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Basically, I wouldn’t mind giving T-Mobile my banking business. Except that the lack of Quicken integration, of any kind, is a show-stopper. Period.Quicken has, basically, three ways of operating:Simplest: Download .csv files or similar (there’s an interchange format) that allows dumping transactions into the register. Bit more complex: There’s a Web-Connect that does the same thing, but it can be initiated by the user, so that multiple accounts at multiple financial institutions can get transactions downloaded. Direct Connect: Highly secure, Quicken’s servers talk to the financial institution’s servers. Faster than web-connect. As an added bonus, those banks that pay for the privilege can also pay bills this way, avoiding the ad-laden, cookie-laden, privacy-stealing method of paying for bills directly on a financial institution’s own web site.Thing is: It’s not just banks that do this. So do major mutual funds, brokerage houses, and other financial institutions. Heck, the 401K plan at
The Samsung S8 actually has an FM radio. But there are Issues. First, there is this app, NextRadio, that, on a radio-enabled phone, could let one tune the radio, select favorites, and so on. Problem: the developers couldn't make money on it, so the streaming and an ability to search for a radio station by name or type evaporated. It's abandonware these days, but one can still get it on the Play Store.Second: FM is real, live radio, with a wavelength in 3 meter range. There's a reason that even cheapie FM radios come With a whip or, like in the S8 case, use the headphone cables as an antenna. A modern cell phone like an iPhone with no audio jack, well, it's not going to cut it.Contrary to popular rumor, many current phones don't have the FM chip. That rumor about chips being generally disabled got started when particular carriers, with Verizon as the poster child for this behavior, would disable the FM chip in their firmware loads so they could force their customers to use more streamin
Yesa butta. It's still doing that, "slow to start download. Or starts download and hangs at 94/95/99%. But eventually installs it anyway" trick, and that's despite a Play Store update on the Play Store in the last week or so. I mean, it's not days; at worst, it's an hour or so. And it usually downloads, installs, and flies straight after a few minutes. So, a minor pain, but not the end of the world.
Don't know if this will help or not. I also have a T-Mobile S8 that's been updated to Pie. And it does have a different characteristic when downloading updates.So, FWIW, when Pie hit my cell phone I went ahead and did the update. And, after checking it out a bit, did my usual two bits when an update of this magnitude strikes:1. Rebooted the phone.2. Rebooted the phone into the how-to-wipe-the-cache-partition mode, and wiped the cache partition.3. Then, after it came up, rebooted it again.I'm weird that way, and, yes, I do wear a tin-foil hat.In any case, after all these follies, the usual bunch of Play Store updates came down. And they tended to show the same behavior of which you speak: The download would be complete, or nearly complete.. And then it would just hang there, sometimes for fifteen minutes, sometimes 30 seconds, sometimes a couple of hours. Eventually it would quit stooging around and go in. I vaguely remember that in at least one case, I restarted the phone and it went
OK. I'm running an S8. And have been mucking with Samsung since S5. And have the Pie/One UI update.First off: Yeah, there seems to be a bit more battery usage on this phone, but I figure quite a bit of it is the work-related apps that I need to run; I can still get most of a day out of it, more if I put in some of the various reduce-power modes that Samsung/OneUI/Android Pie have in there. Nothing quite like yours, though.So, what I suspect: Android Pie vs. some $RANDOM app and the upgrade ended up not liking each other. I've personally seen stuff like this, where a Firefox update a few years ago got in there and started draining battery life like there was no tomorrow. Luckily, at that time, there were multiple Samsung users who complained, and it did turn out to be a build bug in Firefox, which the developers fixed.So: While your plea is well taken, it's quite possible that T-Mobile doesn't have a clue what's doing this and, really, it might not be their fault anyway.So, having said
Reree729reeree726: I don't remember the exact wording, but the impression I had was that the app needed permission to receive and send text messages, and that any such text messages would be free; that is, if you had a plan that charged for texts, the messages sent to and fro by the visual voicemail app wouldn't count and one wouldn't be charged for them.I honestly didn't pay too much attention to the wording once I got the gist of what it was talking about since I'm on a T-Mobile One plan where texts are unlimited. But, having said that, I've got two questions:First, have you gotten an allow/deny message along those lines when reinstalling the app? If not, maybe that permission is set to Deny, and your reinstalls haven't changed that, possibly explaining your current predicament.Second, yup, I'm on a T-mobile One plan and you're not. Maybe T-mobile's system freaks out for some buggy reason and that explains what's gone wrong.So, don't know which way it is: in one case it's buried in t
There was a trick to this after the upgrade to Android Pie. I remember that I wasn't getting notifications. I'm not sure, but I think I uninstalled, then reinstalled visual voice mail. On the reinstall (or whatever it was I did) I distinctly remember that, during the reinstall, it wanted permissions to send and receive text free text messages, this being, apparently, how it worked.Before this change, I could sync the app and get messages on it; after the change, it would pop up notifications the moment a message got left.
