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Best UK mobile provider for my situation?

I am in the UK. I live in Plymouth. My one year Vodafone contract is finally up and I hate them with a passion. I'd like to switch, but as a still relatively new ex-pat I don't know who to switch to. Can you recommend a provider to me based on my requirements inside? [more inside]
posted by olinerd on May 22, 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

Jumping ship to Android (Google's S4) and need a Mailbox equivalent

I think the time has come for me to jump the iPhone ship. The announcement of the Google version of the Galaxy S4 at I/O was the clincher. But I am not 100% sold on the idea, mainly because the S4 is an ugly brute, but also because I fear for the apps and innovation I will miss. Help me out, specifically in finding a worthy replacement for my beloved Mailbox app. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 18, 2013 - 12 answers

Simplest mobile phone for use in Europe, USA, and Australia?

I currently have a Samsung Guru E1081T. It is a very simple phone, and I can use it in Australia and Europe. However, it does not work in the USA. What is the simplest phone that uses SIM cards that I can use in all three places? No smartphones please; battery life is the paramount consideration. I don't care about features, apart from phone and texting.
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on May 18, 2013 - 6 answers

Best tablet and workflow for blogging

I would like to purchase a tablet so I can do more blogging without lugging a laptop around. What are the best tools/apps/workflow tips to be able to do this without tearing my hair out? Special snowflake stuff inside. [more inside]
posted by melissa on May 13, 2013 - 6 answers

I need to buy a phone in the US for somebody else to use in Mexico.

My mom moved to Mexico recently, and I have had a hard time contacting her via phone. She's staying with relatives of her boyfriend, but it seems like she's not able to use their phone to make international calls. I'd like to get her a mobile phone that she can use to call me and her other kids (or anybody else), but I'm a bit overwhelmed by what I'm finding with google - a lot of which seems targeted to making international calls from the US to other countries or just seems spammy. What is a good way to buy a phone here and send it to Mexico? [more inside]
posted by jeoc on May 1, 2013 - 5 answers

X11 apps on Ubuntu Touch?

Ubuntu touch preview does not use X11 for graphics. The repository for armhf contains virtually all apps available in desktop Ubuntu, but they cannot be run directly on the tablet (Nexus 10 in my case). Is there a way to run those using a virtual X-server, perhaps passing through local VNC to be displayed? I have ssh access to the device, so I can run commands normally.
posted by jaduncan on Apr 16, 2013 - 2 answers

Cell phone options for a short trip to Canada

We're driving from NY to Montreal for a short 5-day trip, and we'll need to be able to make a few calls and/or send and receive texts while on the road. I've found a bunch of older answers to very similar questions (for example) but surely things are better by now? What are my cheap prepaid (I assume) options for a short trip to Canada? Is there a simple way to pick up a prepaid SIM card over the border and use it for the trip? [more inside]
posted by RedOrGreen on Apr 15, 2013 - 7 answers

Choose my phone!

I'm tired of my cheap, app-less phone. It's time to upgrade to something nice. [more inside]
posted by elizamina on Apr 10, 2013 - 19 answers

Where Can I Learn About Mobile Software Development?

I'm back in the web software development world after about 7 years selling already developed software. Mobile software development barely existed the last time I talked to a client about development projects. I understand the web side of things just fine still. Mobile I'm clueless on. Is there a good book or maybe website(s) that will help get me up to speed, and stay there? I'm running sales, so I'm not going to be writing any code. [more inside]
posted by COD on Apr 9, 2013 - 1 answer

Why do different phones / platforms respond differently to mobile sites?

When businesses make mobile 'friendly' sites, is there a consistent rule of thumb for detecting mobile devices, and behaving appropriately? [more inside]
posted by lucullus on Mar 22, 2013 - 6 answers

Google Calendar Alternative Needed

I need to be able to sync at least two calendars between iOS and Android, and I don't want to use Google Calendar anymore. What should I use? [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Mar 16, 2013 - 5 answers

user-scalable=wrong

On Android, is there a way in any of the available browsers to turn off honoring <meta name = "viewport" content = "initial-scale = x.x, user-scalable = no">? I'm sick of designers that don't want me to zoom in on their preciously designed mobile site.
posted by benzenedream on Mar 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Interesting or innovative mobile app or game advertising/monetization?

