Mobile Phones

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

Does Facebook Open You Up to Malware?

Facebook

Episode 1808

Kevin from San Clemente, CA

Kevin is concerned that Facebook opens users up to malware. They seem to know a lot about his family and their online activity. Leo says that it really doesn't, but that doesn't stop them from selling data and activity to advertisers. Leo isn't a fan of their laissez-faire attitude towards privacy, or how people get radicalized on the platform. They collect a great amount of data and sell it. They also push users to put their apps on their phones, so they can use the location data. That's why Leo isn't on the platform now. He doesn't want to support them financially with his data.

Can I Move to Belize & Have an American Phone Number?

Google Voice

Episode 1808

Scott from Inland Empire, CA

Scott is moving to Belize to retire, but he'll be keeping a business presence in the US. Would Google Voice be a good option for him? How's the WiFi with Google? Leo says that if he wants to keep an American number, a dual sim phone would be a good option. But Google Voice would be a great option because Google can route the call to the Belize phone without anyone knowing. It's the best of both worlds. And in a year, getting internet access from Starlink would mean it really doesn't matter where he's living in this world, he'll have 100MB or better internet access.

Why Is the Volume on My Android Devices so Low?

Samsung Adapt Sound

Episode 1807

Dave from Greenville, MI

Dave bought a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, and the volume isn't all that loud. Same with his phone. Leo says to look in the settings. Most headphone volumes have built-in limits to prevent damage to your hearing. But they can be overridden in your device's operating settings. There are also third-party equalizer apps that could help. But Samsung also has a feature called Adapt Sound which can help you dial in your sound according to your hearing preference.

Do Other Phone Carriers Support Numbersync Like AT&T?

AT&T

Episode 1807

Patrick from Austin, TX

Patrick is a rideshare driver, and he uses Number Sync to connect his iPad to his mobile phone. It's from AT&T. Do other carriers do it? Leo says that it's exclusive to AT&T. TMobile does have its own called "Digits." So check that out. Either way, it allows you to make and receive calls on any compatible device. But it isn't perfect.

Why Is My Number Blocked From My Mom's Phone?

iPhone

Episode 1807

John from Los Angeles, CA

John's mom has an iPhone, but he's unable to call her or text her. It goes straight to voicemail. Leo says it's possible that she accidentally blocked John's number because that's exactly the result - it goes straight to voicemail. She may have also turned on do not disturb. Leo says that if she has turned on Do Not Disturb, there is a setting that will ignore DND for your number or other loved ones.  So look in the settings.

What's the Best Third Party Voicemail Dictation for Google Fi?

Google Fi

Episode 1807

Bob from Lafayette, CA

Bob has a Google Pixel 4a with Google Fi, but he doesn't get transcription from his voicemail like the iPhone does with Visual Voicemail. Leo says that Google Voice does dictation, so it's odd that Google Fi doesn't.  But you can associate up to five numbers with your Google Voice account, so that could be the way to go. Forward your calls to Google Voice and let it do it. In fact, the best way is to give out your Google Voice number instead of your cellphone number. That way, there's no middle man. 

How Can I Move Contacts to My New Android Phone?

OnePlus

Episode 1806

Anthony from Ventura, CA

Anthony bought a OnePlus 8 Pro. It cost him $1,000! But he can't access any Microsoft services like OneDrive or Outlook on his old Windows phone. Leo says that Microsoft has given up Windows phone development, so it's likely the servers have been turned off. Tony has been trying to move the data over to Android though, his contacts, etc. How can he do that? Leo says to go to People.Live.Com and log in. Can he do it phone to phone with a cable connection?

Google Installs App without Asking on some User Phones

Massachusetts

Episode 1806

Up in Massachusetts, users of Android phones discovered this week that Google had installed the Massachusetts State app without their knowledge or permission. The app is designed to provide citizens with the latest Covid-19 information, as well as a QR code if you have been vaccinated. Leo says it's not a good thing to force an app, and how easy would it be to forge a QR code anyway? People have always sought to "game" the system, and it's even more so in the age of the Internet.