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A very Canadian question.

Our mobile phone contract is up with Bell and we'd like to not renew with them again. Admittedly Canadians get the short end of the stick no matter what mobile provider there is, but is there at least a more decent end of the stick? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Nov 9, 2013 - 16 answers

Help me be Smartphone enabled for 7 day Japan trip (iPhone, data, apps)

I'm traveling to Japan for a week for InterBee - which also include two days on my own. I land at the airport...and then have to get to my hotel (different ones during the trip). My guess is that I will be doing loads of train travel. Loads of questions [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Nov 7, 2013 - 13 answers

Pimp my iPhone

After spending several years on an ancient Android on which running much of anything was like wading through molasses and apps crashed if you breathed wrong, I got myself an iPhone 5S. It is very shiny and I am very happy. Problem: I have no idea what apps to get. Difficulty level: free-or-cheap. [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle on Nov 6, 2013 - 36 answers

How can I use a iphone 4s without a sim card as a ipod?

I was given a iphone 4s from a relative as a gift. I already have a nice android and thought it would be cool to just use the iphone as a ipod instead of just selling the gift and risk offending them. It came factory reset and stays on a activation screen awaiting a sim card. I can not figure out how to get past this screen and just use it as a device which is fairly easy to do with any android phone. Do I need to "unlock" or "jailbreak" the phone to bypass the sim card need or do I need to buy a sim card just to use it as a ipod with no carrier or phone functionality? Please help and recommend any useful software.
posted by isopropyl on Nov 5, 2013 - 17 answers

Why does my iPhone 4S only ring half of the time?

I have an iPhone 4S with IOS 7.0.3 installed and my phone only rings about half of the time. The other half of the time when someone calls, it just goes straight to my voicemail and doesn't ring at all on my end. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Nov 4, 2013 - 7 answers

iOS 7 shares everyone's contacts?

An office full of iPhones. As each person updates to iOS7, their Contacts show up on the other updated phones. Why? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Nov 3, 2013 - 4 answers

iOS syncing issues via Outlook/iCloud. Can it be done?

I have an iphone and an ipad which I use daily. Due to work policies, my data is setup via Outlook (not Exchange) and synced via iTunes to both devices. I use iCloud to maintain mirrored info for websites, pictures, etc but NOT contacts. I'm getting tired of having to plug both devices in to sync them to the same data. Is there anyway to use iTunes to sync to my phone and then use iCloud to maintain data integrity across to the ipad? Or will this end up giving me duplicates in my Outlook contacts?
posted by damiano99 on Nov 3, 2013 - 1 answer

Unlocking AT&T iPhone for eBay buyer?

Overseas eBay buyer wants me to fill out a "Request to Unlock" on att.com. This wasn't part of the auction; should I do it? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Oct 24, 2013 - 10 answers

I don't know how to google for the car stereo features I'm looking for

I want to buy a new car stereo, but have no idea how to google for the features I'm looking for. What I really want is a double din stereo that has a usb port on the front where I can plug in my iphone 5 and play it through the stereo. Now comes the hard part, I want to control the iphone from the iphone. Not through the stereo interface. In otherwords, I want to use the USB port as an Aux out. [more inside]
posted by bswinburn on Oct 21, 2013 - 10 answers

How to buy a new iPhone 5 (not 5s or 5c)?

Is there a way I can buy a new iPhone 5 (not 5s or 5c), white, 16GB, unlocked, unsubsidized, with support for the T-Mobile's AWS band (some early iPhone 5 models didn't have this, model A1428 added it). [more inside]
posted by bluecore on Oct 20, 2013 - 9 answers

Why can't I get group texts originating from iPhones?

Hi, my band members have iPhones. Since last month, I am not getting group texts from the other members. They can see my texts sent to the group, but their responses never reach my phone. Texts to and from the individual members work just fine, but I never get any of their texts to the group. Any idea what causes this and what can be done to fix it? I don't know the models they are using. I'm using a Blackberry Curve. The internet is filled with questions about this problem, but not specifically related to group texts, which are the only problem for me. The other issues are apparently related to iMessage.
posted by Ironmouth on Oct 18, 2013 - 14 answers

Best way to get an iphone 5s for a pre-paid plan?

