Do you trust third-party batteries for your cellphone? Specifically I'm thinking about picking up some spare batteries for the HTC Evo, but I've been a non-removable battery phone user for so long that I don't know if I really should stick to the manufacturer's branded batteries or can safely save some money and look elsewhere (like a Seidio, for example).
posted by extraface
on Jun 24, 2010 -
Headed to Thailand with my unlocked tri-band LG Neon (850/1800/1900 MHz). How much coverage will I get, and does it matter what prepaid SIM card I buy? [more inside]
posted by _Silky_
on Jun 18, 2010 -
I'm a Canadian planning a trip to the Disney World this fall. My current cell phone has ridiculous roaming rates, so I won't be bringing it with me. I live very close to the border, and thought I would go over the border and buy a cheap prepaid phone a few weeks before my trip, so that I can activate it, and give the number out to people before I go. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by MagicEightBall
on Jun 15, 2010 -
I'm thinking of buying a Samsung I5700 Galaxy Spica as my first Android phone. I'm a Nokia user whose e71 is feeling a bit tight and so I'd like a cheap way to get my Android toes wet.
I have a couple of questions though ... [more inside]
posted by chairish
on Jun 15, 2010 -
I'm travelling through the UK, France, Germany, and Austria for a couple of weeks and need a cell phone. I don't want to pay the roaming fees AT&T would charge. Should I a) rent a cell phone in Europe or b) buy a prepaid one? Should I do this once for the trip, or switch each time I change countries? Should I be switching SIM cards? I want the easiest option that's not too expensive. Thanks.
posted by shivohum
on Jun 13, 2010 -
Help me choose some sort of mobile computing device to use while bike touring and vacationing. [more inside]
posted by ssg
on Jun 9, 2010 -
What is at fault for Last.fm and Pandora's terrible reliability on my Android phone, and is there anything I can do about it? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks
on Jun 8, 2010 -
So let's say you are some sort of technophobe who doesn't have a cell phone. Only you're exactly not that thing. What mobile phone / plan is for you? [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne
on Jun 7, 2010 -
I'm considering upgrading my cell-phone this summer. All I want is something that I can use to make phone calls, take pictures, and send/receive e-mails and the occasional text message. And I want a full QWERTY keypad with actual keys, no touchscreen.
I was considering getting a Blackberry, but I understand that service plans can get expensive. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by spoobnooble
on Jun 5, 2010 -
How to migrate to a new cell phone when the old one doesn't have a SIM card? Bonus, must not talk to US Cellular. [more inside]
posted by sisquoc15
on Jun 3, 2010 -
Recommendations for an AT&T cell phone like the LG Xenon only more reliable please. [more inside]
posted by ifjuly
on Jun 2, 2010 -
Does leaving my phone's car charger plugged in to the car at all times significantly drain my car's battery? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks
on May 20, 2010 -
Another ditch-the-cell-phone-bill/Google Voice question: Google Voice made me give them my cell phone number (800-OLD-CELL) when I signed up, and then assigned me a new number (800-GGL-VOIC). However, I don't have calls forwarded from the Google Voice number to my actual cell phone - Instead, everything goes to voicemail. What happens if I cancel my old cell phone number? [more inside]
posted by lizzicide
on May 1, 2010 -
My friend will be traveling through Europe for a month and then Africa for another month, but needs help with getting a cell phone. . . [more inside]
posted by mephesta
on Apr 29, 2010 -
I'm selling a cell phone on eBay. Someone just emailed me asking for the MEID so they can check it against the service provider. Is it safe for me to divulge this information, and would it be ok to post it in the actual listing?
