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Taking my iPhone to Canada -- how to not get burned by fees

I am confused about my options for using voice/data/texting on my Verizon iPhone 5 while on a trip to Canada. [more inside]
posted by capnsue on Jun 25, 2014 - 8 answers

To update or not update my OS: Verizon iPhone4

I've got an old Verizon iPhone I would dearly love to keep as long as possible, because once I give it up for a newer one I lose my unlimited data plan. (Grumble! Rant!). [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Jun 20, 2014 - 18 answers

Android in a Apple world?

The ghost of Steve Jobs and I disagree on smart phone design. Can I make an Android phone work with all my existing Apple stuff? And if so, which Android phone should I get? [more inside]
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts on Apr 20, 2014 - 16 answers

Smartphone upgrade: Android, iPhone 5c and a Sony Smartwatch

I have an original Droid with a slide-out keyboard with Verizon, and I'm looking to upgrade. I also have a Sony Smartwatch, first edition. I've been looking at iPhones longingly for a while, and Verizon had a deal on the iPhone 5c that expired yesterday, so without much thought, I ordered one. It's on backorder, and I have 14 days to try it and return it without penalty, and I'm only now doing proper research on my options. So here I am, looking for insight and input. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 1, 2014 - 3 answers

Galaxy vs iPhone

Help me decide between a Samsung Galaxy S4 and an iPhone 4S. [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty on Mar 31, 2014 - 24 answers

Which entry-level smartphone should I buy?

I'm finally going to ditch my trusty LG enV 3 for a smartphone, but I want one off-contract, and I don't want to spend a ton of money. [more inside]
posted by jcreigh on Jan 22, 2014 - 15 answers

Easing my way into the 2000s

Getting an iPhone / smartphone for the first time! Is ebay/Craigslist an okay place to start? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Dec 26, 2013 - 15 answers

Help me be Smartphone enabled for 7 day Japan trip (iPhone, data, apps)

I'm traveling to Japan for a week for InterBee - which also include two days on my own. I land at the airport...and then have to get to my hotel (different ones during the trip). My guess is that I will be doing loads of train travel. Loads of questions [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Nov 7, 2013 - 13 answers

How can I use a iphone 4s without a sim card as a ipod?

I was given a iphone 4s from a relative as a gift. I already have a nice android and thought it would be cool to just use the iphone as a ipod instead of just selling the gift and risk offending them. It came factory reset and stays on a activation screen awaiting a sim card. I can not figure out how to get past this screen and just use it as a device which is fairly easy to do with any android phone. Do I need to "unlock" or "jailbreak" the phone to bypass the sim card need or do I need to buy a sim card just to use it as a ipod with no carrier or phone functionality? Please help and recommend any useful software.
posted by isopropyl on Nov 5, 2013 - 17 answers

Smartphones for couples - same OS?

I'm planning on getting my very first smartphone pretty soon. One of the ways that people seem to use phones (a lot? sometimes?) involves syncing info between couples: schedules, grocery lists, to-do lists, tracking the other person's phone to tell that they're stuck in traffic, etc. Is this really useful? Does wanting this mean I should get an iPhone (like my husband) or can I do Android? [more inside]
posted by aimedwander on Oct 8, 2013 - 29 answers

What do you use your phone for?

I wish for my smartphone to have more utility. What do you use yours for? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Sep 28, 2013 - 47 answers

How do iPhone trade-in programs work?

I have a relatively-new iPhone 5 that I'm thinking of selling or trading in. It all seems a bit confusing, though, so please explain to me how this works. [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Sep 10, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me buy a smart phone, please?

My contract for my dumbphone is up and I think it is finally time for me to upgrade to a smartphone. However, I have a few questions about the type of phone and the service provider. [more inside]
posted by Bailey270 on Jul 17, 2013 - 17 answers

iOS app for my son so he can message a restricted list of individuals?

My son has an iPod touch and pretty much everyone in our family has iPhones and iPads. I would like to find a way that my son can text chat with only a small approved list of people. [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Jun 24, 2013 - 14 answers

Jumping ship to Android (Google's S4) and need a Mailbox equivalent

I think the time has come for me to jump the iPhone ship. The announcement of the Google version of the Galaxy S4 at I/O was the clincher. But I am not 100% sold on the idea, mainly because the S4 is an ugly brute, but also because I fear for the apps and innovation I will miss. Help me out, specifically in finding a worthy replacement for my beloved Mailbox app. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 18, 2013 - 12 answers

I've been given an old iPhone. Now what?

