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What's up with my phone?

Using my iPhone 5S on Ting, I seem to have some data usage every day. This occurs even on days when my phone never leaves the house, where we have good wifi coverage. (The "wifi assist" that snuck in with the new ios was disabled long ago.) It's never very much data - usually around .02 megabytes - so it isn't impacting my bill, but the fact that it occurs at all is puzzling and I'd love to understand why. Can anyone help?
posted by DrGail on Nov 23, 2015 - 7 answers

Let a creepy stranger use my mobile phone, now worried I've been scammed

Last night I let a stranger use my mobile phone to make a call. The whole interaction gave me a weird vibe. Could I be at risk of being the victim of a scam of some sort? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2015 - 10 answers

Bulk SMS in Europe using cellphone + osx

I've been looking at bulk SMS solutions for our organisation and thought I'd check with the hive. I'm using clickatell.com at the moment but it's rather bulky, so have this idea about using a flat fee mobile phone account. Let's hear what you think… [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Oct 16, 2015 - 10 answers

Using a Canadian Moto G in the UK -- poor data speeds

Hallo. I just arrived in London today for a conference and I'm very tired. I brought my Moto G (1st gen, I think -- not LTE) from Canada, and bought a pay-as-you-go SIM card from EE. Phone and text work fine, but data speeds are miserable -- 0.15 download/upload. It's only connecting on the EDGE network, and I can't get it to use HSPDA. Am I screwed re: data speed? The people at the EE store weren't very helpful; they variably said the speed would improve in a few hours, or that it wouldn't improve at all because it's a Canadian phone. [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Oct 14, 2015 - 10 answers

What's next for a retired smartphone?

We had an "old" smartphone so my husband gave it to my son. He's only 8 but he is going to use it to text my husband since my husband travels a lot. It also has a camera he can use... What other cool things can a you do with a old smartphone? Good apps to download? (This one happens to be a Galaxy nexus)
posted by ReluctantViking on Sep 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Lost in translation

Why are texts to an email address being diverted? [more inside]
posted by Red Loop on Sep 26, 2015 - 8 answers

Cell Phone Options for a trip to South Korea.

In October, I will be taking my first ever trip out of the United States, traveling to Incheon, South Korea. I have an unlocked Google/Motorola Nexus 6 activated on Verizon. What are my best options for keeping in touch with my family back home when I am over there? Can I just buy a SIM when I get there? [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Sep 21, 2015 - 1 answer

Help us choose an iPhone 6s model

My wife is interested in buying an off-contract new iphone and switching to MVNO service but I have questions about compatibility of the two different models. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by ghharr on Sep 17, 2015 - 5 answers

Best inexpensive smartphone/plan these days?

What is the best smartphone/plan combination right now, given a budget of $250 max for the phone and $45/month max per month for the plan? [more inside]
posted by matcha action on Sep 10, 2015 - 22 answers

What phone and plan do I want?

The iPhone (2010-2015, RIP) in my pocket has finally perished and I have to look for a replacement. I am in southern Ontario and have been dealing with Fido mostly problem-free for fifteen years, but I am open to other suggestions. I am all over Canada frequently for work so coverage, it is a thing. Data is less important - my current plan has the lowest possible amount and I think I have exceeded the cap two or three times in five years. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Sep 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Smart phone needed ASAP; home has poor cell coverage.

I'm a couple of months away from the end of my 2 year Verizon contract, and my LG L2G2 may have finally croaked a day after its battery was replaced. I'm headed to the hospital for surgery in 36 hours, so no time to research options re: decent, reliable phone and possible carrier switch. Hoping you all can help with cell recommendations and reception improvement hacks. (I live in California, and wonder whether our state Public Utilities Commission ADA guidelines would mandate carrier to provide free signal booster/whatever due to disability.) (details inside) [more inside]
posted by LeftMyHeartInSanFrancisco on Jul 12, 2015 - 14 answers

My Wind cell phone does not work in the US!

I am travelling from Canada to the US for 11 days, and discovered that my Wind Mobile phone has no reception here -- as in, zero bars. Help me figure out what to do! [more inside]
posted by tickingclock on Jul 5, 2015 - 18 answers

Monochrome phone with text messages sorted by person?

