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On A Budget? Use Cell Phones Smarter

If you’re on a buget, a new fancy-pants smartphone may not be in the cards for you—or is it?? Here’s three ways to make owning a cell phone more affordable:

  1. Start with what you buy. Used cell phones are almost as good as new, and often gently used. You can get last years iPhone 4S (if the iPhone 5 finally releases this year) for a fraction of the price. Just check reputable used cell phone dealers, and remember that certain trade-in chains have HORRIBLE reviews.
  2. Only use cell phones when you’re at a wireless hub (at home, work, a coffee shop, book store, etc.). iPhones are already designed to look for the nearest smart phone hub, but it’s a smart way to use Android phones, too! It saves money on that data plan, especially if you’re not on Sprint.
  3. Make calls using data. Minutes can be the most expensive part of using cell phones, (so can crazy texting), but it may be cheaper to just use data—and free WiFi—for everything, including calls. (I recommend downloading Google plus and using hangouts to video call your friends!).
  4. Secret fourth step: make sure to get CASH for that used cell phone! Even if it’s an older model, it may be worth something, and you’re keeping it out of a landfill!

Unlocked Cell Phones May Get…More Unlocked?

Despite Apple’s reputation for being a control freak—keeping their app store behind an ivory gate, limiting what computer languages can be used on their devices—but they may some day through the American cell phone industry into a dynamic beyond unlocked cell phones.

There are many reasons to love unlocked cell phones: having no contract so you can get the best deal, being able to mod the software and delete the carrier junk apps (and then scratching off the corresponding branding), and just being able to say f-you to the companies.

Well, Apple may do all that for you. They’ve already told the carriers a big NO to branding and preloaded add-apps—but they were also recently awarded a patent that would extend those unlocked cell phone like services, AND do the work for you.

Basically, Apple would become a middle-man between the user and the phone companies, leveraging their iPhone popularity for the lowest rates, switching between or mixing and matching different companies without a user ever seeing a dip or change in service. They could even take payments, making the branding, contracts, and other junk associated with all the carriers obsolete.

Of course, unlocked cell phones would still have a place, since not everyone would want an iPhone, so you have to assume that a dual system of some sort would have to emerge, but it’s an interesting future to think about. You’d never have to risk bricking your phone to unlock it again!

What Are The Best Brands For Replacing Lost Cell Phones?

If you lose your cell phone frequently, it’s probably best to replace it with something cheap, and to avoid buying from your service provider (most service providers only provide special prices when you renew your contract, but most people don’t lose their cell phones with such perfect timing!).

Another way for the chronic cell phone destroyer to save money is buy buying used cell phones. Used cell phones are actually great, because if you are trying to get value from your phone, apps are actually a more important feature than the latest cell phone style.

Apps being the most important feature, the best used cell phones to buy are something with an Apple OS (Apple used cell phones are a great deal) or an Android OS.

1) Apple iPhones-iPhones, being so expensive new, are a great used cell phone. New or used, the app store provides great entertainment out of the cell phone.

2) Samsung offers a great selection of Android phones, and, like the iPhone, also makes for a better deal as a used cell phone because Samsung’s are a bit more expensive the first time round.

3) HTC are phones made with cutting edge features, at a lower price than either Apple or Samsung. For the best used cell phone deal, HTC is a winner.

Which App store do you like better? Android or Apple?

Will Apple Defeat Android?

News has boomed recently with Google’s Android OS is under attack for patent infringement. Apple is accusing Android of infringing on 10 patents (2 of which have initially been confirmed) and Oracle is adding another 7 to that list. (Apple is also accusing Motorola and Nokia of infringement).

Apple’s Android OS has existed very much in the spirit of unlocked cell phones: it’s based on open source software and an app store anyone can contribute too.

Much like how carriers don’t like unlocked cell phones, they don’t like Android’s openness, or rather they like it a little too much: most carriers Android as a blank template for installing their own software. (That’s why unlocked cell phones/jailbroken cell phones are so awesome: they say heck-no to carrier locks and restrictions).

Google/Android’s battle will take months (if not years), but it could have positive implications for open source software and unlocked cell phones. If Google fights successfully, over-restrictive copyright law might be improved (or removed!). This would be a boon for both consumers and developers like Google.

Of course, if Google loses, it could be the end for HTC phones, and possibly Android. Or they might lose an intense amount of market share. In that case, consumers can still have their jail broken iPhones and other unlocked cell phones!

The Value of Unlocked Cell Phones

 

 

 

 

What apps are you allowed to have? True unlocked cell phones give you unlimited access!

Everyone’s talking about unlocked cell phones now that Apple has released an unlocked version of the iPhone. But understanding the value of unlocked cell phones goes beyond the new iPhone.

First, (and especially in reference to the iPhone, which has before been saddled with inadequate carriers and an iron gate guarding the app store and software use), “unlocked cell phones” is often synonomous with “jailbroken cell phones”. Why? Because when you create unlocked cell phones the do-it-yourself route, you’re also gaining control over the software and apps.

