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Can I Buy A Cell Phone & Then Activate It With A Service Provider Of My Choice

Q: Can I Buy A Cell Phone & Then Activate It With A Service Provider Of My Choice

I've been looking for a different cell plan. I heard Kim Komando recommend to someone that they buy a used cell phone from www.recellular.com

I went to that site & found some phones that I might want. But when I checked into service providers, they told me that if I buy a phone from anyone but them, it may not fully function on their service. They said that an unlocked phone, or even a brand new phone from an electronics store would have the same problem. I spoke to someone at Recellular. They told me that their customers haven't had a problem with using phones bought from them.

So I'm wondering, is this just a bluff from the service providers to get me to buy their phones, or would I really get stuck with a crippled phone if I bought it from someone other than the service provider? Even if the phone would work, could the provider somehow provide me with crippled service & tell me that it's the phone's fault so that I buy one from them? Am I basically at the service provider's mercy, or is there a way that I can purchase a phone somewhere else and be confident that it will work when I activate it with the service provider? Thanks.

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A: Can I Buy A Cell Phone & Then Activate It With A Service Provider Of My Choice

Hi, the answer to your question depends on which phone you buy and which service provider you want to sign up with. Some phones will be fully compatible with multiple service providers, but others may not. AT&T and Verizon, for example, use completely different network types, so a phone that was made for AT&T won't work at all on Verizon's CMDA network.

Your best bet is to contact the manufacturer of the phone you're interested in and see if they can give you a definitive answer for that phone. If not, if you can at least find out which company's network that phone was set up for, you'll have an idea of which networks it should and shouldn't work with.

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I just recently went with a cell company that has no signal in my home area. I have a linksys router model #WRT54G-TM. My computer is an older Packard Bell with Windows 98 and my internet service is through AT&T in which I use a Netopia modem. When I first started using the fast access DSL I was unable to use an ethernet connection to the modem due to my computer being old so AT&T configured my modem to use a USB cable. Unfortunately when I hook up my wireless router to the modem and then to my computer I am unable to get into the internet so that my cell phone will get a signal. I purchased a NIC card and installed it to have an ethernet port on my computer. I have spoken with AT&T 3 times to get them to reconfigure my modem to be able to use an ethernet cable from my modem to my wireless router and they can't seem to be able to help me. If someone could help me with the hookup and installation of my router so as to get a cell signal using my internet I would surely be appreciative of the help. I am not sure that I am even in the right area to post this thread and excuse me if I picked the wrong forum but please help an older lady be able to use her cell phone at home and still be able to surf the internet.

A:Wireless Router for Cell Phone Service

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Hello, I tried turnong it on in services and get an error code 1079. Can anyone help me?

A:The HomeGroup Provider service depends on the Function Discovery Provider Host

Hello kosikfl and Welcome -From Windows 7 forum -I was going to write the directions, but if you scroll down a bit, there is a pictured detail of how to fix this.The HomeGroup Provider service depends on the Function Discovery Provider Host I hope that this is your version of the problem. Thank You -EDITED to correct link -

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i goofed somehow..i set up an email name etc on yahoo so my friend could email me to my pc or to her daughter's cell. here is the error message i got when i tried to send her an email from my pc:
"an error occurred while sending mail. the mail server responded: 5.1.1 <[email protected]> recipient invalid domain"

so you wonderful people how do i do it right?

many many thanks from me and my best friend Ina

A:email to/from cell phone to cell phone or pc

Maybe you have the address wrong. Should be @yahoo.com?

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I plan on swtching wireless carries but I need to find out if I need to purchase a new phone.

I have a Samsung Cell Phone that has AT & T logo on the outside. Can this phone be
used on a T-Moble wireless cell sevice or will I need to get a new phone if I switch to T-moble
wireless service.

Thank you,

A:Samsung Cell Phones, Can they be used with any provider?

If it's got an AT&T logo then it's *probably* locked to AT&T. Not certainly, but my experience has been that unlocked phones aren't branded with a carrier. (At least those that are purchased as unlocked. I understand that there are authorized unlocking procedures for some phones, but there aren't for all phones so your best bet would be to check with both AT&T and your new carrier about your specific phone.)

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Hi there,

I have 2 formulas in one cell and want a choice in which will populate.
EX. =DATEDIF(F12,TODAY(),"d") & "-" & DATEDIF(F12,G12,"d")
I don't want and I want it to choose first formula if G12 does not have a date.


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My sister has an XP Pro PC, standard dial-up winmodem etc. desktop PC. She is using bluelight (NetZero) for dial-up access. She was having trouble establishing and internet connection so I brought the PC to my house to troubleshoot it and it works fine. I take the PC back to her house and it does not work. I've checked different wall jacks, cables etc at her house all with the same result.

