Echo = line echo = hybrid or electric echo phone echoing = a problem in all phones - A latency of greater than 35ms becomes noticeable and/or annoying. All phone systems (since 1950) provide echo suppression or echo cancellation.
VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) latency or other network or hardware issues
Keep the phone battery charge between 30 and 80 percent to increase its lifespan.
Current iPhones come with a 5-watt (that's 5 volts at 1.1 amps) charger block which works, but of course, you can charge faster with a 10W charger, which has an output of 5 volts at 2.1amps.
Lithium-ion batteries perform effectively for around two to three years, and that's when the manufacturers would really like you to upgrade to a new phone.
If you plan to swap phones every year or two, charge the stupid thing any way you want, as often as you want, and don't worry about the diminished capacity. However, if you want to stretch things out, use best practices for Lithium-Ion batteries as described in the article, above. It may help. Or, just take it in to and get a new battery installed every couple of years.
Messaging - Text messages
WhatsApp won't do anything until the user gives FaceBook access to the entire contacts list, which then gets uploaded.
You can generally command the highest fees by selling directly to people through eBay, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or Nextdoor. Just remember that you will need to arrange delivery or meet up to exchange the goods, and buyers often like to haggle.
Your cellular package should include services for named caller ID for callers not in your address book. Named caller ID for people not in your phone book has been a value-added service for all of the wireless carriers for years. T-Mobile calls it Name ID; Verizon calls it Call Filter Plus.
IVR (interactive voice response) systems - Wouldn't you prefer to talk to a human?
gethuman.com - When you're sick of pressing 10 or more options in order to reach a real person and spending many minutes or even hours on hold, consult the GetHuman database of secret phone numbers and codes that get an actual, live person on the line for customer service at nearly 1000 major companies.
It transfers music, messages, photos, files and everything else from any iPhone, iPod, iPad or iTunes backup to any Mac or PC computer. It's lightweight, quick to install, free to try, and up to 70x faster and more resource efficient than the competition.
Smartphone camera zoom has improved a lot over the past few years, but you’ll still get much better quality from a big, traditional camera with a big sensor and a big lens. Computational photography hasn’t overcome physics.
go to your desired URL > switch to Safari > Take screenshot (Side + Volume up) > Open screenshot > Full Page > Done > Save PDF to Files > Rename the file (if you like) > Decide where to save it (and take note of this location) > Save
Readability - Text/Background colours and contrast
Using "Dark Appearance" mode makes it very difficult to read links. Blue links on a black background are almost invisible.
Settings > Accessibility > Display & Text Size > Reduce White Point > Turn off or slide the setting further to the left
Settings > Display & Brightness > Light
Settings > Display & Brightness > Automatic > On
Safari - iPhone's browser is really just a customized version of Safari, with all the support for web standards, Ajax, and other niceties that come with it.
Settings > Accessibility > Guided Access > (turn on) Guided Access > Back
Accessibility Shortcut > Guided Access
To access the Magnifier tool feature, you can either: triple-tap the iPhone display (older models) -or- Triple-click the side button
Settings > Your Name > iCloud > Find My iPhone and slide it to off
Get latest version of iTunes
iTunes, go to File > Devices > Back Up. Make sure the backup took by going to Preferences > Devices and checking the date and time of the last backup.
Settings > Messages > and toggle iMessage to off
Go to the My Watch tab and select your watch at the top of the screen. Select the info circle ( ) next to the watch you want to unpair. Tap Unpair Apple Watch and tap to confirm, which may require you to enter your Apple ID password.
Sign out of iCloud, as well as iTunes and the App Store, before selling the device.
On iOS 10.3+, tap Settings > [your name] > Sign Out. Enter your Apple ID password and tap Turn Off.
On iOS 10.2 or earlier, tap Settings > iCloud > Sign Out. Tap Sign Out again, then tap Delete from My [device] and enter your Apple ID password. Then go to Settings > iTunes & App Store > Apple ID > Sign Out.
Settings > General > Reset > Erase all Content and Settings
Warning! Rogers TechXpert will only help you with problems related to its own network. Rogers TechXpert will not help you with using the cellphone you got from Rogers. Rogers TechXpert will tell you to go to the manufacturer so that you can pay a one-time service fee to the manufacturer (e.g. BlackBerry $35 per incident). Rogers TechXperts don't know much about supporting the phones Rogers sells.