Second, unlocked cell phones aren’t just about the ability to jump carriers in an awesome, contract free lifestyle (although it can be). Unlocked cell phones are about the ability to choose a carrier. When Verizon follows suit of just about every other carrier and starts charging more for data (no more everything plans!) unlocked cell phones will allow consumers to instead choose a carrier with a plan that suits them, or to avoid carriers altogether and prepay their minutes.

Finally, it may be a good start, but Apple’s unlocked iPhone does not really fit into the spirit of the discussion about unlocked cell phones. It’s expensive, and likely trying to capture the market that is already aware how awesome unlocked cell phones are (especially iPhones). Rather, unlocked cell phones are about breaking free from the confines of carriers and developers, and gving consumers the ability to control and use their cell phones how they want!

An Affordable Camera: Used Cell Phones

The most popular phone for pictures.

While many still think of cell phones as phones only, many users are seeing them as an opportunity to have an everywhere camera, which can instantly upload photos to the web. Used cell phones affordability makes cameras even cheaper!

That makes used cell phones an incredibly affordable option for those who want an everyday camera that’s quick to take pictures, and used cell phones can be so affordable that you can afford the most popular brand of used cell phones: Apple.

In fact, recent data published by Flickr indicates that iPhone users are the most likely to use the site (more than other phones, more than real cameras!). Since iPhones are normally expensive, used cell phones provide an option for you to join the thousands sharing photos with their friends using iPhones & Flickr.

Going for a tricky shot? Used cell phones make dropping your phone less disatrous, since it can be more easily replaced then when you buy from a carrier, because used cell phones are super affordable! Especially if you love having the latest and greatest, of which iPhone 4G is currently king.

Most phones, including many used cell phones, are available with a 5MP camera, sometimes they have zoom, and sometimes they have flash. Check out used cell phones to find a phone that fits your needs!

What other way have you used cell phones in place of other devices?

Unlocked Cell Phones Coming To Apple?

Truly unlocked? Unlocked cell phones will always be available from third party vendors.

While many are excited about the unlocked iPhone 4 now available, other news broke this week about Apple possibly putting infrared into future generations of their phones, tablets, and gadgets.

Will infrared change the future of unlocked cell phones? If Apple is releasing unlocked cell phones like the iPhone 4, will that change the meaning of unlocked cell phones?

Currently, their are two dimensions to having unlocked cell phones: being able to move between carriers, and being able to control the software on your phone (and sometimes, how the hardware works via the software).

Of course, carriers and many developers want to focus on the first element of unlocked cell phones: carrier freedom. With technology like infrared, they will still be able to control your phone.

Of course, that’s only if you buy unlocked cell phones from developers. It’s hard to guard tech, and there’s every reason to believe that you will be able to create unlocked cell phones (or jailbroken) that allow you to keep control over you unlocked cell phones.

If infrared takes control of your cell phone in malls, concert venues, and movies theatres, unlocked cell phones may be able to give you back control. Whith unlocked cell phones (or jailbroken) software restrictions can be overidden, preferences set, or an app added that blocks unwanted use of you cell phone.

To keep an eye on the direction of unlocked cell phones, be sure to visit trusted retailers of unlocked cell phones.

Maintain Control With Unlocked Cell Phones

Could the next generation have infrared? Maintain control with unlocked cell phones!

Recent news suggests that future iPhones (and, likely following, all smartphones) will have infrared. What is infrared? It’s a way for gadgets to talk to each other over a short range, and unlocked cell phones may be the only way to maintain control over this technology.

Infrared could be used, for example, to allow a museum exhibit to send you more information, specifically in a multimedia format (audio or video, for example). You may have seen infrared if you’ve played multiplayer on a DS, but in that instance you generally initiate the function; this new version would be on all the time, except, of course, for those who maintain control with unlocked cell phones.

The dark side to infrared: at malls (for instance), you may receive targeted advertising (remember pop-up ads?). It could also be used to override some or all of your cell phone’s operations in certain places. For example, you may not be able to use it in movie theaters.

How to avoid this likely future? Unlocked cell phones. With unlocked cell phones, you can override carrier restrictions/apps, and depending on the amount of benefit infrared offers, turn off the entire function. Unlocked cell phones allow you to maintain control over the software and hardware of your phone. Apps can sometimes behave similarly, but carriers control the gateway to apps, unless of course you cut them out of control with an unlocked cell phone!

Want To Avoid The Upcoming iPhone Fight?

Unlocked Cell Phones Lead To Carrier Freedom

Soon AT&T will lose it’s monopoly on the iPhone, with Verizon gaining an edge in the market.

But as AT&T has pointed out (in the beginning of what looks to be some mean back-and-forth advertising), Verizon is not as fast as AT&T, and iPhone users tend to be heavy on apps and social media, meaning they have certain expectations.

On the other hand, Verizon can counter, they cover more areas, so bandwidth aside, you’re less likely to have dropped calls, and it will be easier to travel.

Not sure which carrier will come out ahead? Want to avoid the battle entirely? Switch to unlocked cell phones (or a jailbroken iPhone). Once you’ve jailbroken your iPhone, you can use it to hop networks as is the ability of unlocked cell phones.

If you are locked in a contract, then consider buying unlocked cell phones online. This allows