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Using a China/HK iPhone 6 in US and UK/Europe?

I've been offered a spare iPhone 6 by a relative (my current US iPhone 4S on a AT&T phone is aging and not always working well) but this iPhone 6 was bought in Hong Kong and was used in China. Is it possible for me to use it on a US carrier plan without too much extra trouble/expense? What about in the UK and elsewhere in Europe ? Will I be able to transfer the iPhone 6 to my US Apple account (with all my iTunes/App Store content) OK? Thanks for your tips, MeFites!
posted by zresearch on May 24, 2015 - 7 answers

Smartphone entertainment contingency for possible rainout

Whenever I go camping, I try to prepare for things to do just in case we get rained out and stuck at the campsite (or if it's late at night and I can't sleep or leave). I've already prepared the classic stuff (a bunch of books to read), but this is the first time I've had a smartphone with me on an extended trip! I'd love to hear suggestions of what I can put on my phone that would be a good timewaster just in case? [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on May 16, 2015 - 6 answers

How do I make my Galaxy S5 distraction-free?

I recently got my first smartphone - the Galaxy S5 - and having the web and email on my phone is way too distracting. I want to make my phone distraction-free (inspired by the distraction-free iPhone). Basically I want to stop myself from constantly checking my email and surfing the on my phone, but retain the ability to use email and the web if I really need them when I'm out. Any ideas on how to make my Galaxy S5 distraction free? [more inside]
posted by catquas on May 14, 2015 - 6 answers

Smartphone in Japan for 1 Year

I'm getting assigned to work at the parent company near Tokyo for a year. Yay!!! They won't be providing a mobile phone. Boo!! What's the best way to have a smartphone in Japan for the year? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea on May 2, 2015 - 3 answers

Tinder: "there was a problem getting your code"

Every time I try to log in to Tinder I get asked to enter my phone number for a verification code. And every single time after I enter my number I get the same error: "there was a problem getting your code. Please try again". I have looked through Google and tried various "fixes" for this problem but none have worked for me. I'm hoping the super-geniuses in the Hive Mind can help me. My phone is a QUE 5.0 running Android 4.4.2. My service is through Net10 (which uses AT&T towers).
posted by MattMangels on Apr 29, 2015 - 4 answers

External microphone for shooting video on an iPhone?

Suggest a microphone to plug into my iPhone 5S to improve the audio of my iPhone videos? Lavalier preferred, but a little shotgun thingie would be ok too. Hoping to achieve improved voice quality with less roomtone, and I need the audio file to record right onto the video file- I don't want to sync it in post. Thanks!
posted by pseudostrabismus on Apr 20, 2015 - 4 answers

(Insert clever pun about phone games here)

Very briefly: I need a handful of fun Windows Phone games that can be played without a data connection. Help? :) [more inside]
posted by Dilligas on Apr 6, 2015 - 6 answers

Selling a phone for the first time

Due to some changes in my wireless plan I have a basically new Samsung Galaxy Five that I need to sell, which is a Verizon phone. I tried an ad on Craigslist and got 0 hits. If you've sold a phone in similar circumstances before, what do you recommend for success? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Mar 31, 2015 - 13 answers

Best/cheapest smartphone access in Israel

Traveling to Israel in May. What are my best options for using a smartphone while in-country without breaking the bank? I won't need a lot of data, but I'd like to be able to check email and consult Google Maps. I have an iPhone 6 on Verizon in case it makes sense to use that. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Mar 25, 2015 - 6 answers

How can we amplify the wireless internet signal in our concrete apt?

How can we amplify the wireless internet signal in our concrete apt? [more inside]
posted by zyxwvut on Mar 20, 2015 - 10 answers

Flagship Android phones: which ones to consider? (Early 2015 edition)

I want a new Android phone. I need to have it in my hands on June 5, 2015. I will be buying it out-of-pocket (no contract or subsidy) and using it on T-Mobile. My only requirements are 1) faster / more responsive than my Nexus 5 and 2) better battery life than my Nexus 5. I'm overwhelmed by the options. Which phones should I be looking at? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Mar 9, 2015 - 17 answers

Can I replace the SIM card in my Galaxy SIII in France and Italy?

