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Is Rj45 ethernet the same as PARTNER phone sytem cabling?

Is phone system cabling the same as straight-thru ethernet? [more inside]
posted by jeb on Oct 17, 2005 - 10 answers

How do I sync with my Motorola V3 Razr?

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 - 8 answers

Why does my NOKIA 6820 say that some SMS are Unreadable?

Why does my NOKIA 6820 say that some SMS are Unreadable? When I receive SMS from some phones, the phone says that it cannot show the message, or that the message is unreadable. [more inside]
posted by Manouk on Sep 2, 2005 - 4 answers

Bluetooth Headset advice.

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 - 3 answers

Help me fix my home phone wiring.

Why does my home phone system sometimes ring only once when someone is trying to call me? [more inside]
posted by baltimore on Jul 17, 2005 - 10 answers

Cell phone confusion !

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 - 16 answers

International cell phones.

I'm going to be traveling around Asia (Southeast Asia, China and possibly Mongolia) from the 18th of this month until August of 2006, and I want to get an international cell phone. What are my options here? I'm clueless.
posted by borkingchikapa on May 7, 2005 - 8 answers

TracFone?

TracFone. 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 - 20 answers

Caller ID on cell phones

Do any cell phones do name & number Caller ID for numbers that aren't already in the phone's address book? Or are all cell phones number-only?
posted by stopgap on Mar 4, 2005 - 14 answers

Help us pick a shared cell phone plan.

Me and my spouse are looking to get a shared cell phone plan. What plans and phones would you recommend. Any plans to stay away from? Guide me with your wisdom.
posted by chiababe on Feb 10, 2005 - 20 answers

What does "unlocked" mean when referring to a cell phone?

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 - 8 answers

US Cordless Phone in Europe

PhoneFilter: I am thinking of buying a US-sold cordless phone and bringing it back to Europe. Other than voltage and frequency (which I've checked) is there any other reason why an American phone wouldn't work or work less in Europe (different ring-tone signals or Caller ID standards perhaps)?
posted by costas on Feb 1, 2005 - 8 answers

Special Cell Phone

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 - 4 answers

Dropping Verizon

I've had Vonage for a year + now and have no intention of going back to Verizon. And yet when I called Verizon to get them to detach and remove their ugly wires from my home, they want to bill me for the work. What are my rights?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Jan 12, 2005 - 18 answers

How can I overcome my aversion to using telephones?

I have an irrational aversion to using the telephone, even in the most innocuous and impersonal of situations (like calling to find out if some place is open, if a store sells a certain thing, if a musical venue is selling tickets to a show in advance, etc). I wouldn't go so far as to call it a "fear", though I do get somewhat nervous when forced to use the phone in such circumstances, which makes it inconvenient and somewhat unpleasant for me when I have to use the phone for whatever reason. So how can I overcome my phone aversion?
posted by anonymous on Dec 7, 2004 - 45 answers

WHat band is used for mobile phones in Syria? Who do you get a SIM card from?

Mobile phones in Syria. Anybody happen to know what band they use over there/what company one could get a sim card from if one was going to stay there for a year?
posted by Mossy on Nov 26, 2004 - 2 answers

Recommend good deals on disposable phones in the UK & France.

European disposable mobile phones: My parents, who are American, are going to Edinburgh, London & Paris later this week. They've asked me what I know about disposable/rentable phones since their phones won't work over there. I know nothing. So now I'm asking all of you: What do you know about good deals on disposable/rentable phones in the UK & France? (I believe they're looking to use the phones for a period of 7-10 days, and if it makes things simpler I think they are willing to do without during the French portion of the trip if necessary)
posted by bcwinters on Oct 10, 2004 - 7 answers

Help me choose a 5.8Ghz cordless phone

I just discovered that my vtech 2.4Ghz cordless phone is messing up my wireless g network, knocking my powerbook offline whenever I take a call. I'd like to move to a 5.8Ghz setup if it will prevent this, but there are a zillion options. Which would you pick and did it play nice with your network? [details inside] [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Sep 7, 2004 - 12 answers

