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    • Cell Phones Demystified or How to Get the Features You Want and Avoid Paying for Those You Don’t A Presentation by Joel May
    • Factors to Consider
      • Coverage
      • Features
      • Costs
      • Handset
    • Factors to Consider
      • Coverage
      • Features
      • Costs
      • Handset
    • Coverage
      • Verizon, Sprint, MetroPCS, US Cellular: CDMA
      • (Code Division Multiple Access )
      • - Strong in the US, particularly in rural areas
      • AT&T and T-Mobile: GSM
      • (Global System for Mobile Communication)
      • - Larger global footprint; standard in Europe
      • They are NOT interchangeable
    • Coverage
      • Don’t rely on the coverage maps provided by vendors.
      • Many providers will give you a 30-day (or more) grace trial period.
      • Use it to determine the extent and quality of the coverage in locations you normally frequent as well as those to which you place calls.
      • Consider the quality of the sound at your end AND at the other party’s end.
      • Poll friends and colleagues about their experiences.
    • Coverage
      • Almost all plans now offer nationwide roaming, though some regional carriers may charge for calls outside the home coverage area.
      • This practice is becoming increasingly rare, but it's worth confirming that you won't run up a lot of charges during a road trip.
    • Coverage
      • Enhanced 911 Coverage
      • Any cell phone call can be traced to the cell phone tower nearest to it.
      • Ask your provider if its emergency services can track a handset to its exact location.
      • Enhanced 911 service is critical if you anticipate having to use the phone for emergencies.
    • Factors to Consider
      • Coverage
      • Features
      • Costs
      • Handset
    • Features
      • Operating System
      • Calling Features
      • Organizer Applications
      • Messaging & Email
      • Camera & Video Recorder
      • Memory
      • Push to Talk
      • Bluetooth
      • Multimedia Options
      • Applications & Games
      • Web Browser
      • GPS/Directional Service
    • Features
      • Operating System
      • Calling Features
      • Organizer Applications
      • Messaging & Email
      • Camera & Video Recorder
      • Memory
      • Push to Talk
      • Bluetooth
      • Multimedia Options
      • Applications & Games
      • Web Browser
      • GPS/Directional Service
    • Operating System
      • If you're looking to do more than make calls and send text messages with your phone, you have to consider the platform on which it runs.
        • - Mac (iPhone)
        • - Android
        • - Windows Mobile
        • - Blackberry
        • - Palm
        • - Symbian
    • Operating System - Mac
      • The Mac operating system runs on Apple's iPhones. While the iPhone doesn't ship with any true office applications, it does include easy access to Apple's App Store, where you can find an incredible range of applications--for work and play--available for download.
    • Operating System – Android
      • Android phones include access to their own marketplace for downloading applications, but the selection there isn't as vast as that at Apple's App Store--though it is growing.
    • Operating System – Windows Mobile
      • Smartphones that run the Windows Mobile OS usually come with mobile versions of the Microsoft Office suite, so you can view and edit documents when you're away from your PC. Windows Mobile is available on a wide range of handsets from all carriers, so you'll have plenty of choice in hardware.
    • Operating System – Blackberry
      • BlackBerry smartphones run the BlackBerry OS, which has recently been updated. It sports a newer, more modern look and is easier to use than in the past. Various third-party software titles are available for BlackBerry phones, and with the launch of BlackBerry App World (an on-phone download catalog), we should see even more.
    • Operating System – Palm
      • The Palm OS is not widely available, but it retains a devoted following, largely because of its easy learning curve; you'll also find a good deal of productivity software available for Palm OS-based phones.
    • Operating System – Symbian
      • The Symbian platform, which is available on most Nokia smartphones, is not as user-friendly, but it supports a wide range of business and productivity apps.
    • Features
      • Operating System
      • Calling Features
      • Organizer Applications
      • Messaging & Email
      • Camera & Video Recorder
      • Memory
      • Push to Talk
      • Bluetooth
      • Multimedia Options
      • Applications & Games
      • Web Browser
      • GPS/Directional Service
    • Calling Features
      • Voice dialing lets you make calls without using the keypad, which is particularly handy when you're on a headset or if you're using the speakerphone.
        • Speaker-independent voice dialing is best, since the phone will respond to your voice without any training.
      • Also, get a unit with a full-duplex speakerphone, which allows both parties to speak at the same time.
    • Features
      • Operating System
      • Calling Features
      • Organizer Applications
      • Messaging & Email
      • Camera & Video Recorder
      • Memory
      • Push to Talk
      • Bluetooth
      • Multimedia Options
      • Applications & Games
      • Web Browser
      • GPS/Directional Service
    • Organizer Applications
      • Even the most basic handsets offer organizer applications.
