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]
[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]
Best service to transfer existing home phone number to voicemail only? [more inside]
Please suggest a good car dock for the Google Nexus 4. [more inside]
iPhone me! --which model do I need: 4, 4S, or 5? [more inside]
Looking for prepaid phone recommendations for an older person in the US. No smartphone, no texting, just very occasional outgoing voice calls. [more inside]
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]
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]
Nexus unlocked or S III+contract? [more inside]
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?
Help me find an iPhone case / cover for my mom, please. [more inside]
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]
I need advice on finding an Android smartphone, not quite so upmarket as this question. Thanks, Metafilter! [more inside]
Using Exchange email on Windows Phone 8, Android, and iPhone [more inside]
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]
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?
Looking for a phone (landline or cell) with a missed call notification. [more inside]
How can my small company share OUTSIDE contacts across our organization and have access to them on our phones? [more inside]
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?
Seeking a Phone with Quality Voice Command Software [more inside]
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]
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?
You: a professor. I: student/applicant for your program. How do you feel about phone contact? Details inside. [more inside]
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]
Why are there many products for in-home power-line computer networking, but nearly nothing for phone-line networking? [more inside]
How to go about buying a phone on eBay, and installing your current sims card yourself? [more inside]
How strongly should I feel about hanging on to my grandfathered AT&T unlimited data plan? [more inside]
Windows phones: Does anyone know when the Samsung Ativ S come out? [more inside]
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...
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]
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]
Recommendations for a standalone Skype phone? [more inside]
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]
Need some solutions for temporary cell phone re-routing. Thinking Google Voice might be the solution somehow but looking for brainstorms. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
Phone Call Scheduler: How can I schedule a phone call to automatically call me every morning? [more inside]
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]
Are there any excellent iPhone 5 cases available now? [more inside]
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.
Help getting out of a cell contract because I have no service. [more inside]
Please choose a family cell plan for us. [more inside]
Cell phones in countries (Americas-Latin, South, Central etc.) [more inside]
To smartphone or not to smartphone? Can I have the advantages without being sucked in by the electronic leash? [more inside]
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]
Portland OR telephone/data/wiring brick and mortar? Preferably on the eastside? [more inside]