I am able to connect to the far end as I see the modems handshake and remain connected - however it is like their phone provider has some weird thing that causes her connection to not work. At my house I use the identical dial-up process on the pc and everything works fine. It seems the only difference is our phone service provider.

I am able to "ping" sights at a command prompt, however, I get not http success via a browser. I have tried Firefox and IE and both fail to get a response.

Does anyone have any ideas of what might be going on with the phone carrier or some other area to look at? I am perplexed.

Dean G.

A:Different phone provider, same pc, doesn't work on dial-up

Type this address into her browser's address bar Http:// It should open the main page for yahoo. If it does then she has a DNS problem.

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I do not wish to use the internet to fax.
Is there anyway to use my PC, tethered to my wireless phone to send a fax to a landline fax. Basically, can a wireless phone handle data exchange to another fax machine? Thanks, Mike

A:PC & Cell Phone = Fax?

Does your wireless phone have a built-in modem that supports fax?

Thats the main limitation.

My Nokia 3650 does have a modem and supports fax.
But we have no idea what your phone is.

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Windows 8 reminds me of a cell phone or a gizmo to put in your front pocket. When I sit down to my main computer that is what I expect "A Computer", not an oversize cell phone.

A:I don't want another cell phone for my PC's OS

Then stick with Win7. Problem solved.

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I'm not sure where this goes or whether or not anyone here knows about this. OK I have an LG CU400 phone, and the data cable for it. The problem is I don't have a program to recognize the phone so I can send stuff(ringtones, photos, etc.) to it. The cable did come with a disc, but the CU400 is a new phone and is not on the list for that CD. I also can't DL anything from the phone itself because somehow my plan doesnt allow me to do that. I've been trying to figure this out for awhile now, so any help is appreciated.

A:Cell phone help

Here's some info:

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im looking for a new cell phone. i have been using my daughter old iphone. and i like it very much. i was thinking about getting a new phone.when i renew my contract in January.. i dont do much with a phone. i would like to have a good camera and flash. i play some games like bowling, solitaire, poker. and would like to have touch screen. any one have any good suggestions?

A:cell phone help

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i recently had a palm based cell phone and used it for a little bit. i added all of my contacts to the phone. i just bought the samsung I600 and it is a windows based application. is there a way that i can get my palm contacts into my new samsung phone considering that they are 2 different applications? i apprectiate any of your help thanx alot

A:Cell phone

Without any clue as to model numbers, its a hard call to offer constructive advice, but the Palm unit will allow the export (from the PC based copy on Palm Desktop) of the addresses and numbers to a .csv file.

If your new phone has connectivity to the PC, then it may be able to import them, but that would depend widely on the model and your own ability to connect it to a PC.

Alternatively the Palm will usually allow IR (InfaRed) beaming of the addresses, and if your new phone will receive IR data then that may be possible.

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Would anyone know if there's help on techspot for cell phones?

A:Cell Phone

Ask away. The worst that can happen is no one knows the answer but someone might. Not me necessarily but someone.

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Hello friends,

I have recently purchased a new cellphone. Now I am looking to make it stylish and attractive in other words you can say that I am searching for phone accessories. Do you know any website where I can purchase best phone accessories? If yes, then please let me know that website.

A:Looking for cell phone.....

Have you thought about trying ebay?

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Hi, I have a Motorola 815 cell phone with MP3 player. I recorded a cd (in MP3 format) to the transflash card. Using Windows explorer, I can see that all the songs are there on the card but when I install it, I only get ONE song.

I went to "change storage device" to transflash but hte phone still doesnt see all the songs that I can see with explorer.

Am I doing something wrong?

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I'm not big in the cell phone scene so I need some support on finding one. I'd like the cheapest MicroSD phone, preferably a Sony Ericsson. Thanks for any support.

A:Looking for a new cell phone.

have a look here. you can get lots of info from there.

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do any of you guys know of a good website that documents/helps with cell phone problems?\

if not, any idea on how to sync my motorola v557 to my computer with a blank screen?

A:Cell phone

I do not know about motorola, but my Nokia phone has a data cable and with it came the necessary software to work with the computer. Have been using it for over 3 yrs. now.
works great...

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Does anyone know of a good tech support site or forum for cell phone issues?

