Are older phones or phones designed for poorer countries any less susceptible to spying than the latest Apple, Google or Android models? I've read about CEO's looking for the very old brick phones because since they don't have the sophisticated technology of the modern phones, they're harder to monitor or track. I understand the phones w/o apps are clearly more secure regarding third parties because they aren't sending personal data to companies. But what the government and everything else; voice, location via cell towers, SMS; the very basics.
posted by CollectiveMind
on Jan 4, 2014 -
I was living in Japan for a while, and have some cash stuck in my Japanese post office bank account (Yuucho Ginkou) - not an exorbitant amount, but enough for me to care about - that I did not withdraw when traveling home to America since I was planning to return to Japan soon anyway. My plan to return fell through, and I will be staying in America longer than planned - I would like to reclaim said money, but am unsure as to how I can do so. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123
on Oct 17, 2013 -
What's the best way to take a cat from the UK to the US and back again? Any advice on how to make this go smoothly? [more inside]
posted by klausness
on Aug 6, 2013 -
So my UK Lloyds regular bank account was suspended while I was in the USA and now they want me to show up in a local branch. I have spent three days on the phone explaining to them that I cannot because I am in the USA at the moment.
They insist that I do and until then all my funds are frozen! Nightmare!
It looks like I will have to fly home just to show my face at the branch so I can access my funds. Anyone had anything like this? Do I really have to fly back to the UK just to ID myself?
posted by seatofmypants
on Jul 15, 2013 -
I have an old laptop I'd like to send to my relatives in Poland. How would I go about this? Does this even make economic sense? [more inside]
posted by echo target
on May 3, 2013 -
I received a job offer in Luxembourg. Is 45,000 Euros per year (gross) enough of a salary to have a decent lifestyle in Luxembourg city? Would it be isolating for a single person in their late 20s? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 9, 2013 -
I am an expat and currently overseas (Dubai), and I want to open an IRA, how do I go about doing that? Is it even possible or do I have to actually be present there? [more inside]
posted by convex
on Mar 24, 2013 -
I'm trying to move as minimally as possible, but hopefully not make my first six months miserable and broke while I replace important things I foolishly dumped. [more inside]
posted by sldownard
on Jan 11, 2013 -
How do I sound like a wholesaler in email to make inquiries from an overseas company? I'm doing a bit of amateur investigative journalism and need some pointers. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here]
on Dec 17, 2012 -
Are big-time charges now routine when redeeming frequent flyer miles for overseas flights? [more inside]
posted by Elsie
on Oct 23, 2012 -
I'm a young Australian, and I want to work in Asia. How do I make that happen? [more inside]
posted by mxc
on Sep 22, 2012 -
Which countries value free time, low working hours, and vacations? Which value living life and not just working? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Papagiorgio
on Jul 31, 2012 -
Is it cool to send a parting note to the ex-boyfriend I'm leaving behind when I move countries, or should I just leave it? [more inside]
posted by pink_gorilla
on Jul 23, 2012 -
After decided not to go to law school this fall, I find myself somewhat at loose ends, and have decided to look into teaching overseas. Google searches have led me to a confusing plethora of programs, as well as to endless warnings of scams of all types. Is there some sort of centralized database of 'clean' programs, and if so, where might I find it? [more inside]
posted by AdamCSnider
on Jul 15, 2012 -
How can I/we find a job out of the country now that we're midway through our careers (snowflakes inside) [more inside]
posted by dadici
on Jun 18, 2012 -
My SO and I are going to be on different sides of the Atlantic from March to September. Should we break up? [more inside]
posted by flawsekno
on Feb 7, 2012 -
I graduated from college a few months ago with an IT degree, but my heart is not in it. I also just got a certification to teach English overseas. Should I work in IT or travel overseas? [more inside]
posted by deeba
on Feb 2, 2012 -
I found some fun stuff for my nieces in Oregon for Christmas at Archie McPhee, which I heard about at meFi. But I was bummed when I tried to check out and they rejected Visa and even PayPal because I live overseas. Is there a way around this? [more inside]
posted by planetkyoto
on Dec 19, 2011 -
How do taxes work on investments in mutual funds?
I am a novice at investing. American citizen working overseas and building a portfolio finally. I've established my emergency savings and am heading into taxable investments. Unfortunately, I am unable to contribute to my Roth IRA or contribute to a traditional IRA while claiming FEIE (Foreign Earned Income Exemption) with the IRS. I'm looking into investing in Vanguard's VWINX fund. How would US taxes work on these investments?
posted by thatgirl1985
on Dec 9, 2011 -
How can I order a gat
(a hat worn by ancient Korean scholars) and get it shipped to England? I'm in the US.
