Mobile Phones

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

Where Can I Get Free Unlimited Photo Storage?

Photos

Episode 1778

Dale from Santa Monica, CA

Dale uses Google Photos and he's concerned that the change to limited photo backup will affect Apple's sync feature that makes photos available on iPad from the iPhone. Is there an alternative? Leo says that Google's price scheme for additional storage will be very affordable. But if he still wants unlimited free storage, he could try Amazon Prime Photos - it's free to all Prime members. Shutterfly also offers unlimited free storage for originals.

Why can't I install iOS apps from third party stores?

iOS 14

Episode 1775

Frank from San Francisco, CA

Frank has an iPhone, and he doesn't like the restrictions that come with it, which prevents him from getting apps from somewhere other than Apple's app store. Leo says you can jailbreak it and then do it, but then you lose all the protection. Android, by contrast, lets you choose to bypass the Google Play store in the settings and sideload apps downloaded directly from the developer. 

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 But Pat's old phone is obsolete.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.