Chris got a Google Nexus 7 32GB for Christmas. But he's a bit confused about LTE with it. Leo says it should be compatible with AT&T and TMobile, but not Verizon or Sprint. TMobile offers 200MB a month for free, so Leo says he could sign up with them and if he needs more, he can just buy it.
Frank's wife has a Google Nexus 7 and wants to sign up for LTE. Leo says that Verizon is required by law to have an open network and allow sign ups. Verizon claims they're "testing" it before they sign up. Leo says that's nonsense and they're deliberately dragging their feet. Leo says it's a great option and it's unlocked so she can use it anywhere. It comes with an AT&T SIM as well. So go with AT&T if the coverage is good.
Frank also wants to transfer his contacts into the cloud. Leo says exporting data to a CSV file and then uploading that to Google will work.
Julian got the Google Nexus 4 pure Android smartphone, and he's ready for a new phone. Leo says that the HTC One is a better option, but it doesn't have removable batteries. He can tweak it for better battery life, though. The Samsung Galaxy SIV has removable batteries, but Leo's not much of a fan of the additional junk Samsung put on it, and the terrible camera.
Matt is a truck driver and he recently bought the Motorola Razr. He's been having a problem with his signal going from "blue to white". When it's blue, he says, he can do everything, and white means he can only make phone calls. Matt says he'll notice that it says "4G" in blue, but when he tries to use it, it turns white, and he can't use data. He's been to Verizon several times and nothing has worked to fix it. He's even tried rooting it.
Sam has a cellphone with Straight Talk and he wants something to access the internet other than a smartphone. Leo says that the simplest and best way is the Google Chromebook. It's a notebook that just has a Chrome Browser, and costs around $250. Get one with built in 3D like the Acer C7.
Benjamin is a trucker and would like to be able to stream video from his mobile hotspot. Leo says that would be great, but video gets throttled or cut off after reaching the data cap. Even "unlimited" plans are limited by throttling after 5-10 GB.
Mike wants to talk about carriers. He has a great plan but it's pre-data. So he's looking to get a new smarpthone and knows his old plan will be replaced. It seems a good time to consider other carriers. He has the choice of Verizon and AT&T. He could go to Straight Talk via Walmart. Leo says it's a pretty good deal, but it's just reselling service (called an MVNO). He would get his choice of either, so Leo says to choose the one that works best.
Jay is trying to do some live video streaming with a limited signal 4G using the Livestream Broadcaster, and is wondering if a signal amplifier would help. Leo says not really. He needs high speed signal in the area. Leo used to use the Live U backpack that used 8 different cards to bond together and get a better signal by marrying multiple signals, but it wasn't cheap.
When Paul is staying at a hotel, he sees other people's libraries when he's on WiFi. Leo says what Paul is seeing is everyone else that's within range of him that's on the same WiFi network. It's a security issue if people aren't aware they're computers are wide open on the network.