Monday, December 4, 2006

How To Determine The Best Family Cell Phone Plan

There are many facts and figures that provide support to the theory that a close knit family that communicates on a regular basis is more likely to enjoy happiness and success more often then a family that talks infrequently. It wasn't to long ago that many families lost regular communication because one or both spouses were busy with work and the children were doing things that children normally do at their age, making communication between everyone difficult at best. Fortunately, with the advent of the cell phone staying in touch is as simple as dialing a few numbers, or is it?

With new technology lowering the overall price for cell phones the reality of every family member owning their own phone has never been easier and cheaper. Sadly, many cell phone plans didn’t follow suit and the cost to make calls among family members was still out of the reach for many families. The good news is this situation has been rectified by many of the cell phone providers. As if a sleeping giant had awakened, you can now find many different family cell phone plans with quite a few that will fit within any budget.

As you can imagine many cell phone providers advertise that they possess the best family cellular phone plan but the truth is what may be acceptable as the best option for other families may not be right for the calling needs of your family. One way to find out is to spend some time researching the cellular companies to see what type of family cell phone plans they offer. If you already have an individual cell phone plan with a company chances are good that they will offer a decent rate on a cell plan for your family as a way to keep you a satisfied customer. Even if you've never owned a cell phone you're still in luck. Due to the recent emerging of many different cell phone plan providers it's a good bet you will find one of the cell phone carriers willing to offer a family plan on a budget you can comfortably afford.

In order to determine what the best cellular family plan available for your needs is you must consider a few things. First and foremost, need to decide how many cell phones you will require. Will every family member (this includes kids) need a phone or will it just be for yourself and your spouse. Setting up a cell plan that accommodates every family member is relatively cheap unless you start adding some additional features that will be highlighted later. Another consideration you will need to take into account is whether or not you intend to let these cell phones replace the long distance usage on your normal home phone or landline as it's sometimes referred to.

The costs for a family cell plan don't really start to add up until you start adding on features such as voice mail, caller ID, three-way calling, text messaging and call waiting. With many cell phone providers offering unlimited night and weekend minutes as well as free mobile-to-mobile minutes you may not require a large amount of anytime minutes but keep in mind that every family member with a cell phone will be calling from the same amount of anytime minutes your plan offers. In many cases the anytime minutes are the primary factor when it comes to deciding on which family cell plan you choose.

You're best bet when it comes to finding the best family cell plan is to compile all of the features and needs you have (as described above) and then do a comparison between the many cellular phone providers in order to determine which family plan fits the calling patterns for your family without breaking your budget.

Friday, December 1, 2006

Best Camera Cell Phone

Best camera cell phone - description.

Best camera cell phone is a title that many camera cell phones have the right to claim. An example of the cellular phones that can claim the title of the "best camera cell phone" are great phones like SPH-a600 digital camera cell phone by Samsung that also allows accessing the web and Samsung SGHV-205. The majority of cellular phone companies produce one or many camera cell phones. These are companies like Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, LG, Sanyo, and many more.

Best camera cell phone - phone qualifications.

For camera cell phones, in order to qualify to be called the "best camera cell phone" just having the camera is not enough. The cellular phone needs to have various features so the user can do something with the pictures that were taken by the camera. Several examples of these features include but are not limited to the ability to send or email the pictures to someone else’s phone or email, the ability to set these pictures as a wall paper, the ability to store a large number of pictures, and many more.

Best camera cell phone - camera qualifications.

The title "best camera cell phone" also means that the camera is of excellent quality. The qualifications that the camera can have would be the ability to store high resolution and great quality pictures, the ability to zoom in and out, the ability to capture moving videos.

Best camera cell phone - Samsung SGHV-205.

The Samsung SGHV-205 is an amazing phone that can definitely claim the title of the "best camera cell phone". This phone uses GSM and GPRS technology. It is easy to use, small, and elegant. The pictures that are taken with the Samsung SGHV-205 camera are of excellent quality and can be stored in jpeg format. You can email or send the picture other people's emails or phones. The photos can also be used as a wallpaper.

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The Cheapest Cell Phone Plans

So you're in the market for a new cell phone plan. You start your cell phone search online to give you an idea on wireless phone service prices. Free cell phones, get a free cell phone, the lowest cell phone rates, compare cell phone rates. Starting to look familiar?

