Due to limited mobility from a disability, I'm forced to rely strictly on voice commands to control a cell phone. Over the years, trying to find a solution for reliable hands free functionality in this area has been challenging. Anyone familiar with voice recognition in the past knows the capricious, quirky nature of the beast. It can be VERY frustrating and almost comical at times. Anyway, with today's processing speeds and the advent of Siri and Google Now, I can happily say that it's almost there for me. In fact, I give a 90% approval rating for recent experiences with the latest Iphone and Android products. The biggest obstacle now has been the necessity to hit the home button to trigger the lovely Siri. This last hindrance was overcome by none other than Google with their release of the Moto X -- which waits in standby mode listening for your command. I was so excited by all the reviews that I rushed out to buy my own. It turned out fantastically, but (and there's always a butt in these things) it came with another quirky disappointment. And this one is kind of surprising: The damn thing won't answer incoming calls by voice. I've looked thru all the settings and searched high and low for an app but to no avail. The closest I've come is an app that auto answers after one ring, but who wants that? What if I'm trying to dodge the ex-gf. Lol. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
posted by dthm42
on Mar 13, 2014 -
Are older phones or phones designed for poorer countries any less susceptible to spying than the latest Apple, Google or Android models? I've read about CEO's looking for the very old brick phones because since they don't have the sophisticated technology of the modern phones, they're harder to monitor or track. I understand the phones w/o apps are clearly more secure regarding third parties because they aren't sending personal data to companies. But what the government and everything else; voice, location via cell towers, SMS; the very basics.
posted by CollectiveMind
on Jan 4, 2014 -
I'm going to be travelling to India soon and I wanted to get a prepaid cellular connection for my iPhone to avoid roaming charges and for internet access.
What's the cheapest/best prepaid connection in India (going to be travelling around South India)? Is there some way I can buy it in the US so I can have cellular access from when I immediately arrive? [more inside]
posted by touareg
on Dec 1, 2013 -
I need to port my Sprint phone number over to boost. Bills are out of control and I rue ever leaving Boost for a contract phone. I've been with Sprint over a year, but not long enough to finish out two-year contract. Yes--I know I will be on hook for early termination fee. My main worry is that I owe money to Sprint (phone is still on for a few more days). I want porting to go smoothly and I do not want to lose my cell phone number. I can do this tomorrow or later today. Just let me know what I need to do to port number smoothly. Thanks for your help.
posted by caveatz
on Aug 9, 2013 -
Does any cell phone network engineer perhaps know why you can't hear your own voice when speaking on a cell? [more inside]
posted by jtexman1
on May 18, 2013 -
First, let me state that I have no idea if these two things are interrelated, but it seems like they could be, so I'm going to go ahead and conjecture here: our AT&T cell phone service drops from nearly full 3G to one bar from time to time (usually during calls, of course) and our wi-fi does the same thing. I've tried timing it and I can't seem to nail it down to anything. Could these service drops be related? [more inside]
posted by summerteeth
on Feb 26, 2013 -
Thinking about buying a Nexus 4 from the Google Play Store. Are there good third-party accidental damage warranties out there that won't break the bank? [more inside]
posted by apip
on Nov 1, 2012 -
Help us find a cell phone solution given that we are moving in 6 months (and we can't wait that long to replace our current Verizon phones) [more inside]
posted by seachange
on Apr 11, 2012 -
Phone's battery drain is draining my patience, after hours of research, two batteries, and several phone calls with T-Mobile. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay
on Mar 8, 2012 -
How can an AT&T customer (like me) switch to an unlocked Dell Streak? (Details within . . .) [more inside]
posted by Crotalus
on Jan 14, 2011 -
I will be going on vacation to Mexico and need to remain in contact with my family. What are some ways to call the U.S. from Mexico? [more inside]
posted by lifeonholidae
on Oct 17, 2010 -
I'll be spending at least several months in Europe, and I'd like to buy an unlocked Android phone and use prepaid SIM cards in each country I visit. Data access (not just voice) is important. What are the best phones on the market for this purpose? [more inside]
posted by pete_22
on Aug 26, 2010 -
Do cell phone signal boosters like this one
from Radio Shack actually work? Apparently an external antenna is mounted outside your home, and this is connected to a "desktop amplifier." In most rooms in my house, I'm riding with a single bar of signal (thank you, AT&T). If this can help, I'm all in.
