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Short-term cell phone service in the US

I'm an American currently living overseas. I'll be coming back for a short visit in about a month. I have an unlocked GSM smartphone. I well remember the onerous service agreements US mobile phone providers extracted from all customers. What's currently the best way to get my phone to have an American number and have some data usage in the US for only a couple of weeks?
posted by eugenen on Jul 26, 2014 - 5 answers

What phone/data plan is best for me?

I've long been with AT&T simply because it worked well and the cost of moving was a deterrent. After (naively) getting insurance after a stolen phone a few months ago, by latest phone was water damaged. Considering I've gone 10+ years without losing or missing a phone I never needed it insured. At the store, without looking at the contract I was told the deductible was $50, instead it is actually $200. This is enough to make me leave and pay a fee. Considering I like my iPhone and don't want to switch what's my best option (usage details within). [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Jul 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Don't Blame Me, Blame My Phone!

My new Moto X droid has been auto dialing people on my contacts list without my help or permission. Please make it stop. Verizon has been unable to diagnose this. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Jan 29, 2014 - 8 answers

Flippin' Cell Phones, How Do They Work?

My phone suddenly can't get reception in the city but can get reception on the coast. How is that possible? [more inside]
posted by brisquette on Jan 24, 2014 - 4 answers

iPhone in Paris (Xmas 2013 edition)

Which French mobile SIM should I get for my one week in Paris later this month? [more inside]
posted by jindc on Dec 9, 2013 - 6 answers

I don't need a smart phone. What do I need?

I have a Verizon iPhone 4 that is now off-contract. It's clear from my usage that I don't really need a smart phone. For my purposes, what do I need? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Nov 13, 2013 - 17 answers

Phone for a 9 year old

Looking to get a phone for our 9-year-old son for use in case of emergency. Several factors precipitated the decision, but most recently, he was left sitting alone outside school for an hour waiting to be picked up early. [more inside]
posted by fogovonslack on Oct 5, 2013 - 13 answers

Check your phone at the (classroom) door.

Are there compelling legal or safety reasons that would make a blanket "cell phones off" policy in a college classroom a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by Austenite on Aug 16, 2013 - 42 answers

cell phone networks

Does any cell phone network engineer perhaps know why you can't hear your own voice when speaking on a cell? [more inside]
posted by jtexman1 on May 18, 2013 - 12 answers

Any recommendations for a new cellphone?

Because maybe, just maybe, it's time to replace my antique Nokia. [more inside]
posted by easily confused on Mar 11, 2013 - 16 answers

How much do Android updates matter?

People keep emphasizing that a major advantage of Nexus mobile phones is that Google will update them to the latest version of Android. But does it really make a huge difference going from a .x to .x+1 Android release when you have so many apps that can modify every aspect of your phone, not to mention what you can do with alternative firmware like CyanogenMod?
posted by Foci for Analysis on Mar 1, 2013 - 11 answers

Where can I get a wired cell phone speaker?

I'm having trouble finding a cell phone speaker that can connect without Bluetooth / by plugging into the phone. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Feb 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Mired in a sea of cell phone choices, 2013 edition

I need a new phone! However, in looking at the available options, I am finding myself mired in analysis paralysis (not to mention a lot of "junk" websites full of keyword matches but zero useful content). Help narrowing down my selection, or even just finding a reliable source of sincere, information-dense reviews would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Jan 21, 2013 - 15 answers

Unlocked Phone Options.

My contract for my current phone is up in April. Ideally I'd love to get a Nexus 4, unlocked and then use a Straight Talk sim for service. But the Nexus 4 is out of stock, so my question is, what is the best currently available Android phone that is unlocked and will take a Straight Talk SIM?
posted by 922257033c4a0f3cecdbd819a46d626999d1af4a on Jan 18, 2013 - 8 answers

Which network should I pick for the iPhone 5

I am thinking of getting an iPhone 5, and I'd like help deciding between AT&T and Verizon, in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by enn on Dec 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Obligatory Phone-Shopping Question

I need advice on finding an Android smartphone, not quite so upmarket as this question. Thanks, Metafilter! [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Nov 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Good cell phone for a senior citizen?

