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How to Buy a Cell Phone

Okay, so most of us have gone through the process of buying a cell phone or two, but that doesn't make getting a new one any less painful. You get the run around, geek speak and stats thrown in your face before you can even process exactly what you need and want.

So what do you need to know when going in for the big purchase? PC World has put together a great guide to buying cell phones that should solve some of your qualms about entering the mobile geek playing field. To check out my favorite tips,

  • Think about the big picture - Research network coverage, monthly costs and company policies before you commit to another long term contract. I compare cell phone carriers to hair stylists - if you aren't 100 satisfied you can't be afraid to look for something better.
  • The specs explained - PC World has put together a whole section where they explain all the specs. Once you've checked that out, I suggest starting with a phone model, say the RAZR 2, iPhone or BlackBerry, and doing research on what people like and don't like about it before you buy.
  • Key features - I always look at a phone's keypad, battery life and internet access before I commit to a phone. You should always think about what feature you use the most on your phone and make sure your new device meets your needs.


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beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
great tips. I'll pass these on to my mom who's getting a new phone for herself and my brother. i guess they don't want to keep in touch with me as much?! why don't i get one?! hmph.
hkdkat hkdkat 9 years
I searched high and low on the internet and in print when I bought my last cell phone (AT&T 8125, May 2006) and one of the sites that I found to be pretty helpful was Go to the Howard Forums for specific questions They also have specific forums by carrier if that helps any! Good luck to those buying a phone soon. I love my phone and don't know what I'd do w/o it! I just love cell phones in general!
Leopardcc Leopardcc 9 years
Time for a new phone in November so I needed this!
notoriuskitty notoriuskitty 9 years
I always research my phone before I even think about buying a new one. I usually buy the same make (Samsung) since all the ones I have owned have been nothing but great for me. I always do my research! (I have had soooo many phones it would be dumb not to!)
jdots24 jdots24 9 years
I agree with the last point. The battery life is important, if you are busy all day and don't have time to charge, you don't want a phone that has a low battery life. Otherwise you'll end up getting a charger for home, a charger for work, a charger for you car....
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