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Calling all Android fanboys: welcome me into your club, please.

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 - 22 answers

Seeking a Phone with Quality Voice Command Software

Seeking a Phone with Quality Voice Command Software [more inside]
posted by jamesdtj on Nov 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Can I Make It Stop?

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 - 8 answers

Hello? Any landlines out there?

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 - 20 answers

Call me maybe

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 - 16 answers

Help me learn how to maintain friendships?

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 - 17 answers

Power line vs phone line LAN products

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 - 7 answers

Buying a Phone on eBay?

How to go about buying a phone on eBay, and installing your current sims card yourself? [more inside]
posted by jamesdtj on Nov 4, 2012 - 9 answers

How bitterly should I cling to my unlimited data plan?

How strongly should I feel about hanging on to my grandfathered AT&T unlimited data plan? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Nov 4, 2012 - 18 answers

windows phone

Windows phones: Does anyone know when the Samsung Ativ S come out? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 on Oct 31, 2012 - 3 answers

Can I make the GoogleVoice connect invisible to a caller?

I've just set up a Google Voice number. When someone calls the number, the person hears something like, "Please wait while Google Voice connects you." Is there a way for the connection to be transparent to the caller, i.e. for them not to know that they're calling a Google Voice number? It seems like there should be but I'm not having any luck figuring it out...
posted by Wisco72 on Oct 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Complete phone cloning

Hypothetically, what are the practical results of completely cloning a GSM phone-- not just the SIM card, but also the radio fingerprint and any other method used to differentiate two mobile devices? [more inside]
posted by shakespeherian on Oct 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Canadian area code/rate centre VoIP DIDs

VoIP: How much should I really be paying for Canadian DIDs in major metro areas? Currently paying $2/mo for US numbers and $5/mo for Canadian. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Oct 24, 2012 - 1 answer

Good Skype Phone

Recommendations for a standalone Skype phone? [more inside]
posted by tabubilgirl on Oct 23, 2012 - 1 answer

Can someone tell me how I can confirm my location (in the UK) of where I was a couple/few weeks ago please. At the time I was using an HTC Hero phone on the O2 network.

Can someone tell me how I can confirm my location (in the UK) of where I was a couple/few weeks ago please. At the time I was using an HTC Hero phone on the O2 network. [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Oct 22, 2012 - 11 answers

Best/cheapest internet cellphone solutions!

Need some solutions for temporary cell phone re-routing. Thinking Google Voice might be the solution somehow but looking for brainstorms. [more inside]
posted by amanda on Oct 21, 2012 - 6 answers

How to convey enthusiasm on the job hunt?

I just moved to a big city after graduating college in August. I'm not sure exactly what I want to do, and I'm not the most ambitious or confident person, to say the least. I have a somewhat untreated case of ADD, but I don't take my meds anymore; I'm finding coffee and exercise are much better. Anyways, I have gotten two different pieces of negative feedback on my phone behavior with people who had the potential to give me a job; they both basically said I sounded unenthusiastic. What is a good way to remedy this? [more inside]
posted by bluelights on Oct 19, 2012 - 28 answers

Find a set of recordings based on an example

I found an audio file years ago that talked about the long-distance phone network in the USA in the 1970's. Can anyone tell me where it's from? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Oct 16, 2012 - 7 answers

Headsets save necks! (need a headset for cisco phone)

I need a recommendation for a headset to buy to use with my Cisco IP Phone 7960 series, ideally over-the-ear (not over-the-head) and around $50 or less. [more inside]
posted by de void on Oct 16, 2012 - 4 answers

ET, phone...someone else?

My phone wasn't working this morning because someone had activated another phone using the same number. Is this a scam? How do I protect myself? [more inside]
posted by troika on Oct 9, 2012 - 7 answers

the search for the next phone

What is the lay of the land of with Sony Ericsson phones these days? I used to have their Walkman phones up until five years ago, and they were fantastic, with features I miss almost every day since I transitioned to the iphone. I could do video editing on those things, even adding a soundtrack from songs I had on the phone! Plus, I could leave messages to myself on the front screen, and other super-helpful things-- and that was all before they even had micro SD slots, which sound great. Now that my iphone is almost kaput I thought I'd investigate a bit, but I can't find a good overview of the different phones. [more inside]
posted by thegreatfleecircus on Oct 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Playing Alone, Together.

SO has a frequent long, boring train ride. He also has a brand new Android phone, like I do. What are some two-player games that two people could play together over an android phone to help ride out the train monotony?
posted by The Whelk on Oct 7, 2012 - 13 answers

How to schedule a phone call?

Phone Call Scheduler: How can I schedule a phone call to automatically call me every morning? [more inside]
posted by Mroz on Oct 2, 2012 - 6 answers

Online contact management panacea, where are you?

Where should I be managing my online contacts so that I can use them on my phone easily and how can I get there from the mess I have right now? [more inside]
posted by cmm on Sep 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Are there good iPhone 5 cases available now?

Are there any excellent iPhone 5 cases available now? [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Sep 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Need Help on Navigating Smart Phone Plans

I am looking for advice on finding the best smart phone deals. I have an old clamshell phone. I need very little for myself...not even texting though want the occasional use of apps. I am currently moving to Denver and may switch from AT&T though my wireless and phones are bundled and very cheap ($90/mo for our two cheap phones and wireless for home though that would change *a lot* with upgrades?). I am really confused on what the hell is a decent deal. I don't make many calls whatsoever but my wife will be calling family or perhaps using Face Time/Messaging via an iPhone if we can afford. We don't need the newest and best phones but am not sure where to start for packaging costs, especially as we may do wireless separate once we get to Denver. Any thoughts on how you would go about this, where you would buy a phone (new or refurb), deals that have worked for you (assuming you don't use the phone for a lot but still want the options of some of the apps). iPhone? Samsung? Razr? Carriers recommendations? I want to go as low $ as possible but not make a stupid decision out of pinching the hell out of the pennies.
posted by snap_dragon on Sep 19, 2012 - 14 answers

How can I break my Sprint contract?

