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 -
I am looking for a simple, non-smart phone with the following features:
* Long battery life
* Bluetooth (to connect to a Parrot in the car)
* Good speaker and microphone for hands-free
* Low SARS rating
This last point has been the hardest for me to find. For some reason, it seems that new smart phones have much lower SARS rating.
I don't really care that it has a keyboard.
I should also mention that I am in Europe so it needs to be 2G/3G/4G which I think is different from the States.
Appreciate any help! I've been looking on CNET, Google and across the web without much luck...
posted by BigBrownBear
on Jul 23, 2013 -
Just called a friend with a severed tendon to see how his visit to the doctor went and he was still in the exam room. He said he had to get off the phone because there was a sign saying "no cell phones in exam room." I'm wondering why the sign is there. He was alone at the time, waiting for the doctor to return. Is the rule due to an equipment issue, or is it because of doctors being annoyed by rude patients talking on cell phones while the doctor is examining them, or something else?
posted by mediareport
on May 31, 2013 -
Transform Ultra with an overheating, fast-discharging, spontaneously-turning-off battery. [more inside]
posted by Snyder
on May 1, 2013 -
Is there a phone out there with a battery life like they used to have that can still let me check facebook every now and then? [more inside]
posted by smoke
on Jul 2, 2012 -
Walking down the street on a cellphone, my reception cuts out and I hear a different voice
through the earpiece, very briefly, say something like "... three months..." It sounds like an advertisement. The person on the other end heard nothing, and the call wasn't dropped. What the heck happened? [more inside]
posted by BungaDunga
on Apr 30, 2012 -
What can I do to make things go smoothly when I quit Sprint for another mobile provider in a few months? [more inside]
posted by jepler
on Feb 2, 2012 -
Ok, got my new iPhone 4s. Siri is great and all, but I want to use it to dictate notes, and I find that it assumes I'm done speaking waay too quickly. Within a second, it's processing my request! But when I have something to record, I'd like to occasionally wait a few seconds between words. Is there any
way to adjust how quickly it thinks I'm done speaking? [more inside]
posted by malapropist
on Dec 17, 2011 -
Recommendations for an inexpensive unlocked non-smart phone with good voice quality and reception? [more inside]
posted by cycleback
on Dec 3, 2011 -
Can I purchase a prepaid T-Mobile phone from, say, Walmart, activate it with a plan, and then put that SIM card into my older off-contract T-Mobile phone and expect it to work?
posted by speedgraphic
on Nov 9, 2011 -
My cousin is moving to Dublin to go to medical school in two weeks. When he gets there, he wants to sign up for a mobile phone plan. He intends to get an iPhone 4 (not negotiable), and cannot wait until the 5 is announced for prices to drop. But which carrier does he go with? [more inside]
posted by jeather
on Aug 18, 2011 -
The only un-awesome thing about my new apartment near Tempe, AZ is that neither I nor my roommates are receiving any signal strength on our cell phones due to the low mountains surrounding our location. We all have differerent providers (T-Mobile, Verizon, & AT&T) and not a lot of money. Please help me find a cellular signal booster that doesn't cost an arm and a leg or more than $100. I don't even know how to begin.
posted by _paegan_
on Aug 5, 2011 -
What should I look out for if I want to purchase a smartphone from eBay for activation on Sprint's network? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream
on Apr 12, 2011 -
Assuming that the radiation from cellphones is somewhat dangerous, will a product like a chip that absorbs EMR like this one (http://www.radiguard.com.au/the-solution.html) be useful? [more inside]
posted by orangekit
on Apr 5, 2011 -
Crash course in U.S. cell phone deals for a Brit who's coming to live there...? What can I expect in terms of cost, minutes, data allowances, included wi-fi etc. I'll be in based in NY but travelling all over. [more inside]
posted by deeper red
on Mar 23, 2011 -
I'd like to play mp3/audiobooks from my phone through my car's stereo without using wires. [more inside]
posted by maulik
on Dec 17, 2010 -
Cell phone insurance under home owner insurance? Has anyone tried this? Is it worth it?
