Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Bill Myers put up a post that fits right into my wheelhouse.  He offers up a site called, Swappa, where you can shop for rebuilt/refurbished phones, iPhones, where you can pay only a couple hundred dollars instead of the $1,000 price for a new one.  

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Just learned that my Android offers free updates.  Pretty cool.  I currently have an Android, version 5.1 and I need version 6.0 for a job.  The Update size offered by Metro is 68.6 MB.  But it has to be Version 6.0.  Make sure.  I currently have 1.5 RAM whereas I need at least 2 RAM for this job.  You get the updates by going to Settings.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Metro PCS charges me $5 for every gigabyte I use at a hotspot.  That seems like it's too much and by the second week of the month, it is all used up.  There has got to be a better way to get the hotspots.

Metro PCS' plan is here:
Requires capable device. Certain restrictions apply. For data capped plans, full available speeds apply to monthly data allotment, then speeds slowed for remainder of payment cycle. For $50 unlimited smartphone LTE data plan, mobile hotspot not available.  For $60 unlimited smartphone LTE data plan, full available speeds apply to 8GB of hotspot data per payment cycle, then speeds slowed for remainder of payment cycle. 
Okay, what that mean is that my $60/month plan that I get 8 GB of hotspot data per payment cycle.  Apparently, I am using that hotspot data up pretty early in my cycle.  And I am not performing anything online out of the ordinary--some video, all of my usual cites, but certainly no gaming or movies with hotspot data.  No, wait, that is not completely true.  At the rental I do watch movies on my laptop.  And that laptop is using the hotspot data.  Drats! 

Two speeds: Data speed & Tethering speed.  
A word to the wise on this one--with most unlimited plans, the carriers will often deprioritize tethering data over on-device data at times of high network congestion. This means in times of major traffic (you're at a packed airport terminal or football stadium where everyone and their Aunt Jasmine is on their phones) your tethering data speed might drop down to 3G or 2G depending on what carrier you're with. But once the traffic has cleared, your speeds should increase. 
A few important details about my LG K7 phone.  I want to know what the different letters stand for.  The K7 refers to the development name for the Athlon personal computer microprocessor.  Really?  Why retain this?  Makes no sense to me.
K7 was the development name for the Athlon personal computer microprocessor from AMD , the microprocessor and flash memory maker. The Athlon became the first microprocessor for mainstream PCs to support a 200 MHz system bus and to achieve a 1 gigahertz clock speed . As Athlon, different versions of the K7 are built with either the 0.25 micron infrastructure that is used in the popular K6 microprocessor or, as for the 1 GHz model, with a 0.18 micron infrastructure. 
Okay, fine.  What does the LG stand for?  LG stands for Lucky Goldstar and is a South Korean electronics company.  Fine.  Least now I know what I own.  How did these phones occupy such a strong niche in the cell phone marketplace?  

Here are the full specs for the phone.  

How much hotspot coverage is included in my $60/month, Unlimited Talk & Text?  Whatever it is I use it up early in my payment cycle.  I then pay $5/gigabyte, usually spending up to $20 and that, too, gets used up early in my cycle.  So by mid-month I am out of hotspot coverage.  Which means that I am spending $40 alone on hotspot coverage and $60/month for my plan.  That's $100/month for the used of my phone.  That's too much.  Find out how many hotspot gigs my $60 plan comes with.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I wanted to clear the data on my android.  I get 5 options:
1.  Browing history
2.  Cookiest and site data
3.  Cached images and files.  
This is the one category that makes me nervous.  I don't want to lose all my pictures.  But apparently, the gallery is only a temporary construction.  

The cache is the temporary files that Gallery makes to display the pictures. It does that every time you run Gallery. You can't really clear the cache when Gallery is running, and clearing it when Gallery isn't running won't have any effect except to clear up some storage. (All apps should really clear their own cache upon exiting, but Google's philosophy is that no app should take more than 1 second to fully open, and having the temporary files already in storage speeds things up a bit - and many little bits add up to fast opening.)
4.  Saved passwords
5.  Autofill form data

Sunday, June 4, 2017
I am trying to retrieve all of my conversations with Tamara.  I phoned Metro PCS and they told me that I need to take a court order to a local Metro PCS store to have access to all of my conversation with her.  It looks like all of March and most of April is missing.  I'll see what I can do. The Metro PCS agent I spoke with had an ID number of 254321.

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Tethering my phone to my laptop.  Easy.  Follow these instructions:  

Open "Settings" on your phone. 
Click on "Tethering."
Turn on Mobile HotSpot.
Once you do that, your HotSpot should appear in the available networks on your laptop.  Look for the K7 option.  And you're good. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016
LG K7 Android Version is 5.1.1

1.  Tap Settings.
2.  Tap General > About phone. (If using List view, scroll down to PHONE MANAGEMENT,' then tap About phone.)
3.  Tap Software info.
4.  Review the information in the Review software version details section below.

