from three or four similar numbers all starting with 213-223-87XX. They do not leave messages. I found out it was Verizon by calling these numbers on a blocked phone at work. How to stop this? More info inside.... [more inside]
posted by calgirl on Jun 26, 2014 - 7 answers

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

Ulocked Android phone with QUERTY keyboard?

Are there any newer phones that use the Android operating system (Jelly bean or later) that also are both available unlocked and that have a physical QUERTY keyboard? Shopping for a blind person who is trying to find easier ways to send text messages, but doesn't want a full-time plan as he is out of the country half the year.
posted by obloquy on Jun 18, 2014 - 11 answers

What happens when I dial 999 in the States?

Let's say I'm in the USA and I dial the UK emergency number (999), or I'm in the UK and I dial the US emergency number (911) or the European number (112). What happens? [more inside]
posted by devnull on Jun 11, 2014 - 18 answers

IMEI on GSM in the UK: Do phones broadcast their IMEI to the network?

When GSM phones in the UK are on a 3G network, is there any broadcast or query of the handset's IMEI number to or with the network operator? [more inside]
posted by davemee on May 28, 2014 - 5 answers

please help me europe-anize my tmobile prepaid phone

I currently have my iPhone4 on tmobile's $30 for 100 min and unlimited data, prepaid plan. I need to spend a week in Barcelona soon. I was told by customer service that I will not be able to roam in Barcelona using this plan; any tips for how to make my cell phone experience in Barcelona as close as possible to what I have here? [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity on May 26, 2014 - 11 answers

How to get music from Dropbox to Droid Maxx & help with downloading

I have a new Droid Maxx phone. It doesn't have an SD card - just internal storage. I can't figure out how to get my music on it. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on May 24, 2014 - 5 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

Best SIM card for data and texting travelling in the USA?

I will be in the USA for exactly three weeks in July. I've been looking for a SIM card option (for my unlocked Nexus 4), and it seems like most people recommend the T-Mobile $2 or $3 per day unlimited texts/calls/data option. I also saw a deal from Spot-Mobile that looks better: it's $39.99 for a month of unlimited texts/calls/data, with the first 1GB of data at 4G speeds and free $10 credit for international calls. I'm a little wary, though, because I basically can't find any reference in forums to travellers using Spot-Mobile, or any reviews of them. Their coverage map looks fine, though. Also, I can't tell what their data speed will be for me, since my phone doesn't have 4G. Will it default to 3G or 2G for that first 1GB? Has anyone had any experience with Spot-Mobile? Would you recommend this plan? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on May 24, 2014 - 13 answers

How to connect my phone to my 2005 Prius -- no audio jack

I have a 2005 Prius, a model that does not have an audio jack or bluetooth. I'd like to connect my phone (a Google Nexus 5) to my car stereo but can't see how I can do it, short of totally rewiring the dashboard, which seems like a bad idea to me. I'm looking for ideas for how I can achieve this. I'm not an audiophile, but I'd like to find a way to do it that doesn't make the sound quality awful. Perhaps the simplest thing would be for me to just buy a new car stereo and have it installed? Or is there something else that will solve this problem? Note: I'm not particularly well-informed on things technical, but I'm really good at following directions.
posted by pleasant_confusion on May 9, 2014 - 19 answers

Google Voice help, please!

I've been having problems using Google Voice for texts ever since I got a new cell phone in December (Samsung Galaxy Mega). Inside is how I would like it to be configured and what is happening instead. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on May 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Android games for a research study

Posting for a friend: "For a research study, I would love suggestions of Android mobile games that: 1) are very engaging and fun 2) you pay for 3) don't have ads and don't push in-app purchases 4) perhaps require both hands or require that you keep your eyes on the screen (this is not necessary but would be an added plus) 5) would be easy for people without a lot of experience playing mobile games to learn and enjoy."
posted by escabeche on May 6, 2014 - 13 answers

A phone for the home

I moved to a house that gets terrible cell phone service. I'd like to have a land line phone, especially to have in case of emergencies and power outages. I'm reading about "land lines" that use wireless cell technology, things like Vonage that use the internet, and I am confused. [more inside]
posted by little_c on Apr 29, 2014 - 17 answers

Networking a House

How I should network my house? I understand the basics of running cables, punch-down blocks, patch panels, jacks, network switches, etc. What I don't understand is how to put all of these together in a way that gives me what I want. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Betelgeuse on Apr 28, 2014 - 12 answers

This defeats the purpose of a cell phone

Phone battery won't hold a charge-what can I do? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Apr 22, 2014 - 12 answers

I wanna be stuck with you

People of Metafilter, especially the lady types who often wear clothing with no pocketses: how do you keep your cell phone within earshot when you're at home? Especially if you've got a touch of ye olde ADHD and still struggle to remember to always take it with you when you leave the house, let alone remember to take it with you when you move from room to room. [more inside]
posted by drlith on Apr 19, 2014 - 53 answers

Can I recover my phone?

