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I'm in your phone, stealing your contacts

A friend of mine has become convinced that Facebook is using her cell phone number to steal her contacts off her cell phone. My question - given the limitations listed in the more inside, how could this happen? Could it? [more inside]
posted by routergirl on Aug 11, 2011 - 25 answers

At least the phone won't get sunburned.

Sunscreen in a Tracfone - do I need to worry? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Aug 5, 2011 - 4 answers

Cell Signal Boost Out of the Valley

The only un-awesome thing about my new apartment near Tempe, AZ is that neither I nor my roommates are receiving any signal strength on our cell phones due to the low mountains surrounding our location. We all have differerent providers (T-Mobile, Verizon, & AT&T) and not a lot of money. Please help me find a cellular signal booster that doesn't cost an arm and a leg or more than $100. I don't even know how to begin.
posted by _paegan_ on Aug 5, 2011 - 13 answers

It should be so simple, but it's not.

How can I transfer text messages from my cell phone to a computer? I can't email from the messaging window. Note: I don't have a SIM card or a memory card. [more inside]
posted by mitzyjalapeno on Jul 26, 2011 - 9 answers

can i forward sms/calls from my work phone to my home phone?

I may be getting an iPhone for work, would like to know how (or even if?) it is possible to forward SMS/calls to another (Android) phone -- but want to find out BEFORE I actually commit to taking the iPhone [more inside]
posted by knockoutking on Jul 26, 2011 - 9 answers

How changeable are SIM cards nowadays?

We were forced from Alltel to AT&T this spring, and got the freebie phone that was offered, which is, frankly, a rather crappy phone. But, this is the first phone I've ever had with a SIM card. Does that card mean I can get any phone with a SIM-card slot, insert the SIM, and - viola - it's suddenly my phone? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Jul 22, 2011 - 4 answers

iPhone in Japan?

I'll be studying abroad in Japan for a year, and I'd like to use my (unlocked) iPhone as my cell phone while I'm there. This presents two problems. What do I do with my current plan and phone number, and what plan do I get once I'm in Japan? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Jul 21, 2011 - 3 answers

So many droids, which to choose?

My husband is very interested in getting an Android phone that can do the Swype texting (I think that's any Android, actually, but I could be wrong). What is the best option for him? [more inside]
posted by litnerd on Jul 19, 2011 - 15 answers

How can I get my data off this cell phone?

Is there a way to get data off my cell phone, which does not fully boot? How? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Jul 15, 2011 - 10 answers

How did the NotW go about hacking phones?

In light of the UK cell phone hacking scandal, in broad terms, how do you go about "hacking" a phone? How did the NotW get access to others voice mail? Software?
posted by Keith Talent on Jul 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Is it me or is it Verizon?

We just switched over our cell phone accounts, got the Samsung smartphone, and are happy as clams except... [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Jul 4, 2011 - 14 answers

SIM Cards for the USA

Travelling through the East Coast of the USA, I would like to use my unlocked GSM phone (Nexus One) for data. My UK provider (T-Mobile) charges extortionate rates for this service. Can I buy a pay-as-you-go or other low cost SIM card in the USA which would give me cheap(ish) data on the road? [more inside]
posted by grahamwell on Jul 4, 2011 - 6 answers

Mystery Cell Phone Display Question

I was with a person that had an older style cell phone, I think it was an LG, but not sure. He was showing me pictures, but I was distracted with a series of around 10-12 numbers that were displayed on the screen, to the left and top of the picture area (not inside). They kept changing about once a second, each digit with no regularity. One would think that it may have been GPS coordinates but the numbers were too random and not changing in any particular sequence. What the heck was that? A tracking device? When I asked him what it was he very quickly deflected the question.
posted by ~Sushma~ on Jun 15, 2011 - 7 answers

Best prepaid cellphone service for travelling around northern europe?

I have a friend who will be travelling in Europe this summer. She'll be in Iceland for a few days, then Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and finally Stockholm. She'll be travelling with an unlocked iphone 3GS. What are her best options for prepaid cellphone service? There wouldn't happen to be a single company that could cover her for most of northern europe, would there?
posted by heathkit on Jun 12, 2011 - 6 answers

Buying a pre-paid cell phone in Delhi, India

My wife is traveling to India later this month. She'll be in the mountains, where there are few landlines, but from her experience last time there is sufficient (if spotty) cell phone service. Wikitravel says: "Fully loaded prepaid starter kits are available for around Rs. 500 or less" (plus more details). Does anyone have experience buying a pre-paid mobile phone like this in India? Can she do it at the Delhi airport? Is it a hassle, or is it worth it?
posted by Plutor on Jun 12, 2011 - 9 answers

Armband that fits Huawei Ascend & my arm...?

