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Looking for a well-designed *dumb* phone

I’m looking for a well-designed 'dumb phone’ to help manage my digital overload. Ideally: tiny, long battery life, and only makes calls - think a simpler version of Nokia’s 8210 from 1999. Crowdfunding attempts to crack this problem seem to be either stalling or scammy. Any ideas, guys?
posted by scrm on Apr 5, 2016 - 20 answers

Why is my Android phone so slow?

I have an HTC One M8 (on Verizon), and it's exhibiting a number of strange problems. Over time, my phone has gotten slower and slower, to the point of occasionally becoming completely unresponsive. It's also developed a habit of spontaneously rebooting itself. Performing a factory reset or upgrading the OS seems to fix both of these problems for about a month, before they start creeping back. More details inside. I'm primarily interested in tracking down why this is happening, and identifying the root cause so I can make it stop forever. Technical answers/explanations are welcome. [more inside]
posted by schmod on Mar 30, 2016 - 9 answers

Selling a Verizon phone before having another to activate

I just sold a Verizon iPhone on Swappa much more quickly than I thought I would. I shipped it today and the buyer should receive it tomorrow (Tuesday). I have done this before, but only when I had another phone to activate in its place. However, this time, I will not have the new phone until this Thursday. My question is this: If I have not deactivated the phone I sold and activated the new one, what will happen when the buyer tries to activate the phone I just told to him, which is currently active on my account? [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Mar 28, 2016 - 2 answers

Sim card or whatever for iPhone while travelling in US

This seems like an obvious question but the internet is being surprisingly non-informative and what information I can find seems to be several years old. I will be travelling for about 1 month. I have a totally unlocked iPhone 6s purchased in the UK. Can I walk into a store in the US when I arrive, buy a pre-paid nano sim with a data allowance, and stick it in my phone and use it? [more inside]
posted by cilantro on Mar 16, 2016 - 8 answers

I can't text on my UK pay as you go SIM, how to fix?

I can't text on my UK pay as you go SIM, how to fix? [more inside]
posted by pravit on Mar 8, 2016 - 4 answers

Can I turn my phone into a weather station?

I have a gen 1 Moto G. It works fine, but the screen is heavily cracked (although still usable). I want to turn it into something that will tell me and also show me the weather conditions at the location it's sited at. Is this a thing that can be done? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Feb 14, 2016 - 2 answers

Yes, this will be my first smartphone

I'm finally caving and buying a smartphone. Size is a major factor, but I'm also not sure how concerned I should be about the security of phones that are stuck with older versions of their OS. [more inside]
posted by teponaztli on Feb 13, 2016 - 25 answers

Hello? Is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me.

I have no cell phone service at my apartment since two weeks ago. What can I do? Maybe-snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by curagea on Jan 28, 2016 - 8 answers

Weird SMS message, purportedly from Facebook...but mine is turned off!

Due to various happenings, I temporarily deactivated my Facebook account several weeks ago. However, today I got a message from (326) 651-00 reading "[Friend's name] shared [not a friend's name, someone I don't even know] post. https://fb.com/[various characters]. Reply with your comment or "like"." I did not open the link... [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Jan 26, 2016 - 4 answers

verizon to MVNO

I'm on a grandfathered unlimited data plan on Verizon. I use <1GB of data a month, and I'm paying $90/mo for it. I should go to an MVNO, right? Help me wade through the details. [more inside]
posted by Dashy on Jan 25, 2016 - 5 answers

Pay as you go cell plans

Can you recommend a low-hassle prepaid cell plan for a backup phone? [more inside]
posted by neat graffitist on Jan 20, 2016 - 10 answers

Why does my iPhone 6S keep hanging up on me?

I love my new iPhone 6S, but I have been experiencing an annoying issue in voice calls. The call randomly cuts out - it's as if my face is coming in contact with the red "end call" icon. I understand that all iPhones from the start have had a "proximity sensor" to prevent this issue, but it seems as if this sensor isn't doing its job. I never had this issue with my previous two iPhones. The software (iOS 9.2) is up to date as of today. Is there a setting I forgot about, or should I take it back to Apple? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Jan 9, 2016 - 8 answers

Lock down my iPhone.