Free cell phone offers and low cellular rate plans are indeed enticing, but are they really the cheapest cell phone plans? To say they have the cheapest cell phone service is also to say they know your calling habits. There is more to cell phone rates than cents per minute.

Isn't the cheapest cell phone plan the one with the smallest bill at the end of each month? It makes sense to me. So how do you find the best cell phone plan with the lowest cellular rates that will leave you with the cheapest cell phone bill at the end of each month?

Cell phone plans come in two forms. Prepaid cell phones, otherwise known as pay as you go cell phone service, and regular monthly cell phone plans. When deciding which is best for you, think about how much you'll use the cellular service each month.

Prepaid cell phone plans are great if you will not be using the cell phone very often. If you use a cell phone for emergencies only, you'll benefit from pay as you go since it doesn't cost much to add minutes to your prepaid cell phone and you won't need to top up again for awhile.

Monthly cell phone plans are best if you are going to use your cellular service often, since many cell phone services offer unlimited nights and weekends, free mobile to mobile, and a healthy amount of anytime minutes. You can even get a free cell phone with a service agreement.

The secret formula to getting the cheapest cell phone plan for you is, usage, plus rates, plus incentives. Incentives being the freebies like free cell phones or free minutes. Find a healthy balance of all three factors, and you'll have your cheapest cell phone plan.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Mobile Phones Developing New Business Uses

The "mobile wallet" idea is similar to what was being pushed in the 90s as "M-Commerce" -- using cell phones as mobile payment devices. But the current manifestation of the idea sees mobile wallets also carrying electronic versions of other things usually found in wallets -- membership cards, loyalty cards, and other forms of identification.

Advocates of the mobile wallet concept include credit card companies, hardware vendors, credit card terminal companies, and traditional wireless companies like Nokia and Cingular. Industry representatives project there may be as many as 25 million wireless subscribers in North America by 2011.

** Consumers Not Excited about Mobile Wallet Concept

But according to a recent study by In-Stat, U.S. consumers are lukewarm to the idea of using cell phones as mobile wallets.

The survey of consumers found that only about 33% of those surveyed were interested in the idea. 72% of respondents were concerned with the additional fees that would be attached to this service. A smaller, but still very significant, number of respondents were concerned about the potential loss of privacy and security.

** Mobile Wallet Idea Big in Japan

The mobile wallet concept was given a large push in 2005 when a number of major Japanese credit card and mobile phone companies formed the Mobile Wallet Alliance. The incentive for such a service is greater in Japan than in the U.S. and Canada because fewer Japanese consumers rely on credit card transactions. The mobile wallet is seen as a replacement for cash -- especially for "micro payments".

Japanese credit card companies and mobile phone companies both see this as a future growth area because it will increase cell phone usage as well as reliance on the credit card infrastructure.

Things are a bit different in North America because use of credit cards is already widespread. So converting customers to cell phone payments does not have the same appeal for North American credit card companies -- they already have the business.

However, other non-credit card payment processors such as PayPal actually do have a vested interest in seeing the mobile wallet payment system move ahead. Paypal, which has developed a massive online presence have an obvious interest in moving into more traditional payment processing areas. They see mobile payments as a way of offering an alternative to consumers and taking business directly away from credit card processing companies -- just as they have done online.

** Cell Phones and iPods being used for Tour Guides

Another expanding use for cell phones is being experimented with in places such as New York City where several companies are developing audio tours for places like museums, art galleries, and even street tours. WNBC reports that the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan offers audio tours on handheld guide devices, and also makes the tours available in MP3 format for free on their website, and even at iTunes.

These tours can be downloaded and then played on your iPod or MP3 enabled cell phone while you browse through the Museum. Just don't be surprised if you're asked to stop talking on your cell phone while in the Museum.

One similar service includes walking tours narrated by celebrities, developed by Talking Tours. These audio tours can be accessed by cell phone. The $5.95 charge will be added to your cell phone bill.

Another service is made available by Soundwalk. Tours are avaible on CD or as a download. You can then load them into your iPod, cell phone, or other MP3 device so you can listen to an "insider tour" while you "walk the walk".

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Monday, November 13, 2006

The 5 Best Cell Phones on the Market

There are literally hundreds of cell phones out there made by dozens of manufacturers. It is hard to determine which are the best of the group - or at least, which is best for you. The decision is a difficult one, and we hope the information below will help you make a wise choice. The five cell phones listed below are truely the best of the best in terms of quality design, dependability, and overall user satisfaction. Although there are a lot of great cell phones out there, we are sure that these are some of the very best.

