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Please leave your answer after the beep.

Help me understand my landline phone problems and possibly buy a new one. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on May 17, 2012 - 2 answers

"Is this your homework, Larry?"

I'm getting phone calls and late night texts (and sexts) for an Edith. Edith appears to be a local teenager. How to deal? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on May 14, 2012 - 14 answers

Escaping Ma Bell’s Vile Offspring

Please share your experience purchasing local landline service from a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier. [more inside]
posted by audi alteram partem on May 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Which Android phone do I want?

I have a HTC Wildfire S, which I like a lot and does everything I want except with one big caveat: the inbuilt memory on the phone is pitiful. The inability to move some apps to the SD card is proving to be a pain. I have reached the stage, after only a handful of not-preinstalled apps, of having to constantly uninstall/reinstall apps as I need them. So, can someone suggest to me another phone that might suit me better? [more inside]
posted by oclipa on May 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Fashionably Late Adopter

What is the best Android phone for a cheapskate without a data plan? [more inside]
posted by LiteOpera on May 11, 2012 - 21 answers

Can you port just one number from a Verizon family plan?

How do you port just one phone number from a family plan to a new one? My son is going off his dad's Verizon mobile family plan and is getting his own (not necessarily through Verizon). His dad has several lines on his family plan and will be keeping that account.
posted by Wordwoman on May 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Any port in a cell phone storm?

Currently, I have a Virgin Mobile PAYG smartphone. I'd like to get a phone on my family's Sprint plan instead (for the same monthly price as Virgin, I can get unlimited whatever). However, Sprint says they can't port my phone number because Virgin is a reseller of theirs. I've heard that you can port your number to Google Voice for a small fee, and then have Sprint port the number to a Sprint phone, but this advice was found on a forum somewhere and no one backed up the claim that it actually worked. Would it work? Have you done this? I'd really like to keep my phone number, and before I risk losing it, I'd like to know. Thanks.
posted by bluefly on May 7, 2012 - 6 answers

Dish Network bundles

How do Dish Network TV/phone/broadband bundles work? Anyone have any experience? [more inside]
posted by ackptui on May 5, 2012 - 3 answers

Spooky cellphone interference

Walking down the street on a cellphone, my reception cuts out and I hear a different voice through the earpiece, very briefly, say something like "... three months..." It sounds like an advertisement. The person on the other end heard nothing, and the call wasn't dropped. What the heck happened? [more inside]
posted by BungaDunga on Apr 30, 2012 - 6 answers

stopping am phone calls

Is it possible to stop unwanted phone calls when it seems no one is on the other end? The call is coming to our landline (home phone), and we don't have caller id, an answering machine, or any kind of special machine or service that can identify or filter out the calls. This has been an ongoing issue for a few weeks. [more inside]
posted by Mael Oui on Apr 30, 2012 - 15 answers

SIM /Data while travelling in Italy

Staying in Italy for 3 1/2 months from June to October 2012. The Flashdrake and I need SIM cards for our mobile/cell phones while we are there. I must have data access as well, at least 1GB a month. The TelCo industry changes so rapidly however, that I hoped that MeFites might help with current options. In the past we have had not problem with SIM cards overseas, particularly finding the Lebara plans great in Europe as they permitted us to call each other for free. [more inside]
posted by Flashduck on Apr 28, 2012 - 4 answers

help me with putting address book into iphone

frustrated for not being able to import address book contacts into my iphone. Seek kind help here [more inside]
posted by akomom on Apr 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Phone help for the technologically challenged

Time to upgrade and consolidate three plans and four phones. We want smart phones but I seriously do not know where to start. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by raisingsand on Apr 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Remote Management

How do I win friends and influence people when I don't know what they look like? My new job requires me to manage client projects remotely. Most of my time with clients is spent either in conference calls, one-on-one phone calls, or communicating through email and Basecamp. I usually have no idea what these people look like. As a project manager I need to keep the client moving towards the finish line by making decisions quickly and getting things done on time. My question is two fold: 1) How do I motivate and influence a team that works for another organization?, and 2) How do I best do this being remote? I am looking for techniques and tools that will help me be an effective, remote, 3rd party project manager. If it matters I work for a Software as a Service company. My clients are implementing our software on their websites. The client may or may not have a dedicated project manager. Help me drive things forward!
posted by jasondigitized on Apr 20, 2012 - 15 answers

