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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

How to boost a cell signal in the wilderness?

Are there any products out there that will boost a 1-bar 4G signal in the middle of the woods? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on Jun 26, 2013 - 6 answers

No photos, please?

Is it okay to ask guests not to take photos during our wedding ceremony? [more inside]
posted by just_ducky on Jun 9, 2013 - 30 answers

virgin mobile defective phone problems

nov. 2012 I bought a kyocera rise smart phone from Virgin Mobile and upgraded my plan to go along with it. I'd been a VM customer for 12 years. It took me a while to realize that the phone was not working properly, when trying to make a call, or other task the screen would go black and the phone turn off. I called several times, could never get a CSR to understand the problem and/or come up with a fix. I lived with the problem until about a month ago when, following a failed emergency (life threatening) phone call I started calling regularly to get a fix. It never happened and finally I got the offer of a replacement phone. [more inside]
posted by NorthCoastCafe on May 31, 2013 - 8 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

cell phone networks

Does any cell phone network engineer perhaps know why you can't hear your own voice when speaking on a cell? [more inside]
posted by jtexman1 on May 18, 2013 - 12 answers

Use AT&T GoPhone to replace broken on cotract phone?

Can i buy a AT&T GoPhone to replace my mothers broken cell ? [more inside]
posted by slowtree on May 7, 2013 - 4 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

Choose my phone!

I'm tired of my cheap, app-less phone. It's time to upgrade to something nice. [more inside]
posted by elizamina on Apr 10, 2013 - 19 answers

Looking for a smart "dumb phone"

Hello All! Can anyone advise on an AT&T phone I can use without a data plan but has the best movie/mp3 playback capabilities? Thanks!
posted by 1inabillionmistake on Apr 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Wi-Fi and cell service drop out intermittently at our apartment. Why?

First, let me state that I have no idea if these two things are interrelated, but it seems like they could be, so I'm going to go ahead and conjecture here: our AT&T cell phone service drops from nearly full 3G to one bar from time to time (usually during calls, of course) and our wi-fi does the same thing. I've tried timing it and I can't seem to nail it down to anything. Could these service drops be related? [more inside]
posted by summerteeth on Feb 26, 2013 - 5 answers

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 want to save this moment forever

I'm looking for phone apps that will allow me to easily and simply record sound and simultaneously back up the recording offsite (send it to email, save to a cloud server, etc.). [more inside]
posted by decathecting on Jan 11, 2013 - 7 answers

Using Google Voice (or similar) to forward calls and texts

I'm considering porting my personal cell phone to Google Voice so that calls and texts can be forwarded to my newly acquired work cell phone. If you've done this, please see my specific questions/concerns. [more inside]
posted by Swede78 on Jan 7, 2013 - 16 answers

Repurpose a phone as a repeater?

Now that we all have a handful of old hackable smartphones lying around, is there any way to build our own active repeaters or cell phone to IP gateways? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Jan 5, 2013 - 7 answers

iPhone me--which model do I need 4, 4S, or 5?

iPhone me! --which model do I need: 4, 4S, or 5? [more inside]
posted by calgirl on Dec 13, 2012 - 43 answers

Plate Captian: "Here is the raprod."

What should I know/do before I sell a cell phone I own to a person I know? [more inside]
posted by laconic skeuomorph on Dec 11, 2012 - 1 answer

Reccommend me a great music dock

Please recommend me a dock/speaker solution to play music from an iPhone 4s and Android devices as well. [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari on Dec 3, 2012 - 9 answers

Good-bye Blackberry. Hello...what?

Using Exchange email on Windows Phone 8, Android, and iPhone [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Nov 20, 2012 - 7 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

Prepaid cell phone carriers

What is a good prepaid cell phone carrier in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by YukoInNature on Nov 6, 2012 - 15 answers

Is there such a thing as a "good and cheap" warranty?

Thinking about buying a Nexus 4 from the Google Play Store. Are there good third-party accidental damage warranties out there that won't break the bank? [more inside]
posted by apip on Nov 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Seeking your advice on donate-by-SMS services

What are your experiences with using a service to receive donations via SMS/text message at your charity? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Oct 21, 2012 - 1 answer

Verizon prepaid plans and the internet?

Question about phones and plans for Verizon prepaid - do you have experience with them, and with the data plans, especially using the web on the $50/month plan? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Oct 9, 2012 - 13 answers

Family cell phone plans

Please choose a family cell plan for us. [more inside]
posted by Kazimirovna on Sep 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Cell phone use in other countries

Cell phones in countries (Americas-Latin, South, Central etc.) [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Sep 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Need hardware widget that endows phone with loud ring/alarm

I need a hardware device that endows my cell phone with a loud ring/alarm. I have bought and had to return 3 phones because they just aren't loud enough to reliably hear when they ring if they are buried under clothes, are in the other room, I am standing near traffic etc. No idea how phone designs got to this stage but there it is. [more inside]
posted by Nish ton on Sep 1, 2012 - 14 answers

Forwarding from SIP to landline, no monthly fee?

