Mobile Phones

iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, or feature phones.

What 1st Smartphone Should I Purchase?

iPhone SE

Episode 1772

Pat from Denver, CO

Pat uses a flip phone and is looking to get her first smartphone now. Leo says the only real reason to get a smartphone is to text others or to go online while mobile. If all she's using a phone for is phone calls, she won't really need it. But Pat's old phone is obsolete. Leo says she can still buy a flip phone. They're called feature phones now. But if she wants one, the iPhone is the easiest one to use and for most people, it's the best choice. Leo recommends the iPhone SE. 

How Can I Connect My iPhone to Stereo?

iPhone SE

Episode 1772

John from Fallbrook, CA

John used to be able to listen to music from his phone to the radio using the headphone jack on his phone. But now he can't do that because his phone doesn't have a headphone jack. So what can he do now? Leo says that a Bluetooth cassette that he can put into the cassette player can then pair it to the phone. There's plenty of them on Amazon. EluraTech makes one for $29.99, but he can get them for half that as well. He'll want to make sure it has Bluetooth 5 though. So be sure. The player also has a 4-8 hour battery life too, depending on the model.

Why Can't I Surf Online and Make a Call With My Phone?

Fold 2

Episode 1770

Bill from Denver, CO

Bill got a Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 for his birthday and he keeps getting knocked off the internet with it while being on the phone, through AT&T. Leo says it could be the location, with a cellphone tower that is having trouble. Leo says that it would be a good idea to go back to the AT&T store and have them reset it. From the chatroom ... here is a conversation about how to reset it.

Are MVNOs like Mint Mobile a good deal?

Mint Mobile

Episode 1770

John from Lincoln, NB

John wants to know if a third-party cellular company, or MVNO, is really as good a deal as it seems. Leo says he can save a lot of money, but the MVNO buys bandwidth and resells it, so the main provider may prioritize their traffic over the MVNO. Also, traveling internationally may be an issue as he loses the international benefits. But Leo is very happy with Google Fi, which is probably the best. And they have the same international service. 

How Fast Should My Bandwidth Be?

Spectrum

Episode 1770

Bob from Hermosa Beach, CA

Bob is looking at T-Mobile's home internet, but it seems to slow at 25MB or more in speed. Leo says that's probably T-Mobile's Cellular internet service. He can run SpeedTest.net and verify it as well. They will publish the ideal that is usually peak speed, but not regular everyday speed. Also, upload speed is just as important as download speed, if he's doing zoom calls. Also run the speed test in prime time, when everyone is streaming Netflix. Then Bob will know how fast it will really be.

What Can I Do With My Old Windows XP Computer?

Windows XP

Episode 1769

Ron from West Hollywood, CA

Ron wants to know if LTE and GSM are the same. Leo says it isn't at all, and every carrier has made the move to LTE because it allows calls to be transmitted as data, while GSM is still radio-based. It's all data now. 

What can he do with his old XP computer?  The browsers aren't supported anymore. Leo says that if you can upgrade to Windows 10, that's the best option. But if not, put Linux on it! Leo recommends Manjaro or Ubuntu Linux. Download and put it on a USB Key, then reboot. See if you like it.

Why Doesn't a Cellphone Have Congestion Like WiFi Networks Do?

WiFi

Episode 1769

Roy from New Mexico

Roy wants to know why cell phones don't suffer congestion like WIFi does? Leo says that Leo says it's mostly by design. WiFi uses a technology that causes traffic to wait because of congestion. But in cellular technology, they don't avoid traffic collisions. It uses multiple channels on a cell tower to manage the traffic. Here's an article about it.

Can I Port My Home Phone Number to a Tracfone?

Tracfone

Episode 1769

Jim from Sioux Falls, SD

Jim as a Tracfone pay as you go phone and wants to know if he can port his home phone to it? Leo says that there is an FCC rule that says you should be able to port your landline to the phone, but you may lose the use of the number during the transfer. That would include 911 service. Also, using a cellphone as your number will have to rely on regional or e911 services, which doesn't know where you are exactly. Also, if you move, you may lose the use of the number because of your geographic location. 

But according to the FCC, you can. 

Should I Get an iPhone or iPad?

iPhone

Episode 1768

Tom from Riverside, CA

Tom is looking to get an iPhone or an iPad for work. He's never had one. Leo says to get an iPhone first. Get used to it. Then if he needs an iPad, he can go from there. He will also need an AppleTV if he wants to push the screen from the iPhone to the TV. It's called AirPlay. Plus, modern TVs can cast directly from the iPhone or iPad without an Apple TV because Apple TV is built-in. The Vizio Smartcast is a good one.