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Post by TexasFilly » Sat Jun 25, 2016 12:09 pm

@SueD Yes, it's still under warranty, and ATT will send me a replacement phone and then informed me that since these internal charging ports have not been deemed an issue by Samsung, they'll charge me $600 because I damaged the phone by using their chargers and charging it. If my son's phone was not also on my ATT account, I would've been out of there in a NY minute. I dug up my Galaxy s3, and I'm taking it in today for them to reactivate. A temporary solution thought of not by anyone at ATT, but my husband.

We have our shitty internet with ATT, two landlines (don't ask) and DirecTV. I dare say I pay over $500/month to ATT for all of this. I am currently plotting out the disengagement process. :boxing:


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Post by Reality Check » Sat Jun 25, 2016 12:20 pm

I am on my third iPhone (iPhone 6) and second iPad (iPad Air). I like the way they integrate and work without issues. I can text and make calls on my WIFI only iPad. Mrs. RC has an LG G3 Android. It is always doing weird stuff. The email quits synching for no reason until you shut the phone down or shut down the email app. Some emails open either greatly enlarged or really tiny and you cannot do anything about it. She isn't tech savvy so guess who has to help when she has problems?

My son who is very tech savvy just switched back to an iPhone 6+ from a Samsung S6. He got tired of the issues with Android OS. He had previously had iPhones, Windows phones and the Android. He said he liked the Windows OS the best but the lack of apps was an issue.


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Post by Estiveo » Wed Jul 06, 2016 7:16 pm

Gah! My LG something shmart phone borked yesterday. It decided it's memory was full even though I don't store texts or voicemails and only had two photos saved. A reset fixed it for about half an hour then the memory alerts started going off again.

So, now I have a Galaxy J7 "phablet" that is secretly laughing at me.


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Post by Flatpointhigh » Thu Jul 07, 2016 11:45 am

soon, we won't be making phone calls.



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Post by DejaMoo » Thu Jul 07, 2016 12:33 pm

Flatpointhigh wrote:soon, we won't be making phone calls.
To me, it's a pocket computer, not a phone, because I never use the phone feature.



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Post by MN-Skeptic » Thu Jul 07, 2016 5:58 pm

DejaMoo wrote:
Flatpointhigh wrote:soon, we won't be making phone calls.
To me, it's a pocket computer, not a phone, because I never use the phone feature.
Which is why I have an iPod Touch!


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Post by Somerset » Thu Jul 07, 2016 8:53 pm

MN-Skeptic wrote:
DejaMoo wrote:
Flatpointhigh wrote:soon, we won't be making phone calls.
To me, it's a pocket computer, not a phone, because I never use the phone feature.
Which is why I have an iPod Touch!
Except I like having Internet access when I'm away from wifi ;-)

Gotta agree about the actual telephone use, however. I'm getting ready to replace my almost 3 year old iPhone 5s, and am seriously looking at a larger phone this time. I realised that I spend way more time reading and typing than I do talking, and I should make those functions a priority.

I was a hard core Apple fan for years (I still have an SE/30 in my parents garage), but working for them left a horrible taste in my mouth. I'm looking at a Huawei P9+ pretty seriously now :dance:



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Post by DejaMoo » Tue Jul 12, 2016 4:45 pm

10 million Android phones infected by all-powerful auto-rooting apps
Security experts have documented a disturbing spike in a particularly virulent family of Android malware, with more than 10 million handsets infected and more than 286,000 of them in the US.

The malware uses a variety of methods to infect devices. One involves drive-by downloads, possibly on booby-trapped porn sites. The attacks use multiple exploits in an attempt to gain root access on a device. When rooting fails, a second component delivers a fake system update notification in hopes of tricking users into granting HummingBad system-level permissions. Whether or not rooting succeeds, HummingBad downloads a large number of apps. In some cases, malicious components are dynamically downloaded onto a device after an infected app is installed.

From there, infected phones display illegitimate ads and install fraudulent apps after certain events, such as rebooting, the screen turning on or off, a detection that the user is present, or a change in Internet connectivity. HummingBad also has the ability to inject code into Google Play to tamper with its ratings and statistics. It does this by using infected devices to imitate clicks on the install, buy, and accept buttons.

