A reader wrote to tell us his young daughter got separated from him and his wife during Mardi Gras. Instead of it being a desperate situation, she called and told him where she was. “I found her in short order,” He says. His daughter uses an old LG flip phone with $10 a month service from Kajeet.com. This made us think of other ways out of tough situations. Since she had an old-fashioned flip phone, it lacked apps, including the Uber app for calling a cab. With services like Uber and Lyft, no cash is required because a credit card is linked to your account and charged automatically. So if you have no money — say you’ve been robbed or […]
PC Magazine surveyed thousands of readers to find out which phone plan is best. The big winner was Google’s “Project Fi,” which hardly anybody has ever heard of. It combines T-Mobile, Sprint and Wi-Fi into a virtual network. (A virtual network is one that doesn’t really exist but seems to. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to make sense.) Project Fi gives you unlimited U.S. calls and texts and unlimited international texts for $20 a month; add $10 for each gigabyte of data you use. The nice thing is, you get money back for anything you don’t use. We used only 100 megabytes last month, so we would have gotten $9 back, for a monthly bill of $21. The catch is, […]
A reader pointed out that we don’t seem to do cell phones. That’s true. And the reason is they change so fast, you can become trapped into becoming a phone columnist. We don’t talk that much. But this one’s for you, dear reader struggling with Holiday decisions. If you’re in the market for a new phone, how do you decide between iPhone and Android? If you want an Android phone, which one? You hear about Apple’s iPhones all the time, and they’re nice, but Android phones are 82-percent of the market. We have a Samsung Galaxy S3. It’s still going strong after several years and we see no reason to upgrade. Our only annoyance is that some of the latest […]
A friend’s 93 year-old mother is getting a new phone so she can call a ride service to be picked up when she’s out and about. She’s never used a cell phone. We suggested the Jitterbug. We’ve mentioned this before and what we really like about it is you can talk to a human if you’re lost.
Most people take photos with their phones, not digital cameras. So Yahoo.com/Tech did an informal test of the best phone cameras, using four tech reporters, and looking at six top phones. LG’s G4 phone won easily. Next came Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 4. These were followed by Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6. HTC’s “One M9” came in last.
Joy had noticed her cell phone was hot in her pocket and wondered why. We were in an elevator when this came up and Bob said “why not do a quick survey.” So we spoke up and asked the three people in the elevator if their phones were hot. We didn’t mean “hot” as in stolen or “hot” as in “cool, man,” but they got it. A young woman answered immediately and said her phone was hot all the time, Someone else nodded in agreement. But the tall guy had the answer: “It gets hot when it’s always searching for a signal.” So that’s the problem. Well at least it was the biggest part of the problem. Joy had inadvertently […]
We sometimes wear our hearts on our sleeves and soon may be wearing our phones there. A company is raising funds on Indiegogo.com, a crowd funding site, like Kickstarter, for what they call the “Blu Wearable Smartphone.” This is not like Apple Watch and similar wrist watch gadgets, this one wraps all the way around your wrist or forearm and you can read the display as your turn the band. The screen is as big as a regular cellphone, only it’s curved around your wrist. It’s ten inches long when unrolled, and two inches wide, You can do that these days, using Corning Glass Company’s “gorilla glass,” which is so flexible you can bend it almost completely back on itself. […]
If you’re like us and have a so-called “unlocked phone,”‘ with “prepaid service,” you may be curious on what it would cost to upgrade. First off, the trade-in value: Amazon would only give us $80 for a Samsung Galaxy S3 that cost us over $500 a few years ago. If we wanted to buy that same phone (used, without contract) from them, the price was $95. Not bad. T-Mobile, our service provider, by contrast, offers to buy it for $40, and sells it for $200. By the way, we pay only $30 a month for unlimited web and text usage and a paltry 100 minutes of phone calls. (That’s okay, we normally only use about ten minutes. We don’t talk […]
After we temporarily lost our cell phone, we added a lock code. Now, no one can get in unless they know the code, but it’s frustrating to have to type it in every time the screen goes dark, which happens in just one minute of idleness. With the new Lollipop operating system, available on phones with Android 5.0, the phone is more responsive to your environment.