smartphones

What Phone Can I Get for Under $1000?

Motorola Moto G Power

Episode 1847

Perry from Glendale, CA

Perry has to have Android 9 or 10 on his Galaxy S4 mobile phone to do some banking online. How can he load it up manually? Leo says it may be too old to update. Look in the update settings. If it says he's up to date, then that means he's gone as far as he can go for updating and it may be time to get a new phone. This is a shame because the phone is still working just fine. It's not uncommon though, for mobile phones to be left behind as the development of Android goes full steam ahead.

Can I Connect a Used Laptop to My Phone for WiFi?

T-mobile

Episode 1835

Maria from San Diego, CA

Maria is looking to get her first smartphone with T-Mobile. She wants to know if she can use her phone's WiFi with her laptop. Leo says yes, she can connect the laptop to the smartphone and use the phone's "hotspot mode." But it may cost extra. About $10 a month. And even if she has unlimited data, hot-spotting may come with a bandwidth cap. So check the fine print. T-Mobile also has home internet. That would be faster and far better

Has My Phone Been Hacked?

CLEAR

Episode 1835

Anne from Palos Verdes, CA

Anne wants to know if her cellphone has been hacked. She got a Gmail that she renewed a subscription for over $1400. Leo says to check her credit card to make sure she wasn't charged. And NEVER reply. They're trying to get to her response so they can socially engineer personal data from her. And if she responds, they know her account is legit. It's called a phishing scam. Has her cellphone been hacked? Leo says no. It's just SPAM.

When should I replace my mobile phone?

Samsung Galaxy S5

Episode 1686

Richard from Grand Rapids MI

Richard has a Samsung Galaxy 5 and wants to know when he should replace it. He's gone through two batteries. Leo says that a smartphone will become good as new when you put a new battery in it. So that really isn't an issue. The real issue is when the updates stop. When the phone OS is no longer supported because of age, that may be the time to get a new phone. But if you're not installing anything new, you're probably fine for as long as you want. 

How can I start a podcast?

Podcast on Apple

Episode 1680

Brian from Nashville, TN

Brian has a couple of friends that want to start a podcast. Leo says it's a great time to start one, and you can get started with just a smartphone thanks to Anchor.FM. There's also Twisted Wave, an app. In fact, a smartphone has everything you need to do a professional-sounding podcast. But if you want to expand, Leo says an Emotiv mic will plug into your phone and give you a little better audio. Anchor.FM can then be the publisher. They will also bring it up to iTunes and other podcasting aggregators. You also get a web page. And they don't charge you either.

Are Free Smartphones Good When Signing Up for a 2-year Deal?

 T-Mobile

Episode 1608

Joe from Greenville, SC

Mason saw an A50 smartphone in T-Mobile which is free with a two-year commitment. But is it junky? Leo says that all mobile carriers offer cheaper phones that they can offer for free, and it's a mixed bag if they're decent or not. But you can bet that the cameras aren't very good. Leo recommends the Motorola Moto G6 or the Samsung Galaxy S10. What about buying a phone from overseas that are unlocked? Leo says that he can do that, but the radios in the phone may not support the frequencies here in the US. But that A50 should be fine.

Should I Upgrade My Smartphone?

Samsung Galaxy S10

Episode 1607

Joe from Greenville, South Carolina

Joe has an old Samsung mobile phone and he thinks it may be time to upgrade. Leo says if the phone is working fine, there's no real reason to get a new one, EXCEPT, older mobile phones aren't secure because they are rarely, if ever, updated. So getting a new phone for security reasons is a smart idea. Also, eventually, the older phones will gradually stop working with apps because developers have just moved on. The Motorola G7 is a great phone for around $200 with a great price