I'm an American currently living overseas. I'll be coming back for a short visit in about a month. I have an unlocked GSM smartphone. I well remember the onerous service agreements US mobile phone providers extracted from all customers. What's currently the best way to get my phone to have an American number and have some data usage in the US for only a couple of weeks?
posted by eugenen
on Jul 26, 2014 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
SydneySiders Filter: Where can I buy microsd to minisd converters in the Sydney area? [more inside]
posted by ranglin
on Oct 19, 2006 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
What would I need to get Skype to function on a pda or mobile phone?
posted by timyang
on Oct 6, 2004 -
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 -
Are there any websites with mobile phone application reviews? I have a Verizon Wireless phone and most of the
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -