Make the BEST
choice when buying a cell phone. First you need to determine your needs.
Here are 3 basic questions you need to ask yourself, and answers to those
Do I need a Smart Phone OR a Basic Feature Phone?
The answer is
that you need to find out what features are important to you, and another
large factor is COST. If all you do is text, make calls, and use the calculator
/ calendar on your phone then a basic messaging or feature phone may be
for you. They are less expensive and the plans are MUCH less.
If you demand
more such as internet access, access to entertainment on the go, and social
networking, then you need a smart phone.
What smart phone should I choose? There are so many!
They are the BEST for email. An email to a Blackberry will reach you BEFORE
it hits your inbox. They are very simple to use, many have full keyboards,
and can be purchased used for a very low price. They also have a good
assortment of Social networking, games, and other base applications. They
are, however, the least popular of the 4 standards.
Windows - This
is the 3rd most popular platform. The Windows phones models are manufactured
by several companies - HTC, Samsung, and Lumia. Lumia is the official
phone of Microsoft. They have a very intuitive interface, have a decent
but limited application list, and have Xbox Live which brings an excellent,
but limited game list. Social networking is VERY good on the Windows Phones.
A HUGE plus of Windows is that they have the BEST access to Office and
other Microsoft Applications.
Android - Android
has the broadest selection of devices, and thousands of applications.
Android does not have the same restrictions for applications submitted
by developers as iPhones, so you get very interesting applications such
as ones that can emulate and play old Super Nintendo games. They are wonderful
for social networking, and are also very intuitive. If you need a keyboard
or just a touch screen, there are devices for you!
iOS or Apple
- Apple has some of the BEST hardware and the most robust phones on the
market. They have thousandss of apps, each approved by Apple themselves
to ensure they meet minimum expectations. If you want a phone that will
last a VERY long time and is very stable, Apple is the way to go. There
is no Apple device with a physical keyboard.
3. Which phone is compatible with my plan? Here
are some basic rules...
it will work with almost any GSM (Global System for Mobile communications)
carrier. Carriers like T-Mobile, AT&T, Rogers, Telus, Bell, and many
Pre-Paid companies use GSM technology. You need to verify that the phone's
technology / supported bands are compatible with your carrier. Many times
you may find this information on Google, on website such as GSMarena.com,
or by simply calling your carrier.
CDMA (Code Division
Multiple Access) - Carriers such as Sprint, Verizon, Boost, Virgin Mobile,
Cricket, are CDMA companies. They will not work with Unlocked Phones and
you must get a phone "branded" by this carrier. You also want
to make sure the phone has a "clean" serial number or ESN. If
someone still owes money on the old cell phone bill then the phone cannot
there are many options out there. If you cannot decide, watch some reviews
of the different models on YouTube.com. Those can be very helpful.