So far, HummingBad has been observed using its highly privileged status only to engage in click fraud, display pop-up ads, tamper with Google Play, and install additional apps that do more of the same. But there's little stopping it from doing much worse. That's because the malware roots most of the phones it infects, a process that subverts key security mechanisms built into Android.

As Lookout first reported more than eight months ago, the problem with Shedun/HummingBad and similar malicious app families that silently exploit Android rooting vulnerabilities is that the infections can survive normal factory resets.



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Post by RTH10260 » Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:32 pm

Estiveo wrote:Gah! My LG something shmart phone borked yesterday. It decided it's memory was full even though I don't store texts or voicemails and only had two photos saved. A reset fixed it for about half an hour then the memory alerts started going off again.

So, now I have a Galaxy J7 "phablet" that is secretly laughing at me.
It seems that on Android with each app update more memory is used up, like keeping a chain of old stuff hanging around. For programs where I have no need to retain config information I have started to use delete/install (fresh) rather than update.



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Post by Volkonski » Fri Sep 02, 2016 9:56 am

:o

Everything you need to know about Samsung’s unprecedented Galaxy Note 7 recall

http://bgr.com/2016/09/02/galaxy-note-7 ... d-to-know/
In an unprecedented move, Samsung on Friday morning announced that it will recall every Galaxy Note 7 it has produced to date. The news comes just one day after Samsung halted production following a handful reports of faulty units. Why halt production and issue a recall because of just a handful of faulty units? The devil is in the details — Samsung’s faulty Galaxy Note 7 handsets don’t just fail, they explode.

The obvious safety risks forced Samsung’s hand, leaving the company no choice but to recall all of its flagship phablets despite the relatively low rate of affected handsets. The move is completely unprecedented. This isn’t the first time a high-profile smartphone should have been recalled — Apple found a way to keep selling the iPhone 4 despite an obvious antenna flaw that impacted performance and would ultimately be fixed in newer units — but it’s the first time we’ve ever seen a recall on a high-profile flagship smartphone.
Somewhere between 1 million and 2.5 million Note 7 phones are involved in the recall.


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Post by Reality Check » Sat Sep 10, 2016 5:40 pm

I understand the iPhone 7 will not have a headphone jack. That's a bummer since I listen to Tune In radio at night while the phone is charging. They will supply an adapter but you cannot charge the phone and use an earphone at the same time. Yes, I know that I could use a bluetooth head phone but that's something else to charge. The earbuds only have a 6 or 7 hour battery life.


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Post by vic » Sat Sep 10, 2016 6:04 pm

There are already accessories on the market which will let you both listen to headphones and charge the iPhone. Belkin is selling one for about $40. It might seem expensive but you're talking about a $700 or so phone.

Apple has been selling an iPhone dock for a number of years which will let you charge the phone, and which hhas a standard headphone jack; this lets you use "traditional" headphones of your choice.



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Post by kate520 » Sat Sep 10, 2016 6:09 pm

Estiveo wrote:Gah! My LG something shmart phone borked yesterday. It decided it's memory was full even though I don't store texts or voicemails and only had two photos saved. A reset fixed it for about half an hour then the memory alerts started going off again.

So, now I have a Galaxy J7 "phablet" that is secretly laughing at me.
Oh noes! Turn it off, quick!

What happens now, in the recall? Refund?

Have the phablet and the fpoon met?


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Post by Estiveo » Sat Sep 10, 2016 7:52 pm

As far as I know, it's only the Galaxy Note that's being recalled. Mine's a J7.

And don't tell the fpoon! It might get jealouf. :shh:


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Post by SueDB » Sun Sep 11, 2016 12:02 am

Estiveo wrote:As far as I know, it's only the Galaxy Note that's being recalled. Mine's a J7.

And don't tell the fpoon! It might get jealouf. :shh:
Last phone I had that did that - had a bad Li battery - found it was expanding twice size and very hot. It was well on it's way to an "issue".

Check your battery-if you can remove it - inspect it carefully. I saw a big bulge, but YMMV.

