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Explain how to use a phone internationally to me like I'm a total moron

I have a prepaid plan (text and phone only, no internet) in Australia. I'm going to the US for a month in January. I would like to somehow be able to use my phone there without it costing a huge amount. How? [more inside]
posted by forza on Dec 18, 2016 - 14 answers

Routing hotline calls to volunteers' cell phones

You work for a hotline or for a service provider that works with one. The hotline has volunteers. Calls to the hotline are routed to volunteers' cell phones. Tell me about that. [more inside]
posted by pinetree on Jul 24, 2015 - 6 answers

Getting some creepy calls - is there a way to find out who it is?

Recently I have been getting random calls asking me for personal information in connection to business things which are private. When I ask whom is calling they hang up. This is to a private number I only give out to a handful of people. Is there a service online which will give me the name of the person associated with a number? (Based in Canada).
posted by audio on Jan 30, 2015 - 10 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

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

Stop My iPhone From Making Ghost Prank Calls?

People I have never heard of before are calling me to ask that I stop calling them. Fine. If I had called them, that is! But I haven't. Neither has my phone, according to its log. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2013 - 8 answers

Yo Vlad wassup it's Barry. Hit me on the hip.

How do presidents call other presidents? With last week's phone call between President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, it got me wondering how do heads of state call other heads of state? I imagine that one executive suite's switchboard calls the other's, but what's the diplomatic protocol for who picks up the phone first? Do they have super-secret phone numbers, or even phone numbers in the way we think of them? Are the calls private, or are is there an entire entourage listening in? Do they just hang up when they're finished, or is their an entire protocol for ending the conversation? What are some of the other "hidden" aspects of executive diplomatic communication and behind-the-scenes goings-on are there that the rest of us commoners never see?
posted by slogger on Oct 1, 2013 - 5 answers

Calling from Asia over android tablet

Currently in Asia and want to call US cheap. What options besides Skype do I have? Not a big fan of sim cards as they are hard to find here. [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Mar 25, 2013 - 7 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

Use old iPhone as a second phone over wifi but with primary phone number

Please help me design a method for using an old iPhone to make and receive calls on my current AT&T wireless number by WiFi, preferably for free. Ideally, I would like to have this old iPhone (without service), sitting on my desk, ringing when calls come into my current AT&T number, and when I make outgoing calls via Wifi, the caller ID shows my current number. The reason is primarily that AT&T coverage is horrible inside my house, so the ability to do this by wifi at home would be great. But I hate the confusion created when you make outgoing calls and the number is different. I can think of very convoluted ways to do it, so I'm asking you smarties if you have a better way.
posted by DesmondDoomsday on Jul 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Answer your damn phone!

Tips for getting business emails/phone calls returned in a quick manner? [more inside]
posted by blargerz on Jun 23, 2011 - 12 answers

Can I use google voice to make calls on my iPhone without a sim card?

Can I use google voice to make calls on my iPhone without a sim card? I have an iPhone and it's connected to wi-fi, and I want to use google voice to make/receive calls from my iPhone. I figured they're must be a way to do this by now, but google failed me.
posted by crawltopslow on Jun 3, 2011 - 7 answers

Call-recording tech that meets my narrow needs?

I have a grandfather in western Oklahoma with great stories, and I'd like to record phone calls with him for later transcription. It seems like there should be a simple, cheap technology solution to this, but I'm having trouble. [more inside]
posted by blueshammer on Mar 10, 2011 - 9 answers

Annoying phone calls

My husband is receiving annoying phone calls from his ex (a friend gave his number out without knowing any better). He does not want to change his cell number due to his numerous work contacts. When he sees her number he doesn't answer and then she leaves messages. He has told her to stop but she must be a mental case, she has been calling for 2 months. What would be a solution to this other than changing his number? If he had the number blocked we figure she will just call from another number.
posted by sandyp on Nov 23, 2010 - 25 answers

Prank call and caller ID

Is it possible to get a recorded prank call and the number on your caller id shows a fake number (business number)? At the end of the recorded message it said something like prank.com but not sure of the exact name. Is there any way to find out where call originated?
posted by sandyp on Nov 10, 2010 - 7 answers

To have your application placed in the circular file, press "1".