I'm looking to spend under $50 total. It doesn't have to be of the highest quality - it's a bit of a gag gift.
posted by ignignokt
on Nov 9, 2011 -
Where are reputable overseas (outside of U.S.) clinics to preform the following procedures: a) a variety of dental work (several crowns, 3 front veneers, 4-5 replacement fillings) and b) hair transplant on forehead ? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 1, 2011 -
How do I accurately determine which state to claim as my 'tax' state. For example, I work/live overseas for 2 months at a time, then I get 1 month off and usually travel or go to the US, but I do not rent an apartment, own a home (have a lease or mortgage) - I usually crash on friends' couches, and I keep my belongings and car in NC (in a Public Storage unit), but my mail, driver's license and voting is registered in TX. Which state can I legally claim? I know I need to claim a domicile in a state, and was hoping it could be TX.
posted by bbhart113
on Aug 12, 2011 -
I have bought a international convertor - and a foreign travel voltage
Converter. I need to know which one is correct for all my appliances to work. OR I need to get something different. All the appliances are listed below.. Thanks for your help in advance. Going to Italy.
Kooky Kathy [more inside]
posted by KookyKathy
on Jul 22, 2011 -
I'm about to move out of the country, but T-Mobile says they won't waive the early termination fee. Three questions: a) Really? b) Is there nothing that can be done? c) Will I be able to use the G2 in Germany? [more inside]
posted by muckster
on May 12, 2011 -
Does a service exist that will allow me to purchase things overseas that aren't available in the US and have them shipped to the US? Some kind of forwarding service? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski
on Mar 11, 2011 -
When I go overseas from the US, I almost inevitably lose weight. When I return to the US, my appetite increases a lot and I gain weight. Anyone know why this happens? [more inside]
posted by mintchip
on Feb 15, 2011 -
I'm looking for advice and stories of experiences from other engineers, particularly if you've lived and worked overseas. [more inside]
posted by jord
on Jan 3, 2011 -
I'm having Tim Tams shipped from Australia in exchange for some American snack foods. What are some domestic snacks that might be hard to get down under? Expats, what junk foods do you miss most?
posted by sonofslim
on Dec 4, 2010 -
How can we get my grandma from overseas to the US as painlessly as possible without spending $$$$$ amount of money? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie
on Oct 30, 2010 -
What would be the title of the U.S. Embassy personnel who would assist you if you had a close relative injured overseas in a major event? I'm looking for something more specific than Consular Agent. [more inside]
posted by la ninya
on Aug 25, 2010 -
What do military people do when they need to store their various items "somewhere" while they are stationed on a ship, sometimes for years at a time? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog
on Aug 24, 2010 -
My future supervisor just walked out on me during an employee meeting. Can I break my contract and leave? [more inside]
posted by Keysig
on Aug 16, 2010 -
Should I buy a condo overseas or live in the one my company provides? Special snowflake details within! [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 14, 2010 -
For the last two+ months, and until October, I've been living out of a suitcase as I make a move overseas. There are aspects of this transition that are starting to wear on me and I'm looking for cheap/free ways to cope. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam
on Jul 17, 2010 -
We are going to Spain for 4 weeks, and need advice on cellphone use.
We need to communicate w/each other when we are there. Should we switch to a local sim card? get temp phones?
My present service plan is Verizon.
Long distance Credo.
Cell phone LG, model no. VX5400.
posted by ebesan
on Jul 6, 2010 -
I am trying to order a couple of fans for a CNC machine which I have only been able to find at a company in South Korea. Their price quotation states the following:
WE ARE PLEASED TO QUOTE YOU THE UNDERMENTIONED GOODS ON THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS :
PRICE TERMS : FOB INCHON AIRPORT (BY DHL) DELIVERY : 7 days upon receipt of a official order. Buyer selects Carrier & method of delivery
at Buyer's cost. Applicable Duties & Taxes to be paid by Buyer. PAYMENT : 100% T/T IN ADVANCED
PACKINGS : EXPORT STANDARD PACKING VALIDITY : July 15, 2010 [more inside]
posted by digsrus
on Jun 29, 2010 -
What is the best way to ship food in glass jars from the U.S. to a foreign country? [more inside]
posted by needled
on Jun 25, 2010 -
What is the safest and cheapest way to ship 4-7 boxes (and possibly an iMac) overseas? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam
on May 23, 2010 -
Where does an American start to figure out how to fund a graduate education abroad? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 14, 2010 -