I've read that for some smartphones it's possible, when traveling in Europe, to buy a local SIM card and put it in the phone. Is the Samsung Galaxy S III, purchased in Toronto, one of these phones? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Mar 7, 2015 - 8 answers

What smartphone would you buy?

I'm a newbie to smart phones and want to buy the best one I can while avoiding pitfalls. I don't even know what I don't know about them, enlighten me please! [more inside]
posted by mysterious_stranger on Feb 19, 2015 - 20 answers

Smartphones for Dummies

I have resisted getting a smartphone for years, but it's time to give in. My problem is that I'm totally clueless about how to do this. What phone should I get? What provider? What kind of data plan? Please help! [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Feb 13, 2015 - 28 answers

Old smartphone with no sim. How to get it running again?

I have an LG smartphone (lucid) from my previous phone contract with Verizon but no sim. So it just goes to a setup screen with a language selection option and buttons for emergency call or setup. Setup tells me I need a sim. What do I do to turn this into a usable portable computer with no phone? I'm not that interested in spending much money on it but it would be handy for a few things.
posted by srboisvert on Jan 13, 2015 - 5 answers

What Are Some Android Apps Worth Paying for?

I've been using android phones for the past three years. I haven't bought a single app from Google Play store. I'm interested in knowing if there are any paid android apps that would make my life easier.
posted by Carius on Jan 3, 2015 - 20 answers

Which prepaid smartphone should I get for international travel?

I'm planning my first (and hopefully not last) international vacation and I'd like to get a smartphone for traveling that can be used on a prepaid basis for both voice and data. When not traveling it will not be used as a phone, although I'd still like it to perform double duty as a mp3/move player at home. Home is the united states and travel will be to Iceland (and beyond). [more inside]
posted by waxboy on Dec 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Looking for iPhone games that will get me out into the real world

I recently installed Ingress, a massively multiplayer augmented reality game for smartphones, which involves walking around in the real world to find and capture virtual "portals". I thought it was a neat idea, until I realized that it's a thinly disguised Google data mining project. Boo! Are there similar games which aren't (or at least don't appear to be) creepware? [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Dec 22, 2014 - 4 answers

Datafilter

Help maximize my small data allowance! [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Nov 29, 2014 - 16 answers

Protected text messages randomly disappeared from my RAZR droid

I regularly delete my messages from my droid. I have a bunch of protected messages that I have locked and they always stay there when I delete all of the thread. I just went to look for one of those messages and they are all gone!!!!!!!!!! Is there any way to retrieve these? I see a bunch of threads on the net, but can't find anything that works HELP!!!!!!!!
posted by kbbbo on Nov 24, 2014 - 1 answer

Using a Verizon or T-Mobile iPhone 6 on LTE in the UK

My google-fu has failed me, and I sheepishly turn to you. Need help trying to figure out if the non-Sprint US iPhone 6 will work on LTE in the UK. [more inside]
posted by palionex on Nov 17, 2014 - 1 answer

Smartphone durability during daily life?

Can I jam an iphone in my tight side jeans pocket, with a bunch of other crap, sit down, etc., and not have it be destroyed? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Nov 17, 2014 - 30 answers

Phablet / Smartphone help, Holiday 2014 edition

I am contemplating replacing my flip-phone with a phablet, or even a 10-inch tablet. Fashion dorkiness aside, is this a viable phone for me? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Nov 13, 2014 - 9 answers

Optimistically, a mobile device fresh start.

My iPad 2 recently bit the dust. Before then, I had been using the iPad for entertainment + school, as well as a droid smartphone for typical smartphone things. My droid is also on its last legs, and I'm considering changing my technology situation to an iPad Mini with mobile data + a dumb phone (just talk and text). Questions ensue. [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Nov 10, 2014 - 11 answers

Which smartphone?

