Mobile Phones

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

What's the Difference Between Spectrum and Verizon Cellular?

Verizon

Episode 1755

Andrew from Los Angeles, CA

Andrew wants to know how different Spectrum mobile is from Verizon. Leo says that Spectrum Mobile uses WiFi calling when users are home, but when users are out and about, Spectrum is just an MVNO that uses Verizon's network. The tricky part is a handoff from WiFi to the cellular network. But other than that, if one can save money on it, then why not? The only real negative is that some people may not have internet access with their routers. So, a phone could join a network and not be able to take or make calls because it's on a dead connection.

What Happened to My Favorite Streamable Radio Stations?

XiaaLive

Episode 1753

Jerry from Riverside, CA

Jerry recently upgraded his Android Phone. But he's having issues streaming audio using the XiaaLive app. His favorites lists have also got stations missing. Leo says that apps could check streams periodically to see if they are still active. If it isn't, it's not strange to simply remove them. Internet radio stations come and go. So it's likely XiaaLive pruned the list when it got back a negative stream notification. It could also be the place the data is stored is in the original phone itself and it didn't completely transfer when he moved to the new phone. 

Why Can't I Visit a Certain Website With My 5G Phone?

Georgia dot gov

Episode 1752

Matt from Kansas City, KS

Matt has a 5G Note 20 and he can't visit a website on 5G. But he can visit it on 4G through AT&T. Leo says that it could be something that the website is doing, that doesn't allow a 5G network to access it. Leo suspects it's a DNS issue, and if he can try an alternate DNS provider, that will fix it. Leo recommends NextDNS or OpenDNS. NextDNS has an app that can fix it.

Is TIVO the Best DVR?

TIVO

Episode 1752

Rocco from Valencia, CA

Rocco is seeing all sorts of security warnings for passwords in his iPhone's settings. Leo says that is Apple's latest security feature that not only reviews passwords to make sure they are secure but will warn users if they reuse them, and provide a link to change them if they are compromised or not secure. LastPass does the same thing. Other vaults include One Password and BitPass. 

How can I disable the Google Assistant button on my phone?

Google Assistant

Episode 1751

John from Fallbrook, CA

John has noticed that his Google Assistant gets triggered when he accidentally hits the right button. How can he disable the Google Assistant button on his Motorola phone? Leo says that there was an app called Tasker that could do it. What you're looking for is a program that can see the hardware button and then assign it to do something else or nothing at all. So try that. It's free. 

From the chatroom - https://www.guidingtech.com/remove-google-assistant-home-button/

 

Should I return my Samsung S20 Mobile Phone?

Samsung S20

Episode 1751

Larry from Menneffee, CA

Larry bought a Samsung S20 "Fan Edition" Android Phone. He's having all sorts of issues with crashing, screen issues, and other problems. Leo says that it's likely software issues that are causing the problems. Samsung is known for some of the best screens in the business, so it's unlikely, but not impossible, that it's a hardware issue. But Leo advises to contact Samsung Mobile and demand a new one.