Is there any advantage to using a Verizon (or equivalent) 4G Hotspot over tethering a mobile phone? [more inside]
posted by zephyr_words
on Feb 26, 2013 -
A friend would like to switch to a cheap, unlocked Android phone and a prepaid plan within the next month. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill
on Feb 26, 2013 -
While I am working, my phone is sitting idle on my desk, but within my field of vision.
What are some interesting things it could be doing or displaying?
posted by mulligan
on Feb 14, 2013 -
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 -
I'm searching for the best SIM card for a one month stay in Japan. I've already found e-connect
(1 GB/30 days, only data @ 4100 Yen), but I would prefer an option including SMS/speech.
posted by mathiu
on Feb 12, 2013 -
My Nexus 7 was lost/stolen. I've changed my google, facebook and amazon passwords. Is there anything else I can do? It does not have 3G networking; only wi-fi.
posted by Alaska Jack
on Feb 9, 2013 -
My uncle has a Vodavi Starplus STS / system and KSU with 6 CO lines / which is 6 different phone #s can be used on the system. He recently changed 2 of his three lines to cox digital service. He still has one line with CenturyLink/Qwest. His phone system will not connect with the new digital lines. Cox says it's a Vodavi problem. The Vodavi guy says that there isn't enough voltage on the Cox lines.
So, who's right? Will my uncle's Vodavi system work with the older CentruyLink line as well as the newer Cox digital lines?
posted by Jackie_Treehorn
on Feb 8, 2013 -
For the last four months, I've been getting anywhere between 3 and 60 calls per day on my cell phone from (555) 555-5555, at all hours. If I pick up, it's a recorded voice, somewhere between a computer and a british lady saying "one... one... one..." What the hell is going on, and how do I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil
on Jan 23, 2013 -
I'm interested in making a new podcast/audio interview series for the web. What's the best way to integrate quality phone interview audio into my series, either using my existing podcasting equipment or with new equipment? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid
on Jan 20, 2013 -
What is the best way to record on an Android phone? Are there applications that can do this? Or is a speakerphone/tape recorder combination better? What about physical addons or accessories? [more inside]
posted by the young rope-rider
on Jan 15, 2013 -
I want an app that I install on my Droid 3 phone that'll find my computer on my home wireless network and which I can point to my music folder and stream. [more inside]
posted by cthuljew
on Jan 11, 2013 -
I'm looking for phone apps that will allow me to easily and simply record sound and simultaneously back up the recording offsite (send it to email, save to a cloud server, etc.). [more inside]
posted by decathecting
on Jan 11, 2013 -
Asking for recommendations for an answering service, with a live person that can answer our office phones for a week. [more inside]
posted by gemmy
on Jan 10, 2013 -
Good Morning Hive!
I'm having a little trouble setting up my office phone. Here's the info: [more inside]
posted by oviedo
on Jan 10, 2013 -
I'm being forced to answer phones at work. I have NO clue and NO ability how to do this and I have to start NOW. How do I make this situation less horrible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 7, 2013 -
I'm considering porting my personal cell phone to Google Voice so that calls and texts can be forwarded to my newly acquired work cell phone. If you've done this, please see my specific questions/concerns. [more inside]
posted by Swede78
on Jan 7, 2013 -
What is the dangling cylinder
? It is about a yard long. It had been attached to the telephone pole, but that pole was replaced by the one in the image, leaving the cylinder danging and joined to the new pole by a rope, as shown. [more inside]
posted by hexatron
on Jan 6, 2013 -
Now that we all have a handful of old hackable smartphones lying around, is there any way to build our own active repeaters or cell phone to IP gateways? [more inside]
posted by mzurer
on Jan 5, 2013 -
Sprint Android smart phone question: the phone rings for essentially all calls except those from one specific number. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek
on Dec 24, 2012 -
How can I unlock an iphone tied to t-mobile in the UK?