I want what I think should be simple: I want to buy an unlocked, no-contract iphone. I want a fast data plan with high or no limits. I don't care about voice calls or texting, since I rarely use either. What are my best options? (It would be best if I can use the verizon network, but I'll take any). Bonus points if you personally tried it and it worked.
posted by empath on Oct 17, 2013 - 16 answers

iPhone 4s or Galaxy S2

Do you live in an area with limited cell phone providers due to all the mountains in the way? Do you use either an iPhone 4s or Galaxy S2? Can you share your knowledge with me, please? [more inside]
posted by Epsilon-minus semi moron on Oct 16, 2013 - 5 answers

Removing login info from Google Maps on iPhone?

I have an iPhone 4 running iOs 7 and I decided to sign in to the Google Maps app to see what the benefits were. I changed my mind and signed out, but the app seems to have retained my login info (and will login without entering a password). Is there any way to remove my info completely?
posted by cozenedindigo on Oct 16, 2013 - 3 answers

How do people upgrade their iPhones every year and find them?

I've noticed that a number of people have been upgrading their iPhones (less so with other models) every year without paying anything out of pocket. How does this work? [more inside]
posted by touareg on Oct 15, 2013 - 16 answers

Extra source of income

I'm currently a junior level mobile developer for an air travel .com company. It's a full time job. I'm also working on developing an iPhone app which is a Foursquare client (currently free, but developing it more until paid features can be added once I reach a reasonable point of development). [more inside]
posted by antgly on Oct 12, 2013 - 4 answers

iPhone iOS7: How can I fake my location for apps that use it?

I have a security concern related to using app's such as Grindr that pull location data. I've had a couple people "stalk me" to my specific location in the past. I would like to meet people in my "area" on these kinds of apps - but I want to set my actual location to somewhere else in the city. I had this working on my old jailbroken 3GS. But now that I have a new phone (IOS7) it would seem I'm screwed. Any ideas?
posted by audio on Oct 10, 2013 - 9 answers

iPhone controlled Bluetooth Home Speaker system with multiple zones

Are there any good alternatives to the SONOS system that would let me control music across my entire house from my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM on Oct 10, 2013 - 8 answers

Calorie counting app for iphone that doesn't require weight input

I'm searching for a calorie counting app that doesn't require me to enter my weight to use it. This rules out myfitnesspal and lose it. I've downloaded and deleted a dozen apps because every single one won't let me bypass the "weight" screen. It seems like it really shouldn't be so hard to just track calories/nutrients/vitamins without doing it for weight loss. Can anyone suggest an app that does what I want?
posted by Violet Hour on Oct 9, 2013 - 17 answers

Can I restore accidentally deleted texts/iMessages?

Like a moron, I just accidentally deleted a bunch of texts/iMessages from my iPhone 4 (not 4S). Is there any way to get them back? I'm backed up with iCloud. I've googled and looked at old AskMes but don't understand what I found. I need simple explanations.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl on Oct 9, 2013 - 3 answers

Spanish Translation App Recommendations

I'll be spending much of November in South America and would like a Spanish translation app on my iPhone. I'm overwhelmed by the choices, and would be grateful for recommendations. Free is best, but I'm willing to spend some money (up to $10 or so). I know un poco Spanish and will have a paper dictionary as well.
posted by Pineapplicious on Oct 9, 2013 - 3 answers

Is my phone cursed or is this normal?

I just moved over to T-Mobile US from Sprint to take advantage of their $30 prepaid plan. I bought a used iPhone 5 from a reputable reseller of phones on eBay. So far, I've had incoming calls go straight to voicemail, had my data connection suddenly stop dead, accompanied by "No Service", and my signal level seems to vary wildly just while sitting at one location. Is this par for the course with T-Mobile or is this phone a dud? [more inside]
posted by zsazsa on Oct 8, 2013 - 11 answers

Smartphones for couples - same OS?

I'm planning on getting my very first smartphone pretty soon. One of the ways that people seem to use phones (a lot? sometimes?) involves syncing info between couples: schedules, grocery lists, to-do lists, tracking the other person's phone to tell that they're stuck in traffic, etc. Is this really useful? Does wanting this mean I should get an iPhone (like my husband) or can I do Android? [more inside]
posted by aimedwander on Oct 8, 2013 - 29 answers

iPhone 4S suddenly needs activation. Help?

