So I'm going to be spending about a month in Edmonton, AB this December and need to find an inexpensive cell phone and plan. I don't need data, only text & voice. I've seen other similar questions but they seemed to all have the option of bringing in a mobile phone from abroad whereas I want to buy something cheap and not too crappy.
I just got an invite for the new OnePlus One X phone, and I have three days to decide. Per this article, the phone uses AT&T's HSPA network, which results in slower downloads and uploads than LTE. However, I use Cricket Wireless which is slow anyway. Would I notice the difference?
Last night I let a stranger use my mobile phone to make a call. The whole interaction gave me a weird vibe. Could I be at risk of being the victim of a scam of some sort? [more inside]
I've been doing a lot of hands-on failure analysis and inspection for my work, and I need a good way to dictate inspection notes using my iphone. You know in TV when the coroner describes the autopsy as he's doing it? Like that. I'd really prefer it to be an iOS app, but some kind of laptop app would be vaguely acceptable. Specific Required features inside. [more inside]
I got a new Nexus 6P the other day. Part of its appeal was all the reviews said the battery life was really good - and would last approx a day and a half with sensible usage. But for the last two days, I have come to work with it charged, listened to about an hour of music with the screen off on my commute, then left it on my desk, hardly used it apart from checking a couple of messages and yesterday it died after 11 hours, today after 11 hours it's down to 12%. [more inside]
Hallo. I just arrived in London today for a conference and I'm very tired. I brought my Moto G (1st gen, I think -- not LTE) from Canada, and bought a pay-as-you-go SIM card from EE. Phone and text work fine, but data speeds are miserable -- 0.15 download/upload. It's only connecting on the EDGE network, and I can't get it to use HSPDA. Am I screwed re: data speed? The people at the EE store weren't very helpful; they variably said the speed would improve in a few hours, or that it wouldn't improve at all because it's a Canadian phone. [more inside]
I'm looking for more games to play in my weekly English tuition classes. The class is for working-class children in a multilingual country (Malaysia), so they have some proficiency that is age-appropriate, but they're very used to codeswitching, so I'm trying to get them to be more able to express themselves comfortably in one language as needed. Right now they have played Boggle (which is tabletop) but especially enjoyed Heads Up. Anyone has recommendations for similar party games on Android (that is free or cheap) that would help them in English? [more inside]
Currently out of my contract with Verizon Wireless and am reluctant to lock in to another 2-year contract requiring a new phone purchase and expensive monthly fees. [more inside]
What is the best smartphone/plan combination right now, given a budget of $250 max for the phone and $45/month max per month for the plan? [more inside]
I got an android tablet, which is the first mobile smart device I've ever bought. (I'm still in the dumbphone contingent.) What are the few apps that you've found to be the most useful or just plain neat? [more inside]
Though I use it heavily, for reasons of excellent value I have a relatively austere data plan on my mobile phone. I have found the premier sites for low-investment entertainment (your Tumblrs, Cracked, et al) to be increasingly image and video-heavy, which tends to suck up data; and nearly everywhere has slick formatting and flashy ads. So what are your favourite text-heavy/low-formatting/BBS-like websites? (Aggregators like Metafilter are okay, but only if they have something going for them by themselves - they'll link to a lot of videos by their nature.) [more inside]
Are there any basic online tips for how to approach mobile app design (for print designers who have a formal training)? Resources for how to design for different screen sizes (there are so many of them), latest trends in UI/UX, and most helpful critique/help forums for beginners would be a great help.
Anybody got experiences using OSs besides iphone, android? Customising them? Dual config eg of sailfish, ubuntu? Best phones to try this on? Tips? Avoid? [more inside]
My contractor father-in-law is looking for a tablet or 2-in-1 device that he can use at home or in his truck on job sites. The main uses will be email, internet surfing, maps and tracking employee time. The other must have is the being able to use an ATT data plan directly with the device. He's familiar with Windows so that takes Apple, Chrome and Android OS out of the running. [more inside]
I'm a huge fan Notational Velocity (Actually NValt), and store bunches of stuff in it, as plain .txt files. I'd like to be able to access them on iOS and Android devices, without losing or duplicating data, but have trouble keeping up with the ongoing saga of sync backends. [more inside]
Suppose your favourite childhood book is being brought to the iPad (tablet), how would you gamify it? I'm setting this as a challenge for my game design students but I thought it was such an interesting question, I'd love to hear all your thoughts.
