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What gadgets to bring to Nicaragua?

What mobile devices should we bring for a two week trip to Nicaragua? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Jan 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Which iPhone carrier has the fastest cellular data service?

I'm looking to replace my iPhone 4s. The most important factor to me is cellular data speed and reliability -- accessing the Web, syncing iCloud data, YouTube, stuff like that. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay region), but it would be great if it worked well in New York, L.A. and other parts of the U.S. Should I go with Verizon or AT&T? Also, any pointers to websites with tools/reviews/resources to help me make the selection? [more inside]
posted by trevor_case on Jun 25, 2013 - 12 answers

Google Nexus 4 late impressions?

Google Nexus 4 owners: how satisfied are you with your device? Any major issues? I'm especially interested in battery life and call quality.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jun 2, 2013 - 25 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

The Facebook menace

Please help rid me of this Android update notice. [more inside]
posted by londonmark on Jan 5, 2012 - 7 answers

How can connect my laptop to the Internet via a mobile phone?

How can connect my laptop to the Internet via a mobile phone? [more inside]
posted by eeby on Nov 7, 2011 - 11 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

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

Ancient and fishlike texts

What is causing the problems I'm having with sending and receiving text messages on my mobile telephone, and how can I stop them? [more inside]
posted by paduasoy on Mar 20, 2011 - 4 answers

Phoning home from Indonesia?

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

A Yankee needs an Eastern European Blackberry

How can I (an American) get a Blackberry with an Eastern European number with unlimited data. [more inside]
posted by ps6000 on Jun 10, 2009 - 1 answer

How will cold weather affect my wearable electronic devices?

How will cold weather affect my wearable electronic devices? [more inside]
posted by evercool on Nov 6, 2008 - 8 answers

Help me find my dream urban design, community and technology job.

I've decided that I want to research / work in the development of strong, sustainable local communities using social networks, web and mobile technologies and urban design practice (particularly new urbanism). The problem is, I don't know how or where to get started in this field. [more inside]
posted by pipstar on Mar 19, 2008 - 1 answer

Gmail on a mobile phone?

I have Gmail on my mobile (Sony Ericsson W850i running on the Vodafone UK network) at last. Hooray! I can read my mail. Hip hip hooray!! When I try to reply or compose a message though I get a Java null pointer message. Boo. [more inside]
posted by Myeral on Nov 12, 2007 - 9 answers

How instant is a Twitter update?

How long does it take for a Twitter update (via SMS) to reach a follower (via SMS), all between Dutch mobile phones in the Netherlands using the UK (+44) Twitter number?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Aug 10, 2007 - 9 answers

What is the best device for cellphone and easy text messaging

My wife and I need a pair of Blackberry-type devices (which also function as cell phones) for lots of text-messaging between ourselves throughout the day. We were thinking we wanted Blackberries, but when we went to the Cingular store tonight (we're locked into a Cingular contract until February 2008) the clerk made it sound as though a Windows Mobile device would be better. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by jayder on Oct 25, 2006 - 17 answers

Where can I buy microsd to minisd converters in the Sydney area?

SydneySiders Filter: Where can I buy microsd to minisd converters in the Sydney area? [more inside]
posted by ranglin on Oct 19, 2006 - 2 answers

Good websites for cell phones?

What are the best websites to view on a mobile phone? I have a Samsung A900 and it has a pretty large viewing area, what websites would be best that are specifically formatted for cell phones? I am interested in any website that you can think of but specifically good news sites. Also any website that is leading the pack in UI for cell phones would be great. Also if you know any sites that aren't formatted for cell phones but still function well i'm interested.
posted by pwally on Jul 17, 2006 - 11 answers

Why does my NOKIA 6820 say that some SMS are Unreadable?

Why does my NOKIA 6820 say that some SMS are Unreadable? When I receive SMS from some phones, the phone says that it cannot show the message, or that the message is unreadable. [more inside]
posted by Manouk on Sep 2, 2005 - 4 answers

Help me cancel my Japanese cellphone contract

I have a cellphone contract with J-Phone in Tokyo that just renewed itself for another year. The problem with that is that I'm no longer in Tokyo. The English J-Phone website says I must report in person to cancel my contract. This is not a possibility. Is there another option I have for canceling this contract? [more inside]
posted by deafmute on Jan 25, 2005 - 2 answers

GSM mobile phone / PDA: should I get a secondhand Treo 180 or one of the Series 60 Nokias?

With the sudden and untimely death of my Zire, plus growing dissatisfaction with my Sony/Ericsson T300, I'm in the market for a cheap combo GSM mobile phone and organizer, but cannot yet afford a Treo 600/650. Should I get a secondhand Treo 180, or spend a little more for one of the Series 60 Nokias? And if the latter, which one should I go for: 3660, 6600, 7650, or something else?
posted by brownpau on Jan 6, 2005 - 6 answers

What's the best pay-as-you-go mobile deal in the UK?

What's the best pay-as-you-go mobile deal in the UK? [more inside]
posted by the cuban on Nov 24, 2004 - 4 answers

Mobile Skype

What would I need to get Skype to function on a pda or mobile phone?
posted by timyang on Oct 6, 2004 - 3 answers

Can You Hear Me?

I just moved 15 minutes from where I used to live and my cell phone is suddenly getting bad reception (Motorola v120t). Can buying a new phone help me to get better reception in this town without changing service providers?
posted by TurkishGolds on Oct 1, 2004 - 6 answers

Are there any websites with mobile phone application reviews?

Are there any websites with mobile phone application reviews? I have a Verizon Wireless phone and most of the games applications on Get It Now! don't have demos, and I don't want to pay money just to find out that a game stinks.
posted by internal on Sep 24, 2004 - 1 answer

What can you do with a Bluetooth- and WAP-enabled cell phone?

I just got a new cell phone, a Nokia 6820. It's awesome! It has Bluetooth and it can do WAP! Cool! So, um, what the hell can I actually do with Bluetooth and WAP? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Jul 1, 2004 - 11 answers

I'm tempted to play with WAP

I just switched to a new Cell Phone provider and I'm tempted to play with WAP. I have a bunch of questions to ask of anyone who's used it especialy by way of T-MObile's T-Zone service...[more] [more inside]
posted by Fupped Duck on Feb 17, 2004 - 6 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

Cell phone recommendations?

My company is buying me a new cell phone. I don't need anything super-high tech, I just want something sturdy and lightweight, and I like the ones that flip open. My current phone is a Motorola StarTAC, which I've been very happy with, but they're not making it anymore. Does anyone have any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by widdershins on Jan 7, 2004 - 14 answers

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