Best simple cell phone for a senior citizen? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Sep 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Accepting credit cards when you are broke

Is there any way to accept credit cards via Square or similar WITHOUT having an expensive cell phone plan or shelling out lots of money? [more inside]
posted by threeturtles on Aug 27, 2012 - 18 answers

We had to go deeper

Does anyone have any experience with using cell phone signal amplifiers? [more inside]
posted by Slackermagee on Aug 16, 2012 - 9 answers

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

I need to be plugged in while in Europe.

US resident here who has traveled extensively to Europe...pre 1990. Haven't been back since and will likely need to travel to Europe at least 2 times for > 1 week each trip in the coming year. Might be as many as four trips. Back in the day, one's only contact with home was via landline/long distance calling cards etc.. Now there are cellphones, computers, wifi, skype, and the need for on the go data. To be clear, I need to be as nearly plugged into the "grid" as I am while at home. What are modern day US-to-Europe travelling hacks, particularly in regards to staying plugged in? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on May 20, 2012 - 12 answers

temporary phone for india/china

temporary phones (gsm 900/1800 or quad band) for use in both china and india. should i buy them stateside with a US plan (att, verizon, etc - which one would you recommend?) and enable roaming (which would be convenient but expensive?), or do i buy sim cards (cheaper) in the respective countries? would prefer convenience and to not have to buy the phones outright. what worked well for you as a temporary phone? thanks for any tips!
posted by jak68 on Apr 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Help Me Protect My Gratuitously Expensive Phone

I need a slim iPhone holster, and I can't find one for the iPhone4. [more inside]
posted by thelastcamel on Mar 31, 2012 - 7 answers

Prepaid SIM cards in NY

Prepaid smartphone SIMs? My wife and I are visiting NYC for 10 days, need to be connected, and don't want to use our European roaming plans (been there, paid through the nose.) Can you recommend SIM cards for our unlocked Android phones that will work for a few phone calls and a bunch of data? [more inside]
posted by muckster on Mar 28, 2012 - 9 answers

Give my cell a case

I've recently gotten a smart phone. As it's the first real investment I've made in a phone, I'm already thinking of how I can avoid the pain of having it get cracked, stepped on, dropped or rolled over. [more inside]
posted by diode on Jan 8, 2012 - 24 answers

Is there a dumb phone for me?

I want a simple, dumb cell phone. Calling and texting are essential, number directory is semi-essential, clock + date are okay - everything else I'd rather not have. [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Oct 19, 2011 - 24 answers

My cellphones are all bass and no treble, and this lack of treble troubles me terribly.

The internal speaker quality on most cellphones I've tried seems abysmal, yet no one else I've talked to seems to notice/care -- even those whose cell phones I've tried and which are terrible in exactly the same way. So: (i) Have I just had a string of bad luck with cell phones? (ii) Does anyone else notice this? and (iii) Is there a cellphone review site that actually rates speaker quality on cellphones? Or, better yet: (iv) Are there cellphones that have an equalizer I could use to adjust the speaker to my heart's content? [more inside]
posted by matlock expressway on Oct 9, 2011 - 13 answers

I need a new cell phone.

I need a new cell phone. I've narrowed it down to a Nokia N8 or a Samsung Galaxy S II. Which should I go with? [more inside]
posted by librarianbryan on Oct 9, 2011 - 15 answers

My phone connects to wifi but won't load internet. Hope me?

My phone connects to my home wifi network but won't load webpages/get internet. How can I fix this? Also, can anyone confirm that this won't be a hardware issue? There's a short window in which I could possibly exchange the phone, but I'd rather not if it's not a flaw in the phone. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Sep 27, 2011 - 2 answers

The high school keeps cell phones overnight. How can I convince them that's a mistake?

