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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

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

Trip to Italy, 6 week duration, 80+ year old user. Need pointers.

My mother is travelling to Italy (lots of relatives there) and would like to have basic cell phone access while there. I need to work out the details before she leaves in September. [more inside]
posted by lampshade on Jul 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Calling them would be too easy

Making the switch from Verizon to AT&T and I have a few basic questions. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Jun 28, 2013 - 9 answers

What made 911 fail?

Yesterday, when I called 911 twice after a car accident, I got an error message both times. (I don't remember what it was because I was probably in shock.) Was it my phone (an ANCIENT LCD Nokia candybar), my location (on a major highway in the SF bay area, but surrounded by fields), or my service (AT&T)? Or other? I have a commute of about 80 miles RT, sometimes 100 miles RT, and I want to be safe! [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Jun 26, 2013 - 25 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

How to manage the logistics of a cellphone provider switch? Added Difficulty: Christmas Gift

We are switching from AT&T cell phone to service to Verizon, and I'd like to perform the switch smoothly while also using one of the new phones as a Christmas gift. Your advice on the proper procedure would be welcome. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Nov 20, 2012 - 14 answers

Calling all Android fanboys: welcome me into your club, please.

I can't stand my iPhone 4S any longer, but I've still got a year and a half to wait for the contract to end (AT&T). I'd love to switch to an Android, because I'm sick of having to use iTunes just to get a few songs on to the device. I'd like to get an HTC One X, but am open to suggestions. What are my options for replacing this piece of crap? Should I just try and unlock/sell my iPhone on craigslist?
posted by matkline on Nov 12, 2012 - 22 answers

How bitterly should I cling to my unlimited data plan?

How strongly should I feel about hanging on to my grandfathered AT&T unlimited data plan? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Nov 4, 2012 - 18 answers

Will AT&T U-Verse fix my noisy DSL line?

Will AT&T U-Verse fix my noisy DSL line? [more inside]
posted by Mid on Jul 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Recommendations for an inexpensive unlocked non-smart phone with good voice quality and reception?

Recommendations for an inexpensive unlocked non-smart phone with good voice quality and reception? [more inside]
posted by cycleback on Dec 3, 2011 - 2 answers

Pantech

Does anyone know how to disable automatic software updating on the AT&T Pantech Pursuit II? I already disabled data services to save money, but as a result the updater can't connect to the internet. Every 4-8 hours it reminds me and it's really annoying.
posted by Aanidaani on Nov 13, 2011 - 0 answers

Need a cordless phone to work with AT&T Uverse

I'm trying to find a simple cordless phone that will work with AT&T Uverse. I haven't had a land line, VOIP or cable in ages so I have no idea what I'm doing. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Nov 7, 2011 - 4 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

Free iPhone! Now what?

My girlfriend got a used iPhone for her birthday! Now what? [more inside]
posted by saladin on Dec 2, 2010 - 4 answers

Forwarding SMS texts

Is it possible to forward SMS texts from my iPhone to another cell phone or to my email? [more inside]
posted by hotchocolate on Nov 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Verizon+VerizonFamily->AT&TFamily

Walk me through this complicated transfer of two separate Verizon phone numbers onto an AT&T family plan. [more inside]
posted by billtron on Sep 27, 2010 - 8 answers

First fine phone

What kind of phone should we get our son for his 17th birthday? We'd like to get him something reasonably cool, while keeping it reasonably cheap. [more inside]
posted by lukemeister on Aug 23, 2010 - 21 answers

how to keep cell phone number?

I have an iPhone on AT&T Wireless. I have moved to an area where AT&T does not provide native cellular and data service. I need your advice/ideas on how best to proceed to protect my cell phone number. [more inside]
posted by karizma on Jun 7, 2010 - 9 answers

A more reliable version of the LG Xenon?

Recommendations for an AT&T cell phone like the LG Xenon only more reliable please. [more inside]
posted by ifjuly on Jun 2, 2010 - 2 answers

Could I transfer my iPhone from AT&T to a carrier in France if I move?

Could I transfer my iPhone from AT&T to a carrier in France if I move? [more inside]
posted by scazza on May 28, 2010 - 13 answers

Does iPhone drop more calls after jailbreaking?

I have an iPhone 3g. I jailbroke it pre-OS3 and had tons of dropped calls, so I un-jailbroke it.. I jailbroke it and once again at OS3.13, and after months of no dropped calls, no "no service" and no missed voicemails, suddently I'm getting all three once again right after jailbreaking with spirit. does jailbreak cause more dropped calls?
posted by lrodman on May 17, 2010 - 7 answers

How to use an iPhone in Spain without running up a ridiculous bill?

How can I use my iPhone in Spain without running up a ridiculous bill? [more inside]
posted by scooterdman on Nov 14, 2009 - 7 answers

How best to combine two iPhone accounts in a business?

How should I combine my personal AT&T wireless account with someone who works for me (both with iPhones)? [more inside]
posted by entropic on Sep 16, 2009 - 5 answers

IM to Mobile service not working

I am trying to use AOL instant messenger's IM to Mobile service. My girlfriend has always sent text messages to my phone while on her aim using +1(insert my area code)(insert my phone number). It stopped working out of nowhere. It's only with her screen name. I've tried quite a few solutions. Help? [more inside]
posted by Defenestrator on Aug 5, 2009 - 5 answers

AT&T, I DEMAND GOOD PHONE RECEPTION!!!