How can I forward a sip address to a landline, with only a fee for the call itself? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Aug 26, 2012 - 1 answer

How to build my own artificial jellyfish?

I've been obsessing about the artificial jellyfish lately and I want to know how difficult it would be to make one myself. [more inside]
posted by sunnichka on Aug 15, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me Flash Recovery and / or root my Nexus...

Help rooting and/or flashing Recovery on a Galaxy Nexus (Jelly Bean) on a Mac? I'm stuck. So I followed these instructions / video and all seemed to be going well until I got to Step 7. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Aug 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Decent Android phone, no contract. Possible?

Looking for the best Android smartphone to buy for a pre-paid service, preferably GSM based.... [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Aug 2, 2012 - 11 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

Don't go readin' my texts!..

...they couldn't if they tried? Do employers read text messages on employer paid cell phones? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2012 - 13 answers

short term communications in Paris?

My wife and I are going to Paris for a few weeks. Yay! Unfortunately I'll be in and out of conferences for the first 5 days while she is out sightseeing. My schedule will probably be pretty unpredictable, so we'd like to have an easy way to keep in touch, but cell phone rentals seem pretty expensive, especially since we'll only need it for a few days. We don't even really need voice - texting would work. Any ideas for cheap, short-term communications in Paris?
posted by captainawesome on Jun 16, 2012 - 6 answers

Best pay-as-you-go cell phone plan for a few days in the USA w. a Canadian Samsung Galaxy S2

Is there a prepaid phone plan in the US that will let me use my Samsung Galaxy S2 at full speeds, for short visits (ie: without having to pay for a full month of use)? [more inside]
posted by Mayma Hosey on Jun 9, 2012 - 5 answers

E.T., Phone Hope

Advise me on how to navigate my smartphone issues with the smallest out-of-pocket expense possible. [more inside]
posted by erstwhile on Jun 6, 2012 - 6 answers

prepaid SIM card for use in Germany, but shipped to USA?

I will be traveling in Germany for a week soon, and will need a cell phone while there. I won't be able to use my personal cell phone (incompatible with Europe) but I have an unlocked GSM phone that I've used in Europe before. Please help me find a SIM card (with German phone number) that I can order now and get delivered to the US before I leave for my trip. [more inside]
posted by intermod on May 29, 2012 - 11 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

"Is this your homework, Larry?"

I'm getting phone calls and late night texts (and sexts) for an Edith. Edith appears to be a local teenager. How to deal? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on May 14, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me ATT. You're my only hope

How do I rent property for a cell phone tower? And who do I call to do it? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on May 1, 2012 - 7 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

help me with putting address book into iphone

frustrated for not being able to import address book contacts into my iphone. Seek kind help here [more inside]
posted by akomom on Apr 23, 2012 - 5 answers

How do we find a cell phone plan that will meet our needs when we move to Canada?

Help us find a cell phone solution given that we are moving in 6 months (and we can't wait that long to replace our current Verizon phones) [more inside]
posted by seachange on Apr 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Replacing a broken cell phone

My wife dropped her AT&T Blackberry Torch 9800 in water last night, and even though the phone wasn't damp inside, it doesn't power up. We just came from the local AT&T store, and we can't upgrade until July. The only options they gave us were to buy a new Blackberry Torch for $499 or wait four months and buy it for $99. Do we have any other options? The phone's data has been backed up to our PC, so we'd really like to replace it with a Torch (she likes the keyboard) or at least a compatible phone so the data can be restored.
posted by davcoo on Apr 3, 2012 - 16 answers

Looking for a fantastic high end cell phone

Help me find the best high end unlocked cell phone that can be used with Tmobile (U.S.) [more inside]
posted by parakeetdog on Mar 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Why doesn't my new phone like my gmail account?

Any ideas how to get a gmail account to synch on a new Razr 4g phone? [more inside]
posted by dbmcd on Mar 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Phone's battery drain is draining my patience

Phone's battery drain is draining my patience, after hours of research, two batteries, and several phone calls with T-Mobile. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Mar 8, 2012 - 13 answers

How many generations of cells could now exist from a single sample taken in 1972?

If a sample of cells was taken in 1972, reproduced in laboratory by cell division to create a cell line used in science today based originally on the sample, what "generation" of cell would be used today, and how far back in history BC/E would a comparable human generation be? Is that even calculable? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Mar 6, 2012 - 12 answers

Shirt and Shoes, But No Service.

Has anyone else completely lost Sprint reception on BART these past couple of days? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on Feb 23, 2012 - 3 answers

Pre-paid SIM in Japan

How can I best get cell data while in Japan? I've got a GSM Galaxy Nexus that I'd like to use while I'm in Japan. Is it possible to purchase a pre-paid SIM? If so, where would these be sold? I'll be in Nagoya, if that helps.
posted by VoteBrian on Feb 16, 2012 - 14 answers

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