If you can't take out the battery-I would recommend taking to the store for diagnosis.

Bad Lithium batteries are quite dangerous


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Post by Mink » Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:17 am

I have an iphone 6 on one phone service and an old clap trap flip phone for emergencies on another. Given where I live and where I hike, I really could use a sat phone. But that won't be happening.

The funny part is, I bought the iphone for bird call/ID/GPS programs and up until two weeks ago it wouldn't work at home (reception here is really lousy for most services). Then, eh hem, after I discovered that funny little button to turn WiFi on... DOH. I don't have WiFi but luckily my neighbor does. :oops:

I have had the phone for a full year and still have no frigging clue, really, how to use the features. And because I view the phone as more of a problem than a tool, that' probably won't change. The best thing I have purchased, though, were two 4X chargers for hiking/birding. THOSE I couldn't live without.


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Post by PatGund » Mon Oct 03, 2016 1:24 pm

Updated a couple weeks ago from an iPhone 4S to an iPhone SE. Otter box Defender case on it was well.



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Post by Reality Check » Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:12 pm

I have had an iPhone 6 for about 20 months. The lightning connector is starting to give me problems. It will charge but if the cable moves slightly it stops charging. I have tried blowing out the dust with canned air and cleaning it out with a plastic toothpick put it didn't really help. I have tried several cables and they all do the same thing. Has anyone else had this issue?


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Post by Reality Check » Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:16 pm

Update on my iPhone issue-
It was lint packed in the lightning jack. I had tried a plastic pick but it took a dulled needle to do the trick. I went to the ATT store to ask about it and the guy there told me what to do. He even had a cleaning tool but said they weren't allowed to do that for customers any more.


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Post by phelana » Wed Oct 05, 2016 4:05 pm

I have to say I love the Motorola Moto 4G plus. Large scree, gorilla glass, lightweight, great battery life. Did I mention the fingerprint scanner and encryption? Ok, it sounds way swoozier than it really is... but it sounds all covert ops. LOL When combined with the Republic Wireless $20/month plan it's perfect for me.

BTW., why do nine of the posts have passcode on their phones? Or are the only concerned about security when it's an excuse to carry a gun?


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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:31 pm

Samsung blames two separate battery faults for Galaxy Note 7 fires
Tests on tens of thousands of devices found that both original and replacement batteries were responsible for the phones bursting into flames

Samsung has blamed lithium-ion batteries for causing its Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones to overheat and catch fire, a fault that led to the global recall of millions of devices and damaged consumer confidence in the world’s biggest maker of smartphones.

At a press conference on Monday, Samsung officials said exhaustive tests on tens of thousands of devices and batteries had ruled out any problems with the device’s hardware or software.

But, it added, internal and independent investigations had “concluded that batteries were found to be the cause of the Note 7 incidents”.

In the case of the original battery, the casing was too small, causing it to short-circuit and ignite. It was replaced with a battery that had a different manufacturing defect but led to the same result.

Koh Dong-jin, the head of Samsung’s mobile business, told reporters in Seoul: “We sincerely apologise for the discomfort and concern we have caused to our customers.”
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Post by Estiveo » Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:34 pm

Thanks to Trouble the tubby tortoiseshell kitty slamming my Samsung J7 to the ceramic tile kitchen floor, I am now rocking an LG Stylo2 phablet in a very purple protective case. I'll be spending the afternoon and evening figuring out how the damn thing works.


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Post by Sugar Magnolia » Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:34 am

We're off to Jazzfest tomorrow and I have just found out that (at least) two of our friends from overseas are sans US cellphones this year. My husband and I both just upgraded to smart phones and still have the old flip phones. They work perfectly and were originally go phones to begin with. If I give the phones to my friends with a go phone $10 card or whatever in it, what phone number will it show? Is the number tied to the pre-loaded card or the phone? We never used the pre-loaded cards in them, just the sim card tied to our account.



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Post by ZekeB » Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:59 am

Those phones would have to be activated on whichever carrier the SIM cards are tied to. They couldn't have your original numbers since you can't have two phones on the same number. I suspect those phones would work for dialing 911, but I doubt they could take incoming calls.


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