Rogers TechXpert will usually tell you to reboot the phone and then reset the phone (= delete everything and start again with nothing on the phone = factory reset = clean install = big waste of time).
Rogers.com BlackBerry Technical Support
"We are currently experiencing a higher than normal call volume".
MyUserName@rogers.BlackBerry.net is being phased out in 2013.
Rogers Wireless: [10-digit phone number] @pcs.rogers.com - This is your phone's e-mail address.
"The ‘email' thing doesn't really work with Rogers. They will just send you a text to your cellphone saying you have an email from (insert email address) and to reply with 'Read' to receive it… so it would cost the sendee a text message to read what you wrote."
"You have to reply to the message with the word ‘READ'. So when the message comes up that says “You have mail from ______. Please reply with ‘Read' to read your message”, you have to hit reply, then type the word Read and hit send. Then the actual message that was sent to you will come through. This is what Rogers calls their Spam Filter which is bull crap but whatever. You can bypass this by paying Roger $5/month to add an Text-to-Email feature and this will just send you the message direct without having to type READ."
Email to text for Rogers customers only works if the person is paying for the $5/month service.
Unlike Bell.ca (which allows text messages to be sent directly using email@example.com), there is no direct URL to send text messages to a Rogers mobile account.
Bell-iPhone to Rogers-BlackBerry: One (imperfect) solution is to set up just the telephone number as one of the contacts in the iPhone's Contacts list. You can't send the text message through the Contacts list. You must open up the "Messages" app, then click on the + sign, then select the telephone number that you set up in the Contacts list. Very awkward, but it works (without having to respond to a text message 'Read' in order to read the e-mail (that you wanted to send as a text message).
Rogers-BlackBerry to Rogers-BlackBerry: use the PIN (instead of the telephone number) (Menu > Options > Status > PIN)
Pay $5/month to get the Email-to-Text service. (see above)
Each phone has a unique PIN.
Messages do not go through a mail server. Messages go directly from one phone to the other phone. Very fast.
You can set up any account for instant messaging (including BlackBerry)
Travel - ROAM LIKE HOME! Now your Share Everything Plan covers the U.S. for just $5/day when roaming.
Stay connected with your Share Everything Plan just like you would at home.
Introducing (November 2014) ROAM LIKE HOME! Now your Share Everything Plan covers the U.S., for just $5/day when roaming.
When using ROAM LIKE HOME, the unlimited talk and text from your Share Everything Plan will cover you for calls and texts made to both U.S. and Canadian numbers when in the U.S.
Texting: if you are a Rogers wireless customer, it’s free to receive a text when you’re away.
Roaming in Copacabana - The Globe and Mail
- 2008-04-30 - PDF
I knew Canadians pay the world's highest data rates, but I had no idea how much I was incurring while on the road.
So I went to a Rogers store and asked the sales clerk how I could have calculated the charges as they occurred. I expected there to be some website that could tell me what I routinely learn from taxi cabs: a real-time fare update. So where do I look?
I can't do it, I was told by the sales clerk. It's not possible.
“Because Rogers tells all of its cellphone manufacturers to disable that feature in our cellphones,” he said in a manner that suggested I was the last person to learn this. Perhaps I was.
And why does Rogers do that?
That's when he dropped the one-word bomb: “Revenue.”
Talk about honesty.
So Rogers won't keep a running tally of my roaming data charges because it consciously made a decision not to tell me
Apparently, Rogers has quite a reputation -- and it appears to be well deserved. Rob Hyndman points us to a story about the ridiculous roaming charges for those who use a Rogers device outside of Canada. Ridiculously high roaming charges are nothing new, of course. They happen to everyone, unfortunately. What's stunning, though, is that the reporter gets a guy at Rogers to admit that the company demands that all of the mobile devices it offers disable any feature that lets you see how much you've racked up in roaming charges. In other words, they know they're ripping you off -- and they want to make sure you don't realize by how much until it's too late.
*611 - Only open when they feel like it, not when you need them. M-F.8h00-22h00, SS.9h00-18h00
- Only open when they feel like it, not when you need them. M-F.8h00-22h00, SS.9h00-18h00
Telus.com - This site is often down. Links don't work. "Problem loading page. The connection was reset.
The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading.
The site could be temporarily unavailable or too busy. Try again in a few moments."
You need to change your region every time you use the site. The site can't remember (or detect) which province you are in.
