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I want to go Streaking

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 - 4 answers

switch to verizon's iphone or stick with droid?

Verizon is getting iPhone this Feb. Should I switch from Droid? [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix on Jan 11, 2011 - 23 answers

Help me sort out why I'm getting mysterious text messages in the middle of the night.

Either Casper is working nights or I've got a T-Mobile issue. [more inside]
posted by WaspEnterprises on Jan 3, 2011 - 2 answers

Please help me to tell people I will not always be available to them

Please help me to politely tell people that I am not available 24/7 by phone. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Dec 22, 2010 - 62 answers

Robocall using my cell number in scam.

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 - 6 answers

How do I play mp3's from my phone to my car's aux input via bluetooth?

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 - 8 answers

New Cell Phone signal better?

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 - 8 answers

Free iPhone! Now what?

My girlfriend got a used iPhone for her birthday! Now what? [more inside]
posted by saladin on Dec 2, 2010 - 4 answers

Where are all the cell phone towers, long time passing?

Where are cell phone towers located, in NYC and the five boroughs? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic on Dec 1, 2010 - 3 answers

Ispot plus itouch for a phone?

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 - 3 answers

From whom should I buy a SIM card for an unlocked cell phone?

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 - 13 answers

What gives with this weird cell phone behavior?

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 - 24 answers

Is my iPhone screwed or just me?

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 - 5 answers

How to replace my landline for 4 cell users?

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 - 8 answers

How to call the U.S. from Mexico while on vacation?

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 - 10 answers

Porting a cell phone number to a land line phone?

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 - 6 answers

To Fridge My Cell Phone Battery Or Not?

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 - 5 answers

Cell Phone/Provider Recommendation

Complex cell phone recommendation question... [more inside]
posted by saladin on Sep 28, 2010 - 10 answers

How do I twitter on a short trip to Japan

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 - 1 answer

T-Mobile prepaid phone science please

Suggestions for a T-Mo prepaid phone model? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Sep 16, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me pick a phone.

Please help me pick a mobile phone/carrier in the US. [more inside]
posted by and hey Charlie on Aug 31, 2010 - 11 answers

Choosing an unlocked GSM phone

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 - 7 answers

Do they not make them like they used to?

Is it possible to replace the battery in a cell phone or do I have to buy a whole new phone? [more inside]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! on Aug 25, 2010 - 14 answers

Do cell phone signal repeaters actually work?

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 - 15 answers

cell phone insurance under home owner insurance?

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 - 17 answers

No Signal

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 - 2 answers

Anyone have any intell on this new Blackberry's debut?

Does anyone know when the Blackberry 9800 "Slider" will debut, particularly on the Verizon Wireless network?
posted by tdalton on Jul 20, 2010 - 1 answer

What cell phone is the best... phone?

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 - 13 answers

Mic not working on Palm Pre.

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 - 5 answers

Credo/Sprint in Los Angeles?

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 - 7 answers

I did do school biology, but...

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 - 6 answers

4G service in NY?

Any ideas when 4G cell data service will hit NY? [more inside]
posted by AutoPilot83 on Jun 27, 2010 - 2 answers

Do Androids stream my electric beeps?

[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 - 8 answers

My T-mobile phone is still on the dark side

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 - 8 answers

how to keep cell phone number?

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 - 9 answers

ET, phone roam.

Best way for a Canadian to have a cell phone in the US? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Jun 7, 2010 - 5 answers

Could I transfer my iPhone from AT&T to a carrier in France if I move?

Could I transfer my iPhone from AT&T to a carrier in France if I move? [more inside]
posted by scazza on May 28, 2010 - 13 answers

Cell phones for simpletons

Please help me pick out a cell from AT&T [more inside]
posted by troywestfield on May 25, 2010 - 8 answers

put me out of my cell phone misery

Boston Cell Phone Filter: Please help me with this seemingly simple cell phone decision. [more inside]
posted by sully75 on May 24, 2010 - 4 answers

"Unknown" caller id calls my cell twice a day. How do I stop them?

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]
posted by Calibandage on May 21, 2010 - 12 answers

Does iPhone drop more calls after jailbreaking?

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?
posted by lrodman on May 17, 2010 - 7 answers

Will I regret getting Wind Mobile?

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]
posted by Beardman on May 13, 2010 - 8 answers

Your emergency cannot be completed as dialed...

Why doesn't 911 work on my imported cell phone? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl on May 12, 2010 - 6 answers

Driven crazy by telemarketers

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 - 12 answers

Cell plans that work in Canada AND the US?

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 - 4 answers

Am I being bugged?

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 - 6 answers

when did video recording become common on cell phones?

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 - 16 answers

Who's texting these creepy guys, and why do they think it's me?

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 - 24 answers

A prepaid with international roaming?

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 - 12 answers

Smith residence, Sally speaking!

How do children learn phone etiquette in a world with no landlines? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Apr 26, 2010 - 22 answers

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