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Cell Phone Features or Gimmicks - Not Just For Talking

Dec 24, 2007
Cell phones are not just for talking anymore. They perform many other functions beyond verbal communications. You can snap photos, browse the web, listen to music, text a friend, and use GPS capabilities to make sure you are headed down the right road. Most certainly there will be future additions to the functions a wireless device can perform.

The newest brightest innovations typically come at a price. If you are looking to keep your wireless costs down you might want to consider which features you can do without. Eliminating unnecessary or unwanted services and options will help reduce your bill. So what are some of the options that might warrant careful consideration in order to control those fees?

Text messaging: Text messaging can come at a per text price. Frequent texts to friends add up quickly and multiply. One option to bring down this cost is to add a messaging package to your plan. Typically you can purchase a set number of messages or unlimited messaging for a fixed price. Eliminating text messaging for the kids can be another option. If you have Internet capability on your computer, encourage them to send an email. After all, the price of internet access is by the month, not by the email like text messaging.

Internet access on your cell phone is not a necessity especially if you have Internet access at home. Check to see that only the basic services you need are what you are being charged for every month.

Global Positioning Systems - Wireless devices that are equipped with the latest technologies may provide GPS-navigation and location services. These can be valuable but pricey.

Sending pictures, videos and picture emails are other forms of media functions performed wirelessly on wireless phones. Viewing television from your phone is another option and can keep a child content during an unexpected wait or on a trip.

If you feel these features and options are either necessary in part or extensively there a plans and bundles available to save you money. Check with your provider for details and pricing.

Downloads: downloading music to your phone that has an MP3 feature, ring tones and answer tones, which can be a great way to personalize your phone or alert you to who is calling and games are all entertaining and fun. Beware; sometimes these services entail recurring charges.

What is the 411 on dialing 411 or directory assistance? This service can not only provide you with the number you need but additional services such as directions and reservations. This is on a pay as you go basis. Advanced preparation can help keep these costs at bay. Let's not overlook the wireless or cell phone devices itself. There are a multitude of them to choose from that range in design from children's use to the ultimate techie with all points in between. What are the options available, cameras, MP3, TV, GPS, multi-media messaging to name a few plus external options such as wired and Bluetooth hands-free accessories.

Look for free phones and promotions (some available only online) when purchasing equipment. They may require contracts and require upgrades in service. Keep in mind that the more you add the more it costs especially if it is new technology. Costs tend to go down after an item has been on the market for a time so if you can hold off for awhile it may pay off.
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