Read The Small Print When Buying a CellPhone
- Refrain from keeping your phone on for a long period of time when your signals are weak. This generally will kill your battery, leaving you will no juice when you need it most.
- Try to take your phone calls in places where your signals are very strong to save battery.
If you want to give your preteen a cell phone, make sure you get them a plan that fits your budget and their needs. If they like to text a lot, you should consider plans that have unlimited texting. If you don’t, you may end up with a huge bill.
Watch What Your Cellphone is Updating!
Try not to accept updates that are over the air or apps that will take a lot of memory from your phone. This will decrease its performance in the long run and reduce the processing power that it has. Make sure that you only add what you need on your phone to conserve memory.
Sometimes signing a longer term contract is worth it to get the phone you want. Some providers will offer the best prices if you are willing to sign on for their service for a year or two. Just make sure you’re willing to commit to the contract, because ending the term early can cost a lot in penalties.
Try not to use your cell phone in areas that have weak or no signal. Phones will use more power trying to access weaker signals. It does not matter whether you are using the phone or not. Just leaving it on in these areas can completely drain your cell phone’s battery life within a few hours.Did you know that the battery in your cell phone has some reserved power? If you find that your cell phone battery is dead, and you have no way to charge it, if you’re in USA enter the USSD “*3370#”. You will see up to a 50% increase in power.
This reserve power will charge the next time you charge your phone. Not too sure if this will work in other countries, but try it or visit the manufacture’s website FAQ.
When buying your cellphone, make sure to consider bundles. Many companies offer them, and they can include things like a case or a car charger. It is often less expensive to buy all these items in a bundle than to buy them separately, and there is a good chance you will want some of the accessories.
My personal nasty experience with cellphone brands and providers!
Keep away from “BlackBerry and VodaCom” contracts, i bought a BlackBerry from Vodacom, they sold me a 24 months contract. My phone navigator was broken during the contract period. I took it back to Vodacom for repairs. Here’s what I was told. “I need to pay R420.00 to repair it because it was not covered by the insurance”. How is this possible when my contract is still active? This is a BIG reap off. Don’t Let This Happen to you.
Think about the insurance that you are purchasing and whether or not it is really worth it in the long run. Sometimes, plans will be very valuable though, and for R59 rands a month can replace your phone for free if you break it. This could save you hundreds of rands if you were to replace your phone at retail price.