Motorola U6 PEBL - GreenThe cellular phone is no longer just for the rich-&-famous. Millions of people around the world own a cellular phone for communications with work, family and friends. The cellular phone has enabled us to be at almost any place on Earth and dial a phone number and instantly be in communication with another person. But before you buy your first cellular phone or upgrade to a newer phone - there are several factors that you should consider first.

Cellular phones come with a host of functions and features to choose from. Depending on which model you choose, you can have features such as…
Sample Cellphone Menu

  • Address/Contacts Book
  • SMS & Text Messaging
  • PDA
  • MP3 Player
  • GPS Receivers
  • Games
  • Calculator
  • Datebook
  • Alarm Clock
  • Instant Messaging
  • Voice Records
  • And Many Others
    When searching for the cellular phone that meets your needs, you must consider what features and options your need and want. The features and options that should be considered are…

  • Cellular Carrier & Plan
  • Mode
  • Size
  • Display
  • Functions & Special Features
  • Battery Type
  • Talk Time
  • Price of Cellular Phone
  • Cellular Carrier and Service Plan
    There are several cellular carriers and plans to choose from. You also have the choice of purchasing a phone that operates on a pre-paid billing. Before choosing your cellular phone, research the cellular carriers that operate in your geographic location. Inquire of the rate plans and any additional charges that you could incur. If you choose your phone first, that particular phone may not be supported in your geographic location or may not be available with that particular carrier. Once you’ve chosen the cellular carrier and Service plan you would like, you can then begin to make your choice in cellular phone.

    ModeExample Cellphone Modes
    A cellular phone’s mode is the frequency that it operates on. Depending on what cellular carrier you choose, its phones operate on a specific mode or frequency. When choosing your cellular phone, look for dual, tri or quad mode phones if you travel a lot. This will allow you to have a much larger coverage area.

    Think about where you will use your cellular the phone most. Will it only be used for emergency situations? Will it be carried with you throughout the day? Determining where you will use the phone most will help you decide what size phone you will purchase. A phone that weighs 10 to 15 ounces will cost less than a phone that weighs 3 to 5 ounces.

    The size of your display also factors into the cost of your cellular phone. If you plan to retrieve and access email and other documents and application, it definitely helps to have a larger display. This does increase the cost of your cellular phone. Otherwise, if you plan to use it for your contact list, calendar, SMS, etc., then a standard cellular phone display will suffice.
    Most cellular phones on the market are configured with a color LCD, however you can still purchase a cellular phone with a monochrome LCD. Cellular phones with monochrome LCDs are usually less in price.

    Functions & Special Features
    There are a wide variety of functions and features that are in todays cellular phone and tomorrows cellular phone will only incorporate more advanced technology. Some functions that are available today in cellular phones are…

  • Phone Book Directory
  • Calculator
  • Clock
  • Caller ID
  • Bluetooth or Speakerphone
  • Voice-Activated functions
  • Mute / Hold Button
  • And many others
  • Special Features
    Some premium cellular phones also include special features such as…

  • Wireless Internet
  • Text Messaging
  • E-Mail
  • GPS Receiver
  • MP3 Player
  • Digital Video Camera
  • PDA
  • And many others

    Example Cellphones

    Battery Type
    There are two types of batteries that are used in cellular phones today. NiMH (Nickel-metal Hydride) – These are high capacity batteries that provide power for long periods of time. The down side to using this type of battery is that NiMH batteries ability to recharge decreases with time and requires you to replace the battery more often. The alternative to using NiMH batteries is Li-ion (Lithium-Ion) battery. This battery also provides lots of power and us lighter than NiMH batteries. It also retains more powerful charges over longer periods of time in comparison to NiMH batteries. The down side of this battery is that it usually costs more. Over all, the best choice between the two batteries is the Li-ion battery. Its time of use out-weighs the cost or replacing NiMH batteries. 

    Talk Time
    Talk time can vary widely with each cellular phone. If the cellular phone uses a larger screen, it consumes more battery power. If you use features such as a Bluetooth headset or the Internet, it can drain battery power much more quickly. If you plan to use functions such as the Internet, camera, email etc. you would want to purchase a spare battery and possible a car charger.

    Price of Cellular Phone$
    The price of cellular phones can vary widely depending on the features and functions. When purchasing your cellular phone, consider the options carefully and make sure you don’t pay for features or functions you would not use.