posted by Ziggy Zaga
on Apr 24, 2010 -
An attractive female handed me her business card. It has her mobile number on it. Whats the best way to ask her on a date (Best = highest % of success, lowest possible creepy factor)? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac
on Apr 14, 2010 -
What are my best options for a temporary (3 week), prepaid cell phone with text messaging while on a trip to Beijing and Xi'an? [more inside]
posted by yukonho
on Apr 7, 2010 -
If a cell tower is down because of sever weather / power outage, would I still be able to get to a person's voice mail when I call their cell phone? [more inside]
posted by friendlyjuan
on Apr 5, 2010 -
Help me decide whether to buy a Nexus One. Unusual questions about switching service providers, SIMs, and international options inside. [more inside]
posted by Vorteks
on Mar 25, 2010 -
What is a good smart-ish phone usable with Verizon's inexpensive data plan? [more inside]
posted by medusa
on Mar 23, 2010 -
Is someone spoofing my cell phone number (and first name)? If so, why? And does this have any impact on my cell phone contract? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 20, 2010 -
I'm going to Spain for a bit and want, if possible, to get a pay-as-you-go Spainish sim card for my (unlocked) iPhone that will allow me to use data at a reasonable price. Does anyone know if such a product exists in Spain? I don't speak Spanish so bonus points if it's possible to buy one over the internet and have it shipped to me in the UK (though I know that's unlikely)... [more inside]
posted by ascullion
on Mar 14, 2010 -
My cell phone was stolen. Sprint Family Locator has tracked it to a specific address. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by granted
on Mar 8, 2010 -
A friend lost her phone (ordinary cell, not smart) in Europe (Greece) and is distraught (has no money to speak of). I told her I'd send her one of my old ones, but the chances of getting it to work there (and finding charger) are slim, I suppose. I want to buy a new one and just send over and not worry. However, I don't want her to know it's "new." She'd freak. So.
What's the easiest, not terribly expensive, non U.S.-centric option? Any other insight greatly appreciated. (I'm obviously not cell phone-savvy and yes, I googled, but got flummoxed). many thanks.
posted by thales
on Mar 5, 2010 -
I have a USB charger for my phone and another for my MP3 player. Can I use one for both without fear of damaging my two most favoritest electronic devices? [more inside]
posted by Work to Live
on Feb 18, 2010 -
So, apparently I need to get a smartphone
. I'm not 100% sure that I really "need" to, but browsing the web on the tiny screen of my current phone
is not a fun experience. I'm overwhelmed by the options available and need some guidance on my next steps choosing a phone and the network provider
for me and my wife. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious
on Feb 11, 2010 -
My lady has AT&T cellular with internet capability. She also has a very nice laptop, thanks to me.
She live in remote Idaho and has no internet options other than dialup.
Can she use her phone to power her laptop? I'm good with computers but know nothing about cellphones. Can this be done?
What connectors, etc might she need? Basic, decent speed web access would be all she needs. As she has nothing now to her laptop, I don't think that download limits would be a problem. Just typical surfing with video and audio.
Can she port the phone access to a wireless connection to her laptop?
If you come up with a reasonable solution, I will probably get laid. Hah! No, I actually just love her and would like to expand her world.
posted by private_idaho
on Feb 10, 2010 -
My work is providing me a Blackberry with voice plan that I'm expected to carry during waking hours and I don't want to carry multiple phones or maintain my $50+/month plan; I'm trying to figure out the best way to merge the two. Oh, and one other catch- I'd like to set up Google Voice for work and would really like to use the additional features that come with getting a Google Voice phone number. [more inside]
posted by Challahtronix
on Jan 31, 2010 -
My iPhone has a cracked LCD, and I'm considering sending it to Mission repair
, who I found via this ask
. Does anyone else have any experiences with them to share before I send away my phone? Are there any steps I should take to make data safe, or am I just being paranoid there? Are there any alternatives I should consider in the Seattle area? Note that the phone is not under warranty.
posted by Artw
on Jan 29, 2010 -
I'm sure I'm burning this week's question for a quick "no" answer, but just in case...is there any way to get a data-only (no voice plan) SIM for smartphone use in the US? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool
on Jan 26, 2010 -
I'd really like a great camera phone. Is there such a thing? Oh, and can I have an affordable calling plan too? I'm flexible on some aspects of this. [more inside]
posted by 2oh1
on Jan 26, 2010 -
I have a fairly new tmobile cell phone, which I hate and want to donate away. After I cancel the account, what do I need to do to the phone before getting rid of it? I have deleted all the contacts and calls/texts information. Is there anything else? I don't know much about how phones store information so please use small words.
posted by JanetLand
on Jan 23, 2010 -
Toronto: Help me figure out my phone/internet/gadgets arrangement. Can I really do it all with the iPhone? [more inside]
posted by SassHat
on Jan 21, 2010 -
Ever since I was pointed
towards Umbrella Today
I've yet to be caught out in the rain without an umbrella. I'd quite like to find other free services that automatically send a text message alert. It can be about whatever, doesn't have to be weather related at all. I live in Providence, Rhode Island.
posted by Kattullus
on Jan 20, 2010 -
I have a BTE (behind-the-ear) hearing aid with a T-coil. Can anyone recommend a headset for use with my cellphone and a reputable online vendor?
posted by desjardins
on Jan 18, 2010 -