Does there exist a monochrome phone (one whose display gets clearer the brighter the sun gets) which can/does organize texts by person and/or conversation? I'd also be hoping for that other standard feature of monochrome phones, which is a couple of weeks between recharges.
posted by clawsoon on Jun 25, 2015 - 11 answers

How can I avoid paying $200 for a dumbphone?

My husband recently irreparably damaged his cheap Verizon phone and wants to get a new dumbphone to use on a Verizon contract. We don't have any upgrades available. Verizon is asking for ~$200(!!!), even though prepaid phones of the same type only cost $25. Is there any way we can avoid paying this extortionate amount? [more inside]
posted by peacheater on Jun 11, 2015 - 15 answers

GoogleFi - yea or nea?

I received my GoogleFi invite this morning, but now I'm confused about whether I should take the plunge. Does anyone have any experience with this yet? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Jun 11, 2015 - 10 answers

How do I find out if my iPhone 5s is unlocked? (Carrier won't tell me!)

I have an iPhone 5s and service through Virgin Mobile USA. I bought the phone outright and have a $35 per month plan. No contract. I pay them, they give me service. Except now I'm in Canada for 5 weeks and they don't have coverage here. So it seems like the most straightforward thing for me to do is swap out the SIM card for one I buy here. But that will only work if the phone is unlocked. So I email Virgin Mobile USA, give them all the relevant info and ask them, "Is my phone unlocked?" They reply, "Virgin Mobile USA does not support international roaming, which means that we do not provide service while you are located in another country. If you travel outside of our coverage area, your phone will not have service." This is, of course, already known to me and exactly why I need to know if my phone is unlocked. This is the only answer I can get from them. So I'm turning to The Green: how can I find out if my phone is unlocked if Virgin Mobile USA won't tell me?
posted by Wisco72 on Jun 8, 2015 - 8 answers

Technology in the Classroom

I'm curious about bans on technology at the college level. I've read previous threads on this topic but they predate the widespread introduction of iPads and tablets. If you're a student or instructor are there particular types of classes that ban electronics or is it more or less random based on the instructor? For "no laptop" classes are tablets allowed? [more inside]
posted by Jeff Howard on May 26, 2015 - 14 answers

Phone in Guatemala?

I'm going to Guatamala for a few weeks, in two weeks! I'll be at language school in Xela. For various reasons, I'd very much like to have a cell phone with podcast-playing capability while I'm there; I also use a meditation podcast when I fly and would very much like to have that available to me while I'm getting there and leaving. How should I go about making this happen? I currently have an iPhone with Verizon within the US, would be fine getting something new for the few weeks I'm there. Money is not limitless, but this is a pretty big deal for me so I can be flexible.
posted by c'mon sea legs on May 13, 2015 - 7 answers

DIY cell repeater/booster, or recommended forums/vendors.

I need a repeater, and tend to not trust integrated units. I'm perfectly comfy with soldering and assembling an über-repeater by sourcing the various parts ala a handbuilt PC. I just don't know what to buy! [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke on May 6, 2015 - 3 answers

Where to buy reputable cellphone replacement parts?

I broke the screen on my cellphone (nexus 5/ LG D820) and need to purchase a replacement screen for it. Reviews on most sites that sell replacement cellphone parts complain about non-oem/shoddy/fake replacement parts. Are there any good sites to order high quality cellphone parts from?
posted by TheAdamist on May 3, 2015 - 3 answers

Smartphone in Japan for 1 Year

I'm getting assigned to work at the parent company near Tokyo for a year. Yay!!! They won't be providing a mobile phone. Boo!! What's the best way to have a smartphone in Japan for the year? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea on May 2, 2015 - 3 answers

Tinder: "there was a problem getting your code"

Every time I try to log in to Tinder I get asked to enter my phone number for a verification code. And every single time after I enter my number I get the same error: "there was a problem getting your code. Please try again". I have looked through Google and tried various "fixes" for this problem but none have worked for me. I'm hoping the super-geniuses in the Hive Mind can help me. My phone is a QUE 5.0 running Android 4.4.2. My service is through Net10 (which uses AT&T towers).
posted by MattMangels on Apr 29, 2015 - 4 answers

Unlock my Samsung Galaxy S3

A friend of mine has given me their old Samsung Galaxy S3. Yay! It is locked and the carrier won't unlock it without forcing a fee to be paid. Boo! [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Apr 29, 2015 - 6 answers