This evening, suddenly and without warning, my iPhone decided it required activation. However, I can't get it to activate properly. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Oct 5, 2013 - 7 answers

Where can I get announcements of iOS jailbreaks?

I am interested in being alerted if and when jailbreaks to iOS 6.1.3/4 and iOS 7 are released, but I have no interest in the daily news about jailbreaks on the legitimate sites like iphonehacks.com or developers' twitter accounts. Is there an RSS feed or email service that will alert me if and only if a legitimate jailbreak is released? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars on Oct 4, 2013 - 3 answers

How do I get the music from my iPhone to my car?

Is there any good way to get audio from an iPhone's lightning connector to the 1/8" audio in plug in my car, short of upgrading my audio system to add USB in? Or will the quality of bluetooth be better than I fear, and I should just get a bluetooth receiver instead? [more inside]
posted by SeanCier on Oct 1, 2013 - 17 answers

What are the most recent iPhone apps now available on Android?

I know that it takes a while for many of the best iPhone apps to be adapted for Android and other platforms. Is there a site or some other list of these recent migrations that gets updated fairly frequently?
posted by monkeys with typewriters on Sep 30, 2013 - 2 answers

iPhone app that sets reminders based on BOTH location and time?

Is there an iPhone app that allows me to set reminders that are shown only if I'm in a specific place at a specific time? [more inside]
posted by bakerybob on Sep 29, 2013 - 6 answers

What do you use your phone for?

I wish for my smartphone to have more utility. What do you use yours for? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Sep 28, 2013 - 47 answers

iMessage - I just want it to work

Have looked up what seems like every bit of help for iMessage, but can't get it to work for us. Situation is: I have an iphone 4GS, latest iOS. iMessage is now working, on my own apple account (abc@abc.com). Have sim with texts and data included. Husband has my old iPhone 3GS, updated software, iMessage will not work. Is on another apple account (def@abc.com). Has sim with texts and data included, same network as mine. Bought my son an iPod touch 4th gen, iMessage will not work. On his own apple account (ghi@abc.com) [more inside]
posted by Megami on Sep 26, 2013 - 9 answers

iOS 7.0.2 update question

If I have an update already downloaded OTA but not installed on my iPhone, will updating through iTunes delete the OTA download once the update is done? I want to know this because I tried to install the 7.0.2 update on my iPhone 5S (running 7.0.1) and it was unable to verify the update a number of times when trying to install it. So I plugged it into iTunes and did the update through a Mac. Does the OTA download get deleted on the iPhone when the update is done through the Mac? I don't want to have the update taking up room somewhere on my iPhone.
posted by antgly on Sep 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Yes, I want all the text messages. iPhone text message transfer woes.

What program can I use to save 4+ years of iPhone texts and iMessages and then load them seamlessly back onto my iPhone 5? [more inside]
posted by banannafish on Sep 26, 2013 - 16 answers

New iPhone Help For Senior

I'm about to introduce an older deaf man who is not good at learning new technology (but is quite smart) to a new iPhone running OS 7. I am looking for some good advice on how I can help him master use of the device for his needs. [more inside]
posted by Drinky Die on Sep 26, 2013 - 10 answers

How do I keep my cheekbone off the iPhone?

I use an old iPhone 4. I can't be the only person with this cheekbone issue, hoping there's a stupid simple solution. [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Sep 25, 2013 - 13 answers

My traditionally terrible timing + need for a new phone = disaster?

I need a new smartphone. I am tech savvy and an informed consumer, but I also have terrible timing (in general). So though I'm looking at the options, my terrible timing + T-Mobile's expensive new phones make me very unsure of what to get. Halp? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Sep 21, 2013 - 16 answers

ATT vs T-Mobile in the Boston area

We are currently on an (expensive, $180 / month) ATT family plan with out iPhone 4Ses. We want to upgrade to the 5Ses and are wondering if t-mobile's coverage in the Boston area is good enough. Also, what plan would you recommend for the following parameters? Thanks for your help! [more inside]
posted by reddot on Sep 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Broken iPhone screen, picked nose, and glass dust.

I broke my iPhone's screen, continued to use it, and then picked my nose without thinking. I feel like there might have been some glass particles on my finger. Did I breathe in glass dust? Is there any risk of developing silicosis or other health problems? [more inside]
posted by suburbs on Sep 19, 2013 - 12 answers

What should I do about this potential iPhone screen repair scam?