Which smartphone will serve my needs best: the Samsung Galaxy S4, or the Nexus 4/5? [more inside]
posted by altopower on Nov 4, 2014 - 14 answers

Has my phone been hacked? What next?

My (never rooted) Samsung Galaxy S4 has been exhibiting some strange behavior. How can I tell if I have a virus or if there's a more innocuous explanation? [more inside]
posted by lesli212 on Oct 31, 2014 - 4 answers

Is my iPhone possessed?

I typically carry my iPhone in my pants pocket and not infrequently take it out to find that it has successfully bypassed the four digit lock code needed to wake it up, activated an app, and successfully given itself several meaningless - but potentially consequential - commands. I can think of at least two reasons why this should not be possible, but it happens on average a couple times a week. What the hell is going on? [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Oct 20, 2014 - 16 answers

Wi-Fi calling Republic vs. T-mobile

I want to get a pre-paid android phone asap (for a trip), but I also want to be able to use it at home and my house is at the bottom of a hill and has no to poor coverage. I'm thinking that wi-fi calling may be a solution. [more inside]
posted by 445supermag on Oct 6, 2014 - 6 answers

One USB wall charger to charge them all

I am looking for a wall charger to keep here at work to plug in my devices when they're low on juice. List of devices behind the fold. [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Sep 17, 2014 - 13 answers

Is it acceptable to use a smart phone in a public talk?

I went to a talk by a well-known author yesterday in an auditorium. The lights were somewhat dimmed, but definitely not dark. The person in front of me spent about half of the talk live-tweeting bits from the talk. The lights were sufficiently dim that the (5-6") cell phone of the person in front of me was quite distracting to me, since it shined directly at me (the user actually turned the phone away from them a bit, which I wonder was due to the brightness of the screen.). However, I am somewhat more sensitive to bright light than other people. Has smart phone usage reached sufficient social acceptance to allow usage in a non-darkened auditorium? [more inside]
posted by saeculorum on Sep 10, 2014 - 33 answers

Problems with storage on an older Android phone

I have a Samsung I200. I like it well enough, but it doesn't have much on-board storage (4 gigs). I recently put a 16GB card into it to increase storage. However, I'm still running into problems with having enough space. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Sep 4, 2014 - 5 answers

Need to replace lost cell phone

I lost my cell phone over the weekend. I'm 8 months away from an upgrade (AT&T 2-year contract). I don't want to pay AT&T's exorbitant prices for a new phone that I'll get a good deal on in April. What are my cost-effective options in the interim? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Sep 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Figuring out what "System Data" is and how to reduce it on Android 4.0.4

How do I figure out what "system data" is in my system memory and how do I reduce the size for android 4.0.4? [more inside]
posted by mr.coffee on Aug 29, 2014 - 3 answers

I received a piece of technology I didn't pay for!

I pre-ordered a smartphone on announcement day back in March. Shortly after, I decided this particular smartphone wasn't going to be for me, and I cancelled my order and was promptly refunded. The phone just now became available and problem is, I received the phone on Monday. [more inside]
posted by signondiego on Aug 7, 2014 - 24 answers

Teach me to use my phone.

I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Are there structured courses that will teach me about all of my phone's features? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Aug 7, 2014 - 1 answer

Smartphone game to play as a family (adults)?

I am around 50 years old and my kids are around 30. Is there one really cool smartphone game we could play together? [more inside]
posted by cda on Jul 27, 2014 - 12 answers

Should I ask Ting Inc. for a new phone?

I just got a refurbished Nexus S from Ting (I would link to the phone, but they're not selling it right now). Honestly, it's been great, except that twice now the phone just turned off and wouldn't turn back on. Then, in a few hours (like 12-16 hours), it does turn on and pretends like nothing happened. This causes me anxiety. I'm still under warranty for another week or so; should I ask for a new phone? I did try a few things, which are listed below. [more inside]
posted by middlethird on Jul 22, 2014 - 6 answers

More power!

