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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

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

Ahoy, bull manure on the Verizon!

What can I do to bend Verizon to my will? Or is it time to head out in search of greener pastures? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Jan 30, 2012 - 16 answers

How can I purchase a Vodafone UK top up outside of the UK?

Are there any legitimate websites that will allow me to purchase a vodafone UK top-up voucher online using either paypal or a non-UK based credit card?
posted by modernnomad on Jan 30, 2012 - 12 answers

Will offering my full attention to my loved ones get them to reciprocate?

Will offering my full attention to my loved ones get them to reciprocate? [more inside]
posted by Hellafiles on Jan 4, 2012 - 45 answers

Zero zero zero, zero zero zero zero! (Jenny)

Within the past few weeks, I've been receiving phone calls on my cell phone every day at 9am and 5pm like clockwork from the number (000) 000-0000. How do I make these bastards go away and leave me alone? [more inside]
posted by Geckwoistmeinauto on Dec 28, 2011 - 25 answers

How can I use my smart phone as a camera and not pay data charges?

How can I use my smart phone as a camera in the US and not pay data/mobile network charges? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Dec 27, 2011 - 19 answers

You can't play music on a pretty silver brick

How can I activate an old iPhone without a SIM card? [more inside]
posted by the matching mole on Dec 19, 2011 - 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

What is a very simple cell phone that works well?

I am looking to simplify my life. What is a very simple, compact, and good cell phone that would work with T-Mobile. [more inside]
posted by denverco on Nov 15, 2011 - 5 answers

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