How do I decide on a cell phone carrier?
When you are buying a cell phone, you have to decide which of the cell phone carriers you want to use. This often comes down to which one can offer you the best cell phone plan for your needs. There are also many features to look for in a cell phone that can influence your decision. Quite often, you are limited as to which carrier you choose because of where you live. You can choose the cell phone carrier by the cheapest plan or the one that gives you the highest number free minutes.
What about choosing a cell phone plan?
Depending on how you intend to use your cell phone, there are many cell phone plans for you to choose from when you make your purchase. Each of the plans has a different price range, so you need to look carefully at how much you want to spend per month. You can also select between a contract plan and a prepaid cell phone plan.
How do these cell phones work?
In essence, a cell phone is like a radio. In order to make and receive calls on the cell phone, first of all you have to have a package from a cell phone carrier. This carrier receives about 800 frequencies that it can use in any one location. Then it divides the location into small sections called cells, each one with a base station with the equipment needed to relay the calls.
How many types of cell phones are there?
There are three different types of cell phones. The regular cell phone is the analog type. These phones are a bit more expensive, but with these you know that you can use them just about anywhere there is service. This type of phone is a good choice for travellers. However, the sound quality is not always that good and quite often there is a lot of static interference. The rate you pay for each minute you are talking on the phone is also higher.
The second type of cell phone is the digital cell phone. These phones have a better sound quality and much cheaper rates for calling. Another advantage with this type of cell phone is that the batteries last a lot longer. However, there are disadvantages in that the coverage tends to be irregular. Once you are out of populated areas, you might not be able to get a signal on the phone because there are not as many digital equipped antennas. This is something, though, that the cell phone companies are trying very hard to correct.
A third type of cell phone is the PCS cell phone. This is the personal communications service and there is very little difference between this type of cell phone and the digital one.
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