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What cheap prepaid phone is good for travel between USA and Canada?

I need a prepaid "burner" phone for work in the USA later this year. However, I will need one that works in Canada as well, which was not an option the last time I was traveled with one. [more inside]
posted by zaelic on May 25, 2014 - 3 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

How can someone stay on the grid but minimize government tracking?

Suppose I want to use my phone and computer like a normal human being (I do not want to jump through lots of annoying technical hoops every time I make a call or send email or browse a web page), but I want to minimize how much government agencies can learn about me. What are some reasonably cheap (free is best) and transparent methods or tools or products I could use? And what are some more secure (if more elaborate and annoying) methods I could use supposing I didn't mind jumping through a few extra hoops every once in a while if the stakes were high enough?
posted by pracowity on Jan 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Android smartphones available for under $250?

Best no-contract Android smartphone that I can buy (ideally new) for under $250? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Jan 12, 2014 - 22 answers

How much more secure are older low tech phones than the more modern ones

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 - 12 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

How do I make sure my iPhone isn't a brick in India(prepaid SIM plans)?

I'm going to be travelling to India soon and I wanted to get a prepaid cellular connection for my iPhone to avoid roaming charges and for internet access. What's the cheapest/best prepaid connection in India (going to be travelling around South India)? Is there some way I can buy it in the US so I can have cellular access from when I immediately arrive? [more inside]
posted by touareg on Dec 1, 2013 - 6 answers

I don't need a smart phone. What do I need?

I have a Verizon iPhone 4 that is now off-contract. It's clear from my usage that I don't really need a smart phone. For my purposes, what do I need? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Nov 13, 2013 - 17 answers

Can I buy an iPhone and use it only as a camera?

Can I buy an iPhone and use it only as a camera without having to sign up for a service plan? I don't really need nor want a smartphone, however, I'm now wondering, with Instagram, etc, if I should start shooting some stuff on a smartphone? The only downside is that I like having big, canvas prints up around the house am under the impression that the phone's image quality is still pretty crappy.
posted by tangyraspberry on Oct 6, 2013 - 17 answers

Phone for a 9 year old

Looking to get a phone for our 9-year-old son for use in case of emergency. Several factors precipitated the decision, but most recently, he was left sitting alone outside school for an hour waiting to be picked up early. [more inside]
posted by fogovonslack on Oct 5, 2013 - 13 answers

What makes a ringtone audible in an urban environment?

Even with the ringer set on maximum volume, I tend not to hear my phone ringing when I'm out walking on a busy London street. I'd like a ringtone that will be audible over traffic noise, but not be earsplitting or annoying when I'm indoors. Are there any acoustic properties (other than sheer loudness) that I should look for in a ringtone to help it stand out against a background of car engines and other street noise?
posted by yankeefog on Sep 30, 2013 - 17 answers

My traditionally terrible timing + need for a new phone = disaster?

I need a new smartphone. I am tech savvy and an informed consumer, but I also have terrible timing (in general). So though I'm looking at the options, my terrible timing + T-Mobile's expensive new phones make me very unsure of what to get. Halp? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Sep 21, 2013 - 16 answers

Can I fix this, or do I need to suck it up and get a new phone?

I've had my phone (a Samsung Galaxy S Blaze) for about a year and a half, and it is no longer under warranty. Recently, it has developed two problems relating to aspects of the hardware. I need to determine if I (a person with little to no experience with fixing electronics) can fix these problems inexpensively, or if I should just bite the bullet and buy a new phone. (I'm a student, so buying a new phone after less than two years is not something that makes my wallet happy.) [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Sep 16, 2013 - 5 answers

What's the best cell phone for texting?

Not your usual question. I'm on a family plan with unlimited everything so I'm not asking about plans or providers. I just want to be able to text a lot without strife. [more inside]
posted by The Biggest Dreamer on Aug 15, 2013 - 21 answers

Porting number from Sprint to Boost? (without contract being finished)

I need to port my Sprint phone number over to boost. Bills are out of control and I rue ever leaving Boost for a contract phone. I've been with Sprint over a year, but not long enough to finish out two-year contract. Yes--I know I will be on hook for early termination fee. My main worry is that I owe money to Sprint (phone is still on for a few more days). I want porting to go smoothly and I do not want to lose my cell phone number. I can do this tomorrow or later today. Just let me know what I need to do to port number smoothly. Thanks for your help.
posted by caveatz on Aug 9, 2013 - 5 answers

What phone should I buy?