I am researching mobile apps similar to Airbnb and Trip Advisor--essentially popular apps that allow you to (a) search and (b) book. Any resource that critiques or breaks down how these apps work is extremely important as well. [more inside]
What are my SIM options for a two week visit to Australia (Sydney) followed by a 1 week visit to NZ (Wellington then drive down west coast of south island to Queenstown)? [more inside]
Good microtransaction-free games for Android phones with endless modes or just large numbers of levels. Don't need to be free so long as they're not moneypits. [more inside]
My husband recently irreparably damaged his cheap Verizon phone and wants to get a new dumbphone to use on a Verizon contract. We don't have any upgrades available. Verizon is asking for ~$200(!!!), even though prepaid phones of the same type only cost $25. Is there any way we can avoid paying this extortionate amount? [more inside]
It's time to upgrade our iPhones and I feel that I lack a PhD in rocket science or whatever is required to decipher AT&T's policies and get the best deal. Help? [more inside]
I'm trying to buy a mobile phone that is unlocked. I want to avoid getting it from the big stores in Toronto, and I am looking online for a good option. I am really not that tech-savvy, and if I had to choose between Android and iPhone, I'd go with whichever has a better deal. Ideas? [more inside]
My company offers to cover our phone bill, however I'm currently on my family's plan. I've been grandfathered into unlimited data and I don't want to lose that. Is it possible to put my individual ATT account on hold, while leaving the rest of the family plan active, and still keep the same number either on an ATT individual account or another service provider?
When calling landline to landline, I have no trouble hearing every word that's said. Meanwhile, my friend just called someone to give an ETA and ended up shouting NATO phonetic alphabet into a smart phone that can stream 1080p video. After he hung up, he admitted that he hated talking on telephones because one party or the other always needed something repeated. Why is mobile call quality so terrible? Why do people not demand this (in the economic sense)? [more inside]
Please recommend to me mobile games for Android AND iOS that I can play with other people in the same room. The games should be fairly easy to learn and a session should take 5-30 minutes.
I'm trying to find the best, most interesting, perhaps most unusual things retailers are doing with reaching out to mobile phone users. [more inside]
Having just earned my amateur radio license, I've purchased a handheld transceiver with decent wide-band coverage and I'm trying to figure out what I should program into it. I've added the nearest repeaters on my licensed bands, but what's worthwhile to add next? What else do people program on their mobiles, HTs, and scanners? I'd like to find active and interesting channels to monitor when I'm not conversing with someone myself. [more inside]
Right now I pay AT&T $120 each month for iPhone talk/text/data service. For the past several months, all I have really used is maybe 1-2 hours of talk per month and perhaps 100 texts. I don't use the data at all. I miss ye olde $40/month Cingular plan on my indestructible Nokia brick of yore. How do I get back to that place (and keep my current phone number)? [more inside]
Looking for a light, compact, and mobile utility cart that can be carried up a couple of flights of stairs. [more inside]
I am trying to help my brother, who currently lives in the back of his truck, find a new "home". I am thinking that if I were to purchase him a very modest camper (like less than $2000) he could maybe find a cheap spot to park it and live? [more inside]
I don't think there's any way to uninstall the Google Photo bloatware on my unrooted Android phone, which is super-annoying. I've turned off "upload to Google+" but am angsty that one day, after an update or whatever, it might re-default to upload. I don't want Google saving copies of my stuff, and I am not reassured by their help materials, which talk about me "not seeing" the images anymore if I delete them. That's not the same as Google not having them, which is what I'm trying to avoid. Without rooting my phone, is there a way I can delete the app, or stop it from storing my stuff? [more inside]
I volunteer at an organization that puts on a lot of events. Is there a way to post a link on the web that will automatically link to a user's desktop or mobile calendar so they have the option of just hitting save to add the event to their calendar? Is this doable or even safe from a web security point of view? To be clear, we have no wish to harvest the user's info or anything similar. We just want to make it super easy for them to add our events to their personal calendar.
i am finding it very hard to get good statistics on the percentage of calls made by cell/mobile compared to percentage made on landlines. Anyone have a source? I can get plenty on percentage of homes with or without landlines but no stats on by percentage of calls (number or duration). Stats from all countries welcome. I thought these stat would be easy to find but i am stumped, apart from Vietnam where i found it is s 97% mobile.
