Advantages and Disadvantages of Prepaid Cell Phones

We are constantly seeing advertisements on TV promoting cell phones and cell phones carriers with what they call great introductory offers if you sign up with them on their network.

Is it worthwhile signing a one-year contract with a cell phone carrier?

Well that is a question that you need to answer for yourself, while the pricing may look attractive you need to consider if you will be using the phone on a regular daily basis. Ask your self the following:

·Do I need my cell phone for work?

·Will I be calling mainly friends and family?

·Will I be making out of state calls or international calls?

If the answer to the above number of questions is no, well prepaid cell phones could be your best choice. Prepaid cell phones are ideal for people who do not intend signing contracts and do not intend to use the cell excessively. There many advantages and disadvantages with using this type of cell phone:

Advantages of using a prepaid cell phone:

·No credit check required

·No deposit required

·No monthly rental fee

·No termination fee if you decide not to use your phone again

·No service fee

·A large selection of phones available including camera cell phones

·Always in control of call costs

Disadvantages of using a prepaid cell phone:

·Calls and SMS Text will be more expensive per minute than using a bill phone

·You could run out of credit at a crucial time that you need to make a call

·Some carriers will put a time limit on your credit (you will need to use it up within a certain time or else it will be classed as invalid)

Children with prepaid cell phones:

Always purchase a cell phone with low emissions for health and safety purposes. Children under the age of 7 are not recommended to using any type of cell phone.

If you like to keep tabs on your children and you feel a cell phone is a good safe idea, do not make the mistake that many parents do in giving a cell phone that has line rental. If you do this be very prepared for a large monthly bill every month from the mailman. It’s like giving your child a large bag of candy and asking them not to eat them unless it’s really necessary. Prepaid cell phones are ideal for children, if their credit runs out, so be it, but you can always call or text them and it’s then up to you what extra credit to allow.

It’s very difficult for young children to budget wisely and kids will be kids so you need to careful when it comes to financing them a cell phone.

What are the highest costs involved with prepaid cell phones?

Be careful your credit can be eaten up very quickly. Camera cell phones are great fun and handy to have at times but if you are using a prepaid cell camera phone and want to text photos the cost can be very high per text. Also watch for roaming charges are these too can be very expensive. Always look for promotions and giveaways with no hidden charges.

Is getting credit easy?

Buying credit could not be easier. Most stores will sell credit for the different cell phone carriers and some stores have vending type machines where you can simply follow the instructions and top up your credit. You can also call your cell phone carrier (usually a toll free number) and purchase with your credit card. Credit issued as a long number. Simply type this into the correct section of your cell and that’s all there is to it.

Prepaid cell phones in brief:

·A great idea for those of us who need to stay inline with our phone expenses.

·Very handy to have for emergencies with no rental charge.

·Ideal for children if you wish for them to carry a cell phone

·A good back up if you experience a problem with your house phone

Once again always look into the different cell phone carriers and their prepaid cell packages, not all are the same with some giving excellent starter packages.

Unlocked Cell Phones

Many novice cellular users who have attempted to change service providers have found themselves frustrated when trying to change service providers. The majority of cell phones are locked by the company who issues the phones by using a special Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) card to encode their proprietary access code.

A locked cell phone has a code embedded into the SIM card that locks it to a specific provider. The owner of the cell phone does not have access to modify this software setting on the SIM card, thus the subscriber becomes tied to the phone service carrier. Many people find it incredibly difficult to change their locking feature. The biggest advantage of an unlocked cell phone is that it allows you to switch providers on the fly by simply inserting a new SIM card.

Some people have the ability to unlock their current cell phone and generally all that’s needed is a computer, their phone handy, and internet access. You can unlock them if it has that ability by contacting your service provider and for a small fee they will give you the access code. There are also software programs that will unlock your phone for you. You can find many online by doing a search.

These cellular phones can be used with various GSM-compatible carriers worldwide. The majority of cell phones can be used within the US with carriers such as T-Mobile, Cingular/AT&T, and other providers and many other GSM service providers around the world. GSM which leads the world as the fastest growing advanced digital technology available today. Utilizing the cutting edge technology of GSM, they provide integrated voice mail, high-speed data, fax paging, and short message services capabilities. Users can call home, across town, across the continent, or around the world provided there is cellular coverage available. Many of the popular manufacturers are Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, LG, and Alcatel.

There are many different types of unlocked cell phones that can fit any individual user’s need. Nokia, Motorola, and Sony Ericsson have some of the most popular diverse unlocked cell phones. Nokia which is one of the leading manufacturers in music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games, and business mobility through cellular devices releases new models nearly every quarter.

The Nokia N95 8GB cellular phone which starts at the price of $689.99 from most retailers is a wonderful phone from the Nokia line. If you love to play games and music on your cell phone than you should consider a Nokia N81 8GB cell phone. Nokia E65 Quadband GSM cell phone is the perfect for cellular users in need of mobile business capabilities. It features an array of radiant colors for someone wanting a colorful phone. The Nokia E61i GSM Smartphone has incredible email features that any user addicted to their email must have. Nokia 7390 L’Amour cell phone is designed to fit the more classic cellular user with an elegant fold design incorporated. Wireless communications pioneer Motorola’s top phones are designed to fit any individual needs, for example the Motorola W375 Triband GSM model, or the Motorola V31 RaZR GSM. The Motorola A1200 Quadband Smartphone and the Motorola KRZR K1 Quad band cell phone which all retails between $130 and $328. Sony Ericsson who are known for their excellence in imaging and design created the Sony Ericsson z-558i Triband with touch screen hand writing recognition features. The Sony Ericsson z-710i Quadband is an amazing value with 3-click music download features, and Bluetooth all in the $200-$350 price range at retailers.

An Introduction to Cell Phones

What are Cell Phones?

Cell phones, also known as mobile phones or wireless phones, are hand-held phones with built-in antennas. Unlike home phones, cell phones can be carried from place to place with a minimum of fuss. This makes them a good choice for people who want to be in touch with other people even when they are away from the house.

How Do Cell Phones Work?

Not many people know it, but cell phones are actually two-way radios, much like the walkie-talkies of the past, albeit much more advanced. When you talk into your cell phone receiver, it registers your voice and converts the sound into radio waves. These waves travel through the air until they reach a receiver, which is usually found at a base station. This station will then send your call through a telephone network until it contacts the person you wish to speak with. Similarly, when someone places a call to your cell phone, the signal travels through the telephone network until it reaches a station near you. The station sends the radio waves out into the neighboring areas. These radio waves are then picked up by your cell phone and converted into the sound of a human voice.

Cell phones are a vast improvement over the telecommunications technology of the past, and are daily becoming a fixture of modern life. As always, communication is vital, and cell phones will help you to better communicate with the key people in your life. Using a cell phone is one of the first steps you must take to participate effectively in the emerging global economy.