The local high school confiscates cell phones for 24 hours -- and that makes me crazy. How can I craft a solid argument for their return to students when school lets out? [more inside]
posted by Ink-stained wretch on Aug 22, 2011 - 39 answers

Marketshare for phones with qwerty keyboards?

How popular are phones with physical qwerty keyboards? I'm curious to find hard data that shows how popular cellphones with keyboards are (US, Global, anything). [more inside]
posted by jragon on Aug 8, 2011 - 3 answers

Zombie need phone with Brains, not to mention the Carrier that runs it

Hate my iPhone. Want a new phone and a new carrier (currently AT&T). Which one is the most worth my hard earned money? [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc on Jul 28, 2011 - 19 answers

Lightning Fixed My Landline. Really?

Could a bolt of lightning have fixed my landline? [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Jul 15, 2011 - 12 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

T-Mobile won't waive early termination fee for moving abroad?

I'm about to move out of the country, but T-Mobile says they won't waive the early termination fee. Three questions: a) Really? b) Is there nothing that can be done? c) Will I be able to use the G2 in Germany? [more inside]
posted by muckster on May 12, 2011 - 14 answers

Straight out of the box: smartphone(s) that can...

Which current smartphone in the market plays FLAC files, has crossfade, has 10-band equalizer, and can either grab folder.jpg/cover.jpg from the same folder or display embedded artwork of any size straight out of the box? [more inside]
posted by querty on Apr 19, 2011 - 8 answers

You are receiving a call from [BLOCKED NUMBER]

Why don't cell phone companies block anonymous calls? [more inside]
posted by Weebot on Mar 23, 2011 - 15 answers

Should I cut the cord?

Talk me in to (or out of) ditching my landline... [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Feb 28, 2011 - 52 answers

Phoning home from Indonesia?

Mobile phone for Indonesia? [more inside]
posted by brokeaspoke on Feb 22, 2011 - 3 answers

Timekeeping for Virtual Assistants, and Complicated Cell Phone Questions.

How can I best keep track of my time when working remotely for another party? I'll be responding to inquiries by cell phone, and double-checking to make sure insurance information is kosher. But I have a problem: I have no idea how to keep track of my time. [more inside]
posted by thelastcamel on Feb 10, 2011 - 5 answers

Phone contract’s done. And soon I will own my own cell. Now what?

I just bought a Garminfone (T-mobile version) over ebay, open box, never used, from a seller with a near perfect rating. It will arrive in a few days, and I have a few questions about how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue on Dec 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Why is this shit so confusing?

Someone explain my phone upgrade eligibility to me (Sprint). [more inside]
posted by JimBennett on Nov 27, 2010 - 3 answers

Not a Virgin Mobile Virgin

What's a cell phone plan comparable in scope and price to Virgin Mobile's $25/month? [more inside]
posted by spamguy on Nov 24, 2010 - 7 answers

magnet phones - how do they work?

My colleague's new mobile phone produces a weak magnetic effect. What's the science at work here? [more inside]
posted by CRM114 on Nov 18, 2010 - 16 answers

Smartphones for oldies

What model of smartphone can I get for my mom to easily check email, take calls, and not much else? She's on Verizon. We probably won't wait for the iphone to come to Verizon in 2011. [more inside]
posted by prior on Oct 14, 2010 - 7 answers

How many Droids we got on this ship anyhow?!

New smartphone user needs help choosing between the Droid Incredible, Droid X, and waiting on a Droid 2. [more inside]
posted by aheckler on Jul 2, 2010 - 12 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

Call all HTC phone owners

Name that Android App [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay on Apr 24, 2010 - 4 answers

Cell phone signal boosters?

Cell phone boosters: what product will work for both Edge and 3G phones? [more inside]
posted by crickets on Mar 4, 2010 - 1 answer

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