What's the cheapest prepaid cell phone I can get in Canada and how can I set it up without a computer? [more inside]
posted by Elsie
on Jun 11, 2011 -
How's the current Sprint voice/data coverage around Baltimore MD and College Park MD? I'm thinking of switching our family plan from T-Mobile to Sprint and wondering if any Maryland mefites can provide some idea of Sprint coverage. I don't really trust the Sprint coverage maps
but it implies that coverage is pretty good. [more inside]
posted by exhilaration
on Jun 8, 2011 -
I'll be spending the month of June in the US. What are the options for short term mobile phone service? I gather that sim cards in the US are different from Europe & that I can't simply buy a local SIM card for my Euro phone. Please tell me if I'm wrong! Can I buy a cheap local phone and "pay as you go" credit?
posted by LivinginYes
on May 25, 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 -
My T-Mobile contract expires in a couple months, and I'm considering ditching smartphones entirely and getting a tablet, instead. Anyone have any experience with this? Especially VoIP experience. [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire
on Apr 1, 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 am giving a small help session on "cell phone use for seniors" tonight. Help me put together my presentation. Complicating detail inside. [more inside]
posted by circular
on Jan 20, 2011 -
How can an AT&T customer (like me) switch to an unlocked Dell Streak? (Details within . . .) [more inside]
posted by Crotalus
on Jan 14, 2011 -
Some scammer is using my cell phone number as a call back #. People get robo-calls claiming to be from a "correctional facility", ask for credit card information and then give my number as a call back. [more inside]
posted by Ideefixe
on Dec 21, 2010 -
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 -
Do newer cell phones pick up cell phone tower signals better? My Dad had a Tracfone analog cell phone that picked up signal fine in a part of our county that he hunts in but Tracfone upgraded his phone to a digital cell phone about 3 years ago and now he can not get signal in that part of the county anymore. I contacted Tracfone at the time this happened to see if I could update his phone with any new cell phone towers and was told the phone automatically updates with new cell phone towers. If I bought him a newer Tracfone what are chances it will pick up better then the one he has?
posted by sandyp
on Dec 4, 2010 -
Can I use Clearwire ispot or clearspot with a ipodtouch and skype or similar service as a cell phone replacement?
posted by dougiedd
on Nov 28, 2010 -
I'm seeking a US-only, reliable SIM card that I can place in an unlocked quad-band cell phone. [more inside]
posted by e.e. coli
on Nov 14, 2010 -
Asking for a friend who is going through a horrible divorce: are her and her daughter's cell phones being tapped? [more inside]
posted by Maisie
on Nov 8, 2010 -
iPhone filter: iPhone 4 battery problem. Do I need a new phone, new battery or am I out of luck? Help me, hive-mind, you are my only hope. [more inside]
posted by damiano99
on Nov 7, 2010 -
Require a replacement for my landline and the 30 bucks a month that it costs me as I now have 4 cell phones in the house.
Require a telephone device that (a) rings on more than one handset (b) has access to cheap long distance (c) good quality and dependable.
I realize Google Voice does a lot of this, but I'm in Canada and we don't have Google Voice available here yet or any indication of how soon it could be arriving.
Is all of this possible without a landline?
What services can you recommend to get me closer to my goal?
posted by gfroese
on Nov 1, 2010 -
I will be going on vacation to Mexico and need to remain in contact with my family. What are some ways to call the U.S. from Mexico? [more inside]
posted by lifeonholidae
on Oct 17, 2010 -
Can I port my existing AT&T Wireless cell phone number to a new Comcast Digital Voice land line account?
The 1-800-Comcast customer support rep. said no, but the FCC says
"you can switch telephone service providers, including interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers, and keep your existing phone number".
What's the final verdict? Anyone have experience with this?
posted by thankyoumuchly
on Oct 7, 2010 -
I have a pre-paid cell phone that I let my family/friends use when they come to visit me in Japan. I don't plan on using it for almost a year. What should I do with the battery? [more inside]
posted by sleepytako
on Oct 4, 2010 -
How do I twitter (cheaply, mobile-ly) on a short trip to Japan? How much will it cost? [more inside]
posted by iiniisfree
on Sep 24, 2010 -
I'll be spending at least several months in Europe, and I'd like to buy an unlocked Android phone and use prepaid SIM cards in each country I visit. Data access (not just voice) is important. What are the best phones on the market for this purpose? [more inside]
posted by pete_22
on Aug 26, 2010 -
Do cell phone signal boosters like this one
from Radio Shack actually work? Apparently an external antenna is mounted outside your home, and this is connected to a "desktop amplifier." In most rooms in my house, I'm riding with a single bar of signal (thank you, AT&T). If this can help, I'm all in.
Does anyone have any experience with one of these?
posted by jackypaper
on Aug 24, 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 is wrong with my new mobile phone? When my phone goes idle after 15 sec of no use (typical battery saving function) or loses the signal when I am in an elevator (typical situation but normally survivable), it won't automatically reconnect so it's like I don't even have a phone. How can I over come this? Is it normal for "newer" phones to constantly be searching for a signal yet not getting it or turning off like this? [more inside]
posted by peachtree
on Aug 14, 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 -
So, Credo, which uses the Sprint network, finally has a smartphone that apparently doesn't suck (the HTC Hero). I'm very tempted to switch over from Verizon, especially since the latter tends to drop calls when I'm sitting in my living room. But I don't want to go from the frying pan into the fire, so to speak. Can any LA Mefites give me your opinion of Sprint's coverage, especially in the Echo Park/Silverlake/Los Feliz area? More generally, if anyone has experience with Credo's customer service, I'd appreciate hearing from you too. I want to support good causes, but I don't want to drive myself crazy in the process.
posted by chicainthecity
on Jul 9, 2010 -
Pretty much every cell in a organism contains the DNA for that whole organism. How does a mutation in one
cell pass on so that it becomes part of the DNA of every cell or actually affects a characteristic in that organism or its child?
posted by westerly
on Jun 27, 2010 -
[Yet another Android app question]
Android music app choices look to be slim. Looking for recommendations for playback, streaming and recording apps. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87
on Jun 22, 2010 -
Can you suggest a good, cheap, hopefully easily-available-on-ebay-used T-mobile phone? I don't need a ton of features, but I want something that does all the basic stuff really well. [more inside]
posted by sully75
on Jun 8, 2010 -
I have an iPhone on AT&T Wireless. I have moved to an area where AT&T does not provide native cellular and data service. I need your advice/ideas on how best to proceed to protect my cell phone number. [more inside]
posted by karizma
on Jun 7, 2010 -