Cell Phone Features
Most carriers give you the same basic features, such as. Voice mail,
caller id, call waiting/holding, and call forwarding. some also have other
added features like your first incoming minute free. the main thing is
too see what fits into your life style best and also too be sure when
and if the features expire.
Feautures to consider when selecting a cell phone
- Screen size
- Battery type
- Included functions
- Special features
Are you looking for analog or digital? Do you prefer PCS or cellular?
TDMA or CDMA? If you have read How Cell Phones Work, then you know what
each of these terms means. Look for dual mode/dual band phones if you
travel a lot.
Cell phones use two main battery technologies:
- NiMH (nickel-metal hydride) - high capacity battery that provides
extra power for extended use
- Li-ion (lithium ion) - has a lot of power in a lightweight package
but usually costs more than NiMH batteries
Look for fast recharging, long lasting batteries
Note both the talk time and standby time when comparing phones. Also,
check to see how long the battery takes to recharge and whether a rapid
charger is available. Most cell-phone batteries are removable, but some
of the smaller models have a built-in battery instead.
All cell phones have LCD displays, but the specific features of the display
- Size - A large, multi-line display is typically more expensive, but
it's necessary if you plan to use the phone for wireless Internet.
- Color vs. monochrome - Most cell phones have monochrome displays (16
grays), but a there are a growing number that have color. Cell phones
with color screens need more memory and tend to be more expensive.
- Reflective or backlit - Almost all cell phones have backlit screens,
which are good for low-light conditions.
A large multi-line display is typically more expensive but necessary
if you plan to use the phone for wireless internet.
Most phone include basic functions such as phone directory, clock, calculator,
automatic redial, last number recall and the ability to customize the
ring tone of incoming calls. Most premium phones offer all of these features:
- Phone directory
- Personalized/custom sounds
- Appointment reminder/calendar
- Incoming-number storage
- Automatic redial
- Last-number recall
- Mute/hold button
- One-touch dialing/speed dialing
- Voice-activated functions
- Vibrate mode
- Call forwarding
- Multi-party calls
- Hands-free headset/speakerphone
- External volume/ringer control
- Rapid charger/built-in charger
- Car adapter
Additional features such as teh ones listed here can greatly affect the
price of a phone. Make sure that youare not paying a premium for features
that you never intend to use. Some cell phones have special features such
- Text messaging
- Wireless Internet
- Modem function
- PC synchronization
- MP3 player
- GPS receiver
When looking at phones with a headset or speakerphone connection, check
to see if the plug is proprietary. If it is, then check the cost and availability
of the headset or speakerphone. Also, all phones come with a charger,
but not all of them come with a rapid charger.
Think about how you plan to use the phone. Will it mostly be a car phone?
Or do you plan to carry it in a pocket all day long? This will help you
determine if that cheaper phone with the same features that weighs 10
ounces is a better deal than the one that only weighs 5 ounces but costs
twenty percent more.
If you are like most of us, price is always a consideration. Weigh the
options carefully and make sure that you don't pay for features that you
probably will never use. If you are not interested in wireless Internet,
then you may not want to pay the extra bucks for a WAP-enabled phone.