Cellular reception is horrible in my area. I get at least 2 dropped calls during my commute to work, and every cellphone I've used is generally worthless indoors. What's the best way to pester my service provider into fixing this? [more inside]
posted by Zeker on Jul 27, 2009 - 9 answers

So I dropped my iPhone and the screen shattered. Now what? What should I buy and how does it affect my ATT contract?

So I dropped my iPhone and the screen shattered. Now what? What should I buy and how does it affect my ATT contract? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jul 2, 2009 - 16 answers

Nokia: Keep WiFi, kill MEdia Net

I upgraded my phone. It has WiFi. It also has AT&T's MEdia Net. I don't have a data plan. How can I make sure it's using WiFi? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on May 7, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me find a cheap, reliable, standard phone for use on AT&T. I need to find something cheap so I can sell my iPhone.

Help me find a cheap, reliable, standard phone for use on AT&T. I need to find something cheap so I can sell my iPhone. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jan 15, 2009 - 13 answers

Help me find a moderately cheap phone for use on AT&T. I'm taking my iPhone back.

Help me find a moderately cheap phone for use on AT&T. I'm taking my iPhone back. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jan 6, 2009 - 16 answers

How to get a PAYG first generation iPhone

I'm interested in buying an OLD iPhone and using it with AT&T's pay as you go service. If I choose the Pay as You Go Unlimited plan, which is 10 cents per minute + 1 dollar per day only on the days I use my phone, should I be able to 1) use a payg sim card with the iphone straight out of the box, and 2) add a text messaging bundle to this? Also, is it possible to get a payg sim card without having to purchase a phone directly from at&t? [more inside]
posted by alitorbati on Dec 23, 2008 - 1 answer

So I bought an iPhone for AT&T and it is aggravating. I need something else. What do you suggest?

So I bought an iPhone for AT&T and it is aggravating. I need something else. What do you suggest? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Dec 19, 2008 - 19 answers

Can I get my money back?

Is it legal for AT&T to charge sales tax on the un-discounted price of a new phone (versus the actual purchase price)? Why? [more inside]
posted by FuzzyVerde on Dec 5, 2008 - 18 answers

Can I call a toll-free number from my international cell phone without incurring charges?

My international cell phone provider (Airtel in India) insists that I can get uncharged toll-free calls while roaming in the US and Canada. It sounds too good to be true. Can you shed some light on this for me? [more inside]
posted by smersh on Nov 30, 2008 - 4 answers

Narrowed my phone choices down to: iPhone, Blackberry Bold, and Samsung Omnia. Which one should I get?

Narrowed my phone choices down to: iPhone, Blackberry Bold, and Samsung Omnia. Which one should I get? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Nov 29, 2008 - 38 answers

i('m a consumer whore)Phone Filter: I've decided I want an iPhone and I've got a ton of questions.

iPhone Filter: I've decided I want an iPhone. I've got a ton of questions, my google-fu is failing me, and I haven't recived much help when I call AT&T. Hopefully you can help me in regards to porting my # from Sprint Business to AT&T. [more inside]
posted by xotis on Oct 2, 2008 - 11 answers

Gimme gimme gimme an iPhone after midnight

How simple is it for an at&t member switch to an iPhone if he's not the account holder? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Jul 2, 2008 - 7 answers

New phone/carrier recs.

It's come the time to buy a new cellphone. I have a RAZR V2 and it's falling apart. My Verizon contract is up in November. Should I re-up with Verizon and stay on my family plan or should I break off and/or go to another carrier? And what phone should I look into? All I know is that I do not want a huge fold out QWERTY keyboard like a 16-year-old girl with a Sidekick and probably do not want a Motorola. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jun 23, 2008 - 29 answers

How can I get a good deal with AT&T retention specialists?

What's a good way to get a good deal from AT&T retention folks if I'm off-contract but planning to get an iPhone? [more inside]
posted by gramcracker on Apr 22, 2008 - 11 answers

Verizon or AT&T in NYC?

What's the best wireless phone service for the NYC area? I'm as fed up with Verizon as the next guy, but my limited experience with an iPhone in Manhattan left me with dropped/missed calls and very intermittent access to maps, etc. (unless already cached). Putting aside fun features that usually work, and imagining your life depended on receiving or making a phone call, which network would you choose?* *Please speak from experience with a carrier and nevermind the silly games they play (e.g., crippling bluetooth, etc.); I simply need a service that doesn't miss or drop calls.
posted by whoiam on Mar 3, 2008 - 16 answers

Mom needs a new phone

My mom needs a new phone and it's Christmas time. [more inside]
posted by aburd on Dec 23, 2007 - 5 answers

Ringtones + Cingular

How do I add a custom ringtone to a AT&T (Cingular) 3100 Smartphone? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jul 15, 2007 - 5 answers

Can I finally get an unlocked cellphone?

Is an unlocked smartphone right for me? Or should I wait til my contract lapses? [more inside]
posted by Eideteker on Jul 2, 2007 - 8 answers

Help me get an iPhone!

How's AT&T/Cingular reception in Washington, DC? [more inside]
posted by raf on Jun 30, 2007 - 12 answers

Should I ditch my cell phone provider?

Should I ditch my cell phone provider? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha on Mar 16, 2004 - 9 answers

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