Choosing a Cell Phone: Things to Consider Before Purchasing

Choosing a Cell Phone: Things to Consider Before Purchasing

Choosing a cell phone can be hard. After all, there’s so many different models, with so many different features. It can be really easy to just grab the latest and greatest phone and call it good, but that phone might not be what you need. Different people use different phones for different reasons. Some people might text a lot, while others need a phone capable of scheduling their appointments. Some people might only use them to talk. The phone that’s right for you will depend greatly on your individual needs.

One of the biggest factors that is going to influence a person’s choice in cell phones is the price. Not everyone can afford to drop a lot of cash on a phone. Even the phone with less fireworks and glitter can be quite expensive. Before buying a cell phone, make sure you’ve got your budget figured out.

Many cell phones are capable of taking photos, but this might not be a feature you need. Sometimes it can be hard to find a phone without a camera! If you’re not planning to use your phone’s camera often, don’t worry about how many megapixels it is if it comes with one. If you do plan to use the camera on the phone, try to find one that takes decent photos, ideally, three megapixels. If possible, test a camera on a phone out prior to purchasing it.

If you don’t plan to use your phone for texting, you won’t need a QWERTY keyboard. A simple twelve-key phone will most likely be more than enough. If you plan on texting a lot, you may want to find a phone with a QWERTY keyboard, or a touch screen to make texting easier.

If you use your phone to schedule appointments and keep track of tasks, make sure that the phone you’re looking at has an easy to use calendar program. If you stop by a cell phone shop, you can often test out the programs on the demo phones. If you use the calendar a lot, make sure that the program isn’t frustrating, confusing or difficult to use. The last thing you need when scheduling an appointment is an issue with your phone.

Internet Use 
Although many phones are capable of connecting to the internet, some are much better at displaying it than others. If you plan to use your phone to access the internet, make sure the internet browser is easy to use and easy to view. Many phones can access the internet, but display it strangely. You can always ask to test a phone’s internet out before purchasing.

Social Networking 
Many people connect to social networks through their phone. For those that do this often, having a phone that has applications specific to social networks such as facebook, myspace or twitter can make it much easier to post status updates and upload photos.

Touch Screen 
Some people love touch screen …

New Cellular Services Are Available that Transform Your Cell Phone

New Cellular Services Are Available that Transform Your Cell Phone

It is so great to be alive in this day and age, when so many innovations abound! Among the most exciting of all innovations is the advent of enhanced cellular phone services.

I can remember when just having a mobile phone was a mark of distinction, and when they were the size of a brick. Now, even the little old ladies in the grocery stores can be seen chatting away while they shop for vegetables.

Cell phones have already become a personal statement among the younger crowd, with flashing antennas, charms, novel ringtones, and even pink phones broadcasting uniqueness. Literally millions of ways to personalize your phone are now available, I have included two good sources for ringtones and accessories in the links below.

This is just the beginning of what the mobile providers have planned!

Innovative new service provider Amped Mobile announced their new EV-DO service at the February CTIA show , which includes broadcast shows available for the very first time over a mobile phone. Imagine, watching your phone as if you were watching TV! Amped also allows users to play realistic 3D games, download music as if the phone were an iPod, and view their bill in real time over the mobile screen. The Kyocera phones they offer are designed for the younger crowd, and boast large screens and sleek industrial designs. Look for this new provider to take market share from youth-oriented T-Mobile in the months to come.

Now, not only can you watch TV type shows on your mobile phone, you can create and share them. The new company YouTube allows you to use your video camera phone to shoot video, then share it with a wide audience by uploading it to their site: YouTube is organized to allow groups to form, allowing you to share your videos only with your friends and family if you choose.

Family oriented service provider Verizon Wireless has just added a new phone to its mix, the V-cast, which allows music to be downloaded and shared. This phone has a camcorder, stereo speakerphone, 1.3 megapixel camera, and Bluetooth link. It is now going for $49.99 on Verizon’s website after rebate:

It is clear that service providers are sick of losing customer to the next great deal from their competitors. They have found that the only way to keep customers is to give them more than voice services. I can hardly wait to see what comes next!…

How to Find the Owner of Any Phone Number Using Reverse Phone Search

How to Find the Owner of Any Phone Number Using Reverse Phone Search

Have you ever faced a silent caller at the other end of the phone when it rang your number? Are you irritated about the crank calls you receive? It is indeed very irritating to receive blind calls especially when you are neck deep in household chores or other important work or even resting. Sometimes we all tend to pick up calls from an unknown source as a matter of habit even when the caller ID shows an unfamiliar number. Here is where you can put to use a reverse phone search so as to track down the caller.

