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My New Smartphone Seems Less Smart

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 - 4 answers

Hope a hopeless new Android user

[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 - 19 answers

Cheap virtual voicemail for existing US landline number?

Best service to transfer existing home phone number to voicemail only? [more inside]
posted by jacobsee on Dec 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Car dock for a Nexus 4?

Please suggest a good car dock for the Google Nexus 4. [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron on Dec 14, 2012 - 6 answers

iPhone me--which model do I need 4, 4S, or 5?

iPhone me! --which model do I need: 4, 4S, or 5? [more inside]
posted by calgirl on Dec 13, 2012 - 43 answers

Help me choose a no-contract dumbphone for my mom.

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 - 11 answers

merry christmas and happy calling me everyday for help

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 - 8 answers

How to unlock a Nokia phone?

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 - 6 answers

Nexus unlocked or S III+contract?

Nexus unlocked or S III+contract? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Dec 4, 2012 - 10 answers

Screen Damage

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 - 7 answers

iPhone cover with a hip no-slip grip

Help me find an iPhone case / cover for my mom, please. [more inside]
posted by komara on Nov 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Phone for a Dandy Man

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 - 12 answers

Obligatory Phone-Shopping Question

I need advice on finding an Android smartphone, not quite so upmarket as this question. Thanks, Metafilter! [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Nov 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Good-bye Blackberry. Hello...what?

Using Exchange email on Windows Phone 8, Android, and iPhone [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Nov 20, 2012 - 7 answers

How to manage the logistics of a cellphone provider switch? Added Difficulty: Christmas Gift

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 - 14 answers

Reverse Chrome to Phone?

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 - 6 answers

Looking for phone with missed call notification.

Looking for a phone (landline or cell) with a missed call notification. [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Nov 16, 2012 - 15 answers

Sharing OUTSIDE contacts nightmare!

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 - 14 answers

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

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