What can I do to make my iPhone more secure? Difficulty level: 1984. [more inside]
posted by a sourceless light on Jan 6, 2016 - 13 answers

Magnets, how do they really work anyway?

The magnetic car mount for my Nexus 6 is not playing nice with the wireless charger I got over the holidays. I do not want to compromise and yield either of these wonderful devices as a sacrifice to the gods of incompatibility. Any tips on how I can make them both work to the best of their respective abilities? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Jan 6, 2016 - 5 answers

How do I save all my txts somewhere before I wipe my phone?

So after 3.5 years, I finally broke down and got a new cell phone. Verizon is giving me a $200 credit to return my old phone. Normally I would just keep it but… that’s a lot of money. My question is, how do I save all my txts somewhere like dropbox? I really, really don’t want to lose over three years of txts, particularly ones from a friend who recently passed away. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Dec 29, 2015 - 14 answers

How to Upgrade with Verizon...in 2015

I'm trying to stay off contract in order to keep my unlimited data plan, but I also want to get a new phone. I've never purchased a phone off-contract so this is kind of uncharted territory. [more inside]
posted by bookwibble on Dec 21, 2015 - 12 answers

Building Decent Mobile Apps

There are plenty of tools to help someone build and customize a website without needing to know coding; Wix, Serif, Network Solutions and Go Daddy website builders. Likewise, are there similar tools to help someone build and easily customize mobile apps without knowing code? If so, what and where are they?
posted by CollectiveMind on Dec 14, 2015 - 1 answer

Cheapest way to improve my Google Voice call experience?

I currently have a smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S3) on a Sprint MVNO that I use with Google Voice. I'm satisfied with the device and the data plan, but the voice call quality is really lacking. What's the best way for me to improve my voice call experience? I was thinking about trying to find a basic phone on a prepaid plan just for the voice calls, and forwarding my Google Voice number there, too.
posted by QuantumMeruit on Dec 13, 2015 - 4 answers

Does Newegg ever sell counterfeit products?

I bought this phone from Newegg ("Sold and Shipped by Newegg", so not a third-party seller). While I can't see anything fishy with the handset itself, the manual, box, and phone case have no Nokia or Microsoft markings, and are all clearly non-OEM. [more inside]
posted by splitpeasoup on Dec 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Should I give her/me another try?

Non-texters of MeFi, explain yourselves [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on Dec 11, 2015 - 49 answers

Help me navigate through phone trees without manually pressing buttons

For work, I've been asked to call a phone hotline and navigate touch-tone menus (entering data) to get data. I'd prefer to automate the process if possible, because data entry sucks. [more inside]
posted by LSK on Dec 10, 2015 - 9 answers

Phone Recommendation (attractive, not smart)

I would like a new dumb-phone. It should look good and work in Chile. [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Dec 5, 2015 - 8 answers

Nexus 6 cracked screen

I dropped my Nexus 6 phone today, and the screen, which was slightly cracked in places, got worse at the corner I dropped it on. The cracks don't bother me cosmetically, but as I examined it a small square (like a mm or 2) fell out of the screen, allowing me to actually see into the phone. It's on a part of the phone I rarely touch, and off the actual LCD. How can I remedy this? [more inside]
posted by DynamiteToast on Dec 4, 2015 - 8 answers

Cheap phone for running

A while back I had a garmin forerunner 110 gps watch which I was pretty happy with but eventually wore out. Does anyone out there have any experience with using a low end phone for gps run/hiking/walking tracking? [more inside]
posted by metadave on Dec 3, 2015 - 13 answers

What steps can I take now that my mom's been scammed out of $2,000?

Today, a guy called up my elderly mother, pretending to be me, with a far-fetched story about 'me' traveling in a car that was speeding, and yada yada yada, the police needed $2,000 wired to them so that this incident wouldn't go on my 'permanent record'. The phone number the 'policeman' gave was a 514 area code (Montreal). My mother used Western Union to wire the scammers the money. She lives in New York City. Yes, I've told her not to give any information over the phone, and yes, the con story is nonsensical in several ways, not least of which is her incorrectly recognizing her son's voice-My question is, do we have any chance of identifying and prosecuting these guys? The victim is in NYC, the perps were impersonating me and a (corrupt) San Francisco policeman, and they were using a Montreal phone number, which may also have been stolen/spoofed. Any insight appreciated. Be careful out there!
posted by pantufla on Dec 1, 2015 - 22 answers

Cell Phone Options for Recent Immigrant

I have a good friend who recently immigrated to the United States from Albania. We are looking for the best first cell phone option while they are trying to settle down in their new country. [more inside]
posted by Rage-chel on Nov 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Inexpensive cell phone for a month in Canada.