I signed up for cell phone insurance with Verizon and naively thought it would be worth it (even for a smartphone). Like anything, I know you need to pay something to get something, but $8/mo + $90 for a claim every time could get pretty expensive.
If it helps, I have State Farm. We've been with them for 15 years or so.
posted by isoman2kx
on Aug 16, 2010 -
What cell phone is the best... phone? Ignoring all the whiz-bang smartphone stuff, what cell phone (GSM, unlocked) is the best at actual phone functions? Sounds the best? Easy to use? Fits well in my pocket? Good reception? [more inside]
posted by MesoFilter
on Jul 14, 2010 -
Palm Pre problem: people I'm talking to can't hear me but I can hear them. [more inside]
posted by item
on Jul 12, 2010 -
If a cell tower is down because of sever weather / power outage, would I still be able to get to a person's voice mail when I call their cell phone? [more inside]
posted by friendlyjuan
on Apr 5, 2010 -
Ever since I was pointed
towards Umbrella Today
I've yet to be caught out in the rain without an umbrella. I'd quite like to find other free services that automatically send a text message alert. It can be about whatever, doesn't have to be weather related at all. I live in Providence, Rhode Island.
posted by Kattullus
on Jan 20, 2010 -
Can a phone used with AT&T as a service provider then be used with T-Mobile? What does unlocked even mean? [more inside]
posted by readery
on Dec 10, 2009 -
I would like to buy a nice new cell phone with a physical keyboard to replace a broken G1. Please help me with any knowledge about the Droid or the Cliq or any other suggestions you may have! [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog
on Dec 2, 2009 -
I just bought a charger for my cellphone at Target. It's not the special manufacturer's brand, but an after market one that costs half of what the Sprint store chargers cost. When I plugged it into the wall, it started making a high pitched noise. I haven't plugged the other end of the charger into my phone for fear of ruining it. Is this normal? Is my charger bad? Thanks.
posted by bluefly
on Oct 8, 2009 -
What's a good quad-band, GSM, UMTS-compatible, QWERTY-keyboard phone to take to Europe? [more inside]
posted by ninotchka
on Aug 10, 2009 -
Every year my DH hits the back roads on his bike, most of the time alone. I've been bugging him to get a phone to take with him since he dumped the bike a couple of years ago while riding alone. He hit a road that was covered in sand and couldn't pull up before he hit the ditch. The bike was not too bad, but he separated his shoulder and had to wait for someone to help him get it out of the ditch as he couldn't call roadside assistance. Of course, he wants me to find the phone and I haven't a clue. So what's the best for him? [more inside]
posted by x46
on May 29, 2009 -
PrepaidCellFilter: Two questions about prepaid cell plans:
1. Can I use a phone I buy off eBay with one of these plans, or is it essential to use the phones provided by the carrier?
2. If I'm mostly interested in texting, which prepaid cell provider would be the best for me? [more inside]
posted by reenum
on May 21, 2009 -
Is a cell phone gateway what we need, and have you used one you would recommend? [more inside]
posted by geeky
on Apr 18, 2009 -
Can I get the G1 or G2 (when it comes out) and use it on ATT&T without signing a contract with T-Mobile?
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posted by blackout
on Feb 24, 2009 -
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 -
If I buy a cheap, pay-as-you-go cell phone in Guatemala to use while I'm traveling there, can I then use it in other countries I visit later - and which ones? Is it as simple as replacing a SIM card every time? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky
on Sep 23, 2008 -
I'm having trouble with the bookmark function of the Samsung Instinct's browser and need some help. [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine
on Sep 8, 2008 -
All day since 2:00 AM this morning, I've been getting phone calls on my cell phone who didn't dial my number. Please help. [more inside]
posted by Trinkers
on Apr 24, 2008 -