Calling from an iPhone on wireless in china

How can I call an american telephone number (landline or cell) from an iPhone that 1. Has only wireless, and 2. Is behind the Chinese firewall? [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Apr 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Can you help me debug the unreliable internet connectivity on my Android Samsung Galaxy S1?

Can you help me debug the unreliable internet connectivity on my Android Samsung Galaxy S1? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Apr 9, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me reconfigure my digital life.

My cellphone and laptop are reaching the end of their runs (a respectable 5 years for the laptop, and a measly two for the phone). In the next several months, I will need to get new devices. But what should I do? New awesome phone (Samsung Galaxy IIS or similar) and keep the current laptop pretty much only for typing and image editing? New basic phone + iPad + plug-in keyboard for the iPad? New basic phone + MacBook Air? More on what I do with my devices (and what I'd like to do with them) after the jump. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Apr 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Replacing a broken cell phone

My wife dropped her AT&T Blackberry Torch 9800 in water last night, and even though the phone wasn't damp inside, it doesn't power up. We just came from the local AT&T store, and we can't upgrade until July. The only options they gave us were to buy a new Blackberry Torch for $499 or wait four months and buy it for $99. Do we have any other options? The phone's data has been backed up to our PC, so we'd really like to replace it with a Torch (she likes the keyboard) or at least a compatible phone so the data can be restored.
posted by davcoo on Apr 3, 2012 - 16 answers

Sports Notifications

I'm looking for an Android app to give me notifications for the start of various sports events. [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge on Apr 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Phone to access memory card

Can I connect an external memory stick or memory card to my phone? (with an adapter) [more inside]
posted by Xhris on Mar 29, 2012 - 5 answers

It's so nice to meet...where was I again?

How can I learn to stay focused while talking (and listening) on the phone, particularly in professional contexts? [more inside]
posted by brackish.line on Mar 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for a fantastic high end cell phone

Help me find the best high end unlocked cell phone that can be used with Tmobile (U.S.) [more inside]
posted by parakeetdog on Mar 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Why doesn't my new phone like my gmail account?

Any ideas how to get a gmail account to synch on a new Razr 4g phone? [more inside]
posted by dbmcd on Mar 25, 2012 - 5 answers

I've got a few hangups.

Should I ignore occasional--maybe accidental--hangups from a former coworker? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 - 33 answers

Where can I get a virtual mobile phone that can be accessed through the internet, or, optionally, to my real phone?

Where can I get a phone number that I can access through the internet, with the option of forwarding to my cell phone? That can handle voice *and* SMS in both directions (for privacy reasons). [more inside]
posted by Nish ton on Mar 20, 2012 - 6 answers

What is the best phone for an active, mobile senior?

What is the best phone for an active, mobile senior? My mom is 75 and is on the phone all the time when she is at home. What would be the best cell phone for her so that she can keep in touch with people when she's on the go? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm on Mar 10, 2012 - 18 answers

How can I upgrade to a new smartphone with an accompanying data plan?

How can I upgrade to a new smartphone without an accompanying data plan? [more inside]
posted by AngryTypingGuy on Mar 9, 2012 - 8 answers

Recording all phone calls.

I want to record incoming and outgoing calls. I am aware of the legal aspects. [more inside]
posted by digividal on Mar 4, 2012 - 3 answers

Help my partner and I sync up!

How can my partner and I share a calendar - with iPhone, Android, and Outlook Exchange accounts on separate secure networks? [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Mar 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Any idea how I can get the broken off tip of a stereo headphone out of my phone's audio out jack?

