CellPhoneFilter: I would like to get a PDA style phone that is able to function as a phone well while also giving me good access to web-features (email, txt, browser, even potentially messenger). Bluetooth would be required if the phone isn't easy to use held up to my face. Any carrier is cool. Does anyone have a glowing recomendation or a warning against certain devices? [more inside]
posted by aburd
on Dec 28, 2005 -
Is there a cell phone equivalent to dpreview
? There seems to be plenty of user reviews and sites more interested in selling you phones, but I would like a more unbiased opinion with some actual testing/benchmarks/results.
posted by corpse
on Dec 15, 2005 -
I'd like to get a friend of mine a new Cellphone for Christmas, since the one she has no longer works properly. Is it possible to buy her a phone such that she could just swap her old phone out with the new one, keeping the same account?
She has some sort of contract-free account with Cingular under the AT&T wireless brand (more on that inside), and I don't think that her phone uses a SIM card.
posted by delmoi
on Dec 10, 2005 -
Wanted: Phone for T-Mobile.
Must be GSM triband (for international roaming), have Bluetooth, long battery life, unlockable and * Simple Quick operation * [more inside]
posted by lalochezia
on Dec 6, 2005 -
I'm sure somebody else who's travelling over Thanksgiving could also benefit from this knowledge. I brought my cell phone with me on my five-day trip to my parents' place, but of course
I forgot the charger. The question I ask is: 'tis nobler to leave the phone on continuously and hope the battery pulls through, or is it a better idea to turn the phone off every night and turn it on only at the point in the day when I plan to use it? Does powering off and on drain more battery power than idling / the cell phone equivalent of "sleep"? FWIW, I have a relatively new Nokia 6682, and the battery is currently showing a full charge but I suspect it's lying, as I think it's been at least 24 hours since I charged it (that said, this battery's done five days unplugged before).
posted by logovisual
on Nov 23, 2005 -
When getting a new cell of the same brand (Nokia) and not switching companies, why do I have to re-enter all my phone numbers and settings? Isn't there an automatic way to copy all this stuff to my new phone?
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Nov 21, 2005 -
I own a treo 650, how do I find out if it's unlocked. I looked in the battery compartment and could not find a sim card. Does this mean anything? My carrier is Cingular and I somehow do not have a contract and my rates are competitive. The reason I am asking is an upgrade is available for the phone and I want to know which one to install.
posted by aisleofview
on Nov 21, 2005 -
Battery power cycling - it's offered as advice for poor battery life on pretty much anything, from cell phones to laptops. Heck, T-Mobile told me to do it today after I switched phones and the same battery dropped from 50 hours of standby time to 9 hours. However, I've only ever cycled one thing - a laptop battery - and that dropped its capacity from 4 hours to 30 minutes.
Because of that I'm a bit wary, so my question is, what's the logic behind power cycling a battery, and has anyone actually seen any benefits from it?
posted by philulrich
on Nov 11, 2005 -
some speakers, ive noticed, "chirp" when around cell phones. Car speakers, my old clock radio, and some large speakers in a lecture hall at my school all audibly click and buzz right before a cell phone begins to ring. Is anyone familiar with this phenomenon, and why would a speaker and cell phone signal interfere?
posted by Kifer85
on Nov 3, 2005 -
Apparently the fabric in my pants pockets was enough to scuff and scratch the living hell out of the screen on my cellphone (a Nokia 6682). This implies to me that the plastic is very, very soft. Is it safe to try using Brasso on it to try to rub it clear again? If so, what kind of cloth would you recommend? Does anybody know any alternatives? It's the kind of scuffing that renders at least half of the screen fuzzy, and the phone's less than three months old, so this really needs to be fixed...
posted by logovisual
on Nov 2, 2005 -
I have a Nokia cell phone with Cingular service. My two-year contract is up, thank goodness, and I'd like to switch from Cingular's cheapest monthly plan (which has more minutes than I can use) to a pay-as-you-go card. What I want to know is, can I do that while keeping my old cell phone and number? And if so, how?
posted by miriam
on Nov 2, 2005 -
So my wife and I made the stupid decision last year to sign one of Cingular's 2-year contracts for 2 free phones and their Family Plan. Problem is, the phones suck, and we can't upgrade until the contract is up. [more inside]
posted by swift
on Oct 3, 2005 -
What's your favorite cell phone? (Taking both form and function into consideration.) [more inside]
posted by o2b
on Oct 3, 2005 -
I want to make a box with parts from RadioShack that will allow me to plug a microphone and headphones into my cellphone handsfree jack. [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds
on Aug 28, 2005 -
WirelessGeekFilter: I need a new phone/carrier. I'm thinking that I'd like to have mobile internet, and have done my research. Unfortunately, my research implies some unfortunate tradeoffs. See, I want cheap voice and cheap internet. Help me find the optimal hack. [more inside]
posted by Netzapper
on Aug 26, 2005 -
Mobile phone frustration: How can I get my current phone to recognize a new network? [more inside]
posted by kyleg
on Aug 25, 2005 -
Buying a new cell phone: I'm in the market for new cell phones and a shared plan, and I've noticed that most of the internet sellers are run by a company called Inphonic
. Does anyone have experience ordering through an Inphonic-powered seller? Does anyone have alternative suggestions that worked well for them?
