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cell phone insurance under home owner insurance?

Cell phone insurance under home owner insurance? Has anyone tried this? Is it worth it? I signed up for cell phone insurance with Verizon and naively thought it would be worth it (even for a smartphone). Like anything, I know you need to pay something to get something, but $8/mo + $90 for a claim every time could get pretty expensive. If it helps, I have State Farm. We've been with them for 15 years or so.
posted by isoman2kx on Aug 16, 2010 - 17 answers

Can he eat his cake and eat it too, cellphone-wise?

Can I cancel my Verizon Wireless contract (and pay the early termination fee) and then sign back up with a new contract to my existing family plan and still manage to keep my number? [more inside]
posted by carpyful on Jul 29, 2010 - 12 answers

Not so smart smartphone

After 3 Palm Pres, how can I get out of my contract with Bell for this terrible phone? I'm still within the 1 year manufacturer's warranty, but only for another month. [more inside]
posted by blake137 on Jul 21, 2010 - 5 answers

Super-cheap cell phone in Montreal?

Super-cheap pre-paid cell phone in Montreal, Canada? [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Jul 20, 2010 - 3 answers

What cell phone is the best... phone?

What cell phone is the best... phone? Ignoring all the whiz-bang smartphone stuff, what cell phone (GSM, unlocked) is the best at actual phone functions? Sounds the best? Easy to use? Fits well in my pocket? Good reception? [more inside]
posted by MesoFilter on Jul 14, 2010 - 13 answers

Mic not working on Palm Pre.

Palm Pre problem: people I'm talking to can't hear me but I can hear them. [more inside]
posted by item on Jul 12, 2010 - 5 answers

How can I put the extra money on my prepaid phone plan to work?

How can I put the extra money on my prepaid phone plan to work? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Jul 8, 2010 - 8 answers

cellphone overseas

We are going to Spain for 4 weeks, and need advice on cellphone use. We need to communicate w/each other when we are there. Should we switch to a local sim card? get temp phones? My present service plan is Verizon. Long distance Credo. Cell phone LG, model no. VX5400.
posted by ebesan on Jul 6, 2010 - 12 answers

cheapskate + X = smartphone

Help me evaluate my options for getting a used smartphone with no contract. [more inside]
posted by dilettante on Jun 24, 2010 - 19 answers

Do you trust 3rd party smartphone batteries?

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 - 8 answers

Tri-Band Cellphone in Thailand

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 - 3 answers

Disposable cell phone

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 - 8 answers

Am I an Android?

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 - 11 answers

Rent or buy cell phone for short-term use in Europe?

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 - 7 answers

traveling to oxford

Tips on traveling to Oxford, England, especially regarding phone and internet? [more inside]
posted by ms.codex on Jun 12, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me choose a mobile computing device

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 - 3 answers

I once had a banquet of streaming radio, now I have only crumbs.

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 - 9 answers

Hmmm, pay you people $50 a month or buld a short wave radio out of a razor blade and pencil lead using a Swiss army knife...

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 - 13 answers

Suggestions for cell-phones with full keypads

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 - 21 answers

How to migrate to a new cell phone when the old one doesn't have a SIM card?

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 - 3 answers

A more reliable version of the LG Xenon?

Recommendations for an AT&T cell phone like the LG Xenon only more reliable please. [more inside]
posted by ifjuly on Jun 2, 2010 - 2 answers

Will a Taiwanese 3G cell phone work in the United States?

Will a Taiwanese 3G cell phone work in the United States for data? [more inside]
posted by chengjih on May 26, 2010 - 2 answers

A few volts here, a few amps there, and before you know it there might be nothing left!

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 - 22 answers

Can I use Google Voice for voicemail without a real phone number?

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 - 8 answers

Cellphone service when traveling to Europe/Africa.

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 - 3 answers

Smith residence, Sally speaking!

How do children learn phone etiquette in a world with no landlines? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Apr 26, 2010 - 22 answers

Is it safe to share a phone's MEID with someone else?

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 - 2 answers

Nexus One!

Nexus One: How difficult will this be & how much am I actually going to pay? [more inside]
posted by three bear minimum on Apr 17, 2010 - 7 answers

Your Business card doesn't say if your prefer Dinner or a Movie.

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 - 38 answers

How can I record calls easily on my cell phone?

I'm looking for a device or setup that will allow me to record calls on a cell phone (preferably using the 2.5" headset jack). Radio shack seems to have recently discontinued their Wireless Phone Recording Controller, Cat. #17-855, which is exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for. Can anyone point me to a similar item? [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo on Apr 11, 2010 - 5 answers

Temporary cell phone w/SMS in China (Beijing)?

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 - 3 answers

"Tethering" is a word that doesn't fare well being repeated over and over.

What is the best current option for tethering a cell phone to a computer? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Apr 7, 2010 - 17 answers

Gremlins in my speakers

Why do my powered computer speakers pick up interference from my cellphone, and can I make them stop? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Apr 6, 2010 - 12 answers

Getting voice mail when cell tower is down?

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 - 18 answers

In general, how good is T-Mobile's reception?

How satisfied are you with T-Mobile USA's reception and coverage? [more inside]
posted by puritycontrol on Apr 4, 2010 - 43 answers

I need more than just a product brochure

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 - 22 answers

Smart-ish cell phone recommendation?

What is a good smart-ish phone usable with Verizon's inexpensive data plan? [more inside]
posted by medusa on Mar 23, 2010 - 13 answers

Hello, is this you? Yes it's me. Oh, sorry, I was looking for a different you. With your same number. And first name.

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 - 6 answers

Is there a cheap way to use data on my iPhone in Spain?

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 - 5 answers

Tracking Down a Stolen Cell Phone

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 - 22 answers

Which French SIM to buy?

Which French prepaid SIM to buy? [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Mar 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Want to buy/send a cell phone US to EU

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 - 14 answers

How do I set a new default alarm sound on my Verizon Blitz phone?

How do I set a new default alarm sound on my Verizon Blitz phone? [more inside]
posted by EtzHadaat on Mar 3, 2010 - 0 answers

Jeez, I didn't have a cellphone until I was 30!

Need some general rules of thumb about getting kids cellphones [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Mar 1, 2010 - 38 answers

So many USB chargers, so little space.

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 - 6 answers

We need help choosing a smartphone/mobile and provider

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 - 33 answers

Cellphone to laptop?

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 - 12 answers

Thes best way to merge multiple phone numbers and possibly use Google voice?

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 - 6 answers

Carrying a kid and an iPhone sover hardwood floors is a bad idea, because you never know when you might have to choose which one to drop

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 - 11 answers

Data-only SIM for smartphones?

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 - 8 answers

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