Mobile Phones

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

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. 

Can I Install Another Operating System on My Android Phone?

Samsung S20

Episode 1763

Vincent from New Orleans, LA

Vincent has a bunch of Samsung S20 phones for his business and would like to move away from Android. Is there an operating system that he can install over it? Leo says that Samsung has taken Android and modified it greatly. There are other flavors of Android you can put on it by rooting the device, but they are still Android. But you can "De-Google" it. Leo recommends going to XDA-Developers. Search for the model number of your phone and see what ROMs are available and how to put them on your phone.

What's a Good Smartphone With a Great Camera?

iPhone 12 Pro Max

Episode 1763

Glenda from Orange County, CA

Glenda needs a new smartphone with an excellent camera. Leo says that all of the "flagship phones" from Apple, Samsung, and Google all have excellent cameras. The iPhone 12 Pro, S21, and Pixel 5 are the latest top models and have amazing cameras. They all use computational photography to create bokeh, have great dynamic range and bold colors.

But even last year's mobile phones would be cheaper and have the same great cameras. The Google Pixel 4a has the same camera as the Pixel 5, and it's $349. A good option. A very natural image. 

Why Can't I Use My TracFone?

Tracfone

Episode 1762

Judith from Santa Monica, CA

Judith got a Tracfone and can't get it to activate. It says that it has no minutes, even though her brother paid for unlimited minutes that auto refills every month. what can she do? If her brother can log into his account online, he should be able to see the status of the phone and maybe even activate it directly.  That's how Tracfone saves money, by offering all support on the web, and most of it is self-help.

Can she use an old iPhone 4? Leo says maybe. She can take the SIM card out of the Tracfone and put it in the phone and try that way.

How Can I Stop Spammers From Using My Number?

spam

Episode 1762

Jimmy from Santa Barbara, CA

Jimmy woke up to dozens of text messages claiming that he's been calling and texting people non-stop. Leo says that his number has been "spoofed," and the only thing he can do is wait until the spoofers move on to a new number. It's called "Neighbor Spam," and it's being used to get people to answer a local call. Eventually, enough people will block the phone number, and then they will move on to yet another number. Unfortunately, there's not much else he can do.