Any idea how I can get the broken off tip of a stereo headphone out of my phone's audio out jack? [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks on Feb 29, 2012 - 25 answers

N900 Repair Advice

Any thoughts on repairing my Nokia N900? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Feb 24, 2012 - 2 answers

VOIP Upgrade

I'm thinking about getting an Obi110 VOIP appliance to replace our T-Mobile @Home service that's set to expire soon and keeping us tethered to an expensive plan. Is Google Voice the best service to go with, or should I go for another SIP voip provider? 911, either built in or third party, is a must. [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Feb 18, 2012 - 4 answers

In case of emergency, dial CMXI.

Is there any sequence of letters that spells out a number on a telephone keypad as well as indicating that same number in Roman numerals? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Feb 15, 2012 - 15 answers

Is my phone's accelerometer broken?

I think the accelerometer on my phone (HSPA+ Samsung Galaxy Nexus) is broken (evidence). Am I right? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Feb 6, 2012 - 3 answers

Two Google Voice number, one phone

I have a Google Voice number. My job has a Google voice number. How to get both to forward to my phone, or how to devise an alternative to my current set-up? [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth on Feb 3, 2012 - 9 answers

help me solve a small mystery

unknown texter who knows my name? [more inside]
posted by happyjuice on Feb 1, 2012 - 12 answers

How do we make our PBX grow with our company?

Where should I look and what should I look at for replacing our old Norstar/Meridian PBX? Should we replace the hardware or switch to a hosted solution? [more inside]
posted by MrBobaFett on Feb 1, 2012 - 15 answers

Etiquette regarding followups after an interview? Found an awesome job, but don't want to seem pushy.

I found a job that I would really like to get, but the company is being slow in making a decision. [more inside]
posted by digitaldraco on Feb 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Ahoy, bull manure on the Verizon!

What can I do to bend Verizon to my will? Or is it time to head out in search of greener pastures? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Jan 30, 2012 - 16 answers

HTC Sensation question about links in emails/texts?

Tell me how to efficiently get links from emails/text out of an HTC Sensation to work w/minimal effort? [more inside]
posted by prodevel on Jan 25, 2012 - 4 answers

Being realistic about paternal relationship

How do I become comfortable with how my father chooses to be involved in my life (minimally, not of his own initiative) as an adult? What are the limits between healthy and compassionate effort on my part and a realistic acknowledgment of both of our limitations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2012 - 8 answers

Smarter than dumb, but dumber than smart

Is there a feature phone with a good email interface? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Jan 20, 2012 - 9 answers

Open phone cover for a Galaxy s2 Herculese T989

My ebay-jitsu is failing me. I am looking for 2 separate covers for a Samsung Galaxy S2 (Hercules T989). Can you find this one and this one on ebay or Amazon? These are covers with the bottom part open.
posted by furious on Jan 19, 2012 - 2 answers

What newer T-mobile phone should I get?

I am on Tmobile and need a new 4G cell phone. What are the great new 4g T-Mobile phones that have come out recently or are coming out in the next week? [more inside]
posted by icy on Jan 15, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I record phone conversations on my Windows computer?

How do I record phone conversations on my Windows computer? [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Jan 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Lost phone in Philadelphia

A friend of mine lost her blackberry phone. What can be done on our end to get it back or get copies of the irreplaceable pictures of loved ones from it? Long-winded weepy details inside. [more inside]
posted by furious on Jan 11, 2012 - 2 answers

Backup android phone without using the screen

Can I do a full backup of my Samsung Vibrant without being able to see the screen? [more inside]
posted by zeoslap on Jan 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Will offering my full attention to my loved ones get them to reciprocate?

Will offering my full attention to my loved ones get them to reciprocate? [more inside]
posted by Hellafiles on Jan 4, 2012 - 45 answers

Documenting on a Budget When You're Also a Unique Snowflake

What makes more sense for documenting my trip to South Korea and Vietnam, an HD video camera or a digital still camera? [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Jan 2, 2012 - 14 answers

This is why tech-illiterate types should not film themselves having sex...

Best way to save a video of an...um...intimate nature that was taken with phone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2011 - 16 answers

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