You can't increase RAM on your phone, but you can manage it. Tools exist to clean up certain apps that will free up RAM from other areas.  But no, there is no way to increase RAM without buying another phone.  

Sunday, October 30, 2016
I just learned about VPNs, Virtual Private Network.  I don't know how reliable these are.  I'll definitely check it out

Monday, October 17, 2016
My phone stopped working this morning.  I dropped it about 4 months ago, and the face cracked but the phone continued working. Until this morning.  It won't turn on.  And even though the battery is good, the phone won't charge.  

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Micro SD Card goes on top of SIM card. 

The gentleman at the Metro PCS store on Lake @ Villa was extremely helpful.  He had the perfect tone.  He was gracious, informative, and showed me my way around a soft-reset.  to do a soft reset, you need to open the phone at the bottom right, remove the battery, remove the SIM card and wait a few, say five, seconds. Then reassemble everything and it should reboot.

To move pictures from the pone's internal port to a Micro SD Card simply open up GALLERY, click on the Photo/Video Album.  In the upper right-hand corner of the screen [the 3 vertical dots . . . ] a menu will appear with MOVE  as one of your options.  Click on MOVE.  Then SELECT ALL.  MOVE will highlight.  Click on it, and the screen with the Gallery icon will appear in the upper right-hand corner.  Clicko on that, and you will get the option to choose from internal storage or Micro SD Card.  And voila!  Never had this attentive service at any other Metro PCS store, and it impressed me, er, he impressed me. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Tuesday, June 14, 2016


Monday, June 13, 2016

Wi-Fi Analyzer

There are other sources too that can help you analyze your Wi-Fi strength.  Try this link.

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Check to see if your phone has a document scanner by going to Google Drive, tap the + sign and see if a scanner icon pops up.  You can only do this on your phone.  On your phone, open up Google Drive app.  You'll find a fairly large red button at the bottom right with a white plus sign inside of it.  Press that and you'll see the camera icon with the word "Scan" beneath it.  The scan option is essentially a camera option.  The only difference is that you can send it differently, you can send it like a scanned document.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

As a possible workaround, please consider performing a factory reset on your phone and see if this would correct the issue that occurred. But by doing so, it will erase everything on your phone such as as your contacts, pictures, music, applications and settings. Resetting the operating system will clear any bugs that have developed and restore the software to factory standard. Please back up your phone’s contents before performing that procedure. 

From Home screen, tap APPS > SETTINGS > GENERAL tab (if applicable) > BACKUP & RESET > FACTORY DATA RESET > RESET > RESET PHONE.

Or . . . .

1) Turn off phone.

2) Press and hold the following keys at the same time: Volume Down Key + Power/Lock Key.

3) Release the Power/Lock Key only when the LG logo is displayed, then immediately press and hold the Power/Lock Key again.

4) Release all keys when the Factory hard reset screen is displayed.

5) Press the Volume Keys to highlight Yes, then press the Power/Lock Key to continue.

6) Press the Volume Keys to highlight Yes, then press the Power/Lock Key once more to confirm.

7) Your device will perform a factory reset.

If the issue persists even after the reset, you are welcome to send in the device to our facility so that our licensed technicians may run a full diagnostic test on the device and perform necessary repairs to address the issue—or to have it replaced under warranty if necessary. For your convenience, we will email you prepaid label so you wont’ have to pay for shipping the device back and forth.

Warranty service for all LG phone has 12 months from the purchase date of the phone and 15 months from the manufacture date of the phone. If you don’t have the receipt that can establish the date of purchase, you can provide us the IMEI or MEID of the phone so we will know the manufacture date of the phone. Please look for the box of the phone because the IMEI or MEID is printed there.

I would be more than happy to process a repair authorization for you. Please keep in mind that this process may take approximately 7-9 business days from the day the device is delivered to our facility to the day that it is delivered back to you. If the phone falls under manufacture defect, phone will be repaired right away
IMEI: 355867-07-158111-3
S/N: 522CYNL158111
SSN: 8901260792912242243F
S/W: V10e
H/W: 1.0
Made in China.
Date: 12/27/2015

4G LTE enabled
5.0" FWVGA true-to-nature color touchscreen.
5MP auto focus rear-facing camera with LED flash.
5MP front-facing camera.
1.1GHz quad-core processor.


Android Version: 5.1.1
Android Security Patch Level: 2015-12-01
Baseband Version: MPSS.JO.1.0.c5.7-00006-M8909EAAAANVZM-1
Kernel Version: 3.10.49
Build Number: LMY47V
Software Version: MS33010e.

There is no email or chat service with MetroPCS.  It's only phone service, which only makes it harder to show the service agents what you've found or what you've learned. 

