Mobile Phones

iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7, Blackberry, or feature phones.

What data plan should I get for my new iPhone?

Judy from Placentia, CA

Episode 1111

Judy called last week about what to get for her first smart phone. She's decided on the iPhone. Leo says that's a good first choice, but Judy should wait until next month since the new models will be announced. But now she has to decide how much "data" she wants for the plan. Leo says to start with the basic 2GB a month. That's a good basic plan. The next gig will be $10. But he aware that WiFi is all around you. And you can set your phone to only download when you're on WiFi. If you can get it down to 1GB, then you can always step down. But Leo says that 1GB a month is too little.

Notable Technology Anniversaries This Week Include First Podcast and IBM PC

Episode 1110

IBM PC

The IBM PC was released 33 years ago, and ten years ago, former MTV VJ Adam Curry premiered the first episode of the "Daily Source Code" podcast. Leo says that while there were previous recordings posted online, Curry's was the first to actually follow a set format we've come to know as podcast. He also created the moniker.

Thailand Patent Office Tweets Existence of Two New iPhones

Episode 1110

Twitter on iPhone

Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission inadvertently tweeted its approval of two new iPhone models for sale later this year. This is the year of the big redesign of the iPhone, which Leo refers to as the "tock" of the "tick-tock" development schedule from Apple. Apple has called a meeting with the Commission to discuss the matter. Leo says this doesn't necessarily mean we'll see two new iPhones, though, but he hopes so.

Dick DeBartolo "The Giz Wiz" with the iBlazr

Episode 1109

iBlazr

The iBlazr is a bright LED accessory that plugs into your headphone jack and provides far better illumination when you're taking pictures with your mobile device. It has it's own batteries, so it doesn't leach off the phone's power. 500 Flashes off a single charge and you can use your headphones to plug in and get an off camera flash angle. Starts at $49.99. Check it out at http://iblazr.com/

How do I backup my iPhone to my computer?

Episode 1109

Terry from Amarillo, TX
Apple iPhone

Terry has an iPhone and wants to back it up to his new Mac. He's connected it to Windows and he's worried iTunes will want it erase it. Leo says to back it up to iCloud first. That's going to be his best option. But it should connect and back up to iTunes with no trouble. If it wants to erase it, then he shouldn't continue. Leo says current versions allow him to use up to five devices, so it shouldn't erase it.

Why won't caller ID work on my phone?

Episode 1109

Roger from Rutherford, TN
Caller ID

Roger is getting bizarre caller ID issues with his wife's phone and sometimes he can't connect at all. Leo says it's likely an issue with the carrier. Caller ID comes from the carrier and Leo says it sounds like they're doing some odd things with it that the phone is having trouble understanding.

As for not being able to connect to the home phone, Leo says that also sounds like a strange provider issue. Roger's carrier is an "MVNO" or third party that buys service from Sprint and then resells it. Leo suggests calling the carrier and and the MVNO and get them to fix the issue.