Curious if the anyone has examples of interesting or innovative approaches to in app or in game (mobile especially) advertising, promotions etc which help developers monetize their freemium games or aoos? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 on Mar 2, 2013 - 5 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

What's the best mobile internet setup?

Is there any advantage to using a Verizon (or equivalent) 4G Hotspot over tethering a mobile phone? [more inside]
posted by zephyr_words on Feb 26, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I stop a christian page in my facebook timeline?

How do I stop a christian page in my facebook timeline? [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- on Feb 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Podcasts about trends in mobile

What are the best podcasts that focus on current and potential future trends in mobile (smartphones, tablets)?
posted by coffee and minarets on Feb 25, 2013 - 3 answers

I'm going to thailand. I bought a used ATT iPhone 3GS. Now what?

I'm heading to Bangkok in ten days for about two weeks. I looked into using my iPhone 5 overseas and the answers from ATT made me think twice about it. So for 100 bucks I bought a used Iphone 3GS. I figure I'd just buy a sim card there and I'd be all set. But then I thought I should check. Do I need to unlock it? or jailbreak it? Is there anything specific to Thailand and Iphones I need to know? What's the process here?
posted by rileyray3000 on Feb 13, 2013 - 6 answers

What was the name of that well-funded mobile app that flopped?

A year or two ago there was a heavily funded mobile startup out of Silicon Valley - I think it had $100 million or more in funding - that never quite got off the ground. I feel like it had a simple one-word name. Anyone remember?
posted by mark7570 on Feb 8, 2013 - 3 answers

For what purpose was enterprise push email designed?

Would you agree that enterprise push email technology was primarily designed to push email from a single enterprise mailbox (unless you happen to work for multiple enterprises)? [more inside]
posted by aydeejones on Feb 6, 2013 - 7 answers

Where can I find market share for mobile phones and tablets?

I need to find device-specific US market share for mobile phones and tablets. I can find plenty of info on mobile/tablet OS and browser market share, but I need % market share for Google Nexus, iPad Mini, etc.
posted by kirkaracha on Jan 31, 2013 - 3 answers

Who Said It?

Paraphrased: "It's not that that half of your visitors will be on mobile devices, it's that all your visitors will be on mobile devices half the time." Who said it? I saw it on Twitter a few weeks ago and can't find it anywhere.
posted by furtive on Jan 21, 2013 - 1 answer

Powering a work environment from a bike dynamo?

I'll soon be off on a big bike tour, and would like reccomendations for running a computer/tablet able to do actual work from a bike dynamo hub (details inside). [more inside]
posted by jaduncan on Jan 15, 2013 - 29 answers

Help me choose a framework for my mobile app

I want to build a mobile application (iOS + Android) that communicates with a server. It'll be a fairly simple application - fill out a form or two on the mobile device and post it, along with a photo and geolocation info, to a server. My background is in Java/J2EE and I'm looking to branch out into more modern technology. What frameworks / languages / technologies would you recommend I investigate? [more inside]
posted by dudeman on Jan 14, 2013 - 7 answers

I want to save this moment forever

I'm looking for phone apps that will allow me to easily and simply record sound and simultaneously back up the recording offsite (send it to email, save to a cloud server, etc.). [more inside]
posted by decathecting on Jan 11, 2013 - 7 answers

Best On The Road Tablet For Grandma?

I need to find a tablet and a good mobile data plan for my road-trippin' grandmother. [more inside]
posted by HostBryan on Jan 5, 2013 - 8 answers

t-mobile unlocking in the uk for iphone

How can I unlock an iphone tied to t-mobile in the UK? I have received as a Christmas present an iphone which is locked to t-mobile. I am currently on an 02 contract that ties me for a further 6 months. Clearly, I would like to use my 02 sim with this iphone, however, when I went to a shop who specialised in phone unlocking, to get it unlocked, I was told that he could not unlock it and that it would take atleast a month to get t-mobile to unlock it. It was also mentioned that the merger of t-mobile in to the new company everything everywhere will probably delay the unlocking further. I am getting the impression that I will be forced to take out a t-mobile contract as it stands. Anyone out there have any recent knowledge about t-mobile unlocking. Many thanks!
posted by conrad101 on Dec 23, 2012 - 7 answers

How to I keep in touch with my one-and-only squeeze for a week without squeezing my bank account?