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I purchased Motorola Phone Tools and a USB cable to transfer some of my mp3's to my cell phone. When I uploaded them successfully, the quality was greatly reduced and I can't figure out a way to modify them - it sounds very scratchy when I set it as a ringtone. I don't see any option that the program gives me to modify bitrate, etc (my friend uses BitPim which is not compatable with my phone, but his ringers are much higher quality). If anyone can help me increase the quality, I'd appreciate it!

some extra info in the "preview" section when I'm about to send it to my phone:

44,100 Hz
Quality: 16 bit stereo


A:mp3 help! cell phone

I've uploaded ringtones to my RAZR v3 using the Mobtime Phone Tools, cost $15, and the quality is excellent. I refused to pay the Motorola prices for their tools...

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My daughter and her husband are moving to the boonies. They don't want a telephone land line but he needs to be able to FAX . Is there a machine that he can insert a typed sheet and put his cell phone on it and FAX?

A:Cell Phone FAX

Well, I have never used cell based broadband internet access......but Sprint and Cingular both have mobile broadband cards for laptops....

I would figure if they have cell phone service where they are moving he could use a laptop and an all in one printer/scanner/fax to send via the laptop and cell service.........

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If I bought a cheap razor off of ebay and it said it was for verizon, could I plug in a cingular sim card and it work regularly? Thx Josh

A:Cell phone ?

It would probably be SIM-locked so no.

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Actually, I'd never done or experience activating via phone (only through online). But when I read the instructions again, is it true that you'll Actually talk with MS staff?

"B) (step 2) Enter the ID numbers on your phone keypad when asked to do so over the phone.
C) (step 3) Enter the confirmation ID numbers given to you over the phone into the "Windows Activation" wizard.
D) When finished, click/tap on Activate."

I've read in some topic about activating via phone, and they've never mention that they're actually talked with staffs (like calling a Real person or in customer service) and already activates after entering specific code, sometimes they were even talked by a Bot staff (not the real one).

This was my very first post here in 8 Forums though I was from 7 forums
Apologize for some wrong grammars there

A:Trying to activate via phone

Unless things go wrong, you'll get the automated service, and not a live operator.

If you actually need to talk to an operator, it helps (supposedly) to have gone through the automated process first - in practice, the hand-off from the automation to the live service rarely works as it tends to time out.

If you really need to talk to an operator, then follow the normal instructions but do NOT respond when the autoresponder asks which service you require - this should force an operator to pick up (eventually)

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A:Cell Phone Rental

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Is it possible for someone on a Verizon cell phone family plan to send a text message to another member in the plan, and have it appear to have been sent by yet another plan member? I'm being accused of sending this message, but I absolutely did not send it. The above question is the only thing I can think of that could explain this. Thanks for your help.

Also, not only did I not send the text message, but I had been blocked from making calls or sending text messages to this phone. One member of the 5 of us in the plan is tech savvy.

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Cell Phone Rental. Satellite Phone Rental.

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A:Cell Phone Rental

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I used to get my hotmail e mails sent to my cell phone. Something has happened that they don't
come to my phone anymore??????

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I tried going on the Nokia Forum. Went back three times and I still couldn't find out how to post a thread so gave up. Can anyone here help me with the following two things please?

1. How can I increase the backlight time? It goes off far too quickly. I wonder when Nokia is going to redress this problem because all their phones have short lighting times and it's a pain.

2. With other Nokias I've had I was able to create a welcome message. I can't find out how to do it on the C3. Have they taken this facility away?

Thank you.

A:help with Nokia C3 cell phone

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So I just moved into a new apartment. It's a really nice place, even has it's own fitness center for the community, a car wash, and free coffee (will explain later with pictures I shall post... but not in this thread...)

Anyways, the building's structure here totally messes up any signals inside the apartment except for right by the window of my room, I get a bar of 3G signal. (And I mean RIGHT there... like press the cellphone against the glass...)

So I went online looking for a cellphone repeater to buy... but there are so many models, many of them ridiculously expensive (or they seem to be...).

I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for what to buy.
I just want to use my cellphone indoors... not out on the porch. I use voice, texting, and data services, thus I really would like to make it so that 3G signal from AT&T's tower gets there.
The apartment is 1400 square feet. (Yes it's huge, but there are 6 people living here though...)
I want to hopefully be able to use the cellphone relatively anywhere in the apartment.
If I can't have that, I'll settle for the 2 back bedrooms (mine and my mother / sister's bedrooms).

Any information on these things would be useful. I don't want to spend the 150 - 600$ and find out that it doesn't do what I want it to.

