Mobile Phones

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

How does a walkie talkie app like Zello work?

Zello

Episode 1610

Bill from Wilmington, CA

Bill wants to know about the Zello walkie talkie app. How does it really work? Does it transmit over the air like a real walkie talkie? Leo says it doesn't broadcast, it uses your mobile phone data network to communicate. So you use data every time you use Zello. It's similar to VoIP in that regard. It's fun and handy, but it does eat through your data.

FaceApp Raises Privacy Concerns

FaceApp

Episode 1610

Everyone is up in arms about the app FaceApp and it's privacy concerns. People are concerned because the app will upload your images to a third party server and use them whenever and however they want. Leo says that the server is not in Russia, but is actually Amazon Cloud Services. It also has a boiler plate terms of service that users should pay attention to, that transfers your likeness rights to them to do whatever they want. Period. While technically true, it's also probably true of Instagram, Facebook, and others.

How can I roll back my Android launcher?

Samsung Note 8

Episode 1609

Jack from Stone Mountain, GA

Jack uses a Samsung Note Android phone and he used to be able to do a list view of all the running apps. But now it's changed to a tiny screenshot. How can he change it back? Leo says that Google changed the way to display it, and it's at the system level in their launcher, and so there may not be a way to roll that back. But since Jack has a Samsung phone, he can use the Samsung app called GOOD LOCK in the Samsung Store and you can change it back using the Task Changer feature.

Are Free Smartphones Good When Signing Up for a 2-year Deal?

 T-Mobile

Episode 1608

Joe from Greenville, SC

Mason saw an A50 smartphone in T-Mobile which is free with a two-year commitment. But is it junky? Leo says that all mobile carriers offer cheaper phones that they can offer for free, and it's a mixed bag if they're decent or not. But you can bet that the cameras aren't very good. Leo recommends the Motorola Moto G6 or the Samsung Galaxy S10. What about buying a phone from overseas that are unlocked? Leo says that he can do that, but the radios in the phone may not support the frequencies here in the US. But that A50 should be fine.

Should I Upgrade My Smartphone?

Samsung Galaxy S10

Episode 1607

Joe from Greenville, South Carolina

Joe has an old Samsung mobile phone and he thinks it may be time to upgrade. Leo says if the phone is working fine, there's no real reason to get a new one, EXCEPT, older mobile phones aren't secure because they are rarely, if ever, updated. So getting a new phone for security reasons is a smart idea. Also, eventually, the older phones will gradually stop working with apps because developers have just moved on. The Motorola G7 is a great phone for around $200 with a great price

What is a Good Low-cost Mobile Phone Service?

Mint

Episode 1606

Jenna from Missoula, Montana

Jenna is a veteran and she doesn't use her tablet much. She's thinking of selling her tablet and going with a cheap phone and a cheap internet plan. Leo says that's a good plan, especially if she goes with a low-cost data plan with WiFi.  T-Mobile has a plan for those over $50. It's pretty cheap. But there's also MINT Mobile, an MVNO that resells phone service from T-Mobile. $15 a month or less, and she can bring her own phone. 

Is T-Mobile Good for Travelling Overseas?

T-Mobile

Episode 1606

Albert from Las Vegas, NV

Albert travelled overseas and brought his T-Mobile phone because it offers free 2G/EDGE speeds. Leo says that it works great, even if it's slower. He can pay $10 a day for a limited amount of data on other wireless plans, too. And that's largely thanks to T-Mobile disrupting the industry.  Leo also says to google Prepaidwithdata Wiki and go to the page to find out where he can get a MiFi card when travelling overseas. 

Can I Install Apps on a Jitterbug Phone?

Jitterbug Smart2

Episode 1605

Ross from Palm Springs, CA

Ross' 96-year-old mother listens to Pandora at home and has heard that Jitterbug has a new smartphone. Leo says that it just came out and it promises to be the simplest smartphone ever. It's only $100, though, so it's not going to be that complex. It's been highly modified Android device with a special launcher that makes for big buttons that are easy to read. Can he put Pandora on it? Leo says that it's hard to tell by the specs. If they don't have an app store, then there's a challenge there. Leo says you need to ask them to find out.