The battery life on my Samsung Galaxy S3 has become bad and unpredictable, and I'm looking for either a larger battery or some kind of extended battery case. What are the best options? [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Jul 10, 2014 - 6 answers

Best plan for unlocked Moto G?

I have an unlocked Moto G phone and I'm looking for a good prepaid plan, for only voice and text, preferably 100 minutes and 100 texts and very cheap. I should have probably researched this before buying the phone! I assumed I'll just look at the basic plans from major carriers and pick the cheapest talk-only plan -- but I can't even figure out which ones offer talk-only prepaid, and which ones will accept unlocked Moto G. It's amazing how hard they make it for you to give them money in exchange for service, oy. [more inside]
posted by rainy on Jun 27, 2014 - 15 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 - 9 answers

To update or not update my OS: Verizon iPhone4

I've got an old Verizon iPhone I would dearly love to keep as long as possible, because once I give it up for a newer one I lose my unlimited data plan. (Grumble! Rant!). [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Jun 20, 2014 - 18 answers

The right hand of darkness

My right hand and arms have slowly been developing an ache or cramp over the last two weeks that gets worse when I use a trackpad or smartphone. (I'm right-handed.) I'm also starting a software engineering internship tomorrow. What should I do to keep my hands okay? [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot on Jun 8, 2014 - 18 answers

Android in a Apple world?

The ghost of Steve Jobs and I disagree on smart phone design. Can I make an Android phone work with all my existing Apple stuff? And if so, which Android phone should I get? [more inside]
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts on Apr 20, 2014 - 16 answers

Smartphone upgrade: Android, iPhone 5c and a Sony Smartwatch

I have an original Droid with a slide-out keyboard with Verizon, and I'm looking to upgrade. I also have a Sony Smartwatch, first edition. I've been looking at iPhones longingly for a while, and Verizon had a deal on the iPhone 5c that expired yesterday, so without much thought, I ordered one. It's on backorder, and I have 14 days to try it and return it without penalty, and I'm only now doing proper research on my options. So here I am, looking for insight and input. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 1, 2014 - 3 answers

Galaxy vs iPhone

Help me decide between a Samsung Galaxy S4 and an iPhone 4S. [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty on Mar 31, 2014 - 24 answers

My phone doesn't know me anymore.

Up until a week or two ago, my phone's predictive text function predicted not just which word I was typing, but also which word I was likely to type next. It used an algorithm which not only paired common words, but which (and this is the important bit) also learned which words I used frequently. Now that's not happening any more. Predictive text is still working, but it doesn't seem to be learning my vocabulary any more. How can I make this work again? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Mar 24, 2014 - 11 answers

MeFi Galaxy S3 - is there a way for it not to suck?

I love my Galaxy S3, it serves me well. Except I have never been able to find a decent browser for text entry. While this curbing of impulse is probably wise, it makes MeFi well-nigh uninteractable. Which is probably a good brake sometimes, but frustrating at others. Are there any mobile solutions (android galaxy S3)that make MeFi a little more user-friendly? I realize some amount of this is googleable, but I figure some of you smart guys and gals have already duped this out. Thank you.
posted by umberto on Mar 19, 2014 - 17 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

fast input on android phone

I'm participating in a group chat on whatsapp. People are slinging the text like there's no tomorrow. How do I do this on my smart phone? [more inside]
posted by diode on Mar 9, 2014 - 16 answers

How can I finance an unlocked, no-contract Android phone?

I'm considering signing up for one of Brightspot Mobile's pre-paid plans. I will need to buy an unlocked (or T-Mobile) phone and I'm interested in a Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One. Is there any possible way I can pay for it in installments? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Feb 23, 2014 - 9 answers

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