Buying A Mobile Phone
Buying a mobile phone should not become a dramatic occasion in your life. In this guide many of your questions will be answered about mobile phones. What is GSM? What is 3G? What does megapixel and MP3? All of these questions and many more will be answered in my guide to, Buying a Mobile Phone.
There are many different terms used for mobile phones, and alot of people may not know what these mean. Below is a list of common terms and meaning used when purchasing a mobile phone.
GSM - GSM stands for Global System for Mobile network, which means a mobile phone may be able to be used in an International environment.
3G- 3G is a super high frequency network which enables a user high reception levels and far easier use of SMS, Voice and even video call with specific handsets, and also ultra high speed mobile internet.
CDMA - CDMA is another form of high frequency signal which allows users to interact with greater reception and availability.
262K, 65K, and 4K - These are forms of screen colour resolutions. The higher the number the more amounts of colours will be used. EG. 262 000 will be used when a handset is labeled with 262K screen.
Megapixel - Many mobile phones these days have a camera, many of these phones have 1, 1.2,1.3, 2 and some very advanced phones even have 3.2 megapixel cameras, all this means is the higher the megapixel the better quality your photo will be, the higher the megapixel the higher the resolution, these cameras may also have a video camera. NOTE: Video camera resolution is not as high quality as a still photo.
VGA - Video Graphics Array, this is also a form of camera available on a mobile phone, these are not as high quality as a megapixel camera though, these VGA cameras may also have a video camera.
MP3 - As alot of you may know MP3 is a high quality compressed form of audio. These "MP3" files may also be played on your mobile phones. So youe can take your music wherever you go.
Flip - A flip phone has a button on the side of the mobile phone, when pressed this releases the top of the phone which contains the screen, for viewing, and bottom half of the phone is uncovered showing the buttons.
Slide - A Slide phone only display the main key and the screen of a mobile phone until the phone has been slid down into position so you may use the number and letter keys.
Swivel - A swivel phone, like the slide on displays the major keys and screen until swiveled in the the correct direction which then displays the user keys.
Clamshell - Alot of people get Flip and clamshell mixed up. A clam shell mobile phone does not open itself when a button is pushed instead the user must open it.
Candy Bar - The traditional mobile phone. The candy bar phone displays all the button and screen at once.
Expandable Memory - Expandable memory is space that can be used for photos, videos or music on your phone. When purchasing expandable memory which is in the form of a small card be careful, many phones need different types of memory. EG. Nokia 6680 need a RS-MMC (Reduced Size Memory Card) and a Sony Ericsson W810i needs a Sony Duo Memory Stick.
Internal Memory - Internal memory is the amount of available space for use on your mobile phone, once again which can be used for Photos, videos and music.
Themes - Some mobile phones may be able to use themes. Themes charge the look and style of you User Interface (Menu). A Theme may change absolutly everything on your phone, from icons, to wallpaper to noises and ringtones, or it may only change a couple of icons. When installing a theme on your mobile phone always be aware that it will change things on your phone.
FM Radio - Some mobile phones contain a built-in FM Radio which can be tuned in so you can listen to any FM Radio station within range.
Intenna/Antenna - An intenna is a built in antenna and soes not offer any better reception than an external antenna does.
Bluetooth - Bluetooth a a form of digital signal which allows you to send items such as videos, pictures and even music straight through the air. This feature on most handsets works within 10 meters of the receiver.
Irda or Infra Red - Infra Red is also a form of digital signal which allows you to send items although with infrared you must be within milimeters of the receiver.
Mono and Polytones - Monotones as the name suggests only works with the one chord or sound, whereas polytones can work with several different noises and tones, mono and polytones are commonly known as ringtones.
USB Connectivity - USB connectivity allows you to connect your mobile phone to a computer VIA a USB cable to download content onto your mobile phones suck as photos, videos and music
Push-to-Talk - Push to talk is a gimmick on the market which enables a user to use there mobile phone like a walkie talkie although this is only available to users with the same phone phone of manufacture as each other.
Loudspeaker - Loudspeaker is what the name suggests, during calls you can enable loud speaker therefore enabling other people into the conversation.
Plans - Many phone companies such as Telstra, 3 Hutchinson and Optus alow users to pay off a mobile phone over a period (usually 24 months) During this period you are paying for the mobile phone and you are also paying for a certain amount of calls, text and voicemail. Although These companies may also offer you a "Cap" These "Caps" allow the user to pay a certain amount yet it allows the user to use much more than what they are paying for.
Pre-Paid - As the name suggests you pre pay for your "credit" which the enable one to use this credit for anything you would like, voice calls, SMS, videocalls and even some companies allow you to download content from their servers.
This concludes my guide to Buying a Mobile Phone. Which phone is right for me? You may ask well, I cannot answer that question. For what is it you wish to do with your mobile phone is what you should be asking. Depending on whether you want your phone to just use for emergency calls, you would only need a mobile which can call people which can only cost you around $50. But if you want a phone that can videocall, take high quality photos and video, listen to MP3's and tune into your favourite radio station then you may be looking at spending in excess of $500. So it is a matter of what you need your mobile phone for as to how much you spend on your mobile phone.
I hope you have found my guide helpful in some way or form. rkemp89