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How much more secure are older low tech phones than the more modern ones

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 - 12 answers

How to send money from my Japanese bank account when overseas?

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 - 6 answers

Cats on a plane!

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 - 16 answers

Lloyds UK bank account suspneded while I am in the USA!

Hi all, 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? Thank you!
posted by seatofmypants on Jul 15, 2013 - 12 answers

Which country's law apply?

Friend working overseas for an USA company. [more inside]
posted by 3dd on Jun 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Ship a laptop from US to Poland

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 - 8 answers

Living in Luxembourg on less than 3000 euro a month

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 - 5 answers

How to open an IRA from overseas, for expats

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 - 5 answers

Moving overseas - what not to jettison?

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 - 22 answers

How do I sound like a wholesaler contacting another b2b company.

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 - 4 answers

Go west (east, north, south), young man

What is the best resource for Americans to find jobs overseas? [more inside]
posted by wensink on Nov 3, 2012 - 7 answers

Frequent flyer miles . . . you need lots of money, too?

Are big-time charges now routine when redeeming frequent flyer miles for overseas flights? [more inside]
posted by Elsie on Oct 23, 2012 - 15 answers

Finding work in Asia from abroad

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 - 8 answers

What are the pluses and minuses of moving to Italy?

What are the pluses and minuses of moving to Italy? [more inside]
posted by davisnot on Sep 12, 2012 - 18 answers

countries that value living life?

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 - 13 answers

Is it ever cool to send a parting note to an ex?

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 - 23 answers

How do I find a list of legitimate overseas English teaching opportunities?

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 - 5 answers

"You are going to SCHOOL!" "but what is a school?"

Got into an MFA! ...now what? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 24, 2012 - 7 answers

How Do I Move My Family Overseas Mid-Career?

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 - 2 answers

So many places, so little time

Expat-Filter: Help me choose where to live next! [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Mar 1, 2012 - 19 answers

Oceans never listen to us anyways.

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 - 29 answers

Should I get an IT job or travel overseas?

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 - 18 answers

"Overseas" Paypal rejected by Archie McPhee

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 - 4 answers

USA Tax question: American Expat beginning investor

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 - 4 answers

Not the rat-a-tat-tat kind.

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 - 4 answers

Overseas MediFilter - Dental & Hair Transplants?

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 - 3 answers

Overseas worker needs help with state taxes

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 - 12 answers

Which convertor or transformer do I need for Italy?

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 - 10 answers

T-Mobile won't waive early termination fee for moving abroad?

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 - 14 answers

Skype for Blackberry Overseas

Can anyone recommend a blackberry app for skype that works outside the US? [more inside]
posted by carofowler on Apr 6, 2011 - 0 answers

How do I get British things sent to the US?

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 - 5 answers

Why do you lose weight when you go overseas and feel hungrier and fatter in the US?

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 - 47 answers

Where can I go with Mechatronic Engineering (geographically and career-wise)?

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 - 6 answers

What American snacks might Australians want?

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 - 37 answers

Help us help my granny~!

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 - 20 answers

Making the nomadic lifestyle work. Or making me work for it. Or something.

Can this freelance developer make this nomadic lifestyle thing work (tax and visa questions about Asia especially)? [more inside]
posted by innocuous_sockpuppet on Oct 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Throw An American a Bone

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 - 7 answers

Military Baggage

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 - 12 answers

Moving to Spain! ...now about that whole "job" thing...

Planning a move to Spain - job advice needed. [more inside]
posted by melissasaurus on Aug 19, 2010 - 10 answers

How to exit a disagreeable contract?

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 - 21 answers

Should I buy a condo overseas?

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 - 9 answers

Seeking thoughts, insights, and ideas to deal with travel/transition feelings and frustrations.

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 - 14 answers

cellphone overseas

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 - 12 answers

What the heck is T/T in Advance?

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 - 13 answers

shipping food in glass jars overseas

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 - 7 answers

Ready to travel overseas!

Just scored a passport! Ready to utilize it, but where? [more inside]
posted by Junior687 on Jun 3, 2010 - 24 answers

Loans for graduate schools overseas

I need help finding loans for graduate school in Japan. [more inside]
posted by farce majeure on Jun 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me not have to jump through one more logistical hoop nightmare

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 - 8 answers

Who is Fafsa, and will he give me money?

Where does an American start to figure out how to fund a graduate education abroad? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2010 - 4 answers

tales of overseas ivf, please!

overseas IVF...anyone done it? any advice about any of it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2010 - 5 answers

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