SIMs

How can I use my iPhone in Great Britain?

Apple iPhone 6

Episode 1168

Marie from Redlands, CA

Marie is traveling to Great Britain and is worried about data charges on her iPhone 6. Leo says that Marie can go into her phone's settings and turn off Data Roaming. That's where the real data costs will rear it's ugly head. Then she can just depend on local Wi-Fi. She can also download the maps and keep them in the phone so she won't have to worry about getting lost with no data.

Will the SIM from an AT&T phone work in a Verizon phone?

Episode 1146

Dianne from Williamsburg, PA

Dianne's 81 year old mother's cell phone was deactivated and she needs a new phone. Dianne wants to know if she could use the AT&T SIM in her old phone with an "Obama Phone" from Verizon on the Lifeline Assistance program. Leo doesn't think that would work. If not much time had passed, there's a chance that she could have her old number ported over to Verizon. But Dianne says it's been about a month since the old phone was cancelled, so that would be unlikely.

Is the iPhone the best choice for a first smartphone?

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Episode 1142

Dan from Anaheim, CA

Dan is ready for his first smartphone and is looking at the iPhone 6 Plus. Leo says that while he doesn't carry an iPhone, it's a great phone, especially for beginners. It's a good choice accessibility-wise as well. The large screen in the 6 Plus makes it really easy to see. But Leo warns that it may seem like clown shoes going from the 4" iPhone 5 screen.

Why won't my Samsung Galaxy S3 read SD cards anymore?

SanDisk SD Card

Episode 1106

Ron from Boise, ID

Ron has a Samsung Galaxy S3 and it suddenly stopped reading SD cards. Ron cleaned the contacts on the cards, and now it can't be read. Leo says it could be the dialectic grease that he applied to it. Since the SD cards will be read by his computer, he can at least get the data off of them. Then he can either just use the internal storage on the phone, or he could look into a new phone. Leo says that phones age even faster than computers. It's as if they age 30 years every 1 year. That Galaxy S3 is now almost 4 years old, so it would make sense that it's starting to fail.

How can I unlock my Droid to change carriers?

Episode 1057

Joe from Los Angeles, CA

Joe has five late model Motorola Droid phones with Verizon, but he wants to change carriers. Leo says that Motorola Droids only work on Verizon. If he unlocks them, he could take them over to Sprint, and maybe AT&T or T-Mobile if the frequencies are supported. He'll have to get the SIM slot unlocked. He should tell them he's going overseas and needs it unlocked to get a local SIM. PadreSJ says a DROID MAXX can support an AT&T SIM Card, so if he has a friend who has one, he could try it.