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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

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

Help me find a Not-So-Dumb Phone

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 - 2 answers

No cell phone in doctor's exam room? Why?

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 - 24 answers

Samsung Transfrom Ultra Battery Problems

Transform Ultra with an overheating, fast-discharging, spontaneously-turning-off battery. [more inside]
posted by Snyder on May 1, 2013 - 1 answer

Is there a catch to MVNOs?

Are there any drawbacks to using an MVNO/prepaid cell carrier? [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari on Feb 19, 2013 - 19 answers

I need a reasonably-intelligent phone, not a smart phone.

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 - 19 answers

Is t-mobile coverage adequate in the northeast

What is t-mobile coverage like in the northeast? [more inside]
posted by madajb on May 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Spooky cellphone interference

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 - 6 answers

DTMF, eh?

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 - 6 answers

Siri listens too fast, Siri is impatient, and Siri doesn't know who my best friend is.

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 - 3 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

Can I move a T-Mobile SIM card to another T-Mobile device?

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 - 5 answers

Who is the best mobile phone carrier in Dublin?

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 - 8 answers

Cell Signal Boost Out of the Valley

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 - 13 answers

Need a new cell provider..

What GSM cell provider should I port my number to? [more inside]
posted by mistikle on Jun 6, 2011 - 11 answers

What to look out for when purchasing a smartphone via eBay?

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 - 5 answers

Could an EMR absorbing chip reduce the health risk of cellphones?

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 - 26 answers

Crash course in U.S. cell phone deals for a Brit who's coming to live there?

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 - 24 answers

Please help me to tell people I will not always be available to them

Please help me to politely tell people that I am not available 24/7 by phone. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Dec 22, 2010 - 62 answers

How do I play mp3's from my phone to my car's aux input via bluetooth?

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 - 8 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

Cell Phone/Provider Recommendation

Complex cell phone recommendation question... [more inside]
posted by saladin on Sep 28, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me pick a phone.

Please help me pick a mobile phone/carrier in the US. [more inside]
posted by and hey Charlie on Aug 31, 2010 - 11 answers

Do they not make them like they used to?

Is it possible to replace the battery in a cell phone or do I have to buy a whole new phone? [more inside]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! on Aug 25, 2010 - 14 answers

cell phone insurance under home owner insurance?

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 - 17 answers

What cell phone is the best... phone?

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 - 13 answers

Mic not working on Palm Pre.

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 - 5 answers

Smith residence, Sally speaking!

How do children learn phone etiquette in a world with no landlines? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Apr 26, 2010 - 22 answers

Getting voice mail when cell tower is down?

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 - 18 answers

What free services exist out there that automatically send a text message alerting you to something or another?

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 - 13 answers

Buying Used Phone Quandry

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 - 4 answers

If you were a G1, and you were born today, what cell phone would you be?

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 - 19 answers

What does this High Pitched Noise mean? Am I a Dog?

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 - 14 answers

A good quad-band phone for Europe?

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 - 5 answers

I want my damn 3G...

Is there any (genuine) way to improve my cell/mobile phone signal? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Jun 13, 2009 - 4 answers

Cellphone for a biker on the backroads?

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 - 17 answers

Which prepaid cell company to use?

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 - 10 answers

Is a cell phone gateway what we need, and have you used one you would recommend?

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 - 3 answers

Howto: G1 on ATT&T?

Can I get the G1 or G2 (when it comes out) and use it on ATT&T without signing a contract with T-Mobile? More Inside [more inside]
posted by blackout on Feb 24, 2009 - 12 answers

Is there an easy way to save my cell phone number?

Are there any new cheap options for saving my cell phone number? [more inside]
posted by Pinwiz on Feb 7, 2009 - 3 answers

Have you used wirefly.com?

Have you used wirefly.com to get a cell phone? How can I get just as good deal elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on Jan 8, 2009 - 5 answers

Holy GSM, help me find the cheapest cellphone for use in Europe!

Should I get the Motofone F3 or the Motorola V190 for my travels to Europe? [more inside]
posted by theiconoclast31 on Dec 1, 2008 - 7 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

BlackBerry 8330 vs MOTO Q9c vs Palm Treo 800w

Will the BlackBerry 8330 work for me? How useful is wifi connectivity (which the 8330 doesn't have)? Is there a significant difference between this phone and the Motorola Q9c? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Oct 1, 2008 - 10 answers

Buying a cell phone abroad & using it in other countries later

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 - 4 answers

Samsung Instinct Browser Problem

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 - 0 answers

How do I get my Samsung Juke phone to work with my computer?

How do I get my Samsung Juke phone to work with my computer? [more inside]
posted by champthom on Sep 1, 2008 - 2 answers

get me online!

What cell phone plan should I take in BC, Canada? [more inside]
posted by ouchitburns on Aug 13, 2008 - 11 answers

pop culture ring tones, k?

Looking for iconic, pop culture ring tones for my blackberry [more inside]
posted by Industrial PhD on Jul 22, 2008 - 14 answers

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