Let us see what the requirements in order to do this are. You will need three things:

• A well-organized phone lookup directory with a comprehensive database.

• The caller’s area code

• The caller’s seven-digit number

Sometimes even when you have the caller’s details it is tough to track down the caller through a directory, simply because you are not looking up the right place in the free reverse phone website or directory. A reverse phone directory that is offered free provides a database of live phone numbers giving the owner’s name, address, etc. Unfortunately they will not contain any cell numbers or numbers, which are unlisted as the owner himself, has requested for their non-publication. You will be particularly at a loose end if you are trying to track a crank caller who is using a mobile, as it is rather difficult to find such numbers at a free directory site.

Tracking crank callers from any free reverse phone search website can be confusing because most directories have common databases. So if you are unable to get information from one site, it is highly improbable that you will get it at any other site.

Meaningful and comprehensive details can be only obtained from reverse phone directories that have been paid for and will also cover cell phones and unlisted numbers. Apart from this, being paid sites, their databases are regularly and constantly being updated. The information available has a high level of accuracy because it is up to date. Such sites also provide assistance if you happen to visit them. They also allow you the opportunity to explore expanded people’s search databases.

Try to ensure that the site you visit guarantees 100% satisfaction, as this is a measure of the reliability of the services offered. Such sites offer phone searches in an unlimited number and also offer you a phone report or premium quality, if required.

In order to optimize your attempts at a reverse phone search, make it a point to go through blogs on the subject. These will offer comprehensive information on utilizing paid sites for the purpose.…

Disney Mobile Features

Disney Mobile Features

It seems these days that every kid you see has a mobile phone and you see it everywhere – the mall, restaurants, even in schools. There are commercials that are geared directly at family plans and advertisements on children going over their minutes. It seems Disney has now gotten in on the cell phone scene, creating Disney Mobile, geared specifically with younger children in mind.

Disney Mobile, however, has a few features that most other phones and mobile companies don’t have. The four big attractions that are included with Disney Mobile plans are: Family Monitor, Family Locater, Family Alert!, and Call Control.

The Family Monitor aspect is a way of controlling how much time your kids spend on their mobile phone by letting the parents set an allowance for how many minutes they may use and how many text and picture messages they can send. Parents can set spending limits on downloads so that children don’t buy 40 ringtones in two days. When a child has reached their usage limit on any of these things, an alert is sent to the parents’ mobile letting them know. The parent (or Family Manager) can then choose whether to up the usage on the phone, do nothing, or restrict the phone usage using the website.

The Family Locator is by far the most enticing Disney Mobile feature. Using GPS satellite technology, the Family Locator can tell you exactly where your child’s phone is. It provides a map of the location. Only adult family members can use this feature, as the application is password-protected. Disney Mobile claims that this is an “included feature”. However, you are only allowed five searches a month. This includes all adult family members – the five GPS tracking searches are shared on the plan, so it’s not “five searches per adult phone”. If you choose to do more than five searches in a month, it’s $.49 a pop. Alternatively, you can purchase the Unlimited package for $12.99 so that you can find your kids anytime, anywhere, without worrying about extra spending.

Family Alert! is simply text messages, but they are prioritized. The messages take over the phone’s main screen in order to make sure family members receive and are aware of important messages. This feature is unlimited with Disney Mobile service.

Finally, a parent’s dream come true: Call Control. This feature is exactly what it sounds like. Parents choose when their kid’s can use the phone. The Family Manager (which is determined when signing up for service; i.e. the parents) can log on to and restrict or allow whatever hours of the day and day of the week that they want. Parents can choose the Always On option so that important numbers can still get through, such as the parents’ phone. And yes, parents also get free reign over what number their children cannot call and number that that phone can receive calls from. Any changes a parent might want to make can easily be …

Improve Customer Service: Phone Policies

Improve Customer Service: Phone Policies

Customer service is an often overlooked necessary component for any business that expects to be successful. Any and every company should attempt to continuously provide better customer service to attract and maintain customers. More customers leads to more profit. Developing and maintaining an easy to use phone system is one way of providing better customer service. Following these few steps will help your business in this endeavor.

Have a specific greeting.

No matter what your business is, you will want to have some type of standardized greeting for your customers that call. Typically, you will first want to inform the customer of your business name. This will immediately let your customer know that they have dialed the correct number. After this, you or your employees should let your customer know who they are talking to. Using only your first name is suggested for this introduction. Not only does this not sound formal and stuffy, but it also gives the customer the impression that you are both equals. Titles have a way of turning people off when calling a business. For the last component, you should try and get creative. Lines such as “how may I help you today?” are efficient but overused and generic. Instead, try a line similar to “how may I make your day great today?” This is a very simple, yet effective way to improve customer service.