Phone jack moving know-how

I'm renovating a room and I'd like to move a phone jack that was originally placed 5 feet from the floor (for a wall phone), down closer to plug height. We're talkin' standard wood frame construction with gypsum board walls. I know that the box is set against a wall stud but I'm unsure the best way to do this with the least amount of tearing up and patching. Any tips, online resources or warnings? I also don't know jack about phone wiring. Get it? Jack? Har dee har.
posted by jabo on Sep 2, 2004 - 5 answers

How to fix a Treo 600

So it came to pass and I got my Treo 600. I've been using AOL 3.2.1 for Palm for a couple of weeks but now it won't let me log on to my master screen name. I'm apparently not alone on this, as discussed on this message board. AOL is not responding. Does anybody know of a fix? Thanks for your time. [more inside]
posted by azul on Aug 16, 2004 - 2 answers

Incoming Charges on Mobile Phones

Why do US mobile phone companies get away with charging for incoming calls and SMS/MMS? What can customers do about it?
posted by brownpau on Aug 3, 2004 - 14 answers

Recommendations for Internet/Phone/Cell Provider

Can anyone recommend a good internet/phone/cell provider? Last year, my place of employment signed an all-inclusive contract with Norvergence for a T1 line, local & long distance phone and cell phone service. Service and support has been less than satisfactory and today, it has become apparent that they are going out of business. We are hoping to find a similar service with a reliable company. Any recommendations and experiences are appreciated. [more inside]
posted by deathofme on Jul 6, 2004 - 0 answers

Cool Mobile Phone Apps

I am particularly fortunate to have two free services to choose from [1, 2] to send ringers and stuff to my phone without going through the manufacturer or service provider.

Are there any other services that provide similar solutions for other providers, or perhaps software to do such? Surely there have to be some clever geeks out there with other brands of phones/service.
posted by britain on Jul 3, 2004 - 9 answers

Office Phones

I need to order a handful of office phones but it's very difficult to find a reputable dealer. Price is not the first concern; some assurance that they honor the warranties (in case of DOA phones) and that they don't sell refurbished equipment as new would be wonderful. Does anyone know of a trustworthy source for telecom equipment?
posted by sudama on May 17, 2004 - 1 answer

Wireless Networking Standard With Higher Frequency Than Cordless Phones?

80211b vs 80211g: According to my research, both are using the 2.4ghz freq as are cordless telephones. Isn't there a wireless networking standard that uses higher frequencies so that there's no interference from cordless phones?
posted by Fupped Duck on Apr 23, 2004 - 9 answers

Is bluetooth worth the hype?

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 - 13 answers

Cingular Cellphone

I'm buying my first cell phone now that my commute is changing from 5 minutes to 60. I want to send instant messages with the option of using an actual phone, I want it to be as cheap as possible, and I'd like to be with Cingular. The hiptop has arched my brow since it came out, but I'm not sure I'd like being on T-Mobile's network. Any thoughts?
posted by jragon on Feb 23, 2004 - 17 answers

Best Advice for cellphone & service (northern california)

I'm in the market for a new cell phone, and I'm trying to find some knowledgable reviewers (particularly of carriers and coverage). [more inside] [more inside]
posted by keswick on Feb 2, 2004 - 8 answers

Is there any way to make an orphaned, numberless Nokia useful?

I got a new cell phone, and my old one was deactivated and handed back to me. Is there any way to make an orphaned, numberless Nokia useful again (for when Sprint's coverage fades, like it has all this weekend) without signing a contract for a monthly fee? TracFone makes you buy a new phone, which is the opposite of what I'm looking for. Prepaid long distance cards seem to be only for land lines. Am I missing the magic google search term?
posted by Alylex on Feb 1, 2004 - 9 answers

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