How Reliable are Cell Phones?

Written by Sharon Housley

How Reliable are Cell Phones? Cellular phones and pagers are part ofrepparttar "now" generation, instant contact, anywhere at any time. People are looking for convenience, comfort and security. The question is how instantaneous and reliable isrepparttar 133516 contact?

Talking with someone isrepparttar 133517 main use for a cell phone, yet due to poor reception how often do calls not go through, or important calls "dropped" due to flaky coverage? Let us not forget, that in a time of tragedy, lines were congested andrepparttar 133518 resounding "all circuits busy" messages were heard from coast to coast. There is certainly room for improvement if you want to reach out and touch someone.

The alternative to voice communication is traditional text messaging, enjoyed byrepparttar 133519 young as SMS, a 'hip' communication method, andrepparttar 133520 older asrepparttar 133521 tried and true paging, a trustworthy means of communication. A carrier receives pages or text messages via a traditional dial up modem or Internet connection to their terminal, and then broadcastsrepparttar 133522 messages over their network torepparttar 133523 appropriate wireless device. How instant is sending a text message? The answer might surprise depends.

Traditional means of sending text messages is surprisingly reliable and fast. However, many cellular carriers, wishing to merge technologies while keeping costs down, have opted to utilize email technology to send text messages. Why not, an email is nothing more than a text message, usingrepparttar 133524 Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP). Onrepparttar 133525 surface this sounds like a great idea, nearly everyone has email access, andrepparttar 133526 use ofrepparttar 133527 Internet streamlinesrepparttar 133528 sending of messages.

What is often overlooked, isrepparttar 133529 fact that email was not designed to be time sensitive. There can be significant delays and an instantaneous receipt can be lost when sending email to a pager or cell phone. Text messages sent viarepparttar 133530 email protocol SMTP could take a more scenic delivery route. While in many cases, receiving messages in a timely fashion is not critical; some industries require and benefit fromrepparttar 133531 receipt of urgent messages. It is therefore important to realize and make a distinction betweenrepparttar 133532 protocols that are designed for instantaneous communication and those that are not.

Long Distance Service - Price per Minute

Written by Wilson Dennis

When are fundamental laws of mathematics no longer applicable? When is 4 greater than 5? When your talking about long distance service, that's when. Most long distance service providers tout their cost per minute. However, when comparing costs, you need to readrepparttar fine print and do a few calculations. Many long distance service providers, includingrepparttar 133515 discount long distance providers, have other charges with effectively raiserepparttar 133516 cost per minute of their service.

Many long distance companies charge a monthly fee in order for you to get a particular rate for long distance. Other long distance service providers, have monthly minimums you must meet or you are assessed an additional charge.

The key to getting a good deal on your long distance service is to know your usage. The key things to know, how many minutes do I use in a month, does it vary a lot from month to month, and are there particular states I place most of my calls to.

Armed with this information, you can takerepparttar 133517 ?additional? charges you are likely to pay, divide it by your usage, and add that torepparttar 133518 rate per minute your long distance service provider is charging you. That will give you a true cost per minute which can be compared between providers.

Some examples will probably help. Lets help Mary, Joe, and Mike figure which of three plans to select. The plans are as follows:

Plan A

$.04/minute, plus monthly fee of $5.95

Plan B

$50.00 for 1200 minutes, plus $.07/minute overrepparttar 133519 1200 mins.

Plan C

$.10/minute, no other fees.

Each of them gets out their phone bills forrepparttar 133520 last year, and checks their long distance usage.


Mary used 14,400 minutes of long distance service inrepparttar 133521 last 12 months, an average of 1200 minutes each month. She would use 600 minutes one month, than 1800 minutesrepparttar 133522 next,repparttar 133523 pattern repeating throughoutrepparttar 133524 year. For Maryrepparttar 133525 costs ofrepparttar 133526 plans would be:

Plan A

600 min. months: ($.04 x 600) + $5.95 = $29.95

1,800 min. months: ($.04 x 1800) + $5.95 = $77.95

Her total bill forrepparttar 133527 year: (6 x $29.95) + (6 x $77.95) = $647.40

Total cost per minute: $647.40 / 14,400 = $.045/minute

Plan B

600 min. months: $50.00

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