      • Typically, you'll find a calendar, an alarm clock, a stopwatch, and a calculator.
      • Other models will offer offbeat applications such as a compass or a thermometer.
      • Higher-end handsets will have many more options.
    • Features
      • Operating System
      • Calling Features
      • Organizer Applications
      • Messaging & Email
      • Camera & Video Recorder
      • Memory
      • Push to Talk
      • Bluetooth
      • Multimedia Options
      • Applications & Games
      • Web Browser
      • GPS/Directional Service
    • Messaging & Email
      • Text messages send text only, while multimedia messages send pictures and videos as well as text.
      • Some handsets support instant messaging from services such as AOL and Yahoo.
    • Messaging & Email
      • If you'd like to receive personal or work Email on your handset, make sure it supports this feature.
      • Most handsets that support Email use a Web interface for accessing your inbox, which can be clunky.
      • But smartphones and high-end models can sync Email automatically with your server.
    • Messaging & Email
      • Messaging and Email cost extra, however, so purchase a data plan if you'll be using the features frequently.
      • You might also consider a phone with a full alphabetic keyboard for faster typing. Some users prefer physical keys, but others are fine using a virtual keyboard.
    • Features
      • Operating System
      • Calling Features
      • Organizer Applications
      • Messaging & Email
      • Camera & Video Recorder
      • Memory
      • Push to Talk
      • Bluetooth
      • Multimedia Options
      • Applications & Games
      • Web Browser
      • GPS/Directional Service
    • Camera & Video Recorder
      • Use them for taking pictures and shooting brief video clips.
      • A few low-end models still have a low-grade VGA resolution, but most camera phones now have resolutions of a few megapixels or more, which offer much better photo quality.
      • Similarly, while some camera phones offer just a few extra features, other models offer a flash and editing options that resemble those on a regular camera.
    • Features
      • Operating System
      • Calling Features
      • Organizer Applications
      • Messaging & Email
      • Camera & Video Recorder
      • Memory
      • Push to Talk
      • Bluetooth
      • Multimedia Options
      • Applications & Games
      • Web Browser
      • GPS/Directional Service
    • Push to Talk
      • Push to Talk is a walkie-talkie like service that lets you immediately connect with individuals or call groups.
      • This is especially useful for business users who need instant contact with their colleagues.
      • Best of all, you don't need a cell signal to use them and you won't use standard calling minutes.
      • Not all carriers offer this feature, however, and it's not available on all phones.
    • Features
      • Operating System
      • Calling Features
      • Organizer Applications
      • Messaging & Email
      • Camera & Video Recorder
      • Memory
      • Push to Talk
      • Bluetooth
      • Multimedia Options
      • Applications & Games
      • Web Browser
      • GPS/Directional Service
    • Bluetooth
      • This feature lets you wirelessly connect via low-frequency radio waves with external devices, such as a headset for making calls.
      • You can legally make or receive calls while driving in NJ if you use a Bluetooth headset.
      • Many phones also allow you to use Bluetooth to exchange or sync data with other Bluetooth devices or to connect to stereo headphones to listen to music.
    • Features
      • Operating System
      • Calling Features
      • Organizer Applications
      • Messaging & Email
      • Camera & Video Recorder
      • Memory
      • Push to Talk
      • Bluetooth
      • Multimedia Options
      • Applications & Games
      • Web Browser
      • GPS/Directional Service
    • Multimedia Options
      • Some features to look for include a digital music player and an FM radio.
      • Also, many phones now support streaming video, live TV, and wireless music downloads.
      • There will be an extra fee for the latter, and you'll need 3G service in your area.
    • 3G Service
      • 3G stands for “Third Generation Mobile Phone Protocol.”
      • As the technology has evolved, the transmission rates have gotten faster.
      • To be able to access streaming video and live TV your phone must be capable of these higher transmission rates.
      • There is currently an evolving 4G protocol which is capable of operating at 10 times the speed of 3G.
    • Features
      • Operating System
      • Calling Features
      • Organizer Applications
      • Messaging & Email
      • Camera & Video Recorder
      • Memory
      • Push to Talk
      • Bluetooth
      • Multimedia Options
      • Applications & Games
      • Web Browser
      • GPS/Directional Service
    • Applications & Games
      • Extra applications are available depending on your phone model and your carrier.
      • The iPhone supports a wide-range of third-party applications through the iTunes Apps store.
