iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, or feature phones.
Thirteen years ago, Apple introduced an Internet communicator, iPod, and a Mobile Phone, known as the iPhone. Three devices in one. Leo says that smartphones were a struggling category at the time, attempting to go up against the juggernaut known as Blackberry. With the iPhone's launch, the smartphone's place in technological history was secured, and Blackberry is just a footnote.
Peter gets a Gig up and down with Fiber. Leo says he probably doesn't get that all the time. Would he get that with WiFi and a mesh router? Leo says if all devices are WiFi 6, maybe. But everything has to be wifi compatible. The thing is, WiFi 6e is right around the corner, so it's probably a good idea to wait. Leo had the Orbi with WiFi 6 and it was only 10% faster. Not really worth the extra expense.
Jerry found out that his satellite company is charging him $7 a month for using his own equipment. Leo says that's now illegal. Leo says they are now trying to get around it by calling it a "service fee," but it's still illegal. He recommends contacting the FCC or state local public utility commission.
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.
Jeff wants to know if WhatsApp is private. He's concerned that Facebook gets his data. Leo says that WhatsApp does share user information with Facebook. But if he's concerned about that, there are other options. Leo dislikes Facebook so much, he doesn't use any of their apps.
Telegram is a really nice choice. It's free and secure. If he's looking for REAL privacy, then there's SIGNAL. They don't share any personal information. What about LINE? Leo says that Line is very popular in Japan. Then there's Discord.
Matthew bought a Facebook Portal for his in-laws. He keeps hearing that they're going to add Zoom, but that hasn't happened yet. What he wants to know is, can he do a zoom call on his TV? Leo says one way to do it is with an Apple TV and airplay it, with your camera being your iPhone or iPad. But everyone would have to have an Apple Device to do it.
Mark has a Samsung Note X. Sometimes, he doesn't get any internet access, even though he has full bars. He's tried going into airplane mode and back, but he still doesn't get data. Is it a dead zone? Leo says that the bars aren't for data; they are for voice. So your full bars doesn't really have anything to do with data access. But since Mark lives in LA, you should get data anywhere.
Chris wants to upgrade his old Samsung J7. Leo says that's a low-end version offered by his carrier usually for free or cheap. He could just contact his provider and see what the next generation version is. But the Samsung Galaxy S21 is the top-line option that's worth the money if he can afford it. The Google Pixel 4a is also a good, affordable choice.
Alex is streaming Facebook live from his phone using the Apple Camera Kit, but he's now having audio issues. Leo says that it sounds like Facebook has changed something in the streaming, that causes the issue. It may also be that the specs to Alex's camera connection kit are no longer supported by Facebook live. Or, it could even be a change by Apple in iOS. But more likely, Facebook has changed something and Apple simply needs to catch up with an update.
Barry is getting a new Motorola Moto G series mobile phone. Leo says it's the best mid-range priced mobile phone on the market today. Barry is concerned though, that updates are coming slower and slower these days. Leo says that unless Google makes the phone, that's going to happen since both the phone manufacturer and your carrier have to test the update before releasing them for their phones. Google can send updates directly. So if you're concerned about how fast updates happen, a Google-made phone like the Pixel 4a would be better. Check out the Android 1, too.