Cell Phones

Cell phones are more than just convenient communication tools: you can check e-mail, sync with the calendar and contacts on your PC, dial a number by the sound of your voice, look up breaking news on the Internet, take photos, play games, send text messages, view and edit documents, listen to music, and more.

Your choice of phone may depend on your choice of wireless service provider. When shopping for a carrier, first figure out which carrier offers the best monthly service and the best coverage in your area. Then you’ll have to select a phone from the collection your service provider offers. Most phones only work on one provider’s system.

3G is the third generation of mobile communications technology and is becoming more widely available. It reportedly boosts data-transfer performance to 2 megabits per second from the common data-transfer rate of 19.2 kilobits per second. This is particularly convenient if you use a phone to wirelessly access data such as e-mail, text messages, and the Web.


Wireless standard: World travelers are more affected by wireless standards than are users based strictly in the United States. This is because most of the world uses networks based on GSM, which is the global system for mobile communications standard. U.S. carriers, however, use a variety of networks in addition to GSM.

Wireless mode: Dual-mode phones send and receive both digital and analog signals and tend to be more reliable than single-mode phones.

Band support: The more radio bands a phone supports, the more frequencies it can pick up. Quad-band phones operate across four frequency bands. These so-called world phones are compatible with four GSM frequencies–850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, and 1900 MHz. Tri-mode phones that work on two digital frequency bands and an analog network are also available and are an especially convenient feature if you travel to rural areas.

A cell phone can make your life easier but remember to do your research before making a decision on which cell phone is right for you. The two most important questions to ask yourself before you decide on a phone and plan are, “How much will I use the phone?” and “Where will I use it?” These two questions will help determine how many minutes you need and whether to go with a local, regional, national, or international plan.

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