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I know this is the wrong Topic to Place here. But I have win7 and Comcast for my E Mail and Internet. I allways e mail my Sisters Cell phone from my Comcast account and she gets them and the Photos. But she trys to e mail me from her Cell phone and I get nothing. I was at Verizon.net and I did get her e mails then even then I stoped getting her e mails. Now at Comcast I do not get her Cell phone text and e mails. She has Boost Mobale. Did they stop letting e mails from going from Cell Phones to E Mail accounts?Edit: Topic moved from Windows 7 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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CSI Stick grabs data from cell phones.

Note: this device is available to the public for sale at $200, and needs additional software to mine all of the cell phone data captured.

Is your cell phone password protected at the data/charging port?

The rule: if your phone contains sensitive data, do not leave it unattended. If you loan it to someone to use because they tell you theirs is not working, make sure you actually see them using the phone and there is nothing connected to it.

-- Tom

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I am looking for a FREE mp3 converter that will allow me to convert my music form my pc to a format that will work on my phone any ideas?

A:Cell phone ringtones

What format does your phone require?

Regards Howard

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I do not have a picture phone however a friend does not have email. How do I send a photo from my email to his cell phone. I have managed to get a message to him this way but he says he only sees "headers" and not an picture. I'm using hotmail. He's using Net 10 prepaid. Suggestions?

A:Email to cell phone


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According to my iTunes I am able to download music and then transfer it to my iPod. My question is am I able to create my own file to then transfer the music to my cell phone as a ringer? Do I have to somehow change the file extension, and what are the directions to transfer it to the phone.

Again, I understand if this is not legal, and I know you should able to tell me the legality. I was just wondering. As always you guys know everything there is to know, so any help would be appreciated.

Thank you for you time and help,

A:Cell Phone Ringers

Yes, after you pay for music it is yours to do what you want with it (except copy and sell it/copy it and give it to another person)

I suggest 3gupload.com. IT DOES cost some money, but you can make your own wallpapers, ringtones and the such and upload them into your phone.

As for what type of file to convert it to, I would need your phone. Some higher model phones can play MP3. Others play a .mmf or .smaf format. Every phone is different

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I have a cricket wireless A300 cell phone and I want to sell it. I posted it up on ebay and someone bought it, but when I got it ready for packaging I realized I could still send and receive text. Cricket will not let me turn the phone off because my account is already suspended and they said there is nothing they can do unless I pay my bill. I'm not paying a bill and buying a new phone. If there is anything someone can help me do I would surely appreciate it. I just want the phone to not be able to get any service so I can ship it to my buyer.

A:Need to get my number off of my cell phone.

What is speed post and how do I do that?

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ok i am a noob on this forum so if this post is in the wrong section im sorry, i just figured hey, cell phones, thats business related. anyway i have a nokia 5300 music xpress. a few months back the screen broke and i finally had enough money ($26; im a broke college kid haha) and fixed it. well while i was fixing it i broke the mic, it seems like they made it so you cant fix the screen without breaking the mic. i found a mic online, but can anyone here give me advice on how ot fix it? i found a video online but it is in spanish and doesnt cover everything about it

A:repairing cell phone

Most of what I found was of the "yep, sometimes DIY projects go awry - you need a pro" nature - sorry. Nokia has a specs pdf that might help you (I recently had to do a system restore and my PC is slowly rebuilding itself and all the upgrades, and I couldn't get Adobe to work).
They will also look at out-of-warranty phones with this proviso (from the site)
"If the out of warranty device is "repairable", you will be contacted by the Nokia Authorized Service Center with a repair quote before the repair can begin. Prices vary by product and the nature of the repair. If the device is deemed "unrepairable" it will be returned to you without prior notification."
Sorry - maybe another can help more.

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anytime i go to a cite that has a mobile browser (recently found walmart mobile beta)

basically i type in www.walmart.com and instead of taking me to the standar walmart site, it thinks its a cell phone and all it has is the search bar and "walmart mobile beta" this happens with other websites too,

is there a setting i have to change to make my laptop know its a laptop and not a cellphone so it will stop viewing mobile browsers?

A:laptop think its cell phone

hi you could try in ie tools internet options delete browser history

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I need to hookup my PC (a dell using windows 98) to a cell phone what kind of hardware do I need? Thanks in advance.

A:What do I need to hookup my pc to a cell phone

A cable & some software usually.

You might find it worth a visit to your phone manufacturers website.

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can the average picture-taking cell phone take a quick/cheap pic of me, then upload to my email so i can upload a pic of myself to facebook ? thanks

A:Cell phone: Take my pic for facebook?

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do i need a cell phone to download firefox ? if not, how do i get around this ? they
're asking for a cell phone number at downoad beginning ? thanks


I've downloaded firefox a lot and I've never seen this request. Are you sure you're getting it from the official site?


