It is very important to carefully research cell phones before signing an agreement with a cell phone company. Generally companies require a two year agreement, and you will be unable to change phones without paying an exorbitant price during that time period. There are several things you should consider before making your decision.
One important feature for many people is the on-board camera. In recent years, the cameras in cell phones have greatly improved and take excellent pictures, often as good as stand-alone cameras.
If the ability to take quality photos with your phone is important to you then it is imperative to do research on the cell phone cameras in your price range. Storage space for your photos is also a factor that you should consider, though you can usually add a mini-SD card for expanded storage or send your photos to a cloud application.
One of the most important things to consider is whether or not the device you’ll get with your plan has a warranty. Depending on your lifestyle and the durability of the device you’re looking at, this can actually be a very important thing to consider.
People who are very active and spend a lot of time outdoors tend to be rougher on their telephone equipment, and failing to have an insurance plan can be a costly mistake. It is very easy to get caught in the rain and ruin your cell phone. Dropping your phone can also damage it, or at the very least result in a cracked screen which can be a costly repair
A very important feature to look at is the keyboard. You will want to take into consideration how much typing you do on your phone. Do you answer a large quantity of emails on your phone? Do you text a lot?
If you answered yes to those two questions, you may want to purchase a cell phone with a QWERTY keyboard that slides out or a BlackBerry style phone with the full keyboard below the screen. If you use your phone strictly for spoken calls then you will probably be happy with a standard keyboard or an on-screen touch keyboard.
Battery life varies greatly among devices. You will need to decide how much you will be using your phone and how much battery life you will need. The last thing anyone wants is to have their battery go dead during an important call or in the middle of the day when they need it the most.
Most phones have a long battery life in standby mode, but quickly use battery power when making calls or surfing the internet, which is referred to as talk time. If you will not be able to charge the battery often you will need a phone with a long talk time. Some people even buy an extra battery for their phones if they routinely find themselves unable to charge their phone. You will also need to consider buying charging accessories such as a car charger or backup battery device.
You will also need to decide how important it will be for you to access the internet on your cell phone. If you will be using your phone to surf the internet, you will want to choose a smart phone and will have to consider such features as the ability to talk on the phone at the same time you are surfing. Such devices tend to be more expensive than a basic cell phone and the smart phone plans also have additional fees.
Signing a cell phone contract is a major commitment and it is crucial that you have done your homework and chosen the best phone and service plan for your needs. Now that you are familiar with the basics, you are ready to begin researching phones.
At the end of the day it’s all about what you need your phone to do and what you need to protect it from. Check out all the options available, do your research, and choose based on what you need rather than what looks the prettiest.