So I'm going to be spending about a month in Edmonton, AB this December and need to find an inexpensive cell phone and plan. I don't need data, only text & voice. I've seen other similar questions but they seemed to all have the option of bringing in a mobile phone from abroad whereas I want to buy something cheap and not too crappy.
posted by flyingfox on Nov 23, 2015 - 9 answers

Can anyone suggest a great ear-bud headset for an android phone?

Can anyone suggest a great ear-bud headset for an android phone that has a high quality mic for phone conversations?
posted by tangyraspberry on Nov 14, 2015 - 2 answers

Why does my wife's android phone have a pin lock when it didn't before?

Testing sim cards at a booth in the mall has led to the phone being locked with a pin # password. She has not set up a pin number password at any time in the phone's [~1 month] career. This is not ideal and I am searching for a way to rectify this without a factory reset [Android Device manager is not installed]. [more inside]
posted by Acari on Nov 10, 2015 - 12 answers

What phone for West Africa?

I'm travelling to West Africa soon. I need to make calls from the airport as soon as I've landed. I could choose a cheap sim-free phone with a global sim, or a more expensive dual sim phone*. My questions are, firstly has anyone done this and what sim/phone combination would they recommend? Secondly, given that the dual-sim phone runs on GSM 850/900/1800/1900 is it likely I would be able to use my usual 3G sim in this phone while still in the UK? Websites tell me 3G Band 2 uses 1900 MHz (PCS), is this equivalent to GSM 1900? [more inside]
posted by glasseyes on Nov 9, 2015 - 6 answers

What's eating my Nexus 6P battery?

I got a new Nexus 6P the other day. Part of its appeal was all the reviews said the battery life was really good - and would last approx a day and a half with sensible usage. But for the last two days, I have come to work with it charged, listened to about an hour of music with the screen off on my commute, then left it on my desk, hardly used it apart from checking a couple of messages and yesterday it died after 11 hours, today after 11 hours it's down to 12%. [more inside]
posted by KateViolet on Nov 5, 2015 - 10 answers

What long distance providers are available to my land line?

Sprint no longer provides wire line (land line) long distance service here. Their announcement said that the local phone provider would have a list of options, but AT&T only tried to sell me their own long distance. Now what? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Nov 2, 2015 - 11 answers

How should I send this cold call email?

How do you introduce yourself to someone by email when your resume may or may not have been passed on by two other people already? [more inside]
posted by glache on Nov 2, 2015 - 4 answers

What is this WAP request that is showing up in my Google Voice app?

I have a weird (what appears to be) link attempting to get my phone to follow a URL that is a WAP request. What the? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Oct 30, 2015 - 3 answers

Simple phone with a great camera?

My wife's old phone (LG CF360) crapped out. Our old digital camera is too slow to properly photograph the kids. I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone by getting her an iPhone 6... but it's not a good fit for her. She appreciates its wonderful camera, but she wants something simpler, so we're going to return her iPhone and get her a... what, exactly? What is the best camera that can also make calls, send texts, and set alarms? [more inside]
posted by Jpfed on Oct 20, 2015 - 17 answers

I want less apps (among other things). Is there an app for that?

I need an app to help me organize my folders on my phone and help me know which to delete (I'm an app hoarder who is certain they'll all come in handy) . I remember on PC having a program that broke down how often I used each app and how much space it took up. Stuff like that. Mass deleting the apps that aren't necessary and organizing the ones I want to keep are all things I'd like to be able to do - What's the best app for this?
posted by jitterbug perfume on Oct 12, 2015 - 9 answers

Please save my daughter from being expelled!

My 13 year old daughter has just started boarding school. When she leaves her phone unattended for even a minute, one of her roommates snatches the phone and uses it to send lurid "sexts" to a boy my daughter likes. My daughter is now facing disciplinery action for these messages. How can she protect her phone? Passcodes she forgets, or tells someone. I've looked at fingerprint ID, facial recognition and other methods but they all come up lacking. What do you guys suggest? She has an iPhone 4s.
posted by Gabriel ricci on Oct 9, 2015 - 51 answers

Avoiding Cell Phone Hostage Plans?