Is a several-years old (2009-2010 era) smartphone worth $30 on eBay? [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on Jun 2, 2013 - 11 answers

Outdated IT equipment - anything better to do with it than recycling?

I have a temp job tidying IT store rooms. We're gonna throw away (I mean recycle) loads of stuf, like hundreds of kettle (power) leads, couple dozen first gen Cisco VoIP phones. Any better ideas? [more inside]
posted by yoHighness on May 29, 2013 - 8 answers

cell phone networks

Does any cell phone network engineer perhaps know why you can't hear your own voice when speaking on a cell? [more inside]
posted by jtexman1 on May 18, 2013 - 12 answers

Is there a 2-in-1 charger/aux cable for mini-USB phones?

My wife wants to switch from her iPhone to either a Windows Phone or Android device, but one sticking point she has is the ability to use a single, charger/aux cable in her car. Right now she has a cable that charges her iPhone while also being able to connect to her stereo via auxiliary cable. I think it's a Kensington product. It has three connectors built into one cable. She prefers this over having two separate cables to manage. I need one with a mini-USB connector rather than the iPhone connector. So far, I can't seem to find such a creature, if indeed it even exists. My Google-fu is weak, I suppose.
posted by jackypaper on Apr 18, 2013 - 5 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

Wi-Fi and cell service drop out intermittently at our apartment. Why?

First, let me state that I have no idea if these two things are interrelated, but it seems like they could be, so I'm going to go ahead and conjecture here: our AT&T cell phone service drops from nearly full 3G to one bar from time to time (usually during calls, of course) and our wi-fi does the same thing. I've tried timing it and I can't seem to nail it down to anything. Could these service drops be related? [more inside]
posted by summerteeth on Feb 26, 2013 - 5 answers

What are the best inexpensive, unlocked Android options?

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 - 5 answers

How to send text messages to a mobile phone Australia from the US.

I need to urgently contact family in Australia. [more inside]
posted by wwax on Feb 1, 2013 - 11 answers

How to I keep in touch with my one-and-only squeeze for a week without squeezing my bank account?

Short-term (prepaid?) mobile in Regina, Saskatchewan. [more inside]
posted by Decimask on Dec 22, 2012 - 2 answers

Phones in Paris

Going to Paris next spring 2013, traveling with parents who will be staying at a different hotel on other side of city. Would like to be able to call them to coordinate, what's the best option? [more inside]
posted by lirael2008 on Nov 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Prepaid cell phone carriers

What is a good prepaid cell phone carrier in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by YukoInNature on Nov 6, 2012 - 15 answers

Is there such a thing as a "good and cheap" warranty?

Thinking about buying a Nexus 4 from the Google Play Store. Are there good third-party accidental damage warranties out there that won't break the bank? [more inside]
posted by apip on Nov 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Good cell phone for a senior citizen?

Best simple cell phone for a senior citizen? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Sep 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Non-crappy Android phone with decent signal/service/price??

I'm looking for a pre-paid android phone at a reasonable price (looking at the lower-end Androids since I'm new to them and I don't want to spend more than $200-$250). The only problem is that I have no signal in my apartment when it comes to Sprint/Spring-tower based carriers. AT&T Go Phones charge you extra monthly for a data package and I'd rather not spend more than $50/month. Help? [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Sep 13, 2012 - 11 answers

How did you notify your contacts of your new mobile phone number?

I have a new mobile phone number, replacing the one I've had for years. I want to notify my (many hundreds) of contacts of this new number. What is the right way to do this? How did you handle this situation? [more inside]
posted by fake on Jul 25, 2012 - 11 answers

Best sites for Canadians to buy headphones?

Best sites for Canadians to buy headphones? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jul 19, 2012 - 6 answers

I need to be plugged in while in Europe.