What would be the best (lowest cost / least hassle) way to get my immediate family (wife, son, daughter, myself) up and running on iPhone 6s for Christmas this year? [more inside]
What options make the most sense for selling audio drama MP3s for mobile users? [more inside]
I'd like to give my 2 nieces and 1 nephew a shared device this Christmas, with which they can send and receive SMS and MMS messages (or similar) to and from an explicit whitelist of contacts. Apple iMessage is not an option. Is it possible? [more inside]
I'm traveling from the UK to the US in 2 days, and need a cell phone with a US number for roughly a week. I have an unlocked GSM smartphone with dual SIM slots. Any options to get a short-term US SIM card quickly (and, ideally, cheaply!)? [more inside]
What are the best news/opinions about Android in terms of quality of writing and analysis? I'm after sites that post relatively infrequently, but tend to produce high quality stuff when they do post: the Android equivalent of sites like MacStories, Daring Fireball, and Six Colors. (I know far more about iOS than I do Android, but should really know about both.)
I have recently obtained a Moto G (2nd Gen.) and it comes without a wall charger, while Motorola’s support gleefully mentions (archive.today) it ‘is best to use the Motorola charger that came with your phone.’ What output does a USB power adapter need to give to charge the phone quickest and cleanest? [more inside]
I'd like to distribute an emergency phone list with numbers that are clickable on a smartphone. [more inside]
MobilePrintingFilter - I needed a diminutive printer, and only the HP Officejet 100 fit the bill. I've got it working fine from my Macbook via direct USB, via Bluetooth, and, having USB-connected it to the same Airport Extreme base station that delivers my internet connection, via Bonjour. Now all I'm missing is... printig to it from my iPad. [more inside]
My Mom is 78, has and can use a laptop and Google Voice but is not particularly tech adventurous. She walks about 5 - 7 miles a day and is really self-sufficient, but we'd like to procure and use a mobile phone for her at the very least for coordinating emergencies about other people, and maybe so she can coordinate her own, if needed. I am having trouble formulating the problem and finding solutions with Google, and could really use your help and advice! [more inside]
Hi there I am trying to find an advert from around 2009 that, as I remember it was... 1) For a mobile phone network (although not a major one); 2) Depicted a purple cartoon-like character holding a spray can or a marker; and 3) Had a "graffiti" style typeface or logo. This advert ran on the London Underground, however, due to LU's advertising policy, it was the logo and character were edited so they bore no reference to graffiti. Please help!
I have done a lot of research and I can’t make sense of this. I am a newbie mobile android visual designer. There’s no one else I can ask. I'm trying to understand resolution in terms of the android world for a native app design. [more inside]
I have been impressed by T-Mobile's innovative new plans (offering things like unlimited data, international data included, no lock-in, wifi calling, etc) and am tempted to switch from AT&T. I live in NYC and don't travel much within the USA. If I do, it is generally to other big cities. I am wondering if any other Mefites have experience switching from AT&T to T-Mobile or if they can shed light on the general T-Mobile experience. I am grandfathered into an old AT&T plan that no longer exists, so I am somewhat hesitant to switch. That being said, it seems that I would save something like $20/month with T-Mobile. Thanks.
I hate my new android cellphone. Please help me work out how not to hate it so much. I am coming off a multi-year iPhone habit and everything just feels like the biggest pain in the ass. Teach me how to stop worrying and learn to love the 'droid. [more inside]
I'm talking about a start-up app that is like Instagram when it first started (in terms of server needs as well as the kind of professionals that are needed to make it happen). Are there any online resources that can help a layman with a budget explore the depths of such an ominous endeavor? [more inside]
I will be going to a convention in about a month and a half. Last year (at the same convention) I had trouble getting my hands on a map and figured it would be handy to have all the information on my phone which I'll be having with me anyway. I need help figuring out if I can do this. [more inside]
About 7 years ago, I created a website for my small business using Current Webhosting Company's WYSIWYG editor. Current Company has not really kept up with advances in website technology (i.e., no responsive design options, difficult to create a mobile site, clumsy blogging, etc). But I've worked hard on my site and I'm generally proud of it. Should I cut my losses and start all over again? Or can this website be saved... and how??? [more inside]
Surprising coincidence or are adblock/ghostery/etc not actualy effective? [more inside]