Have a policy for using the hold feature.

While it is necessary to put a customer on hold from time to time, this practice should only be used when absolutely necessary. Customers appreciate constant information and hate to wait. Waiting for even a minute can seem like an eternity to some people. To avoid excessive use of the hold feature, invest in cordless phones. While this may not be applicable for all businesses, most should be able to use these phones. Instead of putting the customer on hold, walk around while you find the information the customer is requesting, all the while informing them of what you are doing and engaging in small talk in between. Whatever you do, try to not put a customer on hold for more than three minutes. If anything, get the customer’s contact information and give the customer a call back when you have the information ready. Having customers on hold for too long will kill your customer service image.

Have an easy to use phone system.

All businesses (for the most part) close during certain hours. Having an easy to use phone system during these times is essential to improve your customer service. Typically, you will want to have a recorded message of some kind to let your customer know that your business is currently closed, what your operating hours are, and potentially an option for the customer to leave a message. Do not make this message overly complicated. If you want to develop a more thorough system that involves the customer pressing numbers, just make sure that this …

Persephone Waiting for Spring

Persephone Waiting for Spring

A Shakespearean sonnet about the springtime. Persephone, the Greek goddess of spring, had to stay in the underworld half the year, during which her mother, Demeter, let the world freeze. In the spring, she would leave her husband Hades and return. This poem is about her feelings on the yearly ritual.

I see the fields now turning green for spring! 
Sweet Persephone’s long sojourn is done. 
Demeter warms the earth and it can sing: 
The victory o’er Hades now is won!

Yet fair Koré does pause to heave a sigh, 
This upperworld seems strange and cold to her, 
The light so bright from Helios on high 
Hurts fair eyes that in the dark were so sure.

Fair Koré longs for the cold winds of fall 
That from the underworld bring another, 
Whose darker aspect casts a shadowy pall 
On the green, growing fields of her mother.

For the girl imprisoned by Demeter: 
A pomegranate is always sweeter.…

Phone Rage

Phone Rage

I’ve just spent seventy five minutes waiting on the phone to the Customs Call Centre trying to track down an international package addressed to me. In that time I got transferred a number of times, despite correctly following several menu prompts along the way. AND after all that time I now have to ring yet another Call Centre.
Government Departments, telecommunication service providers, internet service providers, utility providers and just about any other company whose services you need as they have already sold you their product and/or you rely on it invariably utilize the ubiquitous Call Centre.
Banks are bad – though not quite as bad as the aforementioned group.

In fact I regularly put aside a whole day if I have more than two or three calls to make to such places. 
The thought of having to deal with a Call Centre invariably gives me a really bad dose of the ‘heebiejeebies’. In fact I’d rather do just about anything than call a Call Centre. The imperative need to periodically indulge in such activity contributes towards my diagnosis of a self coined disorder I’ve called ‘society phobia’. 
I’ve learned that if the Company you are trying to call has a Sales Centre and they are actively seeking clients then it is best to ring the Sales section and ask to be forwarded to where you need to go to. They might be seeking further clientele to replace such disgruntled persons as yourself who may have taken their business elsewhere. 
During the last week I estimate that I’ve spent at least about sixteen hours trying to deal with matters that I’m pretty certain may have taken only about an hour back in those ‘good old days’. The ‘good old days’ were those days before economic rationalism started it’s ugly and ever increasing stranglehold upon us.

Here in Australia many companies, particularly Telco’s outsource their calls to Asian destinations. Such companies tend to fragment their services and, as such the Call Centre phone operator often has an infuriatingly narrow understanding of the overall services provided by the Company employing them. 
When this fact is compounded by language and epistimological difficulties the result can often be an escalating sense of frustration for the caller. 
Indeed one very well known manufacturer of mobile phones directs the local calls from Australia to the USA even. 
Things are made further difficult here in Western Australia if you have to ring a Government Department whose main offices are on the west coast (as most are). By the time we get up and have had breakfast they have gone to lunch and this means limited access to an operator for the next two hours, and by the time they return from lunch we are considering having some and then, after our own lunch time we are lucky if there is a one hour window left for dealing with our concerns before they bolt for the day. 
I firmly blame economic rationalism for this very horrid …

Karaoke Wireless Microphones – Here’s What to Look For

Karaoke Wireless Microphones – Here’s What to Look For

Thanks to advances in recording technology, microphones for karaoke have improved tremendously in the past few years. Wireless technology has also improved dramatically, resulting in wireless karaoke microphones that not only are rugged and full of cool features; they work as well as their corded counterparts.