A friend gave me her old iPhone 3 after she upgraded to 4. Her old SIM card is still in it. I'm wondering what to do next. [more inside]
posted by suburbanbeatnik on Apr 26, 2013 - 9 answers

Choose my phone!

I'm tired of my cheap, app-less phone. It's time to upgrade to something nice. [more inside]
posted by elizamina on Apr 10, 2013 - 19 answers

Need an iPhone game that's like Civilization, SimCity, or Age of Empires

Need some iPhone games that are as engrossing as Civilization, SimCity, and Age of Empires. (Yes, I already have Civilization Revolution and SimCity DLX.) [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Mar 28, 2013 - 19 answers

Phone upgrade from Droid Razr?

Phone upgrade from Droid Razr? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Mar 12, 2013 - 4 answers

Is there any flaws in my plan to get a phone from Craiglist and Switch to Straight Talk and Google Voice?

What is the recommended way to buy a phone on Craigslist, switch to Straight Talk, and port numbers to Google Voice? [more inside]
posted by cycleback on Oct 21, 2012 - 2 answers

iRegretful?

Current Droid Charge user. Contemplating a move to my first-ever iPhone. Mistake? [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Oct 19, 2012 - 20 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

Smartphone Pay As You Go Plans in Canada

I'm currently using an iPhone 3GS in Ontario with Fido. With the new iPhone on the horizon, I'm considering buying the phone unlocked through Apple, and switching to a "Pay as You Go" service. I'm hoping the kind folks at Metafilter can help me choose the best plan. [more inside]
posted by backwards guitar on Sep 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Why is a brand-new smartphone worth the money?

How do you use your smartphone to actually improve your life/work? How would you persuade someone upgrading is worthwhile with real-life examples? [more inside]
posted by likeyoubutme on Aug 31, 2012 - 35 answers

Looking to find a good reputable screen replacement vendor.

Looking to find a good reputable screen replacement vendor. Some of my end users (CEO among them) have recently broken their smart phone screens. I'd like to find a good vendor who can replace the screens and they've got to work on more than just iPhones. Thanks!
posted by covert7 on Jul 20, 2012 - 2 answers

Smart Phones at Virgin Mobile

My wife and I are going to swap our elderly "regular" cell phones on Sprint for smart phones on Virgin Mobile. My wife is going to go with the Optimus Elite. My question is this: Can it possibly be worth it for me to go with the less expensive iPhone ($550) over the highest-spec Android phone (the Evo V 4G at $300)? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton on Jul 13, 2012 - 22 answers

E.T., Phone Hope

Advise me on how to navigate my smartphone issues with the smallest out-of-pocket expense possible. [more inside]
posted by erstwhile on Jun 6, 2012 - 6 answers

Audio Looping on Smart Phones

Smart phone question: Is it possible to be directed to a website and have a sound play on loop automatically (I suppose through Flash or HTML5). [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Jun 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Spartphone App Makers

Best online service for creating and submitting smartphone apps? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Apr 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Time for a new phone, what should I get?

In the market for a new smartphone— Android or iPhone? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on Dec 14, 2011 - 39 answers

Smartphone injury?

I use my smartphone a lot and my hands/thumbs are getting sore. I know how to stave off pain from typing and hunching over my computer, but those techniques don't work for this. Can you recommend stretches or massage techniques? [more inside]
posted by heatherann on Nov 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Android Media Player alternative to smartphone?

Is there an Android -based media player that I could tweak to use as a smartphone? [more inside]
posted by SuperErin on Nov 9, 2011 - 8 answers

Let's Go For a Test Drive!!

I want to buy a new "smart phone". (Hopefully smarter than its soon to be owner.) I want to try (or test drive) them out first. Is there a way to try various phones for a few days before actually purchasing one? [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn on Oct 10, 2011 - 10 answers

What's the most "geek-friendly" phone on the market today?

I'm looking for a smartphone that's hackable and moddable, but I'm a lazy geek so I'm really looking for something that has a strong and independent development community that's already done most of the hacking and modding for me. What's the best phone for me?
posted by wheloc on Jul 22, 2011 - 7 answers

How many smartphone users are there in New York City?