Aio Basic with unlimited data (throttled after 250MB), talk, and text for $40 per month; Aio Smart, which throttles after 2GB for $55 per month; and Aio Pro, which throttles data after 7GB, for $70 per month.A $15 per month tablet plan offers 250MB of high-speed data. Gadget users can also add another 1GB of data to their device or add global calling and texting across 35 countries for a one-time or monthly payment of $10.
$2 Daily Plan cell phone plans from AT&T - Unlimited talk (USA), Unlimited text (CAN/USA), Data ($0.01/5KB = $2/MB = $200/100MB) or (optional $5/100MB data package is available for 30 days).
Renew a package before its expiration date and any unused allotment will roll over to your renewed package time period.
$60/month = unlimited USA calling + unlimited NA texting + 2GB + $10/GBextra
$30/month = 2GB data for a tablet. or $50/month = 5GB data for a tablet.
$100/year card for unlimited USA minutes @$0.10/minute and unlimited texting @$0.20/message. These charges ($100=1000minutes=500texts) are deducted from the $100 until no money is left. Data can NOT be added to cellphones. (What does "unlimited" mean? You pay for each and every minute. This seems very deceptive.)
For $5 you can get 250 minutes of calling per month from the U.S. to landlines in over 50 countries including Mexico, Canada, China, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Calls to mobile phones in select countries are also available. For additional details and a list of countries go to att.com/gophoneintld.
When you make a call with Canada Direct, you will be billed in Canadian dollars at the Canadian international long distance rate, not the rate that applies within the country you are calling from. To call with the Canada Direct service, all you need is a calling card from a Canadian company (e.g. Bell Canada).
Canada Direct- bell.ca - (800) 561-8868 - make calls from overseas but pay Canadian international long distance rates instead of foreign rates
Warning! = Extra charge for Tethering or Hotspot usage. See SMH, below.
Even on "Unlimited" data plans, there is a limit for hotspot usage. "Unlimited" data plans do not include unlimited hotspot usage.
Check your data usage by texting #3282# | Dial #WEB# (#932#) from your T-Mobile phone.
You can only get the total of your data usage for the month. Nobody has access to the daily totals.
Texting to T-Mobile works even if you are outside the T-Mobile area and your plan is not active. Just put in the SIM and send a text message to T-Mobile.
T-Force, T-Mobile’s Social Customer Support team | firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com
E-mail from T-Force will probably be caught and deleted by your spam filter. You will never get the message.
Use your own unlocked phone. T-Mobile SIM kit costs about $10 online.
T-Mobile will not ship to Canada. Why not?
"Due to the fact that we don't have coverage in Canada we don't ship there."
T-Mobile should cater to Canadians who want to use T-Mobile when traveling to the USA.
T-Mobile suggests shipping the SIM to a friend with an American address who can then smuggle the SIM into Canada for you.
Prepaid SIMcard - plan must be paid and activated beforehand.
Postpaid SIM card - only for US residents or those with an address in the USA.
Unlimited Talk & Text - $10/month
Warning! - When calling to a location outside of the US, the following additional charges apply. $0.49/min to Canada (unless you add this $10/month plan)
$0 to Canadian land-lines, $0.12/minute to Canadian cellphones
Why does it cost more to call a cellphone in Canada? - "Calling landlines only uses the ground circuits. Calling a cellphone requires use of Roger's or other cellular provider's network".
What happens if you haven't prepaid the extra $0.12/minute? - "If you don't have the (prepaid) funds, the call will not connect, or if you run out it could disconnect the call."
International Talk & Text is not available for the Pay-by-the-Day plans.
Available for the weekly plan?? - "No the Weekly plan is considered a Pay-by-the-Day plan with a discount."
Warning! - Extra data charge for Tethering or Hotspot usage. See SMH, below.
Don't forget to add the $10/month for "International
Unlimited Talk & Text".
$70/month - Unlimited Talk, Text & High Speed Internet -
- (Data speed is throttled after 5GB.)
- Includes only 500MB SMH service.
Call T-Mobile directly. Don't purchase a card from Walmart or Walgreens or ...
Prepaid SMH service - $10/2GB - ($70/500MB, $80/2500MB, $90/4500MB)
The limit is 4.5GB per month. You can't add more.
According to the Albany branch, it is a waste to pay $70 because you will never get more than 2G data speed. He recommends the $50/month plan + $10 activation + $10 international calling + taxes = $86/month.