Help getting out of a cell contract because I have no service. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Sep 18, 2012 - 10 answers

Family cell phone plans

Please choose a family cell plan for us. [more inside]
posted by Kazimirovna on Sep 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Cell phone use in other countries

Cell phones in countries (Americas-Latin, South, Central etc.) [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Sep 16, 2012 - 9 answers

To smartphone or not to smartphone?

To smartphone or not to smartphone? Can I have the advantages without being sucked in by the electronic leash? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Sep 15, 2012 - 7 answers

"Your incabulator is leaking, sir, and we need to realign it."

Comcast just called me and says that something in my house is feeding noise back into their system, and that I need to schedule someone to come out and look around at everything. Is this legit? [more inside]
posted by jquinby on Sep 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Portland OR telephone/data/wiring brick and mortar?

Portland OR telephone/data/wiring brick and mortar? Preferably on the eastside? [more inside]
posted by dan g. on Sep 11, 2012 - 4 answers

Collection Agency Here: Pay! And evidence of the bill is YOUR problem!

Hounded by a collection agency - how do I gather evidence about the actual bill in question? [more inside]
posted by alex_skazat on Sep 7, 2012 - 6 answers

How is it possible that so many smart phone apps are for free?

I am relatively new to the smart phone world. But what I already learned is that incredibly many apps are for free. I wonder how that is possible. During the last month I have spent some time myself developing a financial app for Android - my preferred smart phone. The app of course could be useful not only for me but also for others. So I put it into the Google Play Store. Since I made some effort with bringing the thing to life I am not ready to give it away for free but expect getting a reasonable price paid. What I wonder is are people in general expecting apps to be free anyway? Are there other models how to finance the development of smart phone apps?
posted by matthiasw on Sep 6, 2012 - 27 answers

Phone based therapists?

Know of any phone based therapists? Seeing a lot of research based sites in my searches but no actual therapists doing this.
posted by mrflibble on Sep 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Dial the area code or no? Why should it still matter?

Why is it that the phone company can't figure out whether or not an area code is needed when dialing - even when I can't - and just dial the number accordingly? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Sep 5, 2012 - 29 answers

Phone!

What should I do to my Google Nexus S? Replace, root, or restrain myself? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Sep 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Need hardware widget that endows phone with loud ring/alarm

I need a hardware device that endows my cell phone with a loud ring/alarm. I have bought and had to return 3 phones because they just aren't loud enough to reliably hear when they ring if they are buried under clothes, are in the other room, I am standing near traffic etc. No idea how phone designs got to this stage but there it is. [more inside]
posted by Nish ton on Sep 1, 2012 - 14 answers

Community Survey Alternatives

The county I live in would like to survey residents regarding their preferences on specific issues. I am familiar with survey monkey type internet surveys which we will likely utilize. However many residents do not have access to internet. So we would like to make the survey available in another way like calling an 800 number, answering questions with the phone's keypad. I have searched but cannot find this kind of product. Any ideas or other alternatives are hugely appreciated!
posted by lake59 on Sep 1, 2012 - 15 answers

Why is a brand-new smartphone worth the money?

How do you use your smartphone to actually improve your life/work? How would you persuade someone upgrading is worthwhile with real-life examples? [more inside]
posted by likeyoubutme on Aug 31, 2012 - 35 answers

How do I get cheaper phone service for a small business?

How do I get cheaper phone service for a small business? [more inside]
posted by Carius on Aug 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Forwarding from SIP to landline, no monthly fee?

How can I forward a sip address to a landline, with only a fee for the call itself? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Aug 26, 2012 - 1 answer

How will Dolphin Browser be ruined in order to make it profitable?

How is Dolphin Browser (formerly Dolphin HD) going to make money? It seems to be a company with no revenue plan. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by toothless joe on Aug 25, 2012 - 4 answers

UK Android tethering on the cheap?

At the end of this month I'm coming to the end of my mobile 'phone contract with T-Mobile UK and am looking for the cheapest way (presumably SIM only) to run my Android smartphone whilst being able to tether it to my Android tablet - does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations for plans/providers/cunning ruses to get a great deal, please?
posted by timpollard on Aug 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Poor cell signal in new flat. Cellphone repeater question.

Poor cell signal in new flat. Cellphone repeater question. [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge on Aug 19, 2012 - 10 answers

I need a phone to hold me over until my upgrade on Verizon

I need a Verizon phone to carry me over until the new iphone release. What's a decent cheap phone to get without doing the contract renewal or using up my upgrade? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Aug 17, 2012 - 15 answers

Tips for interviewing with a crisis hotline

What are some great tips for interviewing for a crisis hotline? [more inside]
posted by A 90s Kind of Guy on Aug 13, 2012 - 8 answers

New iphone, new contracts, minimal pain and suffering.

What's the least painful way to move to a family plan AND have both of us end up with the new iphone when it comes out? [more inside]
posted by rachelpapers on Aug 13, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me Flash Recovery and / or root my Nexus...

Help rooting and/or flashing Recovery on a Galaxy Nexus (Jelly Bean) on a Mac? I'm stuck. So I followed these instructions / video and all seemed to be going well until I got to Step 7. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Aug 10, 2012 - 9 answers

small, cheap, fairly smart phone?

Can you recommend a small, cheap, fairly smart phone? [more inside]
posted by bongo_x on Aug 8, 2012 - 12 answers

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