US resident here who has traveled extensively to Europe...pre 1990. Haven't been back since and will likely need to travel to Europe at least 2 times for > 1 week each trip in the coming year. Might be as many as four trips. Back in the day, one's only contact with home was via landline/long distance calling cards etc.. Now there are cellphones, computers, wifi, skype, and the need for on the go data. To be clear, I need to be as nearly plugged into the "grid" as I am while at home. What are modern day US-to-Europe travelling hacks, particularly in regards to staying plugged in? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on May 20, 2012 - 12 answers

sports radio on my blackberry?

Is there a way I can listen to ball games on my Blackberry Tour 9630 in NYC? Barring that, Internet stations- with local sports broadcasts? Recommendations for smart stations/shows?
posted by ebesan on May 15, 2012 - 2 answers

How do we find a cell phone plan that will meet our needs when we move to Canada?

Help us find a cell phone solution given that we are moving in 6 months (and we can't wait that long to replace our current Verizon phones) [more inside]
posted by seachange on Apr 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Prepaid SIM cards in NY

Prepaid smartphone SIMs? My wife and I are visiting NYC for 10 days, need to be connected, and don't want to use our European roaming plans (been there, paid through the nose.) Can you recommend SIM cards for our unlocked Android phones that will work for a few phone calls and a bunch of data? [more inside]
posted by muckster on Mar 28, 2012 - 9 answers

Phones with Friends

What are the advantages of owning the same brand of smartphone as your friends? Or to ask the same question another way: if all my friends have iPhones, what will I miss out on by getting an Android? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Mar 19, 2012 - 48 answers

Phone's battery drain is draining my patience

Phone's battery drain is draining my patience, after hours of research, two batteries, and several phone calls with T-Mobile. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Mar 8, 2012 - 13 answers

Cell Phone Help!

I need to cut my cell phone bill, but still want a capable smartphone. Help! [more inside]
posted by Crotalus on Feb 17, 2012 - 14 answers

How to repair Panasonic KX-TC1743B phone

repairing or replacing panasonic KX-TC1743B with faulty voice mail feature
posted by lizat10 on Feb 2, 2012 - 1 answer

Time for a new phone, what should I get?

In the market for a new smartphone— Android or iPhone? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on Dec 14, 2011 - 39 answers

How can connect my laptop to the Internet via a mobile phone?

How can connect my laptop to the Internet via a mobile phone? [more inside]
posted by eeby on Nov 7, 2011 - 11 answers

Are there any built in tools in my CyanogenMod7 Android phone that would help me locate it? Or anything else?

My android phone (BACKside ROM / CyanogenMod7) was lost/possibly stolen in a foreign country. Any clever ways to find it/get it back? [more inside]
posted by apip on Nov 7, 2011 - 5 answers

Is there a dumb phone for me?

I want a simple, dumb cell phone. Calling and texting are essential, number directory is semi-essential, clock + date are okay - everything else I'd rather not have. [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Oct 19, 2011 - 24 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

Switching to Android

Switching to a Galaxy S2 from an iPhone 3GS. What do I need to know about Android and what are some great Android apps? Thanks!
posted by Aanidaani on Oct 4, 2011 - 17 answers

Is there anything like Garageband for an Android tablet?

Vicissitudes of switching from iPad to Android [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Sep 3, 2011 - 8 answers

What should I do when I buy this Virgin Mobile phone?

I'm planning on buying a like-new Virgin Mobile phone from a seller on Craigslist tomorrow. Are there any precautions I need to take like with Sprint (bad ESNs)? [more inside]
posted by apip on Aug 8, 2011 - 7 answers

Marketshare for phones with qwerty keyboards?

How popular are phones with physical qwerty keyboards? I'm curious to find hard data that shows how popular cellphones with keyboards are (US, Global, anything). [more inside]
posted by jragon on Aug 8, 2011 - 3 answers

How do I unlock this old Cingular phone to use abroad?

I have an old Cingular Motorala Razr V3 GSM phone that I'd like to unlock. What do I need to do to unlock it for use abroad? [more inside]
posted by apip on Jul 29, 2011 - 10 answers

will this dock charge my hypothetical phone?

griffin simplifi question: is it compatible with the iphone 4 (and as such will it presumably be compatible with the iphone 5)? [more inside]
posted by addelburgh on Jul 26, 2011 - 4 answers

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