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Are Blue-Filtering Screen Protectors a Scam?

Do the clear blue-filtering screen protectors for mobile devices actually do anything? An example. I have a few at hand, and they are completely transparent, I think the product is just a plain clear screen protector. [more inside]
posted by breath on Apr 19, 2015 - 5 answers

Turn Galaxy S3 into a DumbPhone for my Daughter

I have a Galaxy S3 I'm upgrading this week, and want to be able to brick it so that my 10 year old daughter can use it for the basics (calls, texts, calculator, etc.) without all the extra Internet and games that will turn her into a zombie at school. I've seen the dumb phone app and similar, but they are all time limited. I want to brick the dang thing permanently. Any advice? Different OS? Ways to block she can't get around? A phone plan with no data? [more inside]
posted by nathanrudy on Apr 12, 2015 - 8 answers

Why would an army of spoofers hammer my cell phone?

I've gotten 30 spam phone calls in the last 7 hours. Why? How do I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on Apr 6, 2015 - 17 answers

Selling a phone for the first time

Due to some changes in my wireless plan I have a basically new Samsung Galaxy Five that I need to sell, which is a Verizon phone. I tried an ad on Craigslist and got 0 hits. If you've sold a phone in similar circumstances before, what do you recommend for success? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Mar 31, 2015 - 13 answers

What are the most innovative things retailers are doing with mobile?

I'm trying to find the best, most interesting, perhaps most unusual things retailers are doing with reaching out to mobile phone users. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Mar 31, 2015 - 7 answers

Public transit phone/picture-capable-device etiquette

On public transit, do you feel threatened about people holding devices with cameras in such a way that they could potentially be taking pictures or recording? Do you feel pressure about how you hold your own camera-capable devices? This is more of a general question, but details about why I became curious are as follows. [more inside]
posted by halifix on Mar 27, 2015 - 28 answers

Best/cheapest smartphone access in Israel

Traveling to Israel in May. What are my best options for using a smartphone while in-country without breaking the bank? I won't need a lot of data, but I'd like to be able to check email and consult Google Maps. I have an iPhone 6 on Verizon in case it makes sense to use that. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Mar 25, 2015 - 6 answers

Switching from expensive AT&T iPhone plan to bare-bones phone/plan

Right now I pay AT&T $120 each month for iPhone talk/text/data service. For the past several months, all I have really used is maybe 1-2 hours of talk per month and perhaps 100 texts. I don't use the data at all. I miss ye olde $40/month Cingular plan on my indestructible Nokia brick of yore. How do I get back to that place (and keep my current phone number)? [more inside]
posted by Munching Langolier on Mar 16, 2015 - 18 answers

Ideas for interactive presentation?

Professional presentation to 200 educators. Presenter would like to add audience participation through technology - probably phone/internet. What budget options available that will work anywhere without tech onsite? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Mar 5, 2015 - 3 answers

"Sleep time" is coming.

I have an Alcatel One Touch. I had it for a few months, and then suddenly it started asking me every night at 10PM "Sleep time is coming, the phone will switch to Sleep mode. Do you want to change?" I must have accidentally activated this feature, and I want to turn it off. I've read the manual and Googled, but haven't been able to figure out a solution. Thanks!
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Feb 22, 2015 - 4 answers

Using mobile phones for office phones

I have a VERY small company. We are moving locations. We are going to switch from our PBX system -- as we've shrunk to a point where that makes no sense any more -- to each of us having direct lines on dedicated mobile phones. Can you lend me your ideas? Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by starkraven on Feb 20, 2015 - 9 answers

How to turn off Google Photos

I don't think there's any way to uninstall the Google Photo bloatware on my unrooted Android phone, which is super-annoying. I've turned off "upload to Google+" but am angsty that one day, after an update or whatever, it might re-default to upload. I don't want Google saving copies of my stuff, and I am not reassured by their help materials, which talk about me "not seeing" the images anymore if I delete them. That's not the same as Google not having them, which is what I'm trying to avoid. Without rooting my phone, is there a way I can delete the app, or stop it from storing my stuff? [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Feb 14, 2015 - 5 answers

Smartphones for Dummies

I have resisted getting a smartphone for years, but it's time to give in. My problem is that I'm totally clueless about how to do this. What phone should I get? What provider? What kind of data plan? Please help! [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Feb 13, 2015 - 28 answers

How do I free up my phone for more games?