Motorola i860 Video and Camera Mobile Phone

Manufacturers Description: The sleek Motorola i860 is packed with more than a dozen top-of-the-line features including 10-second video capture and playback and a 0.3-megapixel camera with 4X digital zoom. In addition, it allows users to easily exchange digital photos and contact information with others.

”The Motorola i860 handset is another example of how Motorola strives to meet our customers’ needs by offering one mobile device to streamline communications," said Rey More, senior vice president and general manager, Motorola’s iDEN® Subscriber Group. “Its multimedia services enable users to easily capture the moment when it happens and share it with others, wherever they may be.”

The phone’s 10-second video capture capability includes a short-range LED spotlight to provide additional light for close-up pictures. The camera allows users to take pictures in a variety of sizes suitable for sharing, in-camera viewing, wallpaper designs, and picture caller ID. Users can get themselves in the picture using the self-timer.

With the Motorola i860, users can share their pictures and audio recordings by sending and receiving multimedia messages.1 The phone’s integrated Media Center allows users to conveniently manage all pictures, voice recordings, ring tones, videos, and wallpaper designs from a single area.

Other features of the Motorola i860 that are new to iDEN handsets include:

Picture Caller ID - allows a previously-assigned picture of a caller to appear in the external display when a phone call is incoming from that contact

Larger external color screen - displays up to 3 lines of text and pictures

Larger internal color screen - displays up to 11 lines of text in vibrant color

Push-to-Send My Info2 - allows users to send their contact information via the “push-to-talk” (PTT) button. Users can limit the amount of information sent or send a virtual business card to network more efficiently.

Push-to-Send Contacts2 - allows users to easily share another user’s contact information via the PTT button

Media Downloader application – available for download from the Internet, this free application allows users to transfer photos and videos from their phone to their PC via a USB cable (not included)

25 MB of memory available to end users - for ring tones, voice recordings, videos, pictures, messages, wallpaper designs, and Java™ applications

MP3 ring tones - including music and voice

Openwave 7.0 Internet microbrowser - lets users browse graphic-rich xHTML sites

Push-to-open button - offers convenient, one-handed operation of the flip-style phone by mechanically opening the flip when pressed

The phone also has many of the features associated with Motorola’s iDEN technology, including location-based services, integrated speakerphone, voice recorder3, voice dialing, downloadable applications, and a two-way radio for instant communication at the touch of a button.

The Motorola i860 handset weighs 4.77 ounces and measures 3.45 x 1.96 x 1.01 inches with the included high performance battery.

Overall Value Rating: 9.7 / 10 - Excellent

Price: $250 - $400

Nokia 6230 Cell Phone (Cingular)

Manufacturers Description: Offering the best and latest technology and features, the Nokia 6230 meets the requirements of the most demanding mobile phone users. The tri-band (GSM, GPRS, EDGE 900/1800/1900, GSM, GPRS, EDGE 850/1800/1900) mobile phone offers multiple connectivity options via EDGE and Bluetooth wireless technology, a removable multimedia memory card as well as an integrated VGA camera to capture pictures and videos. Sleek and compact, the Nokia 6230 is expected to start shipping in Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific and Americas in the first quarter of 2004.

"Traditionally, mobile professional are early adopters of mobile technology, demanding advanced functionality and higher data speeds to keep them informed, entertained and connected while on the move," said Kai Öistämö," Senior Vice President, Nokia Mobile Phones. "With EDGE, Bluetooth technology, an integrated camera, MMS functionality and even an integrated MP3 player, the Nokia 6230 addresses these needs with an impressive range of features to help balance a busy work schedule with after-work responsibilities."

One of the key benefits of the Nokia 6230 is a compelling multimedia experience. With an integrated VGA camera and a display with 65,000 colors, pictures and videos taken with the Nokia 6230 appear sharp and bright. The video player adds the ability to record, send and receive video clips with audio, as well as receive streaming video content in 3GPP video streaming format. High quality video and images, voice, presentations, files and music can be stored on a removable multimedia memory card. Users can also create, send and receive multpicture, multimedia messages with Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL) technology. SMIL technology allows users to compose multi-image messages that display text, sound and images in a pre-determined order.