Contacting MetroPCS
MetroPCS Customer Care:  888-8metro8 or 888-863-8768.
Tele-Sales:  877-603-3032
Metro PCS by mail: 
MetroPCS Wireless, Inc.
PO Box 601119
Dallas, TX  75360

Signal Strength
-70 dBm    70asu

Mobile Network Type
LTE, Long-Term Evolution.  It is often compared to 4G (G stands for Generation; 4G is 4th Generation Technology).  See a comparison here.
Service State: In Service.
Roaming:  Not Roaming.
Mobile Network State: Connected.
Channel: Not Available.
Friday, May 20, 2016
Am having problems with my phone. Surprise.  What's happening is that when I turn on the WiFi on my phone and then scroll down to "Tethering" and tap on that, I get the option to turn on the "Mobile HotSpot."  I turn that on.  Once I do, a connection is established, a network is visually displayed but I am not getting a connection so I go back to WiFi connection only to find that it has turned off.  I do get a message that if I use the USB cable to tether a hotspot, the Wi-Fi will turn off.  But I am not using a USB cable.  I have but not now, not this time.

I've learned that LG K7 has an owner's manual.  I'll take a look at that.  I sent LG an email on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 6:54pm.  Live Chat is an option but was disconnected when I tried on Friday.
Model Number: LGMS330.
Hardware Version: Rev. 1.0
GOTA Serial No.: LGMS33029ba849f
Up Time: 17:27:13 . . .
Wi-Fi Mac Address: 88:07:4B:D5:C8:10

Sunday, April 3, 2016
I bought a new cell phone a few weeks back from the Shysters at Metro PCS in Temple City.  The store was unmanned by two millennials, one Asian boy and a black boy.  The black kid was playing with his phone at work.  Hmmm.  Maybe he wad encouraged to do so.  The Asian boy led me to a Chinese-made phone that had a but more power.  Given that it was made in China, I asked if there were any compatibility problems.  He reassured me that there were none. So I bought it. It had a odd name to it. ZTE or something like that.  I hated the keyboard on the phone.  You'd press a key and the key wouldn't register on the screen.  Frustrating.  Then later that night the data network on the phone seized.  I said forget it--that I would take it back.  So I returned to the Temple City Metro PCS store unmanned by the two boys. I spoke initially to the young black man.  He listened sympathetically but he had no power to make me whole again by accepting the phone back.  The Asian boy stepped in behind me following an aborted attempt to buy some lunch next door, for he saw me enter his store as he was going in next door to get some lunch.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
To find the time and date of a call in your phone, simply open up the tab "Log," then scroll down looking for time or date.  Easy.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
I get the Insufficient Storage message on my Android when I try to download PDANet.

This might work. Check it out. 
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
The service:  Metro PCS.
Device Name:  SGH-T399N 
Model Number:  Same.
Android version:  4.4.2
Baseband version:  T399NUVUAOH3
Kernel Version:  3.4.39-2903595
dpi@SWDE2207 #1
Tuesday, August 25 15:30:21 KST 2015.
Build Number:  KOT49H. T399NUVUAOH3
Chat:  4303824532.
SGH: M919
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 
Here is one option on clearing apps from my phone.  Again, never specific enough but I guess we should be grateful that we have anything. 
I removed this app, AllShare Cast Dongle from my phone.  If it's important I can always add it back. 
This video helped me see the "All" pane inside the Applications Manager.  So this video was worth it.  But it offers no recommendations for which apps to remove.  I don't know all of what the apps do, which ones are important or ones used as adjuncts for important apps.
This video at least showed me that there is more than one card that goes into a phone.

Well, I am learning a lot about my phone as I am trying to remove the apps. There is the SIM card. But just above the SIM card slot is a space where I can put a Micro SD card. Amazing.

My phone is the Samsung Galaxy Light.  I presume it is the S4 but have yet to find confirmation of that. 

Note that the MicroSD card slot is directly above the SIM card slot. The above video is the first one I've seen that illustrates this design.

This was helpful too, for it showed me that there are other panes in my Applications Manager.  The panes in the App Manager are:

1)  Downloaded
2)  SD Card
3)  Running
4)  All
5)  Turned Off

I am just thankful that I came across this stuff when I did.  Today.  Because I am trying to download PdaNet.  Oh, brother.  Nothing is simple.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

1)  ChooEUKor [as is RoseEUKor and CoolEUKor (says a "call blocker"?)] is an alternate font.  Alternate means it's not the primary.  The type of apps that you want removed are called bloatware.  That link also provides a nice list of Bloatware, a list of unwanted apps that you could remove.

There are the APK apps, Android Application Packages, the ones you see with the tiny green R2D2 robot.

2)  ShouldIRemoveIt might be a useful site in deciding on which app to remove from my phone.
3)  Here is a list of some terrific phone apps for my Android from Bill Myers.
4)  Turns out that I didn't really need to remove any of the apps. That all I needed to do was to remove pictures.  I had a lot of pictures on my phone, 257 of them from Torrance.  The sequence to remove pictures is easy it turns out.
5)  The PDANet from my phone stated that I needed PDANet 4.0 or higher.  Okay.  So I downloaded version 4.18, PDANet+ FoxFi.  I have no idea what that is.  That program is made by June Fabrics Technology.

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