This is the knowledge base for cell phones, and wireless calling, and data plans. In this section we'll outline more detailed information on all aspects of cellular phone service.
Available Wireless Plans
It's easy to get just the right plan. In addition to an option between family plans, or individual plans, you might also want web access in addition to your voice plan. You'll have a choice of voice only plans, voice and text packages, or talk, text and web all in one. You can choose between monthly rate plans, or go unlimited.
Cell Phone Designs
- Candy Bar Phone - An open faced style phone with exposed keyboard and screen.
- Flip Phone - a hinged style phone that folds to close hiding the key pad and screen
- Mil-Spec / Rugged - meet the U.S. Military's rugged specifications for durability.
- Push to Talk (PTT) - walkie-talkie type capabilities that work with other PTT phones
- Slider Phones - similar to candy bar, but the key pad slides behind the screen inside the phone.
- Touch Screen Phones - use your phone's screen as a key pad, and keyboard, and usually features a full qwerty keyboard
- Qwerty Phones - full keyboard similar to that found on a computer keyboard, or laptop
Types of Wireless Connectivity
- Bluetooth - A technology that allows you to connect to other Bluetooth enabled devices such as headsets, car stereos, and computers
- Wi-Fi - A wireless Internet connection you can use instead of your data plan commonly found in home wireless networks, airports, and shops
- GPS - Global Positioning System allows you to get turn by turn directions on your cell phone, or pinpoint your current location
Mobile Data Networks
- 3G - 3rd Generation standards for mobile phones capable of broadband download speeds up to 3.1 Mbps (not an exact estimate)
- 4G - 4th Generation standards for mobile phones capable of broadband download speeds up to 12 Mbps (not an exact estimate)
Mobile Operating Systems
- Android - Google's mobile OS for smartphones like Droid, Droid X, and Droid 2
- Blackberry - RIM's (Reasearch In Motion) OS for Blackberry smartphones well known for email, and business applications
- HP Web OS - The OS from Palm which does multitasking and uses "cards" to manage applications for true mobile multitasking.
- Symbian - The very first mobile OS. It's popularity reaches wordwide.
- Windows 7 Phone - The new OS from microsoft for smartphones
Best Cell Phone Deals and Calling Plans
Getting the best deals for cell phones and service starts with getting the right calling plan. Choose between a normal monthly calling plan, a prepaid calling plan with unlimited features, or you can just pay as you go, without a monthly bill or contract.
How to Get the Best Deal On Cell Phones and Plans
There are a few important factors you'll want to take into consideration when deciding on a new cell phone and service plan. There is no one cheapest cell phone service. It all depends on you, your habits, how you use your cell phone and service. Getting this right in the first place will help you to be a much more satisfied wireless customer.
Wireless Coverage Area This is probably at the top of the list of importance when considering a cell phone plan. If you don't travel much this may not be much of an issue, but if you're always on the move throughout the state or country, or even Internationally you'll want to go with one of the largest carriers since they'll have the widest reliable coverage. Domestically AT&T and Verizon wireless will give you better coverage than other cellular carries. By the way, Verizon has excellent world phone capabilities with the New BlackBerry Storm.
Choosing a Cell Phone Plan AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Alltel, and Sprint all have perks to help you stretch your minutes. It is always in your best interest to get a plan with unlimited in-network calling as opposed to a plan that only allows unlimited calling to specified numbers. Verizon offers unlimited in-network calling, plus unlimited calling to 10 specified numbers for any plan with 1400 minutes or greater. This provides you with the best of both worlds. Always be sure to get enough anytime minutes to last. It's better to pay for a plan with a few more minutes each month than to deal with the hassle of going over.
Type of Cell Phone How you use your phone may dictate what type of phone you get. If you like texting, you certainly wouldn't want a flip phone, and if you need to be more mobile with things like email, instant messaging, or need Internet access you might be better off with a PDA, or smart phone. This is an area where you really don't want to go cheap, but keep your eyes peeled and you might get just what you need when cell phones go on sale. They may even be free with a service agreement.
Cell Phones & Service Articles
10 Ways to Decide if Your Business Needs a Mobile Application
Mobile applications (more commonly known as apps) are the latest techno craze linking potential customers to businesses through handy shortcuts that are available on their smartphones. Because of this, many businesses are scrambling to update their mobile capabilities to meet the increased demand. These mobile apps save time and fit in with a modern society [...]
Posted by The Insider
on 17 May 2012 | 12:47 pm
10 Signs That You Need a New Mobile
One thing we hate – OK, two things we hate – about replacing a mobile are, a) having to buy all new accessories for it that didn’t come with it, like a car charger, skins and a case; and b) having to install all of our contacts onto the new phone. So we tend to [...]
Posted by The Insider
on 8 May 2012 | 10:54 am
10 Short Texts You Can Send That Say It All
Whether you’re sending a text, an email or a tweet that is limited to only 140 characters, you need to be concise. Most people don’t have the time or patience to write, much less read, lengthy messages that stray from the point. For those of you who have trouble keeping your words succinct, here are [...]
Posted by The Insider
on 15 January 2012 | 10:56 am