Is it still important to make a follow-up call on a job application these days? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Sep 14, 2010 - 22 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

Unlisted cell phone calls, possibly automated marketing.

A friend keeps getting repeated calls from an unlisted number, no one answers when she picks up. What can be done to stop the calls besides changing phone nuber? [more inside]
posted by Mayhembob on Feb 4, 2010 - 14 answers

Stop calling me!

Should I pick up the phone or change my number? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 17, 2009 - 51 answers

A programme to record mobile phone calls

Hi. I'm just wondering if anyone can recommend a programme to record mobile phone calls i make so that i can edit them in Garageband on my mac? Do i need a specific attachment for my mobile/cellphone?
posted by peatree on Dec 13, 2008 - 5 answers

Forwarding U.K. calls to U.S.

Can I set up a U.K. land line to forward incoming calls to a U.S.-based number? [more inside]
posted by computech_apolloniajames on Nov 26, 2008 - 10 answers

Off the hook.

Has anyone here changed their mind after receiving a call from a campaign phone bank? Alternately, has anyone here who has worked the phone banks had a positive experience, feeling like they were able to connect with and influence one of the people they called? [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS on Nov 4, 2008 - 7 answers

Open-Source VOIP for personal / educational use

Can anyone recommend an open-source-protocol-based just-for-home-use VOIP provider & software? I'm pretty sure I don't want Skype, pretty sure I don't want Yahoo Messenger - security issues, not knowing what's really going on with these packages once they're installed, plus the license/privacy/etc. agreements are long and pretty bad. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Oct 6, 2008 - 8 answers

How can I make the telemarketing calls to my cell phone stop?

Anyone know where or how can I get a grancentral.com invite? [more inside]
posted by agent99 on Aug 27, 2008 - 7 answers

WebCast Recommendations/Warnings

Looking for webcast audio and video and sharing of desktop for small group of international users. [more inside]
posted by Gratishades on Jul 29, 2008 - 2 answers

"This phone is not accepting calls"

My Nokia Net10 prepaid cell phone will not accept calls from certain people. Does anyone know how to fix this? [more inside]
posted by grablife365 on Jul 19, 2008 - 5 answers

How to stop robotic collection calls (that aren't even for me?)

I'm getting repeated collection calls for somebody who used my phone number when running up high bills. Here's the kicker -- the calls are multiple times a day, and BY COMPUTER. Basically, they're asking ME to call THEM to get this sorted out. Is this legal? Is there anything I can do?
posted by taumeson on Jan 11, 2008 - 14 answers

Sales help

How can I sell better when the interaction begins with a cold call and is transacted entirely over the phone? [more inside]
posted by josher71 on Apr 11, 2007 - 19 answers

Zombie calls?

Someone I know is getting multiple phone calls per day to their cell phone from an unlisted "Private Number" (so says the cell screen). The caller hangs up after about 10 seconds without saying anything. Nothing can be heard in the background, except possibly a rustling sound. Because of the nonresponse, it is unclear whether a human is making the call or if it is somehow automated. [more inside]
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Jul 24, 2005 - 20 answers

Collections Calls to wrong phone#

What recourse do I have to stop a collections company from repeatedly calling my home for somebody who does not reside here? [more inside]
posted by diamondsky on May 9, 2005 - 14 answers

Incoming Charges on Mobile Phones

Why do US mobile phone companies get away with charging for incoming calls and SMS/MMS? What can customers do about it?
posted by brownpau on Aug 3, 2004 - 14 answers

Is there any free software to record interviews on my computer from the modem?

Recording calls. I sometimes need to record interviews on my computer, and I've been using CallCorder for the last years. Now I've upgraded my system and I was wondering: is there any free software to do this? I need to grab the sound directly from the modem or via TAPI.

I know there's a program called Coaster, but it only works on Apple machines.

Also: is there a way to test if my modem supports voice (if not, I'll have to use my old modem)? [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY on Jun 16, 2004 - 3 answers

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