I lost my phone in November. I tried using Location History and Where’s My Droid to track it to no avail, then gave up and bought a new phone. Today, I noticed that about a month ago several selfies of a handful of guys in an electronics store had been uploaded to my Google Photos online. There is no location data associated with the photos, and from what I can tell I can't find it on Location History or Where's My Droid now. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Apr 18, 2014 - 6 answers

Home phone service for Google Voice XMPP refugees?

Like a lot of folks, I bought an Obihai VOIP adapter primarily for the free Google Voice XMPP calling, and like a lot of folks, I'm saddened by the loss of the essentially free home phone service. Obihai has listed Anveo and Phone Power as "Approved Service Partners", but there seem to be a lot of other options out there, and I was just wondering if anyone has any recommendations for BYOD VOIP providers that are affordable but also likely to be around in a year or two so I don't have to find a new provider on short notice.
posted by tonycpsu on Apr 16, 2014 - 8 answers

Recommend an android music player

I've just made the switch from my old iPhone to a Nexus 5, and the only little thing bothering me is that the default music app doesn't display album or track lenths when you go to choose something to play. Should I install a new music player, and if so, which one? [more inside]
posted by moorooka on Apr 14, 2014 - 11 answers

Quieter bluetooth headsets?

I just bought a Plantronics Marque M155 Bluetooth headset for use with my cell phone. The lowest volume setting on it is too loud for my probably-overly-sensitive ears. Any suggestions for quieter headsets? [more inside]
posted by asperity on Mar 20, 2014 - 2 answers

is it possible to recover data from a locked phone?

Some weeks ago, I changed my phone's password while half asleep and haven't been able to remember it since. I've since gotten a new phone, but I really want to get the pictures and videos that were on there. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by windykites on Mar 16, 2014 - 9 answers

Name My Mobile Phone (at least it's not a baby or a pet or a playlist)

I am considering one of those "design your own" mobile phones and would like to make the most of the limited line of characters that can be printed on the back. Examples and requirements within. [more inside]
posted by juliplease on Mar 14, 2014 - 15 answers

A smart phone smart enough to answer incoming calls by voice.

Due to limited mobility from a disability, I'm forced to rely strictly on voice commands to control a cell phone. Over the years, trying to find a solution for reliable hands free functionality in this area has been challenging. Anyone familiar with voice recognition in the past knows the capricious, quirky nature of the beast. It can be VERY frustrating and almost comical at times. Anyway, with today's processing speeds and the advent of Siri and Google Now, I can happily say that it's almost there for me. In fact, I give a 90% approval rating for recent experiences with the latest Iphone and Android products. The biggest obstacle now has been the necessity to hit the home button to trigger the lovely Siri. This last hindrance was overcome by none other than Google with their release of the Moto X -- which waits in standby mode listening for your command. I was so excited by all the reviews that I rushed out to buy my own. It turned out fantastically, but (and there's always a butt in these things) it came with another quirky disappointment. And this one is kind of surprising: The damn thing won't answer incoming calls by voice. I've looked thru all the settings and searched high and low for an app but to no avail. The closest I've come is an app that auto answers after one ring, but who wants that? What if I'm trying to dodge the ex-gf. Lol. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
posted by dthm42 on Mar 13, 2014 - 7 answers

Smart phones with a physical keyboard

What are my options for using a smart phone with a physical keyboard (whether built-in or as an attachment)? I am on Verizon and want to stay. I would prefer to stick with Android but would consider an iPhone. I used to love the Blackberry back in the day, but I don't think I can go back. I do not want a Windows phone. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Mar 12, 2014 - 17 answers

How to turn off vibrations in latest Android?

I recently got a Moto X, running the latest KitKat OS. I set up a few basic apps, turned off the sound and vibration to everything, but still every tweet reply and email I get causes the phone to do a short vibrate jolt on notification. I also get the haptic keyboard vibration feedback when typing on it. I've googled, turned every sound/vibrate option off in Settings and still can't get this phone to be quiet and vibrate-free on both counts. What am I doing wrong here?
posted by mathowie on Mar 9, 2014 - 5 answers

Who/what is calling me from these unusual numbers?

I missed a whole bunch of phone calls from some unusual numbers that aren't in the standard North American (XXX) XXX-XXXX format. What could they be? [more inside]
posted by ohmy on Mar 7, 2014 - 12 answers

How to block outgoing calls

My Grandmother has dementia. She calls her old phone number 20+ times a day to ask for a ride home. Unfortunately, this number is now used by a business, the owner of which is not too pleased with the multiple phone calls a day. [more inside]
posted by backwords on Mar 6, 2014 - 30 answers

Do those reverse phone number look-up websites actually work?

Do those reverse phone number look-up websites actually work? I think I have a stalker on my hands. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Mar 5, 2014 - 20 answers

What is the etiquette for phones & ringtones in an office?