Short-term (prepaid?) mobile in Regina, Saskatchewan. [more inside]
posted by Decimask on Dec 22, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me choose a no-contract dumbphone for my mom.

Looking for prepaid phone recommendations for an older person in the US. No smartphone, no texting, just very occasional outgoing voice calls. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Dec 12, 2012 - 11 answers

Plate Captian: "Here is the raprod."

What should I know/do before I sell a cell phone I own to a person I know? [more inside]
posted by laconic skeuomorph on Dec 11, 2012 - 1 answer

What is the best way to synch iTunes (Mac) to an Android tablet?

What is the best way to synch iTunes (Mac) to an Android tablet? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Dec 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Reccommend me a great music dock

Please recommend me a dock/speaker solution to play music from an iPhone 4s and Android devices as well. [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari on Dec 3, 2012 - 9 answers

Tactile 3D?

Are there examples besides aTilt of apps that render a 3d box apparently below the screen surface, adjusting its geometry according to the handset location relative to the eye? [more inside]
posted by unmake on Nov 30, 2012 - 4 answers

Responsive Email Template Resources?

Know of a good resource for mobile-friendly responsive email templates for html emails? [more inside]
posted by mgriffioen on Nov 30, 2012 - 2 answers

Phone for a Dandy Man

I have a Fancy Cousin who uses Virgin Mobile pre-paid, and my Fancy Cousin would like to get a new Android phone during this weekend's sales. A few questions: [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog on Nov 23, 2012 - 12 answers

How bitterly should I cling to my unlimited data plan?

How strongly should I feel about hanging on to my grandfathered AT&T unlimited data plan? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Nov 4, 2012 - 18 answers

What's the best tech-y resources & resource locations for an Android Nexus 7?

I recently decided to pick up a Nexus 7. However, I'm entirely new to the whole Android ecosystem. What are the best resources for finding the best which Android has to offer? (If you can point me directly to the 'Android best-of', that works too) [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave on Oct 29, 2012 - 6 answers

Can someone tell me how I can confirm my location (in the UK) of where I was a couple/few weeks ago please. At the time I was using an HTC Hero phone on the O2 network.

Can someone tell me how I can confirm my location (in the UK) of where I was a couple/few weeks ago please. At the time I was using an HTC Hero phone on the O2 network. [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Oct 22, 2012 - 11 answers

Seeking your advice on donate-by-SMS services

What are your experiences with using a service to receive donations via SMS/text message at your charity? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Oct 21, 2012 - 1 answer

iRegretful?

Current Droid Charge user. Contemplating a move to my first-ever iPhone. Mistake? [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Oct 19, 2012 - 20 answers

Are there any 2G internet phones that can't display JPGs?

Are there any 2G internet phones that can't process JPGs? [more inside]
posted by Why did I buy a tin gorilla? on Oct 14, 2012 - 14 answers

Accountability for wireless devices in our home?

We want to add some accountability to the use of mobile devices on our home wifi - what are our options? Ideally we just want to be able to review how the internet is being used. [more inside]
posted by crapples on Oct 7, 2012 - 4 answers

Playing Alone, Together.

SO has a frequent long, boring train ride. He also has a brand new Android phone, like I do. What are some two-player games that two people could play together over an android phone to help ride out the train monotony?
posted by The Whelk on Oct 7, 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

Facetime for Android?

Is there a way to talk make a Facetime call from an Android phone to an iPad? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Sep 14, 2012 - 7 answers

South Bay mobile carriers: which one?

Is there a "best" mobile provider/carrier in the Mountain View/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara area? [more inside]
posted by Chaotic Bedlam on Sep 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Need a list of essential gear for frequent business flyers

Need a list of essential gear for frequent business flyers [more inside]
posted by deeman on Aug 30, 2012 - 32 answers

Forwarding from SIP to landline, no monthly fee?

How can I forward a sip address to a landline, with only a fee for the call itself? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Aug 26, 2012 - 1 answer

How will Dolphin Browser be ruined in order to make it profitable?

How is Dolphin Browser (formerly Dolphin HD) going to make money? It seems to be a company with no revenue plan. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by toothless joe on Aug 25, 2012 - 4 answers

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