Mobile Phones

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

Why is my credit card information popping up on the iPhone?

Jan from Washington

Episode 1464

Jan has an iPhone 6 and she's worried that someone is hacking into her digital wallet and getting her credit card. Leo says it's probably not the case. More likely, she inadvertently activated Apple Pay, which you can do if you select the home button twice. Pressing the home button a third time makes it go away. It's designed that way to make it easy to pay with Apple Pay quickly when the screen is locked.

Can I use more than one thumbprint on Touch ID? Leo says no. You can use your fingers on both hands. But if it does't open, it may need to be retrained.

How can move data off my phone?

Harold from Riverside, CA

Episode 1463

Harold wants to know if he can get the data off his Android smartphone. Leo says that if your phone port supports USB OTG (on the go) then you have the ability to connect a flash drive to it and move your data over with an app. Check your USB settings and see if you can use PTP (photo transfer protocol) or MTP (media transfer protocol). Look under connected devices in your android settings. Then you can copy stuff over. On the Mac use the app File Transfer Protocol. Windows should just read it as a drive.

Samsung's Future Galaxy Note Could Have Foldable Screen

Episode 1462

Samsung Galaxy Note8

Samsung has been quite vocal about its plans to build a smartphone with a foldable screen in it, and we could see that next year with the Galaxy Note. On the front it will look like a regular smartphone, but then you'll be able to open it up to a 6 or 7" tablet. That will likely cost a lot more, and Samsung has already said it will be raising the price of the next Galaxy S phone, starting at around $850.

Read more at techradar.com.

Why can't I port my number to a new cell phone carrier?

Episode 1462

Michael from Arkansas
Person using smartphone

Michael has an old unlocked phone that he's trying to port to a new carrier, but it's not working. The company says it won't port an inactive number. Leo says the law requires porting numbers to his new service, but they could have found a loophole with an inactive phone. Leo also suggests doing a factory reset. That should clear out the carrier data. There's also something called APN settings which need to be cleared out so that the carrier can't reject it.

Should I leave Google Fi?

Episode 1461

Rick from Torrance, CA
Person using smartphone

Rick switched to Google Fi and now the other carriers are offering unlimited. Should he go back? Leo says that Fi wasn't designed to be competitive, just transparent. So if he has a family plan and needs unlimited, then Fi isn't really practical. If he's getting a better deal with Verizon, Leo says that is likely a good move then. But he should remember that Google Fi is riding on three different carriers, so it offers him a wider reach in terms of signal and connectivity.

Can I use my smartphone for HAM radio?

Episode 1461

Allen from Marina Del Rey, CA
Amateur Radio

Allen is a HAM radio operator and came across a website called HamSphere. Leo says it's a software-based app for the smartphone or a Windows device so he could listen to HAM Radio using the Internet. Leo says it's a simulation, but it would allow him to talk to HAMs all over the world. It's called software-defined radio and he can even have a special call sign. It's worth a try.

Allen should check out HamNation here on TWiT. Maybe Bob Heil will talk about it.