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I know its not your typical first question but I'm wondering if there's any way to get Windows 7 to see a connected and tethered Windows 6.1 Smartphone to use it as the modem versus the built in PC hardware ?

I need the cell but not the landline now and it would be a great help. Conversely - I cant seem to locate a Smartphone compatible fax software so I can generate a doc on the PC and send it to the cell for faxing.

A:Windows 7 fax from cell phone ?

Well I was just thinking about this myself today. I on the other hand can already tether my sony phone to get me on the net with 3G speeds though t-mobile. I have to fax some papers but I can't find a fax machine around that doesn't charge 1.50 a page after 2.

So can you tether the phone at all? USB or bluetooth? if it was a blackberry or other phone I could help with the basic connection but I have never used a windows phone.

you might want to try a google search for windows 6.1 smartphone forums, you might find an answer that way. oh and the modem phone could help me find your answer too.

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Hi, last week I got a text message with an attachment and I accidentally pushed the retrieve button, but I was able to cancel it before it was completed downloading. I was wondering, could it have infected my cell phone?

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Sad tale to be aware of; unlocked phones may be severely crippled in the features available on another providers network!!

Purchase Motorola V600 (Quad band) GSM phone for extended trip to Europe. (Domestic uses 840+1900, Europe 900+1800)

Phone was already unlocked (shipped locked to T-Mobile however) in the box, and I only needed to swap the SIM card from Cingular into this phone --- works great, except no Email nor Browser support!

Called Cingular and we got TXT messaging working (but I don't normally use it), but we could not configure Email/Browser to access the Cingular network at all. The T-Mobile software is so different, there's no settings for things like IP-Address and Port numbers!

Called T-Mobile (1-209-904-2030) -- catch 22, not a T-Mobile user and therefore can't even access the phone.

Called Motorola Support (1-800-331-6456). WOW! Service person was nice enough, but spouted official Company rhetoric.
"The phone was manufactured for T-Mobile and with that contract, the T-Mobile software was installed. It is illegal for us to uninstall or replace that software."

1) It's MY phone, not T-Mobile's
2) I choose the service provider I need
3) said contract is collusion and conspiracy by the manufacturer and the service provider(s) here domestically (US) to force either a new device purchase and or to coerce a specific service provider.
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A:Unlocking your GSM cell phone

I can confirm the bit about European cells.
Bought (as an upgrade) 3 tri-band cells, from and locked into the Vodaphone network (in Ireland).
Having spent enough money (i.e. over ?130.- per cell) on my previous Vodaphone pay-as-you-go phone-bills, all I needed to do then was call Vodaphone customer service with the cells' IMEI-numbers, they gave me the unlock-codes on the spot!
The cells are happily used now in Pennsylvania on the Cingular network, without any problems or limitations.
They were 2x Motorola E770V and 1x Nokia 3120.

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my aunt has a BUNCH of videos on her phone and she wants me to put them on a DVD R....well i did...and they came off as written files...is there a program i can download to change their file type? and i would like it to be free.

thanks in advance i can use all the help i can get =)

A:Cell phone videos!!!!!

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Hi! I hope someone can help me. I can't find the drivers anywhere to install my cell phone so that I can download my own ringtones. I have searched everywhere I can think of with no luck. I have a UTStarcom CDM 7126M cell phone and an Acer Aspire 5920 Notebook with Windows XP Pro. My computer recognizes my phone but can't locate the drivers to install it. HELP!!!

A:Need cell phone drivers

You may try going to your cellular provider to see if they have a CD which should have come with your system. I have been searching the web but no luck yet. Will keep looking. You can try the website http://www.driverguide.com Free but you have to sign up.

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I have a Galaxy S7 Edge with an Android OS on it. I have noticed that when I sometimes go on normal website through the Google app, it will redirect me to those pages where it says either "you have a virus" or "you won a million dollars". I have downloaded normal Antivirus software and ran with nothing there, but how can I check it deeper. It sometimes shows on websites I KNOW for a fact would never ever do that. Maybe hook it up to my laptop and run a scan from my laptop? Any apps you reccomend or things I should try? Anything helps!

A:Possible root kit on my cell phone?

What antivirus is running on the phone?

What you are seeing is malicious advertisements that popup. It is very difficult to avoid unless the website removes the ad.

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Is it bad that my cell phone resting place is right next to my external hd?
I just noticed too that my bose computer speaker is very close to the hd as well, do these devices have magnets that will negatively affect the hd?

A:Cell phone and external hd

Yes, they have magnets. The speaker ones are likely more powerful. Don't know if they'll significantly affect your HD, but I would guess probably not. Better safe than sorry though, so just don't get them too close, if you can help it.

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