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find my art via GPS

Hi mefites, I'm researching for an art project that needs a robust GPS unit they can put in a project that will be mobile around a few mile area. The GPS needs to be fairly robust in terms of ability to withstand shakes and jounces, being upside down or turned and twisted. We're not talking bouncing it like a basketball but rather the unit will be in a larger package moving about and being shifted around a lot. We need to be able to find the unit via GPS for a 24 hours run time. Actually, the run time needs to be at least 12 hours but using 24 hours as a way to give some leeway. When I say GPS, really it's a GPS plus the ability to signal someone where it is located. It seems to me like a cell phone would qualify for this. What are some of the options? Robust, power miser, and locatable in a 5 mile wide area. That's about it. Thanks for any tips on this.
posted by diode on Aug 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Is there a way someone could use my cellphone number with out using my phone?

Is there a way someone could use my cellphone number with out using my phone? [more inside]
posted by SheMulp AKA Plus 1 on Jul 28, 2012 - 5 answers

A Device for Every Snowflake!

I need a new cellphone/GPS setup. Did I mention that I am also the most special snowflake in the world? [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Jul 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Repeated calls from foreign telemarketer to cell. No way to stop them!

I've been receiving calls every few days for the past few months from a company trying to sell me prescription drugs from India. I've tried telling them to please stop calling, putting them on donotcall.gov, filing a complaint with the FCC, and even complaining to Washington state which seems to be where the calls are routed from domestically. None of these have worked so far...though that isn't too surprising. What does surprise me is that I'm unable to even put a block on the number because it has a 3 digit int'l prefix and Verizon's system for blocking can only handle 10 digit numbers! The number reads on 001-206-337-3269 on my phone. Pretty frustrating. Any other ideas? thanks!
posted by grammalvsu on Jul 12, 2012 - 23 answers

Avoid the Noise

How far underground would I have go to escape any man made signals?
posted by Query on Jul 2, 2012 - 18 answers

I need a reasonably-intelligent phone, not a smart phone.

Is there a phone out there with a battery life like they used to have that can still let me check facebook every now and then? [more inside]
posted by smoke on Jul 2, 2012 - 19 answers

Google Voice phone calls over wi-fi using android 2.2 cell phone.

Seriously considering buying Virgin Mobile LG Optimus V (android 2.2) phone tomorrow, would/will be my first foray into any phone even beginning to resemble smart. My main question: how difficult is this phone to set up to use Google Voice telephone number over wi-fi, calls in-bound and out. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Jul 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Smart and Thrifty?

Recommendations for an inexpensive smartphone/plan combination? My wife pays $40-50 for her dumb phone now. Would love to pay the same or not too much more, but actually be able to take pictures, text without 3 keys per character, and sync her calendar. web surfing would be nice but is optional if the calendar works. Google Calendar would presumably require a data plan; but is there a windows/outlook calendar that would not? She has Outlook at work.)
posted by msalt on Jun 26, 2012 - 21 answers

Very slow 3G in Paris

Parisian Mefites: How do you find the quality of 3G service in your city. [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk on Jun 22, 2012 - 1 answer

Please help me overhaul my international cellphone setup

I live in the US, but I spend quite a bit of time in the UK. Please help me overhaul my (currently ridiculous) cellphone arrangement, so that I can make calls cheaply, and be called by other people cheaply for them, in/from/to both places, preferably with email access too. [more inside]
posted by oliverburkeman on Jun 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Should I stick with Blackberry

What Verizon cell phone meets these requirements [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Jun 19, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me pick out a tmobile phone.

Help me pick out a tmobile phone. [more inside]
posted by markblasco on Jun 13, 2012 - 14 answers

Handy und Internet

Moving to Berlin from San Francisco in October, and I'd like some advice for finding both a cell phone plan and a broadband service for my apartment. [more inside]
posted by Yiggs on Jun 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Modern mobile etiquette

Please explain to me as though I have lived under a rock: What are the modern norms among urban folk in the US regarding mobile telephones? SMS? Internet-capable phones and "apps"? When is it appropriate to take a call? To place a call? What do people do with their telephones that really pisses you off? When, if ever, has someone made your life easier by appropriate use of a telephone? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Jun 8, 2012 - 21 answers

Gift for a DC cab driver?

I left my dead-battery smartphone in a cab to Dulles. I rudely took the driver's card on the way out even though I didn't want to. I phoned the driver an hour later, and he actually said he'd return it to me, but I didn't have high hopes. [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly on Jun 6, 2012 - 29 answers

Best cell phone and plan in Edmonton?

