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Frequently Asked Questions about Cell Phones

Have you noticed that cell phones are more than cell phones these days? Have you noticed all the amazing things you can do with them? They’re like little computers. But that means that now, there are all kinds of questions arising. Now you’ll need to learn all about these great new features. So we’ve taken just the top 10 questions regarding cell phones to bring you up-to-date. Check it out.

Can I use my cell phone in another country?

The only kind of cell phones that can be used around the world are GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) phones or satellite phones. It’s as simple as having a GSM card inserted in your phone, and programming it to the area where you’re going to be using it.

GSM900 and GSM1800 is used in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Pacific Rim, including Australia. GSM1900 is used in the United States, Canada, and parts of South America. All you need to do is get a GSM card for the area where you’re traveling to.

Can I get a satellite phone?

As the world “shrinks”, people are looking for more international technology. Satellite cell phones are a good example of that. They provide total global coverage (except South Korea, North Sri Lanka, Hungary and Poland).

A satellite cellphone is designated an Iridium phone number. When you’re calling a satellite cell phone, you may have to dial an international access code to get through. That also means you may have to pay long distance charges, even though you’re in the same area.

What is an SIM card?

SIM stands for Subscriber Identity Module. It’s a postage-stamp size card that fits into a cell phone. It’s purpose is to activate service on a GSM network.

You can buy a prepaid SIM card, or you can get one on a contract and be billed monthly.

Can I download MP3s on my cell phone?

Some cell phones allow you to download MP3s. One example is the Motorola MPx200. It uses an SD/MMC flash memory card, with a 1 Gigabyte memory. The MP3 files are played back on Windows Media Player, which is installed on the cell phone. Pretty cool system if you want to take your music with you without having to carry around anything extra.

How good are the new cellular phone cameras?

Just to give you an idea of how popular digital cell phone cameras are, they’ve sold 80 million, since their introduction in 2002. They must be good if that many people have bought them.

The downside right now is the quality of the pictures they take. They only have one-third of a megapixel (MP), and that doesn’t add up to very good pictures. But they’re working on improving that, and you’ll soon see a 1MP cell phone camera.

Can I get a combination cell phone and pager?

Text messaging has become the standard for pager use these days. Cell phone designers have integrated SMS (Short Message Service) technology into their units, creating a whole new world for many cell phone users.

The younger set really likes text messaging because they can “talk” back and forth without being heard.

Is it better to be on a “by the second” plan or a “by the minute plan”?

For the most part, “by the second” plans are cheaper than “by the minute” plans, depending on your use. On a “by the minute” plan, you’re charged airtime in blocks of full minutes. So if you make a call that’s 1 minute and 1 second, you’ll be charged for two minutes.

On a “by the second” plan, you only pay for the number of seconds you use. For that same 1 minute and 1 second call, you’ll be charged for 61 seconds, instead of 120 seconds. If you make many short calls, a “by the second” plan is definitely cheaper. But if you make fewer, longer calls, it won’t make as much of a difference.

Can I change the ring tone on my cell phone?

Cell phones come with a variety of standard ring tones. However, you may not like them, or you may want to personalize your ring tones. You’ll need to buy a cell phone model that offers that option.

Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola, Panasonic, Samsung and Siemens cell phones, to name a few, allow you to download ring tones from one of a number of websites. You can get cheap polyphonic ring tones (which means they play more than one note at once), and assign them to individual callers. Then when your cell phone rings, you’ll know who it is without looking at the display.

What does Anytime Minutes mean?

Anytime Minutes is a term used in cell phone service plans to refer to certain times when calling is free. Many plans have free calling Nights and Weekends. Those plans are usually cheaper than Anytime Minutes plans.

Anytime Minutes means you can call anytime –days, nights and weekends – free. You just pay your monthly flat rate.

Which carrier provides the best coverage?

Cell phone carriers are continually improving their coverage areas. The way they do this is by erecting towers that send and receive cell phone signals. All carriers have pretty good coverage these days.

However, no matter how good a carrier says their coverage is, you’ll always find dead spots where your signal doesn’t reach a receiving tower. That’s because cell phone signals travel in straight lines, and if a tower isn’t in your “line of sight’, it can’t receive your signal and you’ll get a “No signal” message on your display.

So choose the carrier that offers you the best total package, rather than your coverage area. Some of the more popular cell phone carriers are Cingular, Verizon, AT&T/Rogers, Nextel and Sprint PCS.

In Summary

Cell phones are instruments of wonder these days. They’re not just phones anymore. They’re cameras, and pagers, and computers, and who knows what next?

Since you have so many choices, you should do some shopping around to find the cell phone that best suits your particular use. And the best place to do that is online. You can get all the information you need, without running around all over town trying to find the best cell phone deal.

Check out some of the online cell phone stores, and you’ll see what we mean. You’ll be able to learn about all the different service plans, prepaid phones camera cell phones, accessories – anything you want in cell phones, right at your fingertips. You can find the best cell phone for you, order it online, and have it delivered to your door – what could be easier? Shop Online - Canadian Shipping


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