Going Mobile (Part 3): Finding the 'Perfect' Wireless Phone

Written by Donna Schwartz Mills

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Going Mobile, Part 3: Findingrepparttar 'Perfect' Wireless Phone by Donna Schwartz Mills < http://ld.net/?americanglo >

So you've done your homework: You have a clear idea of how and where you'll be using your phone. You know how many "any time" minutes you need and have selected a carrier who coversrepparttar 117489 region you'll be in most often. It's time to go shopping for your handset; your telephone which will likely be a part of your workspace forrepparttar 117490 next year or two.

Your new carrier may offer you a free or discounted phone with your contract. This may be all you want or need. After all, today's free phones have allrepparttar 117491 features that were sexy and new two years ago... and that may be enough. Then again... if you wantrepparttar 117492 latest andrepparttar 117493 greatest, you may want to look into an upgrade.

Wireless phone companies heavily subsidizerepparttar 117494 cost of handsets, especially to their new customers. This can result in a significant discount -- sometimes as much as a couple of hundred dollars offrepparttar 117495 retail cost of a new phone. Sorepparttar 117496 question is -- what features do you need or want? And before you can respond to that, you need to know what is possible. The answer might amaze you.

There are people out there who feel they MUST haverepparttar 117497 very best in wireless phone products. These folks flock to a site called PhoneScoop, which carries wireless telephone news and reviews of models onrepparttar 117498 market -- some of which have yet to hit U.S. shores. Check out their "Phone Finder" to select a model that's right for you:

< http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/finder.php >

Amongrepparttar 117499 variables they'll ask you about are easy ones, like weight, antenna type and style (flip, folder, slide, etc.) But thenrepparttar 117500 list of possibilities is dizzying:

* Will you be traveling outsiderepparttar 117501 country? Then you might need World Roaming.

* Most wireless phones have some address book capacity. Others also have alarms, calendars, calculators and other organizing functions and may serve as a substitute for a PDA. (Hey, there are even hybrids that run on Palm OS or Windows CE)

* You will soon be hearing a lot about Bluetooth - this is a technology that enables electronic devices (like computers, PDA's, telephones) to work together as a wireless network. You may not be using it now - but some ofrepparttar 117502 hottest phones have it built in... so when you do, you'll be ready.

* Say "Cheese!" One wireless carrier has been putting a lot of money advertising their new "Vision" function, allowing you to send digital photos through your wireless telephone. Of course, you need a special handset for this. And while at this writing,repparttar 117503 phones onrepparttar 117504 market do not includerepparttar 117505 digital camera you need, there are some waiting inrepparttar 117506 wings.

* Lots of wireless users have fun customizing their phones with colorful faceplates and different ringtones. But not all phones allow you to do this -- if you want yours to playrepparttar 117507 theme from Spongebob Squarepants when it rings, you'll need a phone that has this feature enabled. Some even have ringtones that are "polyphonic," which means that they can simulaterepparttar 117508 sound of up to 40 different instruments.

* If you spend a lot of time away from your home office, data capability may be a real convenience. Check email, surfrepparttar 117509 web -- some phones will even allow you to receive faxes onrepparttar 117510 go.

* Do you do a lot of purchasing by phone? You may benefit fromrepparttar 117511 security of a built-in "digital wallet."

* Some phones have a GPS (global satellite positioning) feature, which means that an emergency call to 911 could giverepparttar 117512 operator your exact location. A definite plus for those concerned with security issues.

* While we do not advocate talking on your wireless while driving, we recognize that people will do so as long as it's legal. You can at least minimize your risks by selecting a phone with some hands-free options, like a headset jack or speaker and voice dialing.

* SMS and MMS are systems for sending and receiving text messages. MMS is a more advanced system found in some ofrepparttar 117513 newer Nokia phones -- in addition to text, you can send graphics, photos and audio clips.

Going Mobile, Part 1: Wireless Phone Service for Your Home Business

Written by Donna Schwartz Mills

This article may be used freely on your website as long as it remains intact, including author byline and resource box and links. We would appreciate it if you would notify us when it is used: < mailto:donna@parentpreneurclub.com >

Going Mobile: Wireless Phone Service for Your Home Business (Part 1 of 3) by Donna Schwartz Mills < http://ld.net/?americanglo >

There is no more important tool for your at-home business than your telephone. You need it to sell your services, negotiate prices, keep in touch with vendors, market and more. Posting your phone number on your website and listing it on your business card gives potential clients peace of mind that you are a real person that they can reach at will. It's a simple way to give yourself credibility, even as you are just starting out.

However, it doesn't takerepparttar new home worker long to discover that there's no quicker way to lose that credibility than lettingrepparttar 117488 kids answerrepparttar 117489 phone when clients call. That's whyrepparttar 117490 experts advise that you:

* Get a second phone line, dedicated to your business; * Let your family know that you arerepparttar 117491 only one to answer it, and * Have a good voicemail system in place for those times when you can't answer it.

But this can be quite an investment when you're just starting out, especially if your home is not already wired for two telephone lines.

The solution: Go wireless.

As mobile phone use inrepparttar 117492 United States has exploded,repparttar 117493 cost of wireless service has gone down -- so much that a growing market segment is foregoing traditional "landlines" entirely.

In fact, after comparingrepparttar 117494 cost of installing another line to my home withrepparttar 117495 cost of a mobile phone, I discovered thatrepparttar 117496 latter actually cost *less*. That's because today's wireless networks allow carriers to bundle features like voice-mail, three-way calling, call waiting and caller ID into their basic services -- at no extra charge. Throw in free nationwide long distance on some plans and you could end up *saving* money while gainingrepparttar 117497 convenience of carrying your office phone with you while you're ferrying your kids to their after-school activities.


Start by asking yourselfrepparttar 117498 following questions:

1. How much time do I typically spend onrepparttar 117499 phone each month for business? How much time do I think I will use for personal needs? When will I be usingrepparttar 117500 phonerepparttar 117501 most? (M-F 9-5? Weekends? Evenings?)

2. Are my clients local or will I also need long distance?

3. How often do I leave my local calling area - either for business or personal reasons, and where do I go most often?

4. What extra features will I need? (These can include wireless Internet access, text messaging, free mobile to mobile calls, emergency roadside assistance, transmission of digital photos, etc. I highly recommend buying some kind of protection plan in case you lose or break your new phone - these can be lifesavers!)

Write down your answers and then visitrepparttar 117502 following website, which is a clearinghouse for all things mobile:

< http://www.WirelessAdvisor.com >

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