My cell phone has been exploding with calls from Indian pharmacy telemarketers in the past couple days -- as in, upwards of 20 calls a day. The numbers are all either "Unavailable" or "000-000-0000." I've asked a few of them to take me off their lists but, as expected, that was totally ineffectual. Do I have any recourse but to change my number if this keeps up?
posted by decoherence
on May 6, 2010 -
Is there a cell phone carrier in Canada who doesn't charge crazy $$ for calls to the US? [more inside]
posted by jezemars
on May 3, 2010 -
I am a British national living in Beijing, China. I know of no reason why I would be deemed interesting enough to spy on, but something weird is happening here. Has my cell phone been bugged? [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno
on May 3, 2010 -
How common was it for a cell phone to have video/audio in Oct.2007? Need to know if it would have been reasonable to assume that capability if someone was pointing there phone at you (vs. Just still photo). It seems reasonable now, but when did that come about?
posted by dorcas
on May 1, 2010 -
I've been receiving a lot of strange calls/voicemails from equally strange old men lately, who are all horny as hell. They're responding to text messages they say they received from my number, and these texts are evidently of a porny nature. But I haven't sent them! I can't find evidence of any such texts whatsoever. I actually tried to talk to one of them to find out if the texts are actually FROM my number or if they just MENTION my number, but the guy was so flustered and embarrassed that all he'd do was stumble over his own tongue trying to protest his innocence. So, what's happening? Is this a known scam? Can I do anything about it other than change my number? [more inside]
posted by katillathehun
on Apr 30, 2010 -
I'm traveling from the US to the UK next week (first time international traveler), is there a prepaid cell phone that will work both places? Will my non-chipped credit card work? [more inside]
posted by 445supermag
on Apr 29, 2010 -
This may be completely unanswerable, but can anyone remember the maximum number of voicemail messages someone with an average U.S. cellular plan could keep in their mailbox at one time... about 8-10 years ago?
posted by thinkingwoman
on Apr 22, 2010 -
My girlfriend is moving to Albuquerque this summer for at least a year. She's had her heart set on an iPhone for years, but is wondering how AT&T coverage is in the city. As this will be her only phone, it's important that her phone work well for talking (not just data).
How's AT&T's service in Albuquerque?
What provider has the best Albuquerque coverage? Her contract w/ Verizon will be up soon so she can move to any provider.
posted by jz
on Apr 19, 2010 -
I'm looking for good mobile websites that are mainly text and update often, with individual content brief enough that I can finish reading by the time the bus comes.
Despite what it might imply, texts from last night
perfectly encapsulates what I want. I just want more of it. And maybe for it to be informative on top of entertaining. Just something internet-y that I can browse for 3-5 minutes at a time.
posted by ictow
on Apr 9, 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 -
I'm looking for a particular video clip of a CGI animation of a biochemical process. [more inside]
posted by darkstar
on Mar 24, 2010 -
I would like to create a 'text of the day' type mobile phone service. A service where the user sends a word to a cell #. They are then billed monthly for the service via their mobile phone bill. You see this kind of thing on TV all the time. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
posted by JohnGL
on Mar 10, 2010 -
Are the free UK pay-as-you-go SIM cards that are offered on UK telcos' web sites also available from retail shopfronts, or only via the post (to UK addresses)? [more inside]
posted by jedro
on Mar 3, 2010 -
I'm moving overseas for an indefinite amount of time and want to be contactable from various countries. Can I maintain local phone numbers which redirect voice calls and text messages to my iPhone, wherever I am? [more inside]
posted by m1ndsurfer
on Feb 18, 2010 -
What's the going rate and terms for leasing your land for a cell tower site and is there any ability to negotiate? [more inside]
posted by webelieve2.0
on Feb 7, 2010 -
Picking a better Canadian mobile provider is driving me out of my wits. Please halp? [more inside]
posted by Devika
on Jan 21, 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 you point me to examples of innovative programs using cell phones in poor countries? [more inside]
posted by serazin
on Jan 15, 2010 -
Don't need much from a cell/smart phone, and trying to save $$
In NYC area, I need a simple phone for calls and some texting. MAC friendly. Would like internet access if affordable, but how much are you paying for it/how do they charge??
Unlocked smartphone w/ prepaid?
Or just a good, solid cell?
posted by ebesan
on Jan 12, 2010 -
What's the best option for prepaid cell minutes in the USA (Philadelphia) if I already own an unlocked GSM phone? [more inside]
posted by 256
on Jan 11, 2010 -
I am going on a trip to Vietnam for three weeks this month and am wondering: what my best bet is in terms of carrier and coverage for a prepaid SIM for my unlocked iPhone 3G? [more inside]
posted by jesseendahl
on Jan 1, 2010 -
I suspect my employer has installed a cell phone jamming device . How do I find it if they have? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 18, 2009 -
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'd like your input on choosing a smartphone. The biggest priority is access to my email and calendar on Groupwise. I strongly prefer a physical keyboard, also. [more inside]
posted by puritycontrol
on Dec 3, 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 -
My mom was diagnosed with Small-Cell Lung Cancer about a month ago. Her prognosis is not so good... her doctor is estimating one to two years with chemo. Last night, my mom and siblings got together to discuss her wishes, wills, money, etc. Unfortunately, there are still issues that were left unresolved. In fact, I feel like we left with more questions than answers. [more inside]
posted by Swede78
on Nov 30, 2009 -
I will be living in Mumbai for 11 weeks next summer. I have an unlocked iPhone 3G. What is my best bet in terms of carrier and plan for the cheapest and most reliable data access? I plan to do local calls over the cell phone voice network and international calls via Skype on the iPhone.
Thanks in advance!
posted by jesseendahl
on Nov 17, 2009 -
Just finally got my Google Voice account!
I have been using Skype for a long time, and now with google voice I am finally ready to get rid of the cell phone all together. BUT
, can anyone recommend a good piece of hardware, (The iPod Touch comes to mind) that I can use "like" a cell phone, with minimal tweaking, where wifi is available. A netbook would work, but a little big, can you hook up a mic to any Palm or anything? Thanks everyone.
posted by Benzle
on Oct 20, 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 -
Looking for a cheap pay-as-you-go or pre-paid plan, to use until the end of December. I have a Motrola Razr (v3r, or something like it, as I recall), which I used to use with T-Mobile, although I'm not opposed to buying a cheap phone for the interim (although it'd have to very cheap). What are my options? [more inside]
posted by Busoni
on Oct 2, 2009 -
How long of an SMS message can I send, if my phone is on Fido, and the recipient is on Bell? 140 characters? 160? [more inside]
posted by ImaginaryFriend
on Oct 1, 2009 -
I'm thinking about buying the Sonim XP3
. Does anyone here own one or know someone that does? Asking primarily because I'll have to order it online; the only store carrying it is on back order and I can't futz with it before buying. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob
on Sep 17, 2009 -
So we now have 2 non-functioning Iphone 3Gs, both not working because of charging issues. What can we do with them? [more inside]
posted by dealing away
on Sep 7, 2009 -
If someone calls my mobile, and instead of pressing a button to answer it I press the one that mutes/silence/stop their call (such as if it's vibrating or ringing, and I can't or don't want to answer it)... do they know that I've deliberately muted/silenced their call or will it keep on ringing along merrily for them until voicemail voice kicks in?
posted by Jimmie
on Aug 31, 2009 -
Excel: How can I decide which cell to apply to a formula, based on the runtime contents of another cell? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie
on Aug 30, 2009 -
Is there a good, free and reliable email-SMS client that allows two way communication via SMS? [more inside]
posted by spacefire
on Aug 29, 2009 -
I'm about to start work in an electronics shop (mobile phones, hifis, computers etc) and would love some tips. [more inside]
posted by dance
on Aug 21, 2009 -
My new apartment's buzzer works by dialing a phone number. My girlfriend and I both live in the apartment. We each have cell phones, no land line, and the buzzer will only accept one number. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul
on Aug 11, 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 -
Please hope me! The Tracfone I just bought to replace a broken AT&T phone will only allow emergency calls. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth
on Aug 8, 2009 -