I love puzzle games, like The Room, Room 2, Monument Valley, Tiny Bang Theory, Botanicula, all those kinds of things (I have, in fact, gotten many recommendations from others' previous AskMes). The thing is, these games all add up memory-wise. I have finished them once, but know that I will enjoy returning to them in the future after I've forgotten some of the bits. How do I move them somewhere else to free up memory in the meantime? Or can I just delete them and download them again later? [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel on Feb 12, 2015 - 9 answers

I break smartphones. I need something indestructible.

I just broke my 2nd smartphone in 6 months. I have always been absent-minded, and can't afford to waste so much money. I'm looking for an off-contract android smartphone that lets me browse the internet + Youtube, without breaking the bank. Bonus points if it's hard to break. [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180 on Feb 4, 2015 - 24 answers

Call Timer App

I'm looking for an app for iPhone that will alert the user once they've been on the phone for an hour. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Feb 3, 2015 - 6 answers

Getting some creepy calls - is there a way to find out who it is?

Recently I have been getting random calls asking me for personal information in connection to business things which are private. When I ask whom is calling they hang up. This is to a private number I only give out to a handful of people. Is there a service online which will give me the name of the person associated with a number? (Based in Canada).
posted by audio on Jan 30, 2015 - 10 answers

New Contract vs. Outright Purchase: Cell Phone

I wonder: should I buy new cell phone outright, or get another subsidized phone? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton on Jan 23, 2015 - 16 answers

Where's my music? - Samsung Galaxy 3s not finding music on SD card

I have a Galaxy 3s. I've been using the Google Play music app to listen to music but using the Windows Media Player to rip CDs and sync to my phone. I've been storing music on my SD card. The music is there on my phone but the app doesn't seem to find it when I search for the name. I am sad because those vital tunes are not available while i'm on the go! [more inside]
posted by vespabelle on Jan 18, 2015 - 6 answers

Looking for a new phone system for the office

What cloud based phone system should I get for my office? [more inside]
posted by banished on Jan 16, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me find a phone for my Dad please!

Wanted: Simple phone with a couple bells/whistles for my technologically challenged paternal unit [more inside]
posted by Driven on Jan 14, 2015 - 5 answers

A slim, inexpensive, effective Samsung S5 case

I just upgraded my phone to a Samsung S5. I'd like to protect it, but since it's already on the big side I'd like to get a case that balances slimness and protection. I already have a screen shield on it, so something that plays nice with that would be appreciated. Price range is between 10 and 25 dollars. Availability on Amazon a huge plus.
posted by codacorolla on Jan 13, 2015 - 6 answers

VOIP provider that will work over AT&T U-verse internet

AT&T recently upgraded its wiring in our area and made U-verse broadband available. We had it installed (at 6 Mbps) the day after Christmas, and so far it is working well. Can we do VOIP phone through the AT&T router without getting the service from AT&T? [more inside]
posted by ackptui on Jan 2, 2015 - 5 answers

Which prepaid smartphone should I get for international travel?

I'm planning my first (and hopefully not last) international vacation and I'd like to get a smartphone for traveling that can be used on a prepaid basis for both voice and data. When not traveling it will not be used as a phone, although I'd still like it to perform double duty as a mp3/move player at home. Home is the united states and travel will be to Iceland (and beyond). [more inside]
posted by waxboy on Dec 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Apple tech geek needs to expand Android horizons

My loyalties are firmly in the Apple camp. I've owned many iPhones, iPads and various Macs. However, I know nothing about Android devices... and it's about time I learn. I'm a self proclaimed tech geek for pity's sake, but yet I am woefully ignorant about all things Android. I want to change this! [more inside]
posted by cgg on Dec 19, 2014 - 12 answers

Is This A Phone Scam? My Health Insurance Company Calls Me...