I have received as a Christmas present an iphone which is locked to t-mobile. I am currently on an 02 contract that ties me for a further 6 months. Clearly, I would like to use my 02 sim with this iphone, however, when I went to a shop who specialised in phone unlocking, to get it unlocked, I was told that he could not unlock it and that it would take atleast a month to get t-mobile to unlock it. It was also mentioned that the merger of t-mobile in to the new company everything everywhere will probably delay the unlocking further. I am getting the impression that I will be forced to take out a t-mobile contract as it stands. Anyone out there have any recent knowledge about t-mobile unlocking.
posted by conrad101
on Dec 23, 2012 -
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 -
[I am old/paranoid/a special snowflake filter] I am a Mac person. I have mostly avoided google products in my life, and am not eager for google to know everything about me. I just got a Nexus S (because it was the free option). How can I use my phone most effectively for email and calendars/reminders? [Lots of tedious old person details inside] [more inside]
posted by latkes
on Dec 19, 2012 -
Looking for prepaid phone recommendations for an older person in the US. No smartphone, no texting, just very occasional outgoing voice calls. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer
on Dec 12, 2012 -
My mom wants to switch from iPhone to either Android or Windows. What's best for her needs, and which phone should she choose? [more inside]
posted by acidic
on Dec 5, 2012 -
I'm trying to unlock a simple Nokia phone, but every online service that claims to do it seems very dodgy. Have you done this before? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen
on Dec 4, 2012 -
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Screen Question: So I was dumb!! I was outside doing some random stuff in the backyard...Had my phone then decided to rinse off the back porch w/ water. Well i set down my phone and forgotten about it, and after i finished rinsing off the patio i realized my phone had got wet. There was water mostly just on the screen and probably had been sitting there for five minutes or less. I dried it, and then dried it more, took of the cover and it was a little wet on the inside but not bad. Everything is working fine, my main question is, could this have damaged the AMOLED screen at all?
posted by flipmiester99
on Dec 2, 2012 -
I have a Fancy Cousin who uses Virgin Mobile pre-paid, and my Fancy Cousin would like to get a new Android phone during this weekend's sales. A few questions: [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog
on Nov 23, 2012 -
We are switching from AT&T cell phone to service to Verizon, and I'd like to perform the switch smoothly while also using one of the new phones as a Christmas gift. Your advice on the proper procedure would be welcome. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady
on Nov 20, 2012 -
I love using the Chrome to Phone
extension to send websites from Chrome to my Android phone. Does anyone know of a program that does the reverse?
posted by Aanidaani
on Nov 17, 2012 -
How can my small company share OUTSIDE contacts across our organization and have access to them on our phones? [more inside]
posted by Guyatoffice
on Nov 15, 2012 -
I can't stand my iPhone 4S any longer, but I've still got a year and a half to wait for the contract to end (AT&T). I'd love to switch to an Android, because I'm sick of having to use iTunes just to get a few songs on to the device. I'd like to get an HTC One X, but am open to suggestions. What are my options for replacing this piece of crap? Should I just try and unlock/sell my iPhone on craigslist?
posted by matkline
on Nov 12, 2012 -
During the past three and a half hours, I've received ten telemarketer calls on my cell phone. They seem to be from the same company using different numbers and area codes (I stopped answering and they don't always leave a message, so I can't be sure). What can I do, and what did I do? [more inside]
posted by gladly
on Nov 8, 2012 -
Post-Sandy, we are thinking it would be good to have an old-fashioned landline for future outages. We currently have FIOS phone, cable and internet. When we lost power, after the second day we had no home phone I guess because the battery backup died.
So is there such a thing as old-fashioned landline service anymore? And who can I call to get this service from? In central NJ?
posted by mmf
on Nov 8, 2012 -
You: a professor.
I: student/applicant for your program.
How do you feel about phone contact? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish
on Nov 6, 2012 -
I am a good friend, I meet loads of interesting people, but I am terrible at maintaining friendships. Help me not end up alone, on my couch, eating out of a tuna can every night wondering what happened to all my friends. [more inside]
posted by amoeba
on Nov 5, 2012 -
Why are there many products for in-home power-line computer networking, but nearly nothing for phone-line networking? [more inside]
posted by massysett
on Nov 5, 2012 -