I'm buying my first cell phone and would like input sorting out the best phone and plan in Edmonton. [more inside]
posted by narcissus_and_ambrosia on Jun 4, 2012 - 4 answers

cellphones are proof we live in the future

What cellphone and service should I choose for an upcoming 6-week vacation to Australia? [more inside]
posted by jepler on Jun 1, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I bring my own iPhone to a US carrier?

I have a legally unlocked GSM iPhone 4 from Europe and will be moving back to the states soon for the foreseeable future. Since I don't need to trade the next year or two of my life for a hardware subsidy and am not bound to any company already, what is my best carrier choice for a data plan with modest talk use? Does having my own phone free and clear give me any extra options I wouldn't have otherwise? [more inside]
posted by Schismatic on May 31, 2012 - 21 answers

What are the options for a simple CDMA phone?

My wife wants a new cellphone but her needs are out-of-step with the market. She's looking for something very simple but the hard part is that we're on Verizon so it needs to be CDMA. Are there options? [more inside]
posted by camcgee on May 28, 2012 - 9 answers

Is t-mobile coverage adequate in the northeast

What is t-mobile coverage like in the northeast? [more inside]
posted by madajb on May 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Cellphone options for senior travelers in London

The recently-retired senior generation of my family is traveling from US to London in October. They are arriving separately and splitting up for a couple of different side trips, and want to be able to stay in touch by cell phone. What are the easiest, cheapest options for cell phones that they can purchase ahead of time? [more inside]
posted by kimdog on May 23, 2012 - 6 answers

Help a Dumb Daddy Out, Please

Help me unlock a locked phone without the code! [more inside]
posted by joelhunt on May 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Sudden influx of calls to mobile phone

My mobile phone is suddenly getting lots (more than 30 in the last 18 hours) of phone calls from "unknown" numbers and numbers with strange area codes. No voicemails are left. In many cases, the leading three digits don't appear to be area codes used in North America (examples include 375, 736, and 486), so these could be calls from outside the U.S. and Canda. What's going on? What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Area Man on May 17, 2012 - 11 answers

Please enter a phone number for the verification code to be sent to you (NOT)

Is it safe or desireable to give a mobile phone number, to a website for verification? [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey on May 16, 2012 - 8 answers

USA-based phone solutions for non-residents?

Non-American who occasionally travels to America wants a Southern California phone number (Los Angeles area) that has data and that my friends can text to. My phone works on all USA carriers. What's the cheapest permanent solution? A web-based (or other non-cell) solution is also welcome as long as people can text to the number. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on May 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Any port in a cell phone storm?

Currently, I have a Virgin Mobile PAYG smartphone. I'd like to get a phone on my family's Sprint plan instead (for the same monthly price as Virgin, I can get unlimited whatever). However, Sprint says they can't port my phone number because Virgin is a reseller of theirs. I've heard that you can port your number to Google Voice for a small fee, and then have Sprint port the number to a Sprint phone, but this advice was found on a forum somewhere and no one backed up the claim that it actually worked. Would it work? Have you done this? I'd really like to keep my phone number, and before I risk losing it, I'd like to know. Thanks.
posted by bluefly on May 7, 2012 - 6 answers

Spooky cellphone interference

Walking down the street on a cellphone, my reception cuts out and I hear a different voice through the earpiece, very briefly, say something like "... three months..." It sounds like an advertisement. The person on the other end heard nothing, and the call wasn't dropped. What the heck happened? [more inside]
posted by BungaDunga on Apr 30, 2012 - 6 answers

The Mighty Avengers vs the Modern World

Will there be a place in the lobby to check cell phones at tomorrow's preview screening of The Avengers at the AMC Empire 25 in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Devoidoid on Apr 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Android stream and calls

I've had a fantasy about my computer acting as a wireless answering system that I can voice control to answer calls via Skype while listening to streaming music. It's suddenly occurred to me that my smart phone can already do this, or is darn close to it. Is that true, and how could I pull it off? [more inside]
posted by diode on Apr 28, 2012 - 2 answers

SIM /Data while travelling in Italy

Staying in Italy for 3 1/2 months from June to October 2012. The Flashdrake and I need SIM cards for our mobile/cell phones while we are there. I must have data access as well, at least 1GB a month. The TelCo industry changes so rapidly however, that I hoped that MeFites might help with current options. In the past we have had not problem with SIM cards overseas, particularly finding the Lebara plans great in Europe as they permitted us to call each other for free. [more inside]
posted by Flashduck on Apr 28, 2012 - 4 answers

Which cell phone should I choose?