Improving battery life for a Droid 3: energy management or rooting

I have a new-old Droid 3 (bought new, only started using it recently) and it's not holding a charge very long, even when I'm not actively doing anything with it (it can drop from 100% to 70% over night). I looked at its battery usage, and the bundled apps that I didn't want or use were using a lot of battery (YouTube was the worst, at 27%). Should I try some cellphone management apps (examples), get a new battery, root it to uninstall bundled apps I don't want or need, or root it to run a custom OS? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 12, 2015 - 8 answers

Answer-only (dumb) cell-phone for USA and Canada

I'm a US resident, looking for a cell-phone I can use both in the USA and Canada to receive phone calls. Any outgoing calls would be a case of a very serious emergency, and I don't particularly care what they cost. Minimal if any texting. No smartphone. Minimal minutes. I'm looking for a way to have a phone on which a few select people can reach me if they need to, and which will work across the widest area possible. Long standby battery life a plus. Suggestions for phone and plan appreciated. [more inside]
posted by DaveP on Apr 7, 2015 - 11 answers

Selling a phone for the first time

Due to some changes in my wireless plan I have a basically new Samsung Galaxy Five that I need to sell, which is a Verizon phone. I tried an ad on Craigslist and got 0 hits. If you've sold a phone in similar circumstances before, what do you recommend for success? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Mar 31, 2015 - 13 answers

Best/cheapest smartphone access in Israel

Traveling to Israel in May. What are my best options for using a smartphone while in-country without breaking the bank? I won't need a lot of data, but I'd like to be able to check email and consult Google Maps. I have an iPhone 6 on Verizon in case it makes sense to use that. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Mar 25, 2015 - 7 answers

What smartphone would you buy?

I'm a newbie to smart phones and want to buy the best one I can while avoiding pitfalls. I don't even know what I don't know about them, enlighten me please! [more inside]
posted by mysterious_stranger on Feb 19, 2015 - 20 answers

Smartphones for Dummies

I have resisted getting a smartphone for years, but it's time to give in. My problem is that I'm totally clueless about how to do this. What phone should I get? What provider? What kind of data plan? Please help! [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Feb 13, 2015 - 28 answers

Porting a phone number in conjunction with a change of employer

I need help figuring out the best way to make sure I don't lose my current wireless number when I change employers. [more inside]
posted by Prawn on Feb 9, 2015 - 9 answers

I want apps.

I've had a Huawei u8651s for a few months now. It won't let me download or install apps. With the unlimited data plan I have as of today, this is now vexing me. Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Feb 3, 2015 - 8 answers

Connect cell phone to car stereo through usb port

I have a car with a factory stereo which has both an aux jack and a usb input, but no bluetooth. Is there a commercially available device which would connect to an android cell phone via bluetooth and the car stereo via the usb port? My objective is to use the car stereo as the phone speaker. I do not need to stream music from the phone to the stereo. I know there are aux jack devices, but they require periodic recharging. A usb device should be able to operate indefinitely off usb 5V power
posted by grahahw on Dec 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Receiving my text messages abroad

I am rather experienced with handling my communication with my international traveling as I have been doing it for some time. However my current job relies very strongly on text messaging and I haven't come up with a bulletproof solution as to how to receive and respond to text messages seamlessly. [more inside]
posted by wile e on Nov 24, 2014 - 12 answers

What's the current state of laptops through customs returning to the US?

Going on a loooong boat trip on one of the cruise lines in a few months. What's the current deal for taking my electronics through the inspections? [Previously from 2009] [more inside]
posted by Buttons Bellbottom on Nov 20, 2014 - 10 answers

Using a Verizon or T-Mobile iPhone 6 on LTE in the UK

My google-fu has failed me, and I sheepishly turn to you. Need help trying to figure out if the non-Sprint US iPhone 6 will work on LTE in the UK. [more inside]
posted by palionex on Nov 17, 2014 - 1 answer

Will apps still be on a phone with a different SIM card?