For flexible and efficient wireless connectivity, the Nokia 6230 phone offers Bluetooth wireless technology and infrared connectivity as well as HSCSD and GPRS support. Bluetooth enables a wide range of new exciting enhancements for seamless connections and comfortable wearability, like the Nokia 610 car kit phone and the stylish Wireless Boom Headset also announced today. The complete list of Bluetooth enhancements compatible with the Nokia 6230 can be viewed at

Using the high-speed packet-based EDGE connectivity of the Nokia 6230, business professionals can enjoy faster browsing, messaging and downloading. With a downlink data speed of up to 236.6 kbps, downloading with the Nokia 6230 via EDGE enables downloads more than 4 times faster than with GPRS.

In addition, the Nokia 6230 has a mobile email client that lets users manage their email quickly over EDGE, GPRS and HSCSD networks. The advanced xHTML browser gives fast access to mobile services and information, and the integrated TCP/IP technology** enhances both the ease and speed of over-the-air file downloads. Data synchronization capability allows users of the Nokia 6230 to update personal data remotely over the network. Local synchronization of personal data can also be done via Bluetooth, IrDa, USB and the Nokia PC Suite.

With the presence-enhanced contacts service, users of the Nokia 6230 can share their availability, intentions and whereabouts with colleagues, family, friends and other contacts. For example, a business professional can change his phone profile to 'Meeting' and advise his colleagues to reach him by SMS or MMS. Exchanging instant text messages is another interesting possibility with the presence-enhanced Chat function, where users of the Nokia 6230 can create their own private chats and invite others to participate, or even join public chats of their interest.

The Nokia 6230 also includes a digital music player for AAC/MP3 music formats. In addition to enjoying high quality stereo music, music enthusiasts can set their favourite music as wake-up tones as well as alert and ring tones.

Key features include:

Active TFT color display - with up to 65.536 colours
Integrated digital VGA camera
High speed packet-based EDGE and GPRS connectivity
Digital camcorder and video player
Video streaming including AMR audio
MMC Multimedia card support
Java MIDP 2.0
Presence-enhanced contacts and chat
MP3/AAC music player and built-in FM stereo radio
xHTML browser for enhanced mobile browsing experience
Advanced PIM functionality (calendar, phonebook, to-do list, notes)
OMA Digital Rights Management version 1.0
Mobile Wallet
Integrated hands-free speaker
Polyphonic ring tones (supporting up to 24 instruments)
Infrared, USB, PC Suite
76 cc, weighs 97 grams
Talk time of up to 5 hours and a standby time of up to 300 hours.

Overall Value Rating: 9.6 / 10 - Excellent

Price: $150 - $300

Motorola A630 Cell Phone (T-Mobile)

Manufacturers Description: Following in the footsteps of the game-changing Motorola StarTAC and the company’s revolutionary two-way pagers, the model A630 is yet another innovative new product from Motorola. Packaged in a unique, multi- functional design featuring a QWERTY keyboard hidden inside a sleek candy bar form, the Motorola A630 lets you call, text or email with style and ease.

From the outside, you see a fashionable, compact mobile handset. Once opened, the device reveals a full QWERTY keyboard that makes texting, email exchanges and Instant Messaging easy. The A630 does not stop there. For multi-media fun, the handset comes with an integrated camera with 4 x zoom, multi-media messaging for sending and sharing images, dedicated gaming keys and a vivid color display that offers portrait as well as landscape views. When its time to be productive, the A630 offers integrated Bluetooth® wireless technology, an office quality speakerphone and email support including POP3, SMTP and Imap4. The Motorola A630’s fusion of the mobile and messaging worlds without sacrificing weight, size or style makes it the ideal device for today's text-savvy trendsetting consumer.

With the debut of the model A630, Motorola delivers a uniquely designed handset that stands apart from the pack, promising simplified voice and messaging communications supported by the latest technology,” said James Burke, Sr. Director of Product Operations for Motorola, Inc. “With its clever combination of fun and function, the model A630 is sure to please style-conscious movers and shakers."

