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iPhone 4 versus iPhone 4s: antennas, maps, and iOS questions

I have a no-contract plan at Virgin Mobile USA, which I like because it is so cheap ($35/month for unlimited data and enough calling). The downside of cheap and no-contract is expensive phones. However, I just lost my Android phone and would like to switch back to iPhone. My options at Virgin are iPhone 4, for $200, iPhone 4s, for $314, or iPhone 5, for more than I want to pay really. How to decide? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Dec 27, 2013 - 13 answers

Text Messaging is Overrated...?

I can't find a text messaging app that does everything I want, so I use multiple apps and confuse my friends with multiple phone numbers. Is there a better way? [more inside]
posted by emoemu on Jun 28, 2013 - 12 answers

Weird Jacket that slid ur phone into your hand.

I read this a LONG time ago, a jacket where you could snap ur wrist (or some other hand geuster/movement) and it cause ur phone (stored in the sleeve) to drop right into ur hand. It was awesome if slightly risky and I'd like to take a look at it again. Anyone know of it? Or something similar?
posted by rmathew1 on Apr 28, 2013 - 3 answers

I'm going to thailand. I bought a used ATT iPhone 3GS. Now what?

I'm heading to Bangkok in ten days for about two weeks. I looked into using my iPhone 5 overseas and the answers from ATT made me think twice about it. So for 100 bucks I bought a used Iphone 3GS. I figure I'd just buy a sim card there and I'd be all set. But then I thought I should check. Do I need to unlock it? or jailbreak it? Is there anything specific to Thailand and Iphones I need to know? What's the process here?
posted by rileyray3000 on Feb 13, 2013 - 6 answers

My New Smartphone Seems Less Smart

On my last smartphone, I could push a button, say "Find pizza" and the phone would bring up a map showing all the local pizzerias. Or "Find 300 Commonwealth Avenue" and it would show me a map with my destination and where I was. Now when I say "Find pizza" my phone instead does an internet search for pizza. If it is a more specific command, often the internet search will lead me to an option to find the selected item using Google Maps instead. But it's still a little annoying that I have to choose things with my finger instead of my voice. [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 on Dec 20, 2012 - 4 answers

My 4G has abandoned me!

My Samsung Galaxy S2 phone is brand new (I got it only 3 weeks ago) and loses 4g connectivity every time I visit MIT. Connectivity does not come back when I leave the premises, however. [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 on Jul 2, 2012 - 6 answers

This is driving me and a lot of other customers batty.

Asking on behalf of someone who may not be interested in your anwers: please tell me about basic business telephone options. [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Aug 10, 2011 - 13 answers

How to replace my landline for 4 cell users?

Require a replacement for my landline and the 30 bucks a month that it costs me as I now have 4 cell phones in the house. Require a telephone device that (a) rings on more than one handset (b) has access to cheap long distance (c) good quality and dependable. I realize Google Voice does a lot of this, but I'm in Canada and we don't have Google Voice available here yet or any indication of how soon it could be arriving. Is all of this possible without a landline? What services can you recommend to get me closer to my goal?
posted by gfroese on Nov 1, 2010 - 8 answers

How good can a mobile phone speaker be?

How much could the speakers built into iPhones be auditorily improved if price were no object? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Aug 26, 2010 - 4 answers

Life without a mobile

What is life like without mobile phones? Is it practical? Will people hate me? [more inside]
posted by curious_yellow on Jun 19, 2009 - 43 answers

Skype meet Facebook. Facebook meet Skype

A lot of people in my facebook friends have Skype. Is there a simple way to just do a search for those friends who have it in their profile? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Dec 16, 2008 - 2 answers

Suggestions for an intuitive mobile phone with GPS, camera for directionally-challenged adult daughter.

I need a suggestion for a mobile phone that is very intuitive, has GPS and is a camera phone. Bonus points if it's kinda like OnStar, speaking directions aloud, and is affordable--under $250--although I don't know if that is possible...you tell me. [more inside]
posted by mumstheword on Sep 4, 2008 - 6 answers

Help me get my dial tone back!

Weird phone behavior filter: I can't get a dial tone for hours. How to fix this? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice on Apr 20, 2008 - 11 answers

Jailbreak the iPhone

I want to jailbreak my iPhone... [more inside]
posted by kaozity on Jan 25, 2008 - 9 answers

Recommend a simple monochrome mobile phone that can sync with Mac / PC?

I want a simple mobile phone with a monochrome screen and a fast interface that can sync contacts with my Mac or PC via a cable or IR. Something like the Nokia 1110 but with the ability to sync! [more inside]
posted by tkbarbarian on Dec 19, 2007 - 3 answers

IN the words of Anita Ward, "Ring My Bell"

So I love my blackberry pearl 8100 but I've had it with all of RIM's bluetooth crippling and limitations. I want a phone the exact same size with a great keyboard that does email, bluetooth and works with T-Mobile. Ring it up MeFites. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Oct 29, 2007 - 14 answers

Can I buy a used or unlocked phone for my plan with Verizon, or is this a right given only to those blessed with GSM carriers?

Can I buy a used or unlocked phone for my plan with Verizon, or is this a right given only to those blessed with GSM carriers? [more inside]
posted by Bengston on Feb 15, 2007 - 11 answers

Looking for a PDA-phone

I got a new job and it is quickly becoming apparent I need a PDA to get organized. At the same time, the last thing I want is something else to carry around as I need to keep a cell phone on me at work. Consequently, I went to the store to look at PDA/phone combinations. However, I didn't realize how many different types there are. So, instead of listening to somebody trying to sell me the newest version of x,y,z, I beseath thee for thy wisdom. [more inside]
posted by jmd82 on Aug 28, 2006 - 13 answers

Social networking via mobile phone?

Tech/Business: Say I were to conduct a feasibility study for social networking via mobile phones. I would like the service to enable people to define their relationships and be alerted when a specified contact is nearby (e.g., within 30m/100ft) - provided that contact has set themselves to be "findable" to that person. Is this already being done? If so, where can I find more information? If not, is this viable? Do we have the technology? How do I turn it into a profitable venture? [more inside]
posted by Lush on Mar 11, 2005 - 8 answers

How can I consolidate 3 devices to 2?

Too many devices question......[mi] [more inside]
posted by szg8 on Feb 13, 2005 - 3 answers

Shared DSL and Vonage

I'm thinking of getting Vonage voip but I share my dsl with another business. Is that an issue? Any advice based on experience?
posted by subpixel on Oct 19, 2004 - 11 answers

How do I get a specific toll-free number?

I want a specific Toll-Free number. 1-800-MOR-NSID
posted by tomierna-old on Sep 11, 2004 - 8 answers

I Want a Cool Cellphone!

Can anybody help me with instructions on re-wiring this old navy ship's phone to fit my cellphone (2.5mm jack) a la Pokia ? Thanks!
posted by azul on Sep 10, 2004 - 11 answers

What was the Treo application for photos on the Mac?

I recall an application for the Treo 600 phone which allowed me to dump pictures from my phone directly to my Mac bypassing the built in route which only allows you to transfer images by emailing them. I think I saw it on Gizmodo or Boing Boing a while back, but can't find it now when I search. Anyone know what the name of this Palm application is?
posted by sharksandwich on Jun 10, 2004 - 1 answer

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