I'm switching my cell phone service from Bell to Koodo. I'd like a smartphone but I've never had one before. Which phone should I get? [more inside]
posted by kyla on Apr 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Anonymous SMS to Twitter

I want to create a number to send text messages (SMS) which will then post all the messages onto a Twitter feed... [more inside]
posted by iamck on Apr 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Batteries for my phone

How risky (or not) is it to buy non OEM batteries off of ebay from china for my cellphone? [more inside]
posted by skjønn on Apr 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Droid 4 Camera Quality & Third-Party Apps

Upgrading my phone: I'm debating a Droid 4, but I'm a bit nervous about the mediocre reviews of the camera. Will a third-party camera app improve the photo quality? [more inside]
posted by soleiluna on Apr 5, 2012 - 12 answers

phantom cell phone charges! how? why?

i have a boost mobile feature phone. i'm on a pay as you go plan. the phone has been off for several days, yet i continue to see data charges. whats going on? [more inside]
posted by sammich on Apr 4, 2012 - 3 answers

two cell #'s, one person

I have a new smart phone on Virgin Mobile. I could have ported to Google Voice initially, using a number on GV I already had, but chose not to. I'm now getting calls from the cell's # and my GV #. Should I port over to GV completely and have just one number? [more inside]
posted by diode on Mar 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Can a man with a very unremarkable sense of style get away with having a (not-too hot) pink mobile?

Can I, a man whose clothes comes from Marks & Spencer (US: think JC Penney), get away with having a pink mobile phone? [more inside]
posted by ambrosen on Mar 15, 2012 - 57 answers

Sacramento Friends: What are your experiences with Page Plus, Virgin Mobile, and StraightTalk?

Sacramento, CA Filter: What are your experiences with Page Plus, Virgin Mobile, and StraightTalk? Leaning toward Page Plus for their coverage map and price point. [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Mar 11, 2012 - 10 answers

What is the best phone for an active, mobile senior?

What is the best phone for an active, mobile senior? My mom is 75 and is on the phone all the time when she is at home. What would be the best cell phone for her so that she can keep in touch with people when she's on the go? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm on Mar 10, 2012 - 18 answers

Cellphone case to reduce EMF radiation exposure

Blocking cellphone radiation with a special case? [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Feb 13, 2012 - 9 answers

ringtones that don't annoy, 2012 edition

I'm searching for a lowkey unobtrusive but interesting ringtone that won't draw looks of ire from those around me. I know this has been covered on ask.mefi before (in 2006), and, indeed, I ended up with one of those ringtones on a long ago now dead phone. But six years later, most of those links are dead, and we've moved from RAZRs to iPhones and Androids. So what's the latest and greatest in non-annoying ringy-dingys for our phones? [more inside]
posted by redbeard on Feb 5, 2012 - 35 answers

DTMF, eh?

What can I do to make things go smoothly when I quit Sprint for another mobile provider in a few months? [more inside]
posted by jepler on Feb 2, 2012 - 6 answers

lost iphone, how to buy unlocked?

Wife lost here Verizon Iphone 4, can we buy a cheaper refurb, unlocked 3gs and get it going w/Verizon, and how? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise on Feb 1, 2012 - 12 answers

How much could go wrong by letting some random guy try to unlock my AT&T iphone for use with Tmobile?

Could I potentially ruin my Iphone (which I love) if I take it to some guy suggested by T-Mobile to get it unlocked because AT&T won't give me the unlock code. [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Jan 27, 2012 - 17 answers

Help me with a cracked HTC Thunderbolt screen

I done did it, I cracked my HTC Thunderbolt's screen. Help me understand my options. Lots of questions interspersed in the details; any answers appreciated. [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Jan 23, 2012 - 7 answers

What to do with a (slightly) scratched screen?

What do you do about very small scratches in a glass cellphone screen other than replacing the screen? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 on Jan 22, 2012 - 2 answers

How do I find a landline on short notice?

Where might I go to gain the use of a landline for an hour or so during normal business hours? [more inside]
posted by indubitable on Jan 19, 2012 - 9 answers

Calling the US from Europe with Google: free for everyone?

If I use Google Voice from Europe to call someone in the US, does the other person get charged for a long-distance call? Or does the number appear as a US number?
posted by Busoni on Jan 19, 2012 - 5 answers

What newer T-mobile phone should I get?

I am on Tmobile and need a new 4G cell phone. What are the great new 4g T-Mobile phones that have come out recently or are coming out in the next week? [more inside]
posted by icy on Jan 15, 2012 - 6 answers

THRIVE and AVAIL , AVAIL and THRIVE

Has anyone tried using both the AT&T LG Thrive and the AT&T ZTE Avail, and can you recommend one over the other? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Jan 12, 2012 - 3 answers

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