Is there a sport-friendly armband that will fit Huawei Ascend and my plush arm? Amazon preferred & $35 or less, if possible. [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Jun 7, 2011 - 2 answers

Need a new cell provider..

What GSM cell provider should I port my number to? [more inside]
posted by mistikle on Jun 6, 2011 - 11 answers

Best way to prepare a rooted cellphone for its new owner?

I have one of the first Android cellphones that I recently rooted using SuperOneClick so that I could install Wireless Tether. I did not install a new ROM. I now want to sell this phone and I'm wondering, if I perform a factory reset, will that "unroot" it also? I'd like to advertise the phone as being rooted and having Wireless Tether on it, but I also need to remove all the personal info stored on it. What is the best way to keep it rooted but also wipe out all my stored passwords, pictures, etc. ? If it matters, it's a Tmobile MyTouch 3G. Thanks in advance!
posted by FormerMermaid on Jun 1, 2011 - 6 answers

UKmobilephonefilter

I'm looking for recommendations for a cheapish, basic, reliable phone. I'm in the UK. [more inside]
posted by ArmyOfKittens on May 19, 2011 - 7 answers

Do London taxis take payment in towels?

I am an obsessive worrier. I've just booked short-notice tickets to spend a week with friends in London. I know where my towel is, but that's about it. Help me do this without losing my shit over the many other small things I need to figure out. [more inside]
posted by badgermushroomSNAKE on May 18, 2011 - 41 answers

What is a good, cheap T-mobile phone with a QWERTY keyboard?

What is the best T-Mobile phone that is both: relatively cheap (sub-$200) and has a good QWERTY keyboard? [more inside]
posted by ejfox on May 17, 2011 - 13 answers

Need a good solution for cell phone and internet service that I can use in Europe, the US and Martinique.

Need a good solution for cell phone and internet service that I can use in Europe, the US and Martinique. [more inside]
posted by traceymariel on May 11, 2011 - 4 answers

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Cell phone reception is crappy in my neighborhood. Might switching providers help, or should I invest in an antenna/repeater as recommended in other Askmes? [more inside]
posted by mreleganza on May 10, 2011 - 10 answers

Which phone is the phone for me?

I need to buy a cell phone and data plan that will allow me to respond to emails while I am out quickly and easily. It would also be great if I can use MSN messenger on it. And I would like to do this as cheaply as possible. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by wansac on May 8, 2011 - 7 answers

Auto Electrics for Dummies: Scooter Edition

I'm travelling on my Scooter about 1,200 kms (800 miles) over two days. Is there a way I can hitch up a 12 volt (car) or 5 volt USB charger to keep my Smartphone topped up while on the road and using power hungry apps? There is no 12v charger available, although there is adequate space under the saddle to store a work around. [more inside]
posted by Flashduck on May 8, 2011 - 10 answers

iPhone in my pocket forgets its a phone

Why does my iPhone forget it has a SIM card when I keep it in my pocket? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on May 6, 2011 - 6 answers

Smartphones for world travel

What's the state of the art in quad-band capable Android smartphones? Essentially I'm looking for alternatives with capabilities similar to the Motorola Atrix 4G. It needs to be carrier unlocked and support 850/900/1800/1900MHz GSM 2G functions and 2100MHz WCDMA. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Apr 21, 2011 - 5 answers

Help Me Dump AT&T

AT&T be gone. What are my options to have a land line at home? Can I use the phones I have? [more inside]
posted by snowjoe on Apr 21, 2011 - 11 answers

help! I bought a cellphone I can't use.

Confused about my new Samsung cell phone.. [more inside]
posted by bearette on Apr 16, 2011 - 6 answers

Best local cellphone option in France?

My family is meeting up in Paris this June to spend time together, and my parents would like to have a cellphone to use there. They don't currently use one, and know very little about how to get one. They've asked me to figure out their best option. [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger on Apr 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Need a Better iPhone Protection Solution

I want a dock-ready iPhone 4 case with a holster that will be protective but not overkill. Recommend me one? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Apr 13, 2011 - 4 answers

What to look out for when purchasing a smartphone via eBay?

What should I look out for if I want to purchase a smartphone from eBay for activation on Sprint's network? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Apr 12, 2011 - 5 answers

Should I renew my TMo contract?