I work in a co-working space with folks who all have their mobile ringers turned on with the shrill "rotary phone" ringtone turned all the way up. Please help me write an email to solve this. [more inside]
posted by critzer on Feb 14, 2014 - 31 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

Threatening/creepy Prank phone call. Do I do something about it?

This morning at 8:50am I received a phone call and it went to voicemail. The voicemail is creepy. It says "You better watch out" in a whisper. [more inside]
posted by Jaelma24 on Feb 5, 2014 - 13 answers

Make My New Smart Phone Stylish AND Durable

Good news, everybody! I got a new Moto X smart phone, and now I want to make it as stylish and durable as possible. What's the best compromise between keeping it protected and making it look good? [more inside]
posted by brisquette on Jan 31, 2014 - 4 answers

Getting a US data plan for my foreign cell phone

I am travelling to Chicago in two weeks and want to use my smartphone whilst I am there (and away from WiFi). Importantly though I am not actually bothered about making phone calls. DATA is what I crave. What are my best sim card options? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 29, 2014 - 6 answers

Absolute best VoIP quality service

Looking for an app that provides the absolute best VoIP sound quality for calls from outside the US to the US. I don't mind paying. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Jan 26, 2014 - 11 answers

Looking for an iPhone timer alarm app with snooze

I'm looking for an iPhone alarm app that will wake me up a specific amount of time after I enable it (8 hours in my case) and has a snooze function. The timer function of iOS is not suitable (no snooze). The alarm clocks apps I have tried are not suitable as they require you to choose a time (e.g. 8am) not a duration (e.g. 8 hours), and those that do display the duration (e.g. Rise), don't display it until you enable the alarm. [more inside]
posted by caek on Jan 14, 2014 - 13 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

To catch a thief

About a month ago, my mom misplaced her government-owned (work) iPhone 5. After a month of searching her home/car/office/relatives/everywhere to no avail, she copped up and told boss. They took the news well and paid for not only her new phone, but also for the loss of her old phone. Being the mischievous son I am, I want to make an attempt to retrieve the phone. [more inside]
posted by mrrisotto on Dec 17, 2013 - 21 answers

Whats wrong with my vintage audio receiver?

When I play records sound only comes out of the right speaker. [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl on Dec 14, 2013 - 10 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

Finding the fastest wall charger for my cell phone

What specs do I need to look at to find the fastest cell phone charger? [more inside]
posted by n81acc on Dec 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Is it irresponsible for me to keep my cell phone on 'silent' at night?

Here's the thing: I don't have a land-line. Over Thanksgiving, my mother got upset at the thought that she couldn't reach me late at night if there were some kind of emergency - the dreaded "3 am phone call." I understand her worry, but I'm feeling very resistant to the idea of keeping the phone on at night. In part, this because I know that most of the calls I'll get will just be annoying and unwanted (I have a fairly severe telemarketing issue) but I think there is also a kind of psychological resistance. I'm a slave to my phone already for all these hours of the day, and it feels good to know it won't be bothering me while I'm sleeping. I'm reluctant to give that up. Can you help me sort through these issues? [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Dec 2, 2013 - 78 answers

Which phone should I get? Galaxy S4 (Active?) or Lumia 1020?

Please help me choose between the phones based on my list of pros and cons between each. [more inside]
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. on Dec 2, 2013 - 7 answers

Pranks for nothing: anonymous, international version.

For the last day, my phone has been targeted by the "have two random cellphones call each other simultaneously and see what happens when someone picks up" prank, similar to what is available through websites I won't advertise here. (Google, "have two phones call each other prank." Yes, I looked up the 4 I could find, and registered on all of them to have my number blocked....it's still happening.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2013 - 6 answers

What phone is right for me?

I am a phone luddite moving into the modern era. There is a huge array of options, most of which are meaningless to me. [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat on Nov 20, 2013 - 17 answers

What to do about my expensive family wireless plan?

Please tell me what wireless plan to get for my family! We have four lines (mom and dad, two grown kids) on our family plan from Verizon for $188/mt. I think we can pay less but I'm really overwhelmed by all the options and possibilities. [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on Nov 20, 2013 - 14 answers

should I switch to Ting phone service ?

I'm thinking of switching my phone service from sprint to Ting. Since this is a change that's difficult to undo, I'm asking for feedback ( positive or negative ) about how your Ting experience has been. I'm in Seattle so if you're a Seattle Ting customer, I'm particularly interested in what you have to say about signal quality, 4g/3g service, etc. I'm not too concerned about the savings of switching to Ting. It's clear that I come out ahead even with the penalty I have to pay for terminating my contract early. I'm more interested in any gotchas that you didn't find out about or think about until after choosing Ting. For example, unexpected roaming charges, bad customer service, bad reception... If it makes any difference, my phone is a samsung galaxy s3 . Thanks!
posted by metadave on Nov 18, 2013 - 17 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

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