Mobile Phones

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

How Can I Extend the Range of My Cell Signal?

Galaxy S7

Episode 1640

Gary (Dr. Bird) from Laguna Niguel, California

Dr. Bird spends a lot of time in remote areas photographing birds. Dr. Bird wants to know how he can attach an antenna to his Samsung Galaxy S7 so he can make a better cellular connection. Rich suggests looking at products from WeBoost. They can work for extending the cellular range. But if he's out in the middle of nowhere, he won't be guaranteed a signal where cellular coverage doesn't exist. That's where satellite phones come into play. 

Why can't I sync my iPhone?

iPhone 11

Episode 1639

George from Victor, MT

George's wife updated her iPhone to iOS 13.2 and it's crashed. Verizon put a new SIM card. The Apple Store did a DFU reset and when they went to restore apps from iCloud, many of the apps don't install. Leo says that it's not uncommon for sync to stall. Try turning the phone off, wait a few minutes and then restart it. Then repeat the sync. 

The Giz Wiz and the Smart Selfie

Dick

Episode 1638

Pictar has devised a totally different kind of Selfie Stick. Recently the CEO of Miggo / Pictar, Rafy David, came by the Gizneyland studio to give us a look at how it works. The company says that the Pictar Smart Stick is the world's most advanced selfie stick with a 6-button control panel built into the handle. You'll be able to perform a variety of useful functions even when the stick is fully extended.

Can I Hardwire My Android Phone to a Router?

Belkin USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Episode 1638

David from Frederick, MD

David lives in a poor cellular area and wants to connect his phone to his home internet. But he wants to do it wired. Leo says that WiFi is pretty fast these days and that's the way to do it. He could conceivably get a USB/Ethernet dongle and plug it directly into a router. Then it depends on the phone. Samsung has a DEX adapter. Amazon sells an iOS to an Ethernet adapter with a lightning connector. It would have to be Ethernet to USB-C and the device would have to have a driver to understand it. Most phones don't expect users to do that, so there are no drivers to support it.

Why is my phone not ringing?

iPhone 11

Episode 1637

Harold from West Covina, CA

Harold is on TMobile and he's noticing that many robocalls are going straight to voicemail. Leo says that could be a false positive from TMobile's spam calling feature that routes the call to voicemail without you knowing that the call even happened. Leo says that try disabling that feature on your phone and see what happens. You'll likely get a ton more robocalls though. But when Harold reboots his phone, it goes away. The chatroom suggests disabling WiFi calling. Sometimes that can cause it. But Leo suspects its a call screening feature of your carrier.

Are there hearing aids that can work with my mobile device?

iHear Icon CIC

Episode 1637

Fred from Columbia MD

Fred called in to say that there's a new wireless microphone for the hard of hearing, which can connect to your mobile device via Bluetooth and Quatro hearing aids so that those with trouble hearing can participate in group conversations. Leo says that's a great feature. Leo loves that modern hearing aids can interact with your mobile phones in order to listen better.  Check them out here - https://www.resound.com/en-us/hearing-aids/bluetooth-hearing-aids.

The Giz Wiz and the Night Light

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1636

This week's gadget s the VR3 Phone Line Charger + Night Light.This device plugs into your telephone jack. But it will only work with a working copper phone line, not with fiber. Once you plug it in, you use the jack on the side of the device to plug your phone in. That way this device is always getting power to charge the internal 1800 mAh battery. When charged a light sensor turns the built-in night light goes on and off automatically. On the front of the device is a USB-A port is to charge your device.

Is there an alternative calendar for the iPhone?

BusyCal App on iPhone

Episode 1636

Alice from Vancouver, WA

Alice recently updated her iPhone to iOS 13 and she can't use her calendar with it. When it launched, it was kind of a mess and Leo says that Apple is updating iOS 13 almost weekly since it came out. Vs. 13.2 is about to come out, which not only will solve those problems but will have an update to the camera as well. Leo recommends Fantastical. It's much better. BusyCal is another.