Verizon

Where Can I Get a Basic Flip Phone For My Parents?

Alcatel

Episode 1760

Frank from Los Angeles, CA

Frank tried to teach his parents how to use a smartphone. Both Android and iPhone. It didn't go well. So he's looking to get a flip phone for them. But their carrier Verizon is pushing smartphones.  Leo says they are pushing LTE phones because they want to decommission their old towers that flip phones rely on. Still, Verizon offers the Kazoona eTalk. As long as they are LTE compatible, they will be fine with a flip/feature phone. Look for a section on Verizon's website called BASIC PHONES.

Alcatel makes dumb phones as well. Look at the GoFlip V. Verizon sells it.

Why can't my phone do text to speech for my text messages?

Verizon's Messages+

Episode 1742

Dave from Los Angeles, CA

Dave has a new Samsung Galaxy 20+ Android phone. He uses Message Plus with text to speech feature with Verizon. However, he can't get it to work with the new phone. Leo says that it's on Verizon to solve the issue. It's probably a setting in the app that has to be enabled. It's possible that the feature isn't enabled for just reading text messages. Dave says it has the feature, but Verizon can't figure out what's wrong. Leo adds that Verizon's support is terrible. It uses a VOIP solution outside the country and it's terribly latent. 

Is Yahoo Mobile a Good Phone Service?

Yahoo

Episode 1715

Esther from Central Valley, CA

Esther calls in to ask what Leo thinks of the new Yahoo Mobile Phone service. Leo says Yahoo is owned by Verizon, and as such, it's essentially Verizon repackaged as an MVNO. If Verizon is good in Esther's area, it's a good way to get a mobile phone service for a cheaper price. But one has to look at the details. Chances are, the data may be throttled during peak times, as full pay Verizon customers get priority. But for $40 a month for unlimited text, talk, and data, that's a good deal. 

Does an unlimited wireless plan really mean unlimited?

Unlimited Plans Example

Episode 1636

Robbie from Nashville, TN

Robbie is frustrated with his unlimited cellular plan because he's being throttled relentlessly. So bad to the point that he can't really do anything. But when he signs onto wifi, it's just fine.  So they signed up for a 10GB plan, it was much faster. Leo says that unlimited doesn't mean "as fast." And on Verizon, some of the plans will throttle from bite zero, some after 5GB. There are five plans in total. So you have to read the fine print. It sounds like Robbie had the Unlimited "start" plan. 

Which Cell Service is Good in Buffalo?

Buffalo

Episode 1634

Julie from Downey, California

Julie's mom in Buffalo has very poor cellular service. They've tried just about everything. Should she try Verizon? Leo says that it's best to see what the local coverage is. T-Mobile, for instance, is very good in cities, but not in rural areas. Ask her neighbors. Verizon may be better, but they're more expensive. Spectrum, though, uses Verizon's network. In fact, check with MVNOs. They buy cell service in bulk and resell it.

How can I monitor my son's text messages?

Verizon Smart Family

Episode 1633

Rich from Riverside, CA

Rich needs to monitor his son's text messages. Is there an app for that? Leo says that there are circumstances when this is critical. For Android, it's easy to do. But if he's tech-savvy, he can probably find out pretty easily that he is being monitored. Rich may want to check with the phone company and see if they can help. Ideally, if you can do it without an app on his phone, that would be a better idea. Check out Verizon's Smart Family: they have monitoring tools that may be of help. 

How do I transfer an old iPhone to a friend?

iPhone 2018

Episode 1627

Neil from Phoenix, Arizona

Neil bought a new iPhone and wants to give his old iPhone X to a family member. How can he transfer the phone and number to them? Leo says that since Neil has Verizon, he has to have the phone unlocked, and they will do it with a request. But it's as simple as taking the SIM out: you'll want it with your new phone anyway. Then, you'll also want to erase the phone and restore it back to the factory settings.

Can I Buy a Phone Without a Plan?

Motorola Moto G7.

Episode 1604

Gloria from North Hollywood, CA

Gloria wants to know how can she buy a phone without a plan. She heard of a new phone plan called "Visible" for $40 a month. Leo says that Verizon's Visible plan is very interesting and she can buy an unlocked phone anywhere, including Amazon. She just has to be sure she gets a phone that supports Verizon. Here's a page that shows which phones are compatible - https://www.visible.com/compatibility

 Leo likes the Motorola Moto G7. Price is between $200-300. 

Why can't I use my Obama Phone with Verizon?

Motorola Moto G7

Episode 1597

John from Santa Barbara, CA

John got an "Obama Phone" with AirVoice Wireless. When he got a new Motorola Moto Phone that was unlocked, it says it uses GSM or LTE. And AirVoice Wireless only uses Verizon. Can he use the phone? Leo says that Verizon is CDMA, so a GSM phone won't work. But AirVoice also says they're an AT&T carrier. From the chatroom - input the APN settings listed here and it needs to be a phone that works with AT&T. https://apn.gishan.net/en/apn/airvoice/motorola-moto-g-4g-2nd-gen

Why can't I use my 4G phone on Verizon?

Tracfone LG Rebel 3

Episode 1596

Doug from Encinitas, CA

Doug bought a Tracfone LG Rebel 3 mobile phones. But the problem is, he can't get a phone number for it because Verizon doesn't support 4G anymore, only LTE. Whats the difference? Leo says that LTE is a bit faster, but it's odd that Verizon doesn't support it anymore. But they may have just killed 4G. Leo says to pull the SIM and try another carrier to see if it's not carrier locked. If it isn't, then go to Straight Talk.