What to look for in a good wireless karaoke microphone: rugged construction is the first thing to look for, it’s a sign that the mike is of good quality, and will hold up under constant use. You would be surprised at how even an amateur karaoke setup can wreak havoc on poor quality microphones.

Next, look for noise filter technology. If your mike loses signal for even a second, it can send a nasty bit of noise through your sound system, resulting in an embarrassing glitch in your performance. Noise filters monitor this condition and will attenuate any noise that results from losing connection.

Battery life is another important consideration. While many lower-priced mikes use nine-volt or AAA batteries, the better units feature rechargeable battery packs with a recharging base. This is a great convenience, and well worth the extra money.

The specs on your microphone can be manipulated to look good on the package, so beware of incredible specs on a cheap mike. All mikes can state a wide frequency response – it’s the sensitivity at the low and high ends that separate a good microphone from a cheap one.

There are 3 main types of wireless – FM, VHF and UHF. Older mikes used FM frequencies, but were prone to interference. Newer, multichannel VHF and UHF models give better performance.…

MySpace Mobile: Too Popular or Too Slow?

MySpace Mobile: Too Popular or Too Slow?

Near the closing of the 2008, MySpace Mobile may be the third greatest downloaded app within the Android App world (reported by Google’s App gauges by fame). Many additional web logs and sites have produced erroneous statistics from Fast Company’s content deduced from an article written by Medialets that Alex Muse often rebuts.

Averaging 50,000-250,000 downloads, over 9,000 comments, a median Android Application user grading of 3.5, and a mediocre Rating of three Android Tapps. When did this application crash? Remember this is MySpace.

The Issue

MySpace was capable of producing so many downloads from their own company name and fame entirely. Only the application lets down most expectations. MySpace Mobile, has many flaws as stated, and doesn’t even come close to the WAP edition. Also many complaints of login problems and very slow load times have been echoed. In reality it is more of a status update rather than a pic uploader, then again you cannot accomplish that out and about without the Android Application. There’s other reasons to even use this app.

Further Unanswered Questions.

* MySpace Mobile is featureless when compared to the WAP version, such that as; making friend requests, blogging, and posting bulletins. Is there a gameplan to make this application better then the WAP release?

* Besides the above-named lacking characteristics, it could be an amazing program if desktop options were transferred across like; making a new profile, media player, a chat feature would be nice also. Is there any intention of adding these features?

* Most users complain of login problems and slow functionality, is any solution in the works?

* Why does MySpace constantly hammer the Mobile download when you have already selected to view the desktop version. Before and after logging in?…

Motorola V325i Cellular Phone Review

Motorola V325i Cellular Phone Review

I bought this phone to replace my previous one. I used to have an Audiovox CDM8910, and it has been a pretty sad excuse for a phone. The Motorola V325i cell phone blows the Audiovox out of the water.

This phone feels pretty much like any other normal cell phone. It’s not extremely thin by any means. It’s also not really heavy or really light. It pretty average as far as the feel of it goes. When you’re holding it, it feels like there is actually something there in your hand; it has some weight. Personally, I prefer this over a phone that is really thin and light. I want to be able to feel it in my pocket so I don’t have to keep checking to make sure it’s still there.

It’s a pretty durable phone. I’ve dropped it a few times, but you can’t tell. It still works as great as it did when I got it. It’s a pretty sturdy phone. The hinge is quite rugged too, so it would be difficult to accidentally snap it in half. Actually, unless you were really trying, it’s pretty much impossible to break it in half. Even if you dropped it while it was open, it’s not going to snap. It will still get scratched up and stuff, of course, but it’s most likely not going to break.

The sound quality is pretty good. It’s not amazing for sure. I mean you can tell you’re on a cell phone. But the sound isn’t all garbled either. It’s plenty clear to hear and understand what the other person is saying. It’s not crystal clear, but it does a good enough job for the price you have to pay for it.

I don’t consider a camera to be an important part of a cell phone, but for some people it could be useful. You’ll be glad to know that this phone has a decent camera. It’s actually pretty good if you just want to take a quick picture. However, there is no flash, so you can’t really take pictures in the dark. You need a decent amount of light to take a good picture, so that could be one downside to the camera. You get three settings for image resolution. They range from 120×160 to 480×640 pixels. That comes out to a max of 0.3072 megapixels. Not great at all if you are a camera person. But for a cell phone, the camera serves its purpose. At the largest resolution, the pictures are noticeably blocky and not extremely clear. But I think that’s expected. Since it’s just a phone and not a real camera, it does a good enough job of taking pictures. This phone does not do videos, which is unfortunate.

You get five preset sound profiles that can be rotated through easily with the phone closed. You just press the volume button and then use another button to cycle through them. Of course they can …