I'm a customer of a certain recently purchased wireless service. My contract (and my handset) are about to expire. Help me figure out what to do next. [more inside]
posted by gnomeloaf on Apr 12, 2011 - 8 answers

adding t9 dictionaries to cellphones

Adding another language T9 dictionary to an LG GX200? [more inside]
posted by yonation on Apr 11, 2011 - 0 answers

Using US-based iPhone during trip to Korea for web, Skype, etc?

My husband and I are visiting Korea soon. Is the famous WiFi in Korea ubiquitous enough to use his iPhone 4 for web browsing and Skype? We're also renting an SKTelecom cellphone, but we'd like to use the iPhone for data-related tasks and travel apps. Is it just a matter of his iPhone jumping on any Wifi network (without incurring any roaming charges)? We're coming from the US (AT&T), and staying in Jeju and Seoul. [more inside]
posted by yeoja on Apr 10, 2011 - 7 answers

Could an EMR absorbing chip reduce the health risk of cellphones?

Assuming that the radiation from cellphones is somewhat dangerous, will a product like a chip that absorbs EMR like this one (http://www.radiguard.com.au/the-solution.html) be useful? [more inside]
posted by orangekit on Apr 5, 2011 - 26 answers

Why do web sites that send me text messages need to know my carrier?

Why do web sites that send me text messages need to know my carrier? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor on Apr 5, 2011 - 6 answers

Remixed electronics: can I make a working frankenphone out of these two broken 6820 phones?

Help me identify a mystery component from the board of one of two damaged/crippled Nokia 6820 phones and determine if it's possible for me to get one working Frankenphone out of the two. [more inside]
posted by weston on Apr 3, 2011 - 6 answers

Hear the ringtone - remember the movie?

Which movie had a cell phone ringtone that sounded like this? [more inside]
posted by anon_for_this on Mar 31, 2011 - 8 answers

Is this carrier unlock on the level?

There's a phone accessory booth in my local mall that claims that they can unlock my iPhone. Are they on the level? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR on Mar 29, 2011 - 16 answers

Help me get my text messages

How can I document/print/transfer text messages from a Straighttalk LG220C phone? [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ on Mar 27, 2011 - 5 answers

Crash course in U.S. cell phone deals for a Brit who's coming to live there?

Crash course in U.S. cell phone deals for a Brit who's coming to live there...? What can I expect in terms of cost, minutes, data allowances, included wi-fi etc. I'll be in based in NY but travelling all over. [more inside]
posted by deeper red on Mar 23, 2011 - 24 answers

Any Android phone root mods or hacks?

LG Optimus V user here... My phone runs Android and I've rooted it and have gotten rid of some of the bloatware that was on it. Do any of you know any really good root hacks, mods, or other cool things you can do with a rooted Android phone?
posted by antgly on Mar 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Wifi, Cell Phones, and You

How does the radiation coming from a cell phone handset compare to wifi in terms of wavelength, frequency, intensity, power, and any other important parameters? How similar are they? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic on Mar 6, 2011 - 10 answers

Need a good phone + plan combo

Currently I'm on a RAZR V3x with a T-Mobile prepaid plan. I'm thinking of switching to a better phone, however the plan options look intimidating. [more inside]
posted by antgly on Mar 1, 2011 - 11 answers

Sim card in SE Asia

I'm going to be in SE Asia and would like to buy a sim card from a carrier that will work across the region. Specifically we'll be in Hong Kong, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia. Is there a carrier that operates in all those areas on a GSM phone: 850/900/1800/1900? Do I need separate sim cards for each nation?
posted by Keith Talent on Mar 1, 2011 - 7 answers

Android PAYGo That Doesn't Suck?

I want a good Pay As You Go phone on the CDMA network. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 on Feb 21, 2011 - 4 answers

So many phones!

What t-mobile smartphone should I get? [more inside]
posted by Arbac on Feb 21, 2011 - 13 answers

Mobile phone options for Africa to US calling?

Help me stay in touch with my baby while in Africa. [more inside]
posted by smelvis on Feb 21, 2011 - 16 answers

Co-worker from Cairo is stuck here, wants to get in touch with folks back home

Co-worker from Cairo is stuck here with an Egyptian Blackberry that has no service due to the government shutdown of cellular providers; what's the best way to get him un-incommunicado while here in DC? [more inside]
posted by Challahtronix on Jan 30, 2011 - 3 answers

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