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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What do you use your cell phone for?

What do you use your cell phone for? [more inside]
posted by Decimask on Nov 27, 2009 - 43 answers

I hate the sound of your voice.

I don't want people to leave me messages. What's the best way to say this in my outgoing message? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist on Sep 16, 2009 - 43 answers

Samsung f700 vs AT&T Tilt

Smartphone Comparison: Samsung f700 vs AT&T Tilt [more inside]
posted by Nickel on Jul 28, 2008 - 3 answers

need a *loud* phone

which unlocked gsm phones have the loudest volume, for both sending and receiving? [more inside]
posted by jeffcovey on Jul 27, 2008 - 5 answers

What are the best disposable phone options?

What are the best disposable phone options? [more inside]
posted by adi on Dec 28, 2007 - 8 answers

Got a canvas, got some paint, where's my mobile phone brush?

Where's my mobile phone brush? Cell phone, yo -- how 'come there don't seem to be any such apps, even on the so-called smartphones. I know the Palm One units have available apps and I would imagine so would the Windows Mobile ones, but what about java-based phones? Am I missing some huge repository of apps or something? [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless on Sep 27, 2007 - 6 answers

Subscriptionless cameraphone recommendations plz

CellphoneFilter: Can you recommend a good cellphone + camera that lets you upload the photos (usb, pref) without requiring cell service? Or is this the case with all of them? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on May 12, 2007 - 8 answers

Replacing Cingular phone?

My girlfriend recently damaged her Cingular phone and she needs a replacement. She wants a cheap one, so she's considering buying a pay-as-you-go phone and swapping out SIM cards so she can use her old service. My question is, will this work? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Nov 13, 2006 - 5 answers

Cool mobile phone worth waiting for?

Thinking of replacing my cellphone soon, but wondering if I should be waiting for the next big thing... [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny on Feb 7, 2006 - 7 answers

Caller ID on cell phones

Do any cell phones do name & number Caller ID for numbers that aren't already in the phone's address book? Or are all cell phones number-only?
posted by stopgap on Mar 4, 2005 - 14 answers

Help us pick a shared cell phone plan.

Me and my spouse are looking to get a shared cell phone plan. What plans and phones would you recommend. Any plans to stay away from? Guide me with your wisdom.
posted by chiababe on Feb 10, 2005 - 20 answers

What does "unlocked" mean when referring to a cell phone?

Cell phone(s): Can anyone tell me what "unlocked" means when referring to a cell phone? I see this on eBay quite a bit.
posted by johnj on Feb 2, 2005 - 8 answers

Special Cell Phone

I am trying to find a cell phone suited to someone with osteo arthritis and reduced vision [more inside] [more inside]
posted by tomble on Jan 25, 2005 - 4 answers

WHat band is used for mobile phones in Syria? Who do you get a SIM card from?

Mobile phones in Syria. Anybody happen to know what band they use over there/what company one could get a sim card from if one was going to stay there for a year?
posted by Mossy on Nov 26, 2004 - 2 answers

Recommend good deals on disposable phones in the UK & France.

European disposable mobile phones: My parents, who are American, are going to Edinburgh, London & Paris later this week. They've asked me what I know about disposable/rentable phones since their phones won't work over there. I know nothing. So now I'm asking all of you: What do you know about good deals on disposable/rentable phones in the UK & France? (I believe they're looking to use the phones for a period of 7-10 days, and if it makes things simpler I think they are willing to do without during the French portion of the trip if necessary)
posted by bcwinters on Oct 10, 2004 - 7 answers

Incoming Charges on Mobile Phones

Why do US mobile phone companies get away with charging for incoming calls and SMS/MMS? What can customers do about it?
posted by brownpau on Aug 3, 2004 - 14 answers

Is bluetooth worth the hype?

Is bluetooth worth the hype? I am in the process of changing cell carriers, and I am going from CDMA (Sprint) to GSM (T-Mobile) so I can't keep my phone. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by benjh on Mar 4, 2004 - 13 answers

Cingular Cellphone

I'm buying my first cell phone now that my commute is changing from 5 minutes to 60. I want to send instant messages with the option of using an actual phone, I want it to be as cheap as possible, and I'd like to be with Cingular. The hiptop has arched my brow since it came out, but I'm not sure I'd like being on T-Mobile's network. Any thoughts?
posted by jragon on Feb 23, 2004 - 17 answers

Best Advice for cellphone & service (northern california)

I'm in the market for a new cell phone, and I'm trying to find some knowledgable reviewers (particularly of carriers and coverage). [more inside] [more inside]
posted by keswick on Feb 2, 2004 - 8 answers

Is there any way to make an orphaned, numberless Nokia useful?

I got a new cell phone, and my old one was deactivated and handed back to me. Is there any way to make an orphaned, numberless Nokia useful again (for when Sprint's coverage fades, like it has all this weekend) without signing a contract for a monthly fee? TracFone makes you buy a new phone, which is the opposite of what I'm looking for. Prepaid long distance cards seem to be only for land lines. Am I missing the magic google search term?
posted by Alylex on Feb 1, 2004 - 9 answers

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