Cellular Phone Buying Guide

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Cellular Phone Buying Guide Cellular phones are now owned by one out of three people living in the United States. It is believed that this number will approach, and probably reach, one out of two within the short future. With so many companies producing and marketing the use of cellular phones, rates for their use have dramatically reduced within the last four to five years. The size of the phones has decreased, while their number of features and ease of use has increased. Analog connections are now becoming obsolete, in favor of the clearer and battery-saving digital connection. Many units on the market now are tri-mode, meaning that in addition to analog they use the digital signals of TDMA and CDMA. Strides like these have made mobile communication increasingly popular as well as reliable. With this popularity, companies have been able to reduce their monthly rates while offering many features free of charge, features that the user is accustomed to paying for on their house phone line. This competition has led many to use their cellular phone as their main phone, or even their only phone. Some of the features that have made cellular communications so popular are the following: free nights and/or weekends, caller identification, call forwarding, three-way calling, voice mail, text messaging and Internet access. Many of these features are either free or of very low cost. When combined with the intelligent use of peak minutes and free nights and weekends (usually between 8 am and 8 pm), a consumer can quickly find that a cellular phone plan is cheaper than their home phone plan. The problem is finding out which provider, which plan, and which phone make the most sense for each individual. Within this report is... ... middle of paper ... ... Bibliography: Bates, Regis J. Broadband Telecommunications Handbook. p. 334-349, 366-375, McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. 2000. Cingular Wireless (Formally Cellular One). http://cingular.com/ 3/20/01. Cooper, Martin. "History of Cellular Phones" 1999 http://www.inventors.about.com/education/inventors/library/weekly/aa070899.htm. Ericsson. http://www.ericsson.com. 3/11/01. LetsTalk.com. http://www.letstalk.com/ 3/21/01. Mobile IT Site http://www.e.kth.se/~e97_fsj/Mobile/Worldwide%20developments/worldindex.htm 3/21/01. Motorola Phones. http://commerce.motorola.com/consumer/QWhtml/phone_cat.html. 3/19/01. Nokia on the Web. http://www.nokia.com/main.html. 3/22/01. Sprint PCS. http://www.sprintpcs.com/index.html?refurl=universalhomepage/sprint/personal 3/20/01. Verizon Wireless. http://www.verizonwireless.com/ 3/20/01.

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