Hi, @debjitjdv. In the Samsung Calendar app, create a new, "junk" appointment. In the Location field, type in the address of something or other; for extra credit, make it partial address.There's a hot-link for "Map". If you click on that, you get the Foursquare privacy notice, with "Allow" as the only option. The Back key takes one back.It one fumbles around quite a bit, it's possible to, finally, get Google Maps to show.Now, alternatively, suppose that one has created and saved an appointment using an Exchange based service (i.e., corporate email). When I look at this thing (in Night mode), the address is in green and underlined. Click on that and one gets a choice of mapping apps; Waze, Google Maps, etc. Same for the Find on Maps button. As near as I can tell, the Foursquare privacy prompt only seems to come up when one is using the "My Calendars" option (that is, on the phone, and not linked to Google, Exchange, or other possibilities. Hmm. A little experimenting around seems to sh
@tmo_mike_c: Well, with respect to ads, at last count, I've found three things:In Samsung's Gallery app, in which one can find pictures, when I first went into it I got hit with two things:A pop-up asking, pretty please, don't I want Samsung to scan my pictures so it can do, and I kid you not, "Customization Service". Which is advertised to, literally, show you advertisements based in part upon stuff it finds in your pictures. Creepy, eh?Shortly after that, it wanted me to sign up for FourSquare, a so-called "media company" which purports to guide you to Places You Want To Go, by basically snagging all your activities on your phone, crunching away, and giving you suggestions.. And selling your personal info to all comers to pay for it all, a la Facebook. Yeah, they say, "Data in aggregate", but they do sell your location information, and, once the marketeers have that, they have you. No thanks.I vaguely like Samsung's calendar app and have been using it for years on different Samsung p
zcarpenter88, it's not clear what phone you've got. But, on my vanilla S8, one does a swipe down from the notification bar and there's the usual collection of control icons, like Wi-Fi on/off, sound on/off, Bluetooth, etc.. Do another swipe down and there's an even bigger collection of things that can be enabled/disabled, any of which can be moved into the 5-icon wide initial pull-down. One of those is listed as Night Mode. When it's on, all ye menus, everywhere, are Dark, with White Text. Hit the control again, and it's Light, with Dark Text.Following the general Microsoft Way of "There's always multiple ways to do some simple thing", one can get to a Night Mode slider by Settings->Display and, well, there it is, along with sliders for Blue Light Filter, Adaptive Brightness, and various menu items for everything.Don't know why it's not working for you. A quick Googling says that one has to take the "Settings" route, at least to start. Good luck!
@4435522, I put Pie in when it showed on Friday. No problems, really, with most of it. I've been using wi-fi calling outbound at work; I haven't had any in-bound calls at work, yet, but those were always problematical anyway, what with corporate firewalls.It does act a bit like a new phone, so one has to go through all the new apps and settings and turn things on.I have a feeling that the power drain is a bit higher. However, Google states that their adaptive power function takes a bit to kick in, but when it does, it can save up to 30% of battery life. This may explain why there were all these complaints about the Exymos based S8 in Europe having excessive power drain, followed by crickets.I like the look of the new apps just fine and the phone appears to work as advertised. So, except for the ads Samsung stuck in some of the apps (especially Bixby), it's been fine.
MC: The setting is in the dialer app; Dialer->three buttons top right->Settings. Wi-Fi calling is the seventh or eighth option down. There's a slider to turn it on or off; if it's on, one can tap the entry and set a couple of radio buttons for "Cellular Preferred" or "Wi-fi preferred".If it's on Cellular Preferred, with T-Mobile and this phone, in places where there really is no cell signal, the wi-fi calling doesn't appear to work. Changing it to Wi-Fi preferred fixes that.There's no navigation bar entry for when wi-fi is actually on or not, like there was for Android Oreo and before. The interwebs are full of people screaming their head off, with multiple providers, over that issue. (Mind you, from my Google searching on the topic, there were interwebs full of people screaming about how to turn that icon off before Pie showed up.) The arguments about where-the-heck-did-that-icon-go blame Samsung, the carriers, but there seems to be a consistent blame being pointed directly at G
Ok. Got Pie day before yesterday, no problems with the install. However, sitting in a place with very good wi-fi but no wireless to speak of, and the little wi-fi notification icon is missing.So, two things: first, somewhere in my searching in the phone there was a wi-fi calling app that needed access to the phone, but didn't have it. Turning it on didn't make the wi-fi calling app appear. But it was odd that it wasn't enabled. Second, the standard procedure of going into Settings->Connections->more options did not show the wi-fi calling dialog, as where all the t-mobile help files on the S8 say it is.I eventually discovered the settings in the phone dialing app itself. And it does appear to work, notification icon or not. Time to update the help files over there at T-Mobile, guys!
majorhavoc, there's reasons about why one carrier's binary load is different than others. Seriously. In no particular order:Bloatware. Every carrier has its own idea of what apps are installed and can't be removed. Unlocked phones (really unlocked, not for a particular carrier) may come with a minimum of these, but there you are.Software Defined Radio. Basically, no two carriers support the same set of radio bands. There may be a bunch of bands in common, but there's always the odd one out.Other weird stuff: T-Mobile, for example, supports wi-fi calling and is very aggressive about trying to get its users to use it. Wi-Fi calling involves VPN-like protocols and has Really Fun Stuff about switching from wi-fi to the regular cell network and back. You can bet your bottom dollar that tons of details baked into the firmware are very different between, say, Verizon's approach from T-Mobile's.The dance the telephone vendors, Google, and the cell phone network operators have to go through in
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