I brought my shattered iPhone 4 to a screen repair place in a strip mall. This particular dude is only charging $55, which from what I understand would lead to pretty marginal profits. I left it with him for 45 minutes, and when I returned, my phone no longer turned on. [more inside]
posted by tatiana wishbone on Sep 18, 2013 - 14 answers

Weird iPhone behavior: virus? Malware? Hacked? Punked?

Why is my iPhone doing these things? [more inside]
posted by mai on Sep 17, 2013 - 10 answers

How was a fake SMS message sent from an iPhone? Was it hacked?

Last night my sister claims her iPhone received a text and somehow her phone replied to the text. Neither the sender nor my sister sent the message. Both of them own iPhones and were dining together in a restaurant when the messages were sent. My sister hadn't noticed the text exchange until this morning. [more inside]
posted by Bushmiller on Sep 15, 2013 - 9 answers

Vancouver public transit apps (iPhone)

That's it. What are the worthwhile public transport/transit apps for iPhone for Vancouver (for a tourist, if it makes a difference)? Free preferably, but paid not a problem it the app is worth it. Thanks in advance.
posted by Logophiliac on Sep 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Verizon iPhone to T-mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 -- how?

Verizon to T-mobile, iPhone to Android... how does this work? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Sep 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Best "Burner" GSM World Phone

Traveling outside of the US for ~4 weeks a year, what's the best/cheapest burner phone that can Whatsapp, GPS/Mapping, and uses fullsized SIM cards? [more inside]
posted by wcfields on Sep 11, 2013 - 10 answers

Did I Bork my IPhone?

So I got over-excited and upgraded to the beta of iOS 7. Only now iTunes won't recognize my iPhone. It says I need to use iTunes 11.1 or later. I set up my phone as a new phone, but have lost my music, photos and messages in the process. I did back up my phone just prior to the upgrade. I would like to either restore my iPhone to iOS 6 or find a way to make my iTunes recognize and manage my iPhone with iOS 7. What can I do?
posted by joelhunt on Sep 11, 2013 - 15 answers

What's the best short term/least hassle cell phone data plan?

A friend is visiting from Brazil and is bringing his iphone 4s with him. He wants to use it while he's here. What's the least painful way to make that happen? [more inside]
posted by msali on Sep 10, 2013 - 12 answers

How do iPhone trade-in programs work?

I have a relatively-new iPhone 5 that I'm thinking of selling or trading in. It all seems a bit confusing, though, so please explain to me how this works. [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Sep 10, 2013 - 13 answers

Give me reasons (apps, uses, etc.) to keep the iPad I just bought.

This post about gadget fatigue on the blue prompted this question. I just bought the most recent iteration of the iPad. I have an old iPhone and an even older MacBook Pro, and after less than 24 hours with the iPad, I’m getting the impression that the it's superfluous to my life. Please present arguments to the contrary, so that I can make up my mind whether to return it. (I've read this Ask, and this Ask, and this Ask, but the tech changes so quickly that much of what is suggested there is dated, and plenty more apps/uses have come about since those were posted.) [more inside]
posted by A neighbourhood park all covered with cheese on Sep 10, 2013 - 43 answers

How to fix iPhone photos upside down in iPhoto

I took a bunch of photos with my iPhone held horizontally, which when imported into iPhoto are now upside down. Last time I did this, and I rotated the photos in iPhoto, the photos then appear upside down when viewing them on the iPhone. Is there any way to get the iPhone to agree with iPhoto on which way is up? Or do I have to create duplicate photos and rotate one so that at least one version is properly viewable on each device? (Also, does anyone have a good trick for remembering what the right position is for the camera eye when holding the iPhone sideways so I don't do this again?)
posted by oh yeah! on Sep 7, 2013 - 8 answers

I live inside a Faraday cage

Anyone in NYC using an iPhone 5 on T-Mobile? How is it treating you? Any weird pitfalls with the service or plan? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Sep 4, 2013 - 5 answers

How to download Youtube videos to non jailbroken iPhone?

Is it possible to download Youtube videos directly to a non jailbroken iphone, and if so how? [more inside]
posted by Admira on Sep 2, 2013 - 6 answers

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