      • There are currently more than 425,000 available:
      • Apps to Impress
      • Apps for Cooks
      • Apps for Outdoors
      • Apps for Keeping Current
      • Apps for Work
      • Apps for Music
      • Apps for Students
      • - Apps for Moms and Dads
      • Apps for Working Out
      • Apps for Managing Money
      • Apps for Traveling
      • Apps for Fun and Games
      • Apps for Going Out
      • Apps for Remote Control
    • Applications & Games
      • Each type of phone (Android, Blackberry, etc.) and each carrier (Verizon, AT&T, etc.) has its own collection of “Apps.”
      • For example, Sprint offers a wireless backup service to save your contacts, while Verizon Wireless has a GPS application called  VZ Navigator .
      • Many are free and none costs more than $4.99.
    • Applications and Games
      • Every cell phone supports games and comes with a few included, but to expand your collection, you'll have to buy them for a few dollars a pop, and, as with applications, your selection will change by carrier.
    • Features
      • Operating System
      • Calling Features
      • Organizer Applications
      • Messaging & Email
      • Camera & Video Recorder
      • Memory
      • Push to Talk
      • Bluetooth
      • Multimedia Options
      • Applications & Games
      • Web Browser
      • GPS/Directional Service
    • Web Browser
      • This feature lets you surf the wireless Web and get information such as news and sports recaps, weather reports, and stock quotes.
      • It also lets you download files including games and ring tones.
    • Web Browser
      • WAP (Wireless Access Protocol) browsers are optimized to view sites configured to display on small, mobile devices but keep in mind that not all sites are made for WAP browsing.
      • On the other hand, most higher-end phones have full HTML browsers, which offer a better browsing experience.
    • Features
      • Operating System
      • Calling Features
      • Organizer Applications
      • Messaging & Email
      • Camera & Video Recorder
      • Memory
      • Push to Talk
      • Bluetooth
      • Multimedia Options
      • Applications & Games
      • Web Browser
      • GPS/Directional Service
    • GPS/Directional Service
      • This is an increasingly popular feature. Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and AT&T offer their own GPS services while other handsets, like the iPhone, use Google Maps.
      • There is a dark side, however. Some merchants are capitalizing on the fact that your phone has both GPS and web browser capability and sending advertisements to your phone as you walk or drive by their establishment.
    • Factors to Consider
      • Coverage
      • Features
      • Costs
      • Handset
    • Costs
      • Activation Fee
      • Cancellation penalty
      • Free nights and weekends calls
      • Free mobile to mobile calls
      • Included calling minutes
        • Extra calling minutes
      • International and 411 calls
      • Texting minutes
        • Extra texting minutes
      • Included web browsing megabytes
        • Extra web browsing megabytes
    • Phone Plan Cost Comparison Verizon 65 Plus (1 phone – Free to $300): Two Year Contract Base Price Overage Calls: 200 minutes $29.99 45¢/min Text: 250 minutes $ 5.00 10¢/min Web: 75MB $10.00 $10/75MB Consumer Cellular (2 phones - Free to $60): Month to Month Contract Base Price Overage Calls: 300 minutes $20.00 25¢/min Text: Included Web: 100MB $20.00 $10/50MB
    • Factors to Consider
      • Coverage
      • Features
      • Costs
      • Handset
    • Handset
      • Types of Handsets
        • Flip phones
    • Handset
      • Types of Handsets
        • - Candy Bar phones
    • Handset
      • Types of Handsets
        • Slider phones
    • Handset
      • Flip phones are useful if you frequently store your mobile in a pocket when on the go since the shape prevents accidental dialing.
      • Also, since they cradle your head naturally, flip phones can be more comfortable for some users.
      • On the other hand, candy bar-style phones are sturdier because they have no hinge.
      • Slider models can provide the best of both worlds, and many people just find the sliding action appealing.
    • Handset
      • When making your decision, be sure to hold the cell phone in your hand and next to your ear to see how comfortable it is.
    • Handset
      • Design Concerns:
        • Size and placement of the buttons and controls.
        • Size of the text in the display.
        • A menu interface that's attractive and easy to use.
        • A color and shape you won't mind holding in your hand.
        • Some handsets are more rugged than others, look for something that fits your activity level.
    • Handset
      • Battery Life:
        • At the very least, you'll want a handset with more than three hours of continuous talk time and more than five days of standby time.
        • Though every phone will have a rated battery life as set by the manufacturer, your real-world experience will vary, so you should check editorial reviews as well.
    • Before You Sign on the Bottom LIne
      • How long is the grace period?
      • How long is the contract period?
      • If not a national plan, what are exact boundaries of the calling area?
      • How many minutes a month (peak and off peak)?
      • When do off-peak hours begin and end?
      • Where and how can I check my current usage?
    • Any Questions? This presentation can be accessed at www.joelmay.org/presentations The End