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ringtones that don't annoy

I'd like a ringtone that wouldn't make you throttle me if you heard it in a public space. [more inside]
posted by heeeraldo on Feb 20, 2006 - 68 answers

Calling a French cellphone?

I have a US Verizon Wireless cellphone. I want to call a French Cingular cellphone (somehow it can also work on T-Mobile - maybe its a roaming thing?). Country code + # isn't working. I'm very confused.
posted by devilsbrigade on Feb 19, 2006 - 11 answers

Quality (nonspammy) ringtone sites?

Does a quality, non-spammy, free (CC-licensed?) Ringtone site exist? [more inside]
posted by rschroed on Feb 14, 2006 - 11 answers

Sticking it to THE MAN

LegalFilter: What are my legal options against a company that withdrew money from my checking account without my consent? [more inside]
posted by Smarson on Feb 13, 2006 - 16 answers

Cell phones, changing carriers, number portability and other considerations

Cell phones, changing carriers, number portability and other considerations. [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar on Feb 9, 2006 - 9 answers

Can I tear out my landline yet?

Is there a wifi-enabled mobile phone out there which can connect to Skype and the like? [more inside]
posted by greytape on Feb 7, 2006 - 26 answers

Cell phone service (minutes/price)?

CellPhoneServiceFilter: My wife wants a cell phone. Whats the best deal right now regarding minutes/price? She wants to do text messaging with her friends and relatives and id say most of her friends use t-mobile. We also want to spend as little as possible.Thanks! [more inside]
posted by flipmiester99 on Jan 31, 2006 - 14 answers

cellphone funkytown

I was just setting an alarm for 08:45 on my cell phone, and as I pressed those numbers, I noticed that the tones were highly reminiscent of the opening notes to "Funkytown". Can anyone teach me to play the rest of the opening to "Funkytown" on my cell phone?
posted by jimmy on Jan 28, 2006 - 4 answers

How can I track down my ideal mobile phone?

I'm looking to upgrade my mobile phone, and I don't want to be limited to my provider's (T-Mobile's) choices. I have specific needs for the phone, in extended. I'd like to know if anyone knows of a phone that fits these requirements, or, better yet (and more useful to others), what are some good ways to track down a particular model that fits my specific needs? [more inside]
posted by blingblong on Jan 23, 2006 - 19 answers

Advice on unlocking a sony ericsson t616.

I have a Sony Ericsson T616 currently locked and branded to AT&T's network. I am a current T-mobile customer and would like to unlock the phone to use with T-mob. Are there any places in SF or Sacramento that can unlock this phone for me, or where I can purchase the cable to unlock and flash it myself? [more inside]
posted by fishfucker on Jan 16, 2006 - 7 answers

1. In what way are cellphone ringer speakers limited, 2. Subtle ringtones?

Ringtonefilter: 2 questions. 1. Why does my fancy mp3 playing cellphone's speaker choke when playing mp3s I like (inaudible or distorted, depending). 2. Anyone have any relatively calm/subtle ringtone suggestions, that are not so subtle that one doesn't hear them? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Jan 12, 2006 - 9 answers

Looking for Reqwireless's Webviewer

Looking for Reqwireless's Webviewer... [more inside]
posted by pandaharma on Jan 12, 2006 - 2 answers

Buying a cellphone online

I'm a first-time cellphone buyer and I currently live in a state other than the one where I have a driver's license. Will this affect the area code of my cellphone number? (Keep in mind that I know little or nothing about cellphones.) [more inside]
posted by Prospero on Jan 4, 2006 - 15 answers

Traditional Voice Connection Modem over CDMA digital Cellular?

Can I do a modem data connection over voice-only CDMA digital cell phone? How about other data/SMS/email hacks? [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Dec 29, 2005 - 9 answers

Cell Phone Recommendations

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 - 12 answers

Homebrew on my phone?

Can I get homebrew software for my phone? [more inside]
posted by squidlarkin on Dec 26, 2005 - 10 answers

Cell phone review site

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 - 9 answers


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. [more inside]
posted by delmoi on Dec 10, 2005 - 18 answers

Gimime a simple international cellphone dammit!

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 - 16 answers

Cell phone: off or on to make battery last?

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 - 23 answers

Re-entering cellphone infor

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 - 19 answers

how do I know if my treo 650 is unlocked

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 - 1 answer

Are there REALLY any benefits to battery power cycling?

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 - 9 answers

can you hear your cell phone signal?

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 - 14 answers

Fix my cellphone's screen scratches?

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 - 8 answers

Cingular plan to pay-as-you-go?

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 - 9 answers

Wrongfully accused of breaking someone's cell phone.

Wrongfully accused of breaking someone's cell phone. [more inside]
posted by itchie on Oct 9, 2005 - 38 answers

How to replace a phone whilst under Cingular bondage.

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 - 24 answers

What's your favorite cell phone?

What's your favorite cell phone? (Taking both form and function into consideration.) [more inside]
posted by o2b on Oct 3, 2005 - 26 answers

Pay as you go or land line?

I want to hear your experiences with pay-as-you-go phones. [more inside]
posted by Slimemonster on Sep 21, 2005 - 26 answers

Help me pick a cellphone.

Help me pick a new cell phone. [more inside]
posted by Vidiot on Sep 20, 2005 - 12 answers

Gigantic T-Mobile overage charges and billing errors, oh my!

I (unfortunately) have a mobile phone with T-Mobile service. [more inside]
posted by Emperor Yamamoto's Eggs on Sep 20, 2005 - 10 answers

I want that phone for FREE dammit!

How can I avoid having to make a deposit when getting a new cell phone? [more inside]
posted by toftflin on Sep 14, 2005 - 15 answers

Headphones and Microphone into Cell Phone?

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 - 9 answers

I'm addicted to bits.

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 - 9 answers

Help me get the cell phone company to fix my phone before I turn into Russel Crowe

Mobile phone frustration: How can I get my current phone to recognize a new network? [more inside]
posted by kyleg on Aug 25, 2005 - 3 answers

How can I stop a cellphone company from screwing me?

How do I get a cellphone company to cancel my account and credit back their charges? [more inside]
posted by Big Fat Tycoon on Aug 25, 2005 - 2 answers

Where to buy cellphones?

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 - 2 answers

Can you hear me now. Good.

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 - 21 answers

How to switch cellphones?

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 - 9 answers

Phone Home

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 - 10 answers

Sync vcalendar to phone?

How do I sync my calendar and address book to my cellphone? [more inside]
posted by darkness on Jul 6, 2005 - 7 answers

Get rid of home phone?

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 - 54 answers

Samsung SGH-E316 data transfer software?

Help me locate software to transfer images from my Samsung picture phone to my laptop. [more inside]
posted by jenovus on Jun 29, 2005 - 5 answers

What's the best cell phone for Salem, Oregon?

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 - 9 answers

Multiple accounts on one cell phone

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 - 10 answers

Parking a telephone number.

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 - 2 answers

Cell phone plans for calling Canada

Help me find a new cell phone plan... [more inside]
posted by orangskye on Jun 23, 2005 - 7 answers

Cell phones - Outstanding bill collection procedure?

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 - 10 answers

Add a wallpaper to my cellphone?

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 - 6 answers

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