Does anyone have any experience with one of these?
posted by jackypaper
on Aug 24, 2010 -
I gave my cell phone to a badly burned fire victim and she took it with her to the hospital in the ambulance. It was covered in blood. I dont want it back. I have no phone insurance. I'm with Sprint. Any provision for a replacement if the phone is lost in in a life saving circumstance? WARNING: graphic details inside. [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde
on May 24, 2009 -
I'd like to be a beta tester for devices, specifically cell phones and smartphones. Is it possible to do this? I don't care about getting paid or actually getting to keep said device. I just really like playing around with them and would like to aid in their development as a real user. [more inside]
posted by sio42
on Mar 27, 2009 -
How accurate are political polls in the age of the cell phone? Here's why I ask: Out of nine folks in my office, seven of us have no landlines in our homes; we are mobile exclusive. Of the those seven, six are voting Obama and one is voting McCain. The two of us with landlines are split one to one for Obama-McCain. Any pollsters working in our neck of the woods would see the race in a dead heat, one to one. In reality, we're seven to two. So, aren't the polls growing more skewed with every passing year? Do some pollsters actually call cell-phone users? If not, there's a bias.
posted by jackypaper
on Sep 8, 2008 -
How do I sync my notes in my Blackberry Curve's memopad to a web-based service? [more inside]
posted by aebaxter
on Aug 20, 2008 -
Now that I have unlimited SMS (text messages) on my cell phone, what cool things can I do? [more inside]
posted by niles
on Jul 10, 2007 -
The pro's and con's of killing my land line phone service in favor or going purely cell phone.....Go! [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid
on Jul 18, 2006 -
Cell phones for elementary school kids? My kid wants one, I don't see the need. Am I missing something here? [more inside]
posted by Flakypastry
on May 21, 2006 -
My Sony w600i jumped 2 feet off an aquarium and cracked it's screen and has bled through. The display is totally useless and now the phone is acting up (dropping calls, static, etc.) I finally found this phone after major trouble with Blackberry and Motorolas. It was definately my favorite phone in my cell phone tenure. I now need a phone and don't want to pay 200-300 dollars (again) for a phone. I'm locked in a contact to the upgrade with a rebate is out of the question. Are there any stores online that I can find good deals on cell phones? What durable, simple frills phone would you recommend? I'm tired of spending good money and then either ruining it myself or having the phone go schizo on its own.
posted by ieatwords
on Apr 12, 2006 -
Is there a way to find cheap cell phones online without a contract? I've heard of online "outlet stores" from a few random people here and there, but haven't yet been able to actually stumble upon one.
posted by Ekim Neems
on Nov 11, 2005 -
I just bought a too-cool-for-you Razr V3 from T-Mobile. I can get it to talk via Bluetooth (oh it routes through my laptop speakers, fancy) -- but I can't figure out how to transfer an MP3. Also is there a definitive community site that everyone goes to for ringtones, wallpapers, etc.? [more inside]
posted by geoff.
on Sep 5, 2005 -
Bluetooth Headset advice.
Looking for some advice on a Bluetooth headset which works well with Motorola V710 phones. Right now I’m considering Motorola HS850, and would like to hear opinions on that model and alternatives. Important factors would be integration with phone, ease of use, battery life, and comfort. Also, this is going to be given as a gift to someone who currently uses there phone quite a bit (too often IMHO) while driving, is such a gift appropriate or could personal preference/comfort (and variability of this factors between users) a possible issue? I’ve Googled and Epinion’d a bit but have not had much luck in finding comparisons across models.
posted by evilelf
on Aug 9, 2005 -
What's the best cell phone I can buy right now in the United States that will sync with a Mac? I have some specific wants and am totally perplexed by the world of cell phones. [more inside]
posted by josh
on Jul 12, 2005 -
. Anyone here have anything good/bad to say about TracFone
? Google shows very mixed
reviews, with the worst of them dating 2-7 years ago
. To complicate things, a lot of the negative reviews are written poorly or involve ignorant customers. Amazon reviews
are useless since everyone is spamming the reviews trying to do referrals ("why, sure
the phones are great!"). [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman
on Mar 4, 2005 -
Cell phone(s): Can anyone tell me what "unlocked" means when referring to a cell phone? I see this on eBay quite a bit.
posted by johnj
on Feb 2, 2005 -
I am trying to find a cell phone suited to someone with osteo arthritis and reduced vision [more inside] [more inside]
posted by tomble
on Jan 25, 2005 -
Is bluetooth worth the hype? I am in the process of changing cell carriers, and I am going from CDMA (Sprint) to GSM (T-Mobile) so I can't keep my phone. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by benjh
on Mar 4, 2004 -