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How can I update the Android OS on a phone from abroad?

I have an unlocked(?) Samsung Galaxy S2 that was originally purchased in Saudi Arabia. I'm in the US and can't get it to update the Android OS from Jellybean to Ice Cream Sandwich. Please help. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Wireless headset and softphone setup for Mac-based SMB?

For the last two years I have been trying to implement what I think is a pretty straightforward VOIP solution which has in turn probably taken around twelve years off my life. We operate a great IP-PABX system in our 10-person Mac-Laptop based office that we are very happy with, and for the last three years have been running IP handsets but have been desperately seeking a solution that would enable us to use softphones with wireless headsets (non-bluetooth). Has anyone here done anything similar with a degree of success? My list of demands is as follow: [more inside]
posted by LongDrive on Jun 2, 2013 - 9 answers

What precludes cable providers from controlling the ads via the DVR/box?

What precludes cable providers from controlling the ads via the DVR/box? [more inside]
posted by halseyaa on Mar 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Somebody wants to put something on your roof: You say...

Commercial landlords/property management: You are approached by a solar power company or a wireless telecom company that wants to lease space on your roof. Can you list in order of importance (to you and your firm) the issues that you want to be fully informed about and cover point by point in negotiations and any potential lease? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Nov 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Is this carrier unlock on the level?

There's a phone accessory booth in my local mall that claims that they can unlock my iPhone. Are they on the level? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR on Mar 29, 2011 - 16 answers

Seattle area battery dealers, DC UPS

Seattle area telecom: Can anyone suggest a battery distributor/warehouse that stocks deep cycle lead acid batteries of the type suitable for a DC UPS? Shipping costs on these are very high so we would prefer to buy from a dealer somewhere along I-5 in the area from Bellingham to Olympia. We're looking for 6V 220aH T105 (golfcart type) and AGM 12V 120aH batteries.
posted by thewalrus on Feb 22, 2011 - 1 answer

Please help me find a way to find research

I need help finding research to inform research that I'm doing. [more inside]
posted by indiebass on Jul 29, 2010 - 9 answers

Should I Ride The Free Internet Gravy Train?

Moved into a new place. Should I accept this free Internet service while it lasts? [more inside]
posted by sportbucket on Feb 25, 2010 - 14 answers

Elegant solution or jury-rigged joke?

Is it common to remove a utility pole but leave a small chunk of it still in use twenty feet up? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves on Nov 28, 2009 - 12 answers

Undercharged for DSL and land line. Now what?

Telecom has undercharged me for DSL and land line service the past couple months. Is this going to bite me in the butt? If so, when and how severely? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2009 - 9 answers

Retroactive Wiretapping in Google Voice?

Does Google Voice record all calls connected through the service, and if so, would those calls be subpoenable? [more inside]
posted by GamblingBlues on Jul 13, 2009 - 9 answers

Which prepaid cell company to use?

PrepaidCellFilter: Two questions about prepaid cell plans: 1. Can I use a phone I buy off eBay with one of these plans, or is it essential to use the phones provided by the carrier? 2. If I'm mostly interested in texting, which prepaid cell provider would be the best for me? [more inside]
posted by reenum on May 21, 2009 - 10 answers

Where are companies building power-hungry datacenters to take advantage of cheap power?

Is there a list of datacenter projects that have been built from a green-field state to take advantage of a guaranteed low per kilowatt-hour electrical rate? In particular I'm thinking of the big Google facility near The Dalles, Oregon and the Microsoft datacenter in a small eastern Washington town. Both were built in areas with excess capacity originally intended to serve large Aluminum smelters. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Mar 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Experience with telecom companies

What has been your experience with One Communications and other telecom companies? [more inside]
posted by fracturing on Feb 5, 2009 - 4 answers

The Ninth Circle Of CS Hell

Which body oversees British Telecom: Ofcom or Otelo? Or is it BOTH? [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin on May 14, 2008 - 7 answers

identify the manufacturer of a colocation cabinet

Telecom and networking nerd filter: I am trying to identify the manufacturer of a full height colocation cabinet which is divided into four compartments. It can be seen in partial view on the left side of the photo. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Apr 13, 2008 - 2 answers

Comcast Arbitration Agreement by Customer Inaction

Hidden among various other breathtakingly evil clauses, part 13 of the Comcast Agreement for Residential Services says that if the customer doesn't opt out within 30 days of receiving the dense legalese, he gives up the right to sue Comcast in a public court. But (in clause 15g), Comcast maintains the right to sue the user any time they like. Is this stuff enforceable? YMOMNBAL
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Mar 11, 2008 - 14 answers

Help me keep my phone number a year from now

Canadian Phone Question: I'll be leaving my city and province for a year, and I'd like to make sure that I have the same phone number when I return as when I left. What are my (cheapest) options? [more inside]
posted by furtive on Jan 27, 2008 - 12 answers

Well t'aint a pardon, and t'aint attainder...

Two to three questions involving the pending FISA bill--specifically the immunity provisions. [more inside]
posted by dsword on Jan 24, 2008 - 13 answers

Why is the Canadian wireless telecom industry the way it is today?

Why is the Canadian wireless telecommunications industry the way it is? [more inside]
posted by saraswati on Jun 17, 2007 - 7 answers

Telephone over Cat5: Is it possible without voip?

I'm setting up some telephone lines, and well, I really don't want to lay more wires than I have to. So this is the deal, I've got five telephone lines, and three telephone (rj11) jacks. We've just installed wifi, and so a number of unused ethernet cables. Is it possible to buy an adaptor that will allow me to use a cat5 cable to send plain old telephone over them? [more inside]
posted by Freen on Jun 21, 2005 - 11 answers

Phone failures

I've had three electronic items in my apartment bite the dust within 24 hours. What is the deal? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman on May 25, 2005 - 9 answers

DC Telecom providers

Any DC locals or small-business types have a preferred telecom provider (CLEC)? MCI wants an absurd amount of money and minimum 45 days to install three new lines at the startup for which I now work. I've looked at the DC Public Service Commisssion lists of carriers and contact info, but don't know who's respectable and who's dodgy.
posted by piro on Feb 24, 2005 - 5 answers

Is there a cheaper phone/DSL package than Verizon in Brooklyn, NY?

I live in Brooklyn, NY, and seem to be a slave to Verizon: a DSL/Unlimited local/regional phone package for which, with taxes, etc., runs me nearly $100/month. Has anyone figured out a way to pay less for comparable services? I've even thought of sharing a DSL or cable modem via a wireless router with my neighbor downstairs....thoughts? [more inside]
posted by ParisParamus on Jul 23, 2004 - 12 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

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

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