If I give my smart phone to my spouse, and he inserts his compatible SIM card, will the apps I have on it still be there when he inserts his SIM card? [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth on Nov 16, 2014 - 8 answers

Cheapest Cell Phone Option For People Who Don't Like Cell Phones

After holding out lo, these many years, it seems I need to get a cell phone. Browsing AskMe & the internet, it seems the best, least contracty option is 7-11's Speak Out program. But maybe there's a better option of which I am not aware, and maybe you can help! [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Nov 16, 2014 - 8 answers

Need options for short-term US cell phone for travel.

I'm traveling from the UK to the US in 2 days, and need a cell phone with a US number for roughly a week. I have an unlocked GSM smartphone with dual SIM slots. Any options to get a short-term US SIM card quickly (and, ideally, cheaply!)? [more inside]
posted by still bill on Nov 16, 2014 - 8 answers

Phones, Phones, Phones

Should I and Mr. Darling get on a smart phone plan together? [more inside]
posted by tafetta, darling! on Nov 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Received Chinese-language version of phone ordered on Amazon

I recently ordered the Huawei P6 mobile phone on Amazon (UK). I received it this morning, and it is clearly the Chinese version of the phone with a UK adapter included in the packaging. Will this be a big problem? Can I return it and get a refund easily? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Oct 27, 2014 - 2 answers

Poor cell service -- newer handset likely to have any impact?

My well-worn Verizon iPhone 4 often doesn't ring for incoming calls when I'm inside my apartment. Is upgrading to a new phone likely to fix it, or do I need to change carriers? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Oct 20, 2014 - 10 answers

Good replacement for a Nexus 4

My wife's Nexus 4 has died (due to an accident) and we are looking for a replacement. The Nexus 5 would be the obvious choice but is out of stock in the Play store (and given that the Nexus 6 has been announced may not be coming back). What should she get? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm on Oct 16, 2014 - 17 answers

Wi-Fi calling Republic vs. T-mobile

I want to get a pre-paid android phone asap (for a trip), but I also want to be able to use it at home and my house is at the bottom of a hill and has no to poor coverage. I'm thinking that wi-fi calling may be a solution. [more inside]
posted by 445supermag on Oct 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me use my Samsung S4 as a phone

This is idiotic, I realize. How do I hold my Samsung S4 up to my face, for phone calls, without mashing random touch-screen buttons? Every time I use it in that way, I end up pushing things inadvertently with my cheek. I think it's very likely that I'm doing something wrong.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic on Sep 25, 2014 - 14 answers

One USB wall charger to charge them all

I am looking for a wall charger to keep here at work to plug in my devices when they're low on juice. List of devices behind the fold. [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Sep 17, 2014 - 13 answers

Is it acceptable to use a smart phone in a public talk?

I went to a talk by a well-known author yesterday in an auditorium. The lights were somewhat dimmed, but definitely not dark. The person in front of me spent about half of the talk live-tweeting bits from the talk. The lights were sufficiently dim that the (5-6") cell phone of the person in front of me was quite distracting to me, since it shined directly at me (the user actually turned the phone away from them a bit, which I wonder was due to the brightness of the screen.). However, I am somewhat more sensitive to bright light than other people. Has smart phone usage reached sufficient social acceptance to allow usage in a non-darkened auditorium? [more inside]
posted by saeculorum on Sep 10, 2014 - 33 answers

Am I going to regret buying a used iPhone 4?

My current Android phone is dying, and I've had bad luck with other Android phones. Money is real tight right now, but I'm thinking about buying this used Apple iPhone 4 for $95. Will I regret the purchase? [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Sep 5, 2014 - 26 answers

BONG! BingBingBong!

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy 5 phone repeatedly torments me with a loud series of 4-tones. When it plays from the beginning, it's something like C - ABC, where the first note is a quarter, eighth pause, then three eighth-notes (I'm no musician, so I might have the notes wrong, but that's vaguely it). [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Sep 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Problems with storage on an older Android phone

I have a Samsung I200. I like it well enough, but it doesn't have much on-board storage (4 gigs). I recently put a 16GB card into it to increase storage. However, I'm still running into problems with having enough space. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Sep 4, 2014 - 5 answers

Need to replace lost cell phone

I lost my cell phone over the weekend. I'm 8 months away from an upgrade (AT&T 2-year contract). I don't want to pay AT&T's exorbitant prices for a new phone that I'll get a good deal on in April. What are my cost-effective options in the interim? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Sep 2, 2014 - 11 answers

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