How many smartphone users are there in New York City? [more inside]
posted by dmd on Jul 21, 2011 - 6 answers

Seeking the state of the art in location-based smartphone apps.

Seeking the state-of-the-art in location-based smartphone (iPhone & Android) apps. [more inside]
posted by Tufa on May 31, 2011 - 5 answers

Broken Droid 6 months ahead of schedule. Help!

My HTC Droid Eris is pretty much out-of-commission...6 months before my contract with Verizon is up (and I'm eligible for a discounted new phone). The warranty is up also. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on May 17, 2011 - 10 answers

I don't want to get off the smartphone wagon

Lost my iPhone (3GS, 16GB, refurbished, it was $50 with my upgrade) - my contract isn't up for another year and a half. Is there any legitimate place online where I could get an equivalent replacement? Minimum retail price with AT&T is $250...
posted by leedly on Mar 23, 2011 - 4 answers

It would be great if There Can Be Only One

Help me figure out how to get the video capabilities of a Flip Ultra in a smartphone. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Mar 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Cheapest phone with wifi tethering.

I'm looking for the cheapest, unlocked GSM phone that will let me wifi tether to my locked iPhone so I don't have to pay the obscene AT&T roaming charges outside the US. [more inside]
posted by birdherder on Feb 3, 2011 - 10 answers

Free iPhone! Now what?

My girlfriend got a used iPhone for her birthday! Now what? [more inside]
posted by saladin on Dec 2, 2010 - 4 answers

Help my find a Smartphone for my Linux addicted dad?

Can you help me find a smartphone to give my dad for Christmas? All his colleagues seem to have gotten iPhones. He is somewhat of a Linux geek tough, so I'm thinking a phone more in that spirit. [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil on Dec 2, 2010 - 17 answers

Looking for gloves that are warm and work with the iphone/ipod.

I'm trying to buy some warm gloves that are designed to work with the iphone. In my internet search there seem to be several different brands that work in different ways but few reviews. These are going to be gifts and I need both a man's and a woman's glove and, since both recipients live in cold climates, I want ones where their fingers can stay covered while they operate their iphone. Can anyone point me to a review of these gloves or have any experience to share?
posted by Flacka on Nov 20, 2010 - 8 answers

Seeking new smartphone and new cell provider

iPhone/AT&T user, tired of my iPhone and wanting a new (reasonably priced) smartphone (thinking Blackberry) WITH GPS and a reasonably priced cell phone plan with minutes/unlimited text/unlimited data. BB/smartphone users, tell me your experiences, as well as T-Mobile users. [more inside]
posted by Dukat on Oct 23, 2010 - 15 answers

iPhone versus Android for an ubergeek (no holy wars, please)

I'm looking for experiential narrations of what it's like to own and use an iPhone or an Android phone as an ubergeek. This will help me decide what to do now that my non-smart T-Mobile phone is starting to die. [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Aug 25, 2010 - 27 answers

But I want it, because it is shiny and good.

A question about what to do about a cell phone. Way too much beanplating inside. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Aug 5, 2010 - 16 answers

Upgrade my family's phones

My family is all up for new phones and planning to move smartphones and data plans. We are using Bell Canada, and for various reasons cannot change carriers. I am not willing to play around with unlocking phones etc, so the Motorola Milestone is a no. The options: iPhone 4; Samsung Galaxy S; Motorola Dext; HTC Legend; Blackberry Bold/Pearl/Curve. [more inside]
posted by jeather on Jul 30, 2010 - 15 answers

If it weren't for AT&T I'd be getting an iPhone 4

I've had it with AT&T. Help me switch to Verizon without ruining my Apple-icious mobile experience! [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jun 11, 2010 - 20 answers

Help me pick a new mobile provider

Related to this question I am ditching AT&T and, sadly, my iPhone. Is there any way I can know which mobile service provider will give me the clearest reception where I live before I buy? [more inside]
posted by hapax_legomenon on May 7, 2010 - 20 answers

Smartphones improve Cell Reception?

cell phones-- is reception related to the phone itself (I'm assuming the antenna/transmitter within the phone?) or only the physical location of the caller? Help me pick a smartphone & carrier please! [more inside]
posted by travertina on May 6, 2010 - 6 answers

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