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Burner Phones

Cheap and disposable cell phones, what TV detective shows love to call "burner phones" are always shown being thown away in trash cans. But if they are only used once, what happens to them? They all have to have the symbol of a trashcan with an X through it on the back cover to show they're capable of being environmentally recycled. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Nov 28, 2016 - 9 answers

What can I do with a mobile phone with a busted sim slot?

I've got a brand new phone with a broken sim slot, that's been deemed repairable. I've been given a refund for the phone but they left the unit with me instead of taking it back. So, I've got a Motorola android phone that can connect to Wifi and do everything a phone without a sim card can do, and no idea what to do with it. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Nov 21, 2016 - 19 answers

Verizon wireless "upgrade" policy?

I'm not understanding Verizon wireless's "upgrade" policy - is there any benefit? [more inside]
posted by Mid on Nov 15, 2016 - 3 answers

Phone for next 6 months CONUS then 3yrs OCONUS?

I don't have a cell phone but I'm six months pregnant and probably need one. Difficulty, moving to Japan in the spring. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Oct 17, 2016 - 5 answers

How's your Sprint coverage?

Hey Bostonians, New Yorkers, and (SC) Charlestonians - how's your Sprint coverage? [more inside]
posted by this, of course, alludes to sex on Sep 13, 2016 - 7 answers

If it weren't screwed on... cell phone edition

How do I not lose my phone? I like to keep my phone out constantly so I can take pictures and the like but I run the risk of losing it. [more inside]
posted by driedmango on Aug 23, 2016 - 16 answers

Please find me a brick to help me blink.

I'm trying to wire up our Burning Man bikes with rechargeable USB batteries as opposed to bulky, wasteful, PITA AA cell batteries. I'm having trouble finding something that will output the right voltage. Halp? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Aug 8, 2016 - 12 answers

Cell service in Cuba, 2016 edition

(previously, 2005). Looks like a trip to Cuba will in fact go down in September. Cursory research indicates that the cell network there is GSM and that there is no US roaming in place (not a shock). Any pointers, tips, useful links? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Aug 1, 2016 - 12 answers

Cheapest way to keep landline phone number but not service

I have a VOIP landline (through Time Warner Cable). I want to get rid of my landline service but keep that phone number and have it forward to my cell phone (Verizon). What is the cheapest and easiest way for me to do that? Thank you!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Jun 17, 2016 - 9 answers

Is Ting, Google Voice, and BYOD the best for me?

I’ve never had to buy my own phone or cell plan before -- it’s always been through an employer. I know the phone I want, and I want to get the best value on it and a suitable service plan. I have a strawman. Is it the right idea? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Apr 22, 2016 - 23 answers

Best mobile phone plan for Europe/UK holiday?

We're holidaying soon, and I'd like to get a local sim card to make life a little easier. We're spending most of our time in the UK, but will also be visiting Paris, Vienna, Prague and Berlin. Are there any good options that would cover the lot?
posted by Silentgoldfish on Apr 11, 2016 - 5 answers

Sim card or whatever for iPhone while travelling in US

This seems like an obvious question but the internet is being surprisingly non-informative and what information I can find seems to be several years old. I will be travelling for about 1 month. I have a totally unlocked iPhone 6s purchased in the UK. Can I walk into a store in the US when I arrive, buy a pre-paid nano sim with a data allowance, and stick it in my phone and use it? [more inside]
posted by cilantro on Mar 16, 2016 - 8 answers

verizon to MVNO

I'm on a grandfathered unlimited data plan on Verizon. I use <1GB of data a month, and I'm paying $90/mo for it. I should go to an MVNO, right? Help me wade through the details. [more inside]
posted by Dashy on Jan 25, 2016 - 5 answers

Building Decent Mobile Apps

There are plenty of tools to help someone build and customize a website without needing to know coding; Wix, Serif, Network Solutions and Go Daddy website builders. Likewise, are there similar tools to help someone build and easily customize mobile apps without knowing code? If so, what and where are they?
posted by CollectiveMind on Dec 14, 2015 - 1 answer

Should I buy the OnePlus One X? I'm in the US.

I just got an invite for the new OnePlus One X phone, and I have three days to decide. Per this article, the phone uses AT&T's HSPA network, which results in slower downloads and uploads than LTE. However, I use Cricket Wireless which is slow anyway. Would I notice the difference?
posted by onecircleaday on Nov 19, 2015 - 11 answers

Why don't they charge small batteries in parallel?

I'm sure this is a stupid question, but I wondered. Why don't cell phones and other chargeable electronics charge multiple small batteries in parallel? The analogy is like this: * I have one cell phone with a large battery that takes 3 hours to charge. * I have three cell phones with small batteries that take 1 hour to charge. Why can't cell phones just have 3 smaller batteries and charge them all at the same time, and therefore make the charging faster?
posted by jonclegg on Nov 16, 2015 - 8 answers

Dog has a mast cell tumor

My dog was diagnosed via fine needle aspiration with a mast cell tumor. It is on his left lateral flank. We are scheduled to have it removed and biopsied tomorrow. However, this is our regular vet. Should we halt this and consult an oncologist or specialist first? Or should we proceed and wait till we get the results of the biopsy?
posted by ChuckRamone on Nov 2, 2015 - 15 answers

What am I missing about Ting?