What can a phone scammer do with your home address and kid's date of birth? I've heard that phone scams are getting "better" in terms of sounding very professional and being able to spoof caller ID, so I'm paranoid that I just told some scammer too much. [more inside]
posted by mhh5 on Dec 10, 2014 - 15 answers

?The cheapest phone service in new jersey

I have been a happy user of Tmobile for a few years, using their $10/(3 month) minimal service. Sadly, my Nokia N900 has bit the dust, and I must replace it. I am now using an ancient Samsung candy-bar, but would like to get the absolutely cheapest android there is. But I don't know the territory. [more inside]
posted by hexatron on Dec 2, 2014 - 13 answers

Datafilter

Help maximize my small data allowance! [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Nov 29, 2014 - 16 answers

Free on wifi, paid otherwise?

Is there any way to get free calling and texting on wifi but through a carrier when wifi isn't available (using the same number)? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Nov 26, 2014 - 5 answers

Anyone used GPS trackers on outdoor cats? How well do they work?

I recently bought one of those Tile things to find your lost keys, things, etc, and they do mention putting one on your pet's collar as a use-case. It's all bluetooth, so I assume it's only good for ~30ft or so away, but I can't find any reviews of it (or similar things) online. Has anyone ever used one with an outdoor cat? Does it work reliably? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Nov 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Child-safe messaging device

I'd like to give my 2 nieces and 1 nephew a shared device this Christmas, with which they can send and receive SMS and MMS messages (or similar) to and from an explicit whitelist of contacts. Apple iMessage is not an option. Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Nov 25, 2014 - 15 answers

Protected text messages randomly disappeared from my RAZR droid

I regularly delete my messages from my droid. I have a bunch of protected messages that I have locked and they always stay there when I delete all of the thread. I just went to look for one of those messages and they are all gone!!!!!!!!!! Is there any way to retrieve these? I see a bunch of threads on the net, but can't find anything that works HELP!!!!!!!!
posted by kbbbo on Nov 24, 2014 - 1 answer

Receiving my text messages abroad

I am rather experienced with handling my communication with my international traveling as I have been doing it for some time. However my current job relies very strongly on text messaging and I haven't come up with a bulletproof solution as to how to receive and respond to text messages seamlessly. [more inside]
posted by wile e on Nov 24, 2014 - 12 answers

Why is getting support over the phone so excruciatingly painful?

In my experience, any time I have tried to have gotten help over the phone or the live chat many companies seem to have nowadays, it has been excruciatingly painful. [more inside]
posted by nathanm on Nov 21, 2014 - 36 answers

How can I mount an index card to a business phone as a tiny sign?

I'd like to non-permanently mount a 3x5 index card onto a business-phone so that it faces the person using it. [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on Nov 20, 2014 - 10 answers

Best affordable hands free device?

My area just began requiring the use of a hands free device while driving. I don't talk and drive very often, but am occasionally required to for work. I've never used a handsfree device before, so I'm not super sure what to even look for. Any suggestions? Bonus points if it's available on Amazon. Extra details that may or may not matter: I have an iphone 5c, and whatever I get will need to go on my left ear. I live in an area where it's often below freezing,and my car radio is not bluetooth enabled. Thanks!
posted by csox on Nov 17, 2014 - 7 answers

Need options for short-term US cell phone for travel.

I'm traveling from the UK to the US in 2 days, and need a cell phone with a US number for roughly a week. I have an unlocked GSM smartphone with dual SIM slots. Any options to get a short-term US SIM card quickly (and, ideally, cheaply!)? [more inside]
posted by still bill on Nov 16, 2014 - 8 answers

Will this phone system do my laundry and shine my shoes at that price?

What and why is the difference between a $5000 PBX system for our office and one costing $1600? We have been looking to replace our ancient PBX. We were quoted $5400 + $1700 in labor for a super slick fully featured system, The Univerge SV9100. This thing is cool and does everything. Office Depot however has this XBlue system at a significantly lower price, $1400. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Nov 14, 2014 - 3 answers

Who do I call about all this old phone cabling?

