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  1. That's true. However, it's also bad for the...

    That's true. However, it's also bad for the battery to leave the phone in a drawer for years. Both being in a drawer and plugged in are end-of-life assignments for an otherwise obsolete phone. One...
  2. Lucky So it was a genuine error and help was eventually...

    So it was a genuine error and help was eventually there. Thanks.
  3. Lucky So what did happen?

    So what did happen?
  4. Lucky Was there any resolution to this problem?

    Was there any resolution to this problem?
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    Unless you are an eager early adopter and willing...

    Unless you are an eager early adopter and willing to put up with glitches, you can safely discount all of the first-generation technology. Save your money if you already have a good phone that will...
  6. Because of supplier hegemony, the differences are...

    Because of supplier hegemony, the differences are now much less than of years past, at least among flagship models.
    ...
  7. Thanks! I might work up the courage to try...

    Thanks! I might work up the courage to try something like this after this reminder.
  8. Have you tried configuring the Bluetooth...

    Have you tried configuring the Bluetooth connection as a handsfree audio device type? You might be able to at least take calls, and possibly use voice activation to make calls.

    Failing that, you...
  9. Alert for anyone with this plan: there has been...

    Alert for anyone with this plan: there has been another billing glitch, draining our accounts. It started as early as February for some users, but in March for most. At some point, the daily...
  10. If you just want basic web browsing and email on...

    If you just want basic web browsing and email on the tablet, and not high-quality video streaming, you can also try tethering over Bluetooth. An Android tethering host can offer just Bluetooth (not...
  11. Nice. This is the only place I've heard of it. ...

    Nice. This is the only place I've heard of it. Thanks!
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    From reading a wide variety of threads over the...

    From reading a wide variety of threads over the last few months, I'd say that if you want the best cameras, three current model lines stand out:
    - Samsung Galaxy S9 (or S9 Plus or Note 9)
    - Google...
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    711 has the cheapest sustainable rate to keep an...

    711 has the cheapest sustainable rate to keep an account alive at $25/year, but if there is going to be some very modest data plan on there, at 100 MB/month, either 711 or PetroCan for $100/year will...
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    And so it begins again... ...

    And so it begins again...

    https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/01/04/att-starts-rolling-out-updates-with-fake-5g-evolution-icon-just-as-promised/
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    As you can see at Bell...

    As you can see at Bell, Rogers , and Telus, Canadian carriers use the 4G term in largely the same way as most USA carriers do. Namely, they jumped ahead and stuck the 4G label on 3G HSPA+ (aka Fake...
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    I used it on various Android phones when I had...

    I used it on various Android phones when I had it. It worked fine. Why, what have you heard?
  17. It took more time than the timeline in the above...

    It took more time than the timeline in the above link said, but I got my Android 8.1 Oreo update for Moto G5 Plus today. It was version OPS28.85-17. I'm not sure whether I would have gotten it...
  18. Go into the Play Store app. Depending on the...

    Go into the Play Store app. Depending on the version, you should see an icon to bring up the main pop-up menu. It's typically the "hamburger" icon in the top left, composed of three horizontal...
  19. Advice for those using a mobile hotspot: if your...

    Advice for those using a mobile hotspot: if your hotspot device and your client device support Internet over Bluetooth and you don't need WiFi's high speed, use Bluetooth only. It uses far less...
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    I don't see that it's worth spending more time...

    I don't see that it's worth spending more time and energy on a solution that is already working pretty well. The main benefit that you might get would be to pull in a signal with less noise, if you...
  21. Virgin If you feel that Virgin is offering the...

    If you feel that Virgin is offering the equivalent of no phone support, you could maximise value by switching to a carrier that has no actual phone support! That would be Public Mobile. Lower...
  22. Bell Well said. I just got a marketting call from...

    Well said. I just got a marketting call from Bell today. I remained civil and explained why I switched away last year. He even agreed that the original salesperson was dishonest about how my old...
  23. Finally! TCL (makers of current Blackberry...

    Finally! TCL (makers of current Blackberry handsets) is bringing back Palm. It looks like they are marketting this new model, the Companion, as an auxiliary device. I'm hoping that its small...
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    Public Mobile Ah, right. Sorry about not seeing the two posts...

    Ah, right. Sorry about not seeing the two posts being tightly related like that. It makes sense.
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    Public Mobile My guess is that, when you initiate a network...

    My guess is that, when you initiate a network search, it's still looking at everything available, despite the fact that you have set it to only conduct operations on 3G.

    And remember: there's no...
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