Welcome to the 411, my column answering all your questions about cell phones and cell phone accessories. I receive plenty of questions about these subjects via e-mail, so I figured many of you might have similar queries, too. At times, I might solicit answers from readers if I'm stumped. Send your questions and comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer to remain anonymous, let me know in the e-mail.
Hi Nicole, I am trying to find a little information on the new Rugby II and thought you might be able to help. I've been using the Rugby for about 2 years now and my contract is about up, I like the phone but do have some trouble hearing (especially female voices) conversations. Does the Rugby II perform any better, if so in what areas? Would it be worth the upgrade? Thank you. -- Tom, via e-mail.
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I have a question. My friend gave me an old
It can be unlocked quite easily by yourself, but you should exercise caution when doing so. There are plenty of instructions floating around the Web on how to do it (just Google "how to unlock the iPhone"), and it usually involves downloading and installing third-party software and then following the instructions. I would definitely back up all your information first, and read through all the instructions from start to finish to make sure you understand everything. Also realize you're probably breaking a warranty by unlocking the device, and future iOS updates might lock up the phone.
If it is unlocked, then yes, you can just put your T-Mobile SIM card in there and use it like a regular phone. If you're careful to turn the data off, then yes you can theoretically get away with not having to pay for a data plan. I've not done this myself however, so I would love to hear from folks who've done this successfully.
I've got the
We have heard from RIM that. Unfortunately we're just as in the dark as you are with when T-Mobile and RIM are going to roll it out. Hopefully we'll know more about the OS rollout by the end of the year.
Hi Nicole, can you tell me which cell phone has the biggest image (screen) for Internet use? -- Susan, via e-mail
The largest smartphone screen size at the moment appears to be around 4.3 inches diagonally. The