Currently out of my contract with Verizon Wireless and am reluctant to lock in to another 2-year contract requiring a new phone purchase and expensive monthly fees. [more inside]
posted by funfunfun on Sep 27, 2015 - 17 answers

Should I unlock the bootloader on my phone before selling?

I have a T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z3 that is off-contract and has been unlocked by T-Mobile. I've confirmed the SIM lock is removed, but should I unlock the bootloader as well? [more inside]
posted by sbrollins on Sep 24, 2015 - 1 answer

iPhone traveling from U.S. to Ireland -- what to do about charges?

My son's traveling from New York to Ireland on Saturday. He'll be there for about 5 days. He has an iPhone -- don't know the model, but I think it's the most recent one. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Sep 15, 2015 - 14 answers

What phone and plan do I want?

The iPhone (2010-2015, RIP) in my pocket has finally perished and I have to look for a replacement. I am in southern Ontario and have been dealing with Fido mostly problem-free for fifteen years, but I am open to other suggestions. I am all over Canada frequently for work so coverage, it is a thing. Data is less important - my current plan has the lowest possible amount and I think I have exceeded the cap two or three times in five years. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Sep 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Travel Life Lessons

I consider myself a fairly savvy traveler yet one who still makes noob mistakes that end up costing me disproportionately in either in time, money, or enjoyment simply because I didn’t know better. Although I’ve gotten better with each trip, it leaves me wondering what easy changes I still have left to make that can boost my travel skills without having to learn them the hard way? Bonus points for recommendations that take advantage of a smart phone! [more inside]
posted by Goblin Barbarian on Sep 5, 2015 - 29 answers

Tell me about landlines these days

When we moved into our home in 2012, we got bundled internet and telephone service, but we didn't realize that meant the telephone came through cable modem, instead of being routed through the hardwired phone lines in the house. No biggie - get wireless phones with a "master" base. Now that those phones have all died, we're re-evaluating our phone service. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 5, 2015 - 18 answers

Help me pick a new phablet to upgrade to, because I don't like Note5

I have used the Galaxy Note2,3,4, and I loved them. I specifically love the removable battery, and the external sd card slot, along with the huge screen and really long battery life. Help me pick my next smart phone (as the note 5 has no removable battery/ micro sd card) [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Aug 29, 2015 - 5 answers

Where can I buy a simcard for my phone at Gatwick Airport?

Where is the best place (Boots, WH Smith?) to buy a top up simcard for my AT&T Galaxy S5 on arrival at Gatwick Airport?
posted by lungtaworld on Aug 27, 2015 - 1 answer

what smartphone OSs exist besides android & iphone? Customising?

Anybody got experiences using OSs besides iphone, android? Customising them? Dual config eg of sailfish, ubuntu? Best phones to try this on? Tips? Avoid? [more inside]
posted by maiamaia on Aug 24, 2015 - 10 answers

Catch that signal

iPhone reception (especially outdoors) in a very low-signal location: physical OR settings-level tricks to improve my chances? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Aug 21, 2015 - 8 answers

How to get my wife to hear when I call her on her phone?

Mrs Maninsuit is hard to reach on her phone. She sometimes turns the volume down and forgets to turn the volume back up. She sometimes has it in her purse or her pocket and doesn't hear/notice its ringing. I want to be able to reach her! And she wants me to be able to reach her (or at least so she says, bless her heart). Are there good solutions? She has a Samsung Galaxy S4. [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Aug 20, 2015 - 26 answers

How can I have a working cell phone overseas?

So I'm going to Curacao in a couple weeks and I really need to have a working cell phone while I'm out there. What's the easiest way to do this? I will need calls, txts, and data. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Aug 12, 2015 - 9 answers

Lost my iPhone 4s in Manhattan

My iPhone 4s was lost in Manhattan today, and has been traced to a very different neighborhood. I went there with a friend and it's in an area with lots of cars and apartments, so finding it's exact location is not as easy as if it were in a house that had a big yard. Or any yard. What else can I do to potentially get my phone back? [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Jul 28, 2015 - 12 answers

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