The Motorola A630 features include:

Full QWERTY keyboard with 5-way navigation for easy messaging, fun gaming and more

Integrated VGA camera with dedicated photo button for quick shoot and send power

220 x 176 pixel color landscape display capable of supporting up to 65,000 colors

Built-in Bluetooth wireless technology

Advanced messaging including Multi-Media Messaging Service (MMS), SMS, e-mail support (POP3, SMTP, Imap4) and multibranded IM (Instant Messaging)

GSM tri-band capabilities

J2ME™ downloading functionality

Integrated hands-free speakerphone

Polyphonic speaker for the ultimate sound and cool MP3 ringtones

Overall Value Rating: 9.3 / 10 - Very Good

Price: $150 - $350

Samsung p735 Cell Phone (T-Mobile)

Manufacturers Description: Featuring a package of design and multimedia features, the imaginative p735 is Samsung's first GSM megapixel camera phone in the U.S. With options that entertain, enrich and enhance a consumer's wireless experience, the p735 boasts an eye-catching twist and flip display and advanced multimedia technology, including a megapixel camera phone, video recorder, MP3 player and expandable memory.

The phone's distinct feature is a swivel form factor that allows the consumer to twist the display so that the vibrant 262,000-color screen rotates to a horizontal position, giving the phone a more camcorder-like feel and making picture taking and video recording easier. And with a megapixel camera, film-quality pictures can be stored and printed at sizes up to 4x6.

For moments such as upcoming holiday gatherings that require more than a quick snapshot, the video recorder is practical and convenient, and video and pictures can be shared wirelessly via T-Mobile's messaging services. While the phone's 64MB of internal memory provides space for pictures and video, the p735 comes with an RS MMC media slot and additional 32MB multimedia card so no moment is ever missed. In addition, the expandable memory slot offers space for easy and quick access to supplementary applications and games.

For those that still have the gamer in them but are too busy to play at home, the p735 acts as a gaming device with access to 3D games, including Metalion and Zio Golf. For music download addicts, the p735 comes equipped with a personal MP3 player, so downloading, playing and sorting music wirelessly becomes a convenience, not a hassle. Sounds come in clear with T-Mobile's HiFi Ringers and the device's pre-packaged headset provides a heightened auditory experience.

The p735 will change the way consumers view their wireless phone” said Peter Skarzynski, senior vice president of Samsung's wireless division. Whether using the phone to download and listen to music, or snapping pictures and video clips to send back to the office while on a business trip, the p735 will enhance consumers' digital lifestyle.

This is a truly fun phone” said Todd Achilles, director of handset product management for T-Mobile USA. “From the bright screen, to cool swivel design, and MP3 player to the megapixel camera, there's a lot to keep you entertained”


Integrated MegaPixel Digital Camera - Take pictures on the go. Enjoy one megapixel pictures plus digital zoom, multishot, and more. RS MMC Media Slot - Add memory, applications, and store photos with a memory card.

MP3 Player - Download, play and sort your favorite tunes to listen to on your phone.

262 TFT Main Color Display - Makes everything come to life on your phone including photos, picture caller ID, and more. Video Messaging - Record up to 15 second clips with sound and send them to other compatible phones.

Overall Value Rating: 9.0 / 10 - Very Cool

Price: $400 - $550

LG VX4600 Cell Phone (Verizon Wireless)

Manufacturers Description: The attractive VX4600 is the perfect mobile phone for consumers who are looking to express themselves with high-end quality, style and essential functionality. Its ultra-cool clamshell design, high-resolution internal color display, and innovative external OEL (Organic Electro-Luminescent) screen make an undeniable statement of style.

Basic Information:

Talk time: 200 minutes Standby time: 165 hours Size: 3.43H x 1.81W x 0.98D inches Weight: 3.38 oz

Basic Features:

1.9 Ghz PCS, 800 MHz CDMA (All Digital)
Enhanced Messaging Service (EMS) to send and receive text messages with graphics and sound
E911 Emergency Location-capable
2.5mm headset jack to accept universal hands-free headsets
65K TFD Main Color Display (120 x 160) 8 lines of Text
OEL Sub Display (96 x 38) 3 lines of Text
Blue Backlit Keypad
5-Way Navigation Key
CMX MIDI (musical instrument and games digital interface) for sounds and ringers
Large Phone Book: 499 contacts (each stores 5 numbers and 3 email addresses)
36 Embedded Ring Tones and download more
Vibrate and Silent Modes
Voice-Activated Dialing
Speed Dialing (99 Entries)
Bilingual (English and Spanish) capabilities
Personal Organizer: Calendar with Scheduler, Alarm Clock, Voice Memo, Notepad, EZ Tip Calculator, Calculator and World Clock
External USB Capable
1-Year limited warranty
Meets FCC SAR limit. Manufacturer's highest FCC reported SAR 1.22 at ear, .74 on body. Actual SAR may vary.

Overall Value Rating: 8.8 / 10

Price: $100 - $200