My company just moved into a new space a month ago. It's a beautiful old building in San Francisco right across from Aquatic Park. With the space came a small room this is a spiders nest of old phone cabling and some T1 equipment. The building manager told me to find whoever I wanted to take care of it and they would pay for it. So my question is... who do I hire to come in and rip out the unnecessary stuff and make sure they leave the stuff we need?
posted by matt_od on Nov 4, 2014 - 8 answers

Which smartphone?

Which smartphone will serve my needs best: the Samsung Galaxy S4, or the Nexus 4/5? [more inside]
posted by altopower on Nov 4, 2014 - 14 answers

Phone interview brilliance!

Do you have a favorite tip for doing a fantastic job in a phone interview (a conference call with a selection panel of four people)? This is the final step for a contract gig for which I'm one of several finalists. Looking for extra input because I really care about getting this one if I can! [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Nov 3, 2014 - 17 answers

Poor cell service -- newer handset likely to have any impact?

My well-worn Verizon iPhone 4 often doesn't ring for incoming calls when I'm inside my apartment. Is upgrading to a new phone likely to fix it, or do I need to change carriers? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Oct 20, 2014 - 10 answers

Nothing good ever comes from a visit to a phone store...

Ordered cell phone online. Picked up cell phone in person. Salesman claims order was cancelled and happily placed a new order on the spot. Am I being paranoid by smelling a rat? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Oct 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Can I get a virtual phone number in China?

I want something like a Skype-in number for China. Not Hong Kong. Like Shanghai or Beijing ideally. It would be great if it called me on my laptop (i.e. not just a callforwarding service) I have a friend over there who can't afford to call out. That possible?
posted by vizsla on Oct 14, 2014 - 5 answers

Best ways to record Skype and phone calls?

What are the best ways to digitally record iPhone calls and Skype calls on a Mac? I do a lot of interviews and I'm always trying out new ways of recording them (legally), but I feel like the magic solution is still out there. Apps, Audacity workarounds, Google voice--what's your preferred method?
posted by gottabefunky on Oct 9, 2014 - 5 answers

How likely is it that I've voided my warranty?

I bought a Samsung Galaxy S3 phone a year and a half ago. The screen stopped working today (not due to an accident or any other trauma) and Samsung are sending me a return envelope to get it repaired. However, I had the screen replaced by a third party after smashing it last Christmas. It was replaced with a Samsung part. Does this mean my warranty is void? [more inside]
posted by terretu on Sep 26, 2014 - 8 answers

Telephone Call A Scam?

[UK-filter?] For the past three weeks I have been receiving phone calls on my land line for a JG. It has been one call every two days. Every call has been automated: "We are looking to get in touch with JG. Please call us back at this number" - today the message changed to: "It is very urgent that we get in touch with JG. Please call us back asap at this number". Is this a scam? Should I continue to ignore this? Should I call back to say that JG doesn't live here? What's the worst that could happen either way?
posted by kariebookish on Sep 22, 2014 - 5 answers

GSM Droid 4 Unlocking.

How do I do a full "Subsidy" and "Carrier" unlock for a GSM/LTE Verizon Droid 4? [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Sep 20, 2014 - 4 answers

Droid X2 new OS

I was given a Droid X2 that I'd like to re-use as a music player, etc. The phone has been...reset? and is at the 'call Verizon' screen. I have zero experience installing operating systems on Android phones. Is there a way to install an alternate OS on this phone that would let me use it? All the walkthroughs I've seen assume you can install software on the phone. I have PCs and Macs available to use to help install what I need.
posted by pibeandres on Sep 19, 2014 - 1 answer

Wizard Words

There is a game called Dungeon Scroll for Android and Apple devices. You get some times and spell a bunch of words and the score of the words kill various creatures. It's pretty low-tech. I absolutely LOVE this game and have had it for years. I'm trying to find something similar that's maybe a little more sophisticated...saves my game progress as I go, leveling up means something, idk. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Sep 18, 2014 - 9 answers

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