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How do I transfer ring tones from my old phone to my new phone?

Question: I have cell phone service with Verizon Wireless. Do you know if it is possible to transfer ringtones that I purchased from Verizon from my old phone to my new phone? Verizon says it "can't" be done but I don't believe them. I think they just want me to spend more money on new ringtones.

How to stop misdirected text messages on a Razr phone

Question: Your website is incredible - packed with info! Thanks for creating it.

I have an ongoing cell phone problem. I have Verizon (numerous Verizon tech people have checked out the phone with no resolve). I get text messages every single day (about 10-15) that are not for me. They come from all area codes and from ----@vtext.com.

Verizon says my settings are correct and all they can offer is to change my number. I've had this number for so many years, I would much rather not go there but to say that it is annoying is the understatement of the year. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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How do I transfer a photo from a Mac to a Samsung cell phone?

Question: How do I transfer an image from my mac to my Samsung cell? And is there any mac apps that I can use to edit an mp3 for a ring tone?

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Reset a RAZR phone to factory specs

I've had my Motorola RAZR V3 phone sitting in my desk for about a year now, after upgrading to a Blackberry Curve (which I recently upgraded to an iPhone).

Figured it might be worth something to someone, so I put an ad on craigslist for $50 and was able to sell it the next day for $35. Not bad for a very popular phone that take camera pictures, shoots video, browses the web, and lets you text message your friends.

Before I handed the phone over though, I wanted to erase all of the pictures and address book contacts (preferably without having to delete them one by one).

The RAZR has a built-in menu option for wiping the phone clean and resetting it to factory specifications, with all of the default settings it came with out of the box.

Click the menu button, and then select "Settings" -- "Initial Setup" -- "Master Clear".

This will reset all the default factory settings for your Razr phone, and will also delete all user content. That includes pictures, address book entries, ring tones, text messages, the work.

You'll be asked to enter a security code, which is 000000 by default for AT&T phones (6 zeros).

If you only want to reset your Razr to default factory settings but not delete your data on the phone, then choose the "Master Reset" option instead of Master Clear.

The Master Reset option won't delete your address book entries or your photos.

The Master Clear option will completely wipe your Razr of all data (ideal if you're selling your Razr and don't want any personal files to be visible to the phone's new owner).

5 Tips for taking great photos with a camera phone

Cell phone camera technology is changing rapidly, and manufacturers are starting to bundle higher resolution cameras with their cell phones.

Sanyo’s M1 and Apple’s iPhone both include 2.0-megapixel cameras that take decent quality photos, and Blackberry phones include a built-in flash with their 2.0-megapixel cameras.

More recently the Samsung Flipshot hit the market with a high quality 3.0-megapixel camera; putting it head and shoulders above typical camera phones like the Motorola RAZR V3 with it’s low-end 1.3-megapixel camera.

In fact, most cell phones still come with low resolution 1.3 megapixel VGA cameras that take low quality pictures; just enough to capture the moment, but nothing you’d want to show off in a photography contest.

You can still pull off a little magic though with your existing camera phone, provided you follow a few simple guidelines:

1. Samsung Flipshot U900Stillshots are better than motion shots

If you can get your subject to hold still, the picture will turn out sharper and more recognizable. Action shots - especially with the slight delay inherent to digital cameras - will turn out very blurry or bitmapped on a camera phone (that choppy look you get from a low-res camera).

2. Lighting is everything

Take your photos outside with plenty of light. Most camera phones don’t come with a flash, which means they’ll use a longer shutter time indoors to capture more light - resulting in an overall blurry picture, since subjects will be moving while the shutter remains open.

Avoid too much bright sun however, since it can create unattractive deep facial shadows if your shot is taken into the sun. A good rule of thumb is to always keep the sun behind you, which will illuminate your subject and get rid of ugly shadows.

3. Close-ups are better than long shots

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