posted by monju_bosatsu
on Aug 13, 2005 -
CellPhoneFilter: I have the increasingly common dilemma of having two cellphones. Does a two-line cell phone exist? [more inside]
posted by pencroft
on Aug 5, 2005 -
I'm trying to switch my cell phone from the LG VX4400B to a Motorola V60, both of which are branded by Verizon, my carrier. How do I go about doing this? [more inside]
posted by daviss
on Jul 23, 2005 -
Call to/from EuropeFilter. I'll be traveling quite a bit in the near future and need a way to call the US of A. [more inside]
posted by pencroft
on Jul 9, 2005 -
Thinking about getting rid of land line and going strictly with cell. Don't spend much time on the phone, land or cell. Anyone out there got a good reason not to switch? (internet connection is cable) Any feedback appreciated.
posted by lois1950
on Jul 4, 2005 -
Help me locate software to transfer images from my Samsung picture phone to my laptop. [more inside]
posted by jenovus
on Jun 29, 2005 -
A question for a friend: "What can you tell me regarding cell phone coverage in Salem, Oregon? Specifically, I'm looking for recommendations as to which company has the best coverage in the area. (I'll be moving to a new house a few miles south of town, toward Independence.) I don't want to get a new phone and then never use it because the coverage sucks. The three companies I'm thinking about are Cingular, Verizon, and T-Mobile." We realize this is a long-shot, but it cannot hurt to ask.
posted by jdroth
on Jun 29, 2005 -
Is there a way to have two cell phone accounts on one phone? To make things more complicated, I'm talking specifically about combining a Nextel account and a Cingular account -- which I believe operate on seperate protocols. Is there hardware that supports this? I'd want to be able to have both accounts active at the same time, and if I were on a call using one, and received a call on the other, the other would get pushed to voicemail.
posted by jruckman
on Jun 28, 2005 -
I need a quick and preferably cheap method to park a wireless phone number I don't want to lose. [more inside]
posted by britain
on Jun 23, 2005 -
Does anyone know if there is a rule, strategy, or timeline that phone companies follow in pursuing outstanding bills from customers? Normally I could care less about such things, but recent dealings with my provider (Cingular) leave me rather puzzled.. [more inside]
posted by p3t3
on Jun 10, 2005 -
I have a LG F9100 cellphone and use Cingular for my service provider. I'd like to add some wallpapers from sources outside the Cingular website (i.e. DeviantArt). How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by Dallasfilm
on Jun 2, 2005 -
What song is Rusty's ringtone in "Ocean's 12"? It's silly, I know, but it's driving me craaaaaazy!
posted by joshuaconner
on May 8, 2005 -
I'd like to get a new Motorola Razr. But I have questions regarding my existing account, unlocked phones, etc. [more inside]
posted by o2b
on Apr 19, 2005 -
I am looking to upgrade my cellphone (using Verizon) to one that works better with standard (non Bluetooth) headsets. Specifically, all I require is that the phone can both answer and dial (using voice) by pushing the button that is on the cord of my headset. I typically keep my phone in my pocket, so don't want to mess around with the phone itself while I'm commuting.
After spending an hour with the Verizon stooge in his Circuit City booth without success, I thought that this would be a much more efficient place to find my answer. The phones that I saw seemed to answer incoming calls by pushing the button just fine, but they didn't seem to be able to make outgoing calls in the same way.
posted by jimmereeno
on Apr 14, 2005 -
Even at maximum phone volume, the output from the handsfree set that Nokia sells with the 6620 cellphone is too quiet for me. There's no volume control on the handsfree set. Does anybody make one that will let me turn up the volume? [more inside]
posted by bac
on Apr 11, 2005 -
Planless cell phone coverage: I am going to be travelling to the Eastern Shore of Maryland (specifically, Kent County) in a couple of weeks and would like to get a cheap disposable cell phone just for the trip. [more inside]
posted by 445supermag
on Apr 8, 2005 -
I'm looking into getting a Blackberry to have access to support requests via email when I'm away from my computer. However, I'm also going to be outside the US for four months this year, attending school, and I'd like to take it with me. Does anyone travel globally while using their Blackberry, and how is the coverage? This will be email only, I don't need the phone capabilities. [more inside]
posted by annathea
on Apr 7, 2005 -
Does anyone know of software that will forward my cell phone's incoming Caller ID info to my Windows desktop? [more inside]
posted by idontlikewords
on Mar 10, 2005 -
I want to have my Panasonic ReplayTV ShowStopper (PV-HS2000
) make its nightly outgoing calls to download the showtimes via my cell phone so that I can dump my landline. I have a Nokia 3650 and am using ATTWS/Cingular. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by pwb503
on Mar 5, 2005 -
What sites or companies does anyone trust in regards to sending / downloading games to mobile devices? [more inside]
posted by Lizc
on Mar 3, 2005 -
My parents want to convert from landline to cellphones. They are 84 and 76 years old, and their top priority when choosing a phone are buttons that are big enough for them and a display that is large enough to see (large print screens?). Other features are not important to them. What cellphones should they get?
posted by neuroshred
on Feb 27, 2005 -
Is there a current-gen cell phone that offers internal recording of conversations held on the phone, which can be activated and deactivated by the phone's owner mid conversation? I need to be highly available to conduct interviews over the next month and this would change 'impossible' to 'possible.' It would also sell me my first cell phone.
posted by mwhybark
on Feb 26, 2005 -