Price comparison between Ting and Verizon calculates that we'll save an average of $120 a month on Ting. What am I not seeing? [more inside]
posted by Gusaroo on Oct 26, 2015 - 22 answers

A question about iphone, SIM card, and pay-as-you-go options in the USA

Canadian cheapskate seeking travel communication options. Read on for geek details. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Sep 30, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me pick a new phablet to upgrade to, because I don't like Note5

I have used the Galaxy Note2,3,4, and I loved them. I specifically love the removable battery, and the external sd card slot, along with the huge screen and really long battery life. Help me pick my next smart phone (as the note 5 has no removable battery/ micro sd card) [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Aug 29, 2015 - 5 answers

what smartphone OSs exist besides android & iphone? Customising?

Anybody got experiences using OSs besides iphone, android? Customising them? Dual config eg of sailfish, ubuntu? Best phones to try this on? Tips? Avoid? [more inside]
posted by maiamaia on Aug 24, 2015 - 10 answers

My Wind cell phone does not work in the US!

I am travelling from Canada to the US for 11 days, and discovered that my Wind Mobile phone has no reception here -- as in, zero bars. Help me figure out what to do! [more inside]
posted by tickingclock on Jul 5, 2015 - 18 answers

How can I avoid paying $200 for a dumbphone?

My husband recently irreparably damaged his cheap Verizon phone and wants to get a new dumbphone to use on a Verizon contract. We don't have any upgrades available. Verizon is asking for ~$200(!!!), even though prepaid phones of the same type only cost $25. Is there any way we can avoid paying this extortionate amount? [more inside]
posted by peacheater on Jun 11, 2015 - 15 answers

Why would an army of spoofers hammer my cell phone?

I've gotten 30 spam phone calls in the last 7 hours. Why? How do I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on Apr 6, 2015 - 17 answers

How can I send photos from a cell phone to a computer?

There must be an easy way to send photos from a cell phone to a computer... (as brief as possible explanation inside). [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Mar 18, 2015 - 12 answers

To those with penile venous leak: have you had luck with ED meds?

Though I'm excited that there's a chance my ED (Erectile Dysfunction)—which was caused by venous leakage which mysteriously and suddenly occurred in my teens—can be controlled with Cialis, I'm scared to go on it due to bad experiences with meds in the past. Could someone who's been on Cialis, Viagra, etc. chime in? Would love to hear what people's experiences on it have been before 'taking the plunge.' [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Computer science machine language help! If-then-otherwise statements

We are working on simple machine language in computer science for data manipulation. All the other problems I have gotten through but this last one. Here is the problem: "Write a short program in machine language to perform requested activity. Assume the program is placed in memory starting at address 00- -If the value stored in memory location 44 is 00, then place the value 01 in memory location 46; otherwise, put the value FF in memory location 46." Lots of questions inside DX Working with very basic Op-code and Operand setups. [more inside]
posted by LittleNami on Feb 7, 2015 - 13 answers

inside Arlanda airport: micro SIMs for sale?

At ARN, will I definitely be able to buy a micro SIM (ideally Comviq, based on these options, but if not, any similar brand)? Surprisingly hard to google a clear answer here. [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Feb 4, 2015 - 10 answers

New Contract vs. Outright Purchase: Cell Phone

I wonder: should I buy new cell phone outright, or get another subsidized phone? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton on Jan 23, 2015 - 16 answers

Looking for a pay-as-you-go option for a Canadian cell phone

I want a plan that has NO monthly fees for a rarely used cell phone. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Jan 11, 2015 - 15 answers

% Calls by cell/mobile compared to landline

i am finding it very hard to get good statistics on the percentage of calls made by cell/mobile compared to percentage made on landlines. Anyone have a source? I can get plenty on percentage of homes with or without landlines but no stats on by percentage of calls (number or duration). Stats from all countries welcome. I thought these stat would be easy to find but i am stumped, apart from Vietnam where i found it is s 97% mobile.
posted by priorpark17 on Jan 9, 2015 - 2 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

Help me find a dumbphone!

Which dumbphone should I get? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by nurgle on Nov 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Nothing good ever comes from a visit to a phone store...

Ordered cell phone online. Picked up cell phone in person. Salesman claims order was cancelled and happily placed a new order on the spot. Am I being paranoid by smelling a rat? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Oct 19, 2014 - 4 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

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 - 12 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

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

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

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

Best prepaid plan for iPhone 4s?

I previously had an android phone and was doing the t-mobile unlimited talk/text/data for $50 a month. Now I have a used iPhone 4s. I've never used anything made by Apple before so I'm a bit confused. From some research, it appears that data network is different and doesn't support 4g the same way so the t-mobile thing I was doing may not be the best way to go? Anyway, does anyone know what is the best deal for a (preferably) prepaid talk/text/data plan for the iphone 4s? Thanks!
posted by long haired child on Dec 27, 2013 - 7 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

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

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

How much for a Wireless Tower ground lease?

A wireless carrier has approached us about building a cell tower on our property in Northern Virginia. Aside from using the bandits that pop up in a Google search, how do we determine a fair ground lease price? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me switch my phone from one provider to another

Can someone help me with the technical aspects of switching my cell phone from one provider to another? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Sep 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Broadband and mobile in Dublin Ireland?

As a follow up to this, my son is flying to Dublin tomorrow from the US, attending DCU. He's got an apartment lined up but will need to get Internet service for it and a SIM card for his iPhone 4S shortly after he arrives. He'll be there for about a year. We're looking for specific recommendations for Internet service and mobile providers, and where/how to sign up! [more inside]
posted by cosmac on Sep 10, 2013 - 11 answers

Found: Disablility Friendly Phone, Available to a Good Home

Can you help me find a usuable phone for my disabled 72 year old mother? [more inside]
posted by dgeiser13 on Sep 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Really? $1000/year?

I need a phone plan (US). All the options seem bad. Can anyone think of an option I've missed? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by carolr on Sep 4, 2013 - 21 answers

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