Prepaid Pay-by-the-Day plans - You pay only when you use your phone. Starting as low as $2 per day.
Warning! - Extra data charge for Tethering or Hotspot usage. See SMH, below.
$2/day for Unlimited Talk + Unlimited Text + Unlimited Web - 2G speed
$3/day for Unlimited Talk + Unlimited Text + Unlimited Web - First 200MB at up to 4G speeds
$15/week for Unlimited Talk + Unlimited Text + Unlimited Web - First 300MB/day at up to 4G speeds
International Talk & Text is not available for these Pay-by-the-Day plans.
Available for the weekly plan?? - "No the Weekly plan is considered a Pay-by-the-Day plan with a discount."
SMH Data = (Smartphone Mobile HotSpot) service
= using your cellphone for tethering or as a hotspot.
Why does T-Mobile make it so complicated? Why is the data plan different from the SMH (= Tethering & Hotspot) plan?
-- "If we allowed Unlimited smartphone mobile hotspot some people would abuse the system and reduce the experience of those around them."
Tethering = "Share your mobile Internet connection with one client device, which may connect using a USB cable or Bluetooth." (BB-Z10)
Hotspot = "Share your mobile Internet connection. Multiple devices may connect at one time." (BB-Z10)
How does T-Mobile know when I am using Tethering or Hotspot on my phone? -- "The connection signature is different."
$70 unlimited plan - "Unlimited 4G data plan includes 500MB of tethering. No roaming."
"Includes only 500MB SMH service." - SMH (=Tethering/Hotspot) stops after 500MB. - "You will not be able to use it (SMH) after it has run out but the phone will continue to function properly."
Smartphone Mobile Hotspot for Unlimited Nationw... | Support
What can I do to ensure SMH (=Tethering/Hotspot) is available? (I don't want to ruin my trip by spending all my time contacting T-Mobile tech support.) -- "Ensure your phone will use it and that your device is unlocked and supports our 4G bands 1700/2100 or ensure the area you are visiting has been refarmed so the 1900Mhz works with 4G."
Blackberry Z10 is a 4G phone it is not compatible with prepaid, you have to have a 3G phone to activate it on prepaid plan. The regular plans start at $80 a month for unlimited talk and text and 500 mb of data.
$60/month - unlimited voice, unlimited texting, 2GB data (or $70 for 4GB/month) - Does not include calls to Canada
There aren't any daily or weekly prepaid plans.
International (Canada) - $0.25/text, $0.69/minVoice
There is no apparent plan that includes calls/text to Canada.
$30/month = 2GB data for a tablet. or $50/month = 5GB data for a tablet. -- 3G data only (i.e. no 4G data)
Verizon will not ship anything (not even a SIM) to Canada. Verizon suggests shipping to a friend in the USA who then can smuggle it into Canada. Alternatively, you can make a trip to the USA just to get a SIM so you can plan for your next trip to the USA.
$70 Plan includes Unlimited domestic calls only, Unlimited Texting* to anyone on any network in the U.S. and participating carriers in Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico and 4GB of Data.
$60 Plan includes Unlimited domestic calls only, Unlimited Texting* to anyone on any network in the U.S. and participating carriers in Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico and 2GB of Data.
$35 activation fee may apply.
$?? fee for SIM card?
* Unlimited texting apply when sending and receiving: (i) Instant Messages, Text Alerts and Picture and Video Messaging Portal Messages; (ii) Messages with non–Verizon Wireless customers in the United States or participating networks in Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico; or (iii) via email. Unlimited Messages also include Mobile to Mobile Messages with Verizon Wireless Customers.
The CRTC announced that "Consumers may still receive calls from registered charities, political parties, and newspapers seeking subscriptions. Companies with whom a consumer has an existing business relationship will still be able to call, as well as those conducting surveys."
Consumers can put their wireline, wireless and fax numbers on the NDNC list. Registration is absolutely free for consumers, and lasts for three years.
Political parties and candidates
Surveys and pollsters
General circulation newspapers
Companies with whom you have an existing business
Every consumer can request an individual business – even one covered by the exemption list – not to call.
Telemarketers' responsibilities - Businesses are required to identify themselves in their script as well as via Caller ID. They must also provide either a local or toll free telephone number that consumers can call to ask questions, complain, or request to be put on their internal do not call list.
(866)-690-2396 - Just don't answer the phone if you see this number displayed.