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]
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.
I'm looking for an Android app to give me notifications for the start of various sports events. [more inside]
Can I connect an external memory stick or memory card to my phone? (with an adapter) [more inside]
How can I learn to stay focused while talking (and listening) on the phone, particularly in professional contexts? [more inside]
Help me find the best high end unlocked cell phone that can be used with Tmobile (U.S.) [more inside]
Any ideas how to get a gmail account to synch on a new Razr 4g phone? [more inside]
Should I ignore occasional--maybe accidental--hangups from a former coworker? [more inside]
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]
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]
How can I upgrade to a new smartphone without an accompanying data plan? [more inside]
I want to record incoming and outgoing calls. I am aware of the legal aspects. [more inside]
How can my partner and I share a calendar - with iPhone, Android, and Outlook Exchange accounts on separate secure networks? [more inside]
Any idea how I can get the broken off tip of a stereo headphone out of my phone's audio out jack? [more inside]
Any thoughts on repairing my Nokia N900? [more inside]
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]
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]
I think the accelerometer on my phone (HSPA+ Samsung Galaxy Nexus) is broken (evidence). Am I right? [more inside]
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]
unknown texter who knows my name? [more inside]
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]
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]
What can I do to bend Verizon to my will? Or is it time to head out in search of greener pastures? [more inside]
Tell me how to efficiently get links from emails/text out of an HTC Sensation to work w/minimal effort? [more inside]
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]
Is there a feature phone with a good email interface? [more inside]
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.
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]
How do I record phone conversations on my Windows computer? [more inside]
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]
Can I do a full backup of my Samsung Vibrant without being able to see the screen? [more inside]
Will offering my full attention to my loved ones get them to reciprocate? [more inside]
What makes more sense for documenting my trip to South Korea and Vietnam, an HD video camera or a digital still camera? [more inside]
Best way to save a video of an...um...intimate nature that was taken with phone? [more inside]
How can I use my smart phone as a camera in the US and not pay data/mobile network charges? [more inside]
Please help me pick a mobile phone plan in British Columbia. [more inside]
Prompted by this article about India's “missed call” mobile ecosystem: Other than the U.S., are there any countries in which the recipient of a call pays/uses minutes to receive calls on a mobile phone? What is the history of this unusual billing structure (assuming it is unusual)? [more inside]
How can I activate an old iPhone without a SIM card? [more inside]
Someone in England owes me money. He won't return emails. Is it possible to get his phone number? [more inside]
I just got a Samsung Stratosphere LTE, my first smartphone and first Android device. I'm not looking to use it as a mini computer (i have an iPad for that) but I am interested in how to best use it as a phone and what capabilities or apps are available that don't have an iOS equivalent or work better than their counterparts. What super-neat abilities does a Stratosphere have that might not be immediately apparent?
Anyone have experience switching from a smartphone to a feature phone? My current phone is a Blackberry. (Its Blackberry-ness isn't the issue.) I pay AT&T $90 month. I bought an iPad 6 months ago and my use of the phone has dropped precipitously. I initiate one or two voice calls per week and just a few texts. I never user it to browse the web. I do use it to check mail but I never respond to or initiate email on it. I travel with the iPad, so that relegates the phone to the bench on those occasions, too. In other words, I have much more phone than I need and I'm paying ATT $90 each month for services I barely use. So, I'm thinking about terminating the contract and going pay-as-you-go with a cheaper phone. Has anyone done the same thing for the same reasons? How did it work out? Did you regret it?
Android phone error: "Low on space -- Phone storage space is getting low." Help? [more inside]
Should I get an unlocked Android instead of a dumbphone? If so, any tips on things to consider when buying a Android phone for a smartphone noob? [more inside]
Help me navigate Verizon from my old family plan (w/parents) to a new family plan with my SO. [more inside]
Does-this-product-exist-filter: a bluetooth "headset" that looks and acts like a mid-late 90s flip-phone? [more inside]
Recommendations for an inexpensive unlocked non-smart phone with good voice quality and reception? [more inside]
Lazyweb: Have there been any studies of traffic accident rates after passage of the hands-free laws in so many municipalities in the USA? [more inside]
How much should I pay for an old iPhone? [more inside]
I am looking to simplify my life. What is a very simple, compact, and good cell phone that would work with T-Mobile. [more inside]
Does anyone know how to disable automatic software updating on the AT&T Pantech Pursuit II? I already disabled data services to save money, but as a result the updater can't connect to the internet. Every 4-8 hours it reminds me and it's really annoying.