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Thursday, July 14, 2005
How do I Choose a phone?
Time to dig into the old email bag. Todays email comes to us from Frank in Miami, Florida. He Writes:
Dear Wyreless World, with so many different models I can't decide on a gsm cell phone. what with the flip phones, and the camera phones, and the ones with games I can't decide which one is for me! Is there anything you can do to help?There sure is Frank! The best advice I gave to people looking to buy a phone when I was a rep was to let them know that the major wireless carriers have a trial period where you can try out their service for so many days (the number of days varies by carrier) and if you don't like it you can either exchange it for a different phone (make sure you cancel the service and start a new one to restart the trial) or even cancel the service completely and try a different carrier. This also allows you to see if the phone you choose is right for you.
After that gold nugget of a tip the best I can tell you is to really take a few minutes and think about what your going to be using your phone for. Do you use text messaging? Do you even know what it is? If not you're probably not going to need a phone that has a keyboard layout. Is the phone sturdy? If not you might want to get a different model, or be sure to get insurance. Can you get a carrying case with it to further protect it? If not you may want to get one that has this option. Would you like to use it in the car? If so you should make sure a car kit can be purchased for your phone so that you can keep your hands on the wheel where they belong.
In summary take advantage of the trial period to see if the phone is for you, and before you buy make sure you think about what you'll need it for, and be practical. Don't buy a phone because you think it's cool or it looks sharp, buy it because it works well, is sturdy, and meets your needs.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to answer your question.