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?
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.
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]
Does anyone know when the Blackberry 9800 "Slider" will debut, particularly on the Verizon Wireless network?
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]
Palm Pre problem: people I'm talking to can't hear me but I can hear them. [more inside]
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.
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?
Any ideas when 4G cell data service will hit NY? [more inside]
[Yet another Android app question] Android music app choices look to be slim. Looking for recommendations for playback, streaming and recording apps. [more inside]
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]
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]
Best way for a Canadian to have a cell phone in the US? [more inside]
Could I transfer my iPhone from AT&T to a carrier in France if I move? [more inside]
Please help me pick out a cell from AT&T [more inside]
Boston Cell Phone Filter: Please help me with this seemingly simple cell phone decision. [more inside]
Once or twice a day, I get a call on my cell with a caller id of "Unknown". How can I get them to stop? [more inside]
I have an iPhone 3g. I jailbroke it pre-OS3 and had tons of dropped calls, so I un-jailbroke it.. I jailbroke it and once again at OS3.13, and after months of no dropped calls, no "no service" and no missed voicemails, suddently I'm getting all three once again right after jailbreaking with spirit. does jailbreak cause more dropped calls?
Is there any reason not to get a Wind Mobile voice plan, if I'm almost always in Toronto (a 'Wind Zone') and prioritize not having a contract? [more inside]
Why doesn't 911 work on my imported cell phone? [more inside]
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?
Is there a cell phone carrier in Canada who doesn't charge crazy $$ for calls to the US? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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]
How do children learn phone etiquette in a world with no landlines? [more inside]
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?
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.
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.
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]
I'm looking for a particular video clip of a CGI animation of a biochemical process. [more inside]
Commercial sized multi-cellphone charging station? [more inside]
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.
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]
Consolidating landline, Skype, and headset(s) in to one neat system? [more inside]
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]
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]
Picking a better Canadian mobile provider is driving me out of my wits. Please halp? [more inside]
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.
Can you point me to examples of innovative programs using cell phones in poor countries? [more inside]
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?
What's the best option for prepaid cell minutes in the USA (Philadelphia) if I already own an unlocked GSM phone? [more inside]
Essential or interesting Droid apps since August 2009? [more inside]
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]
I suspect my employer has installed a cell phone jamming device . How do I find it if they have? [more inside]
Pre-paid/pay-as-you-go cell phone solely for picture messaging? [more inside]
Can a phone used with AT&T as a service provider then be used with T-Mobile? What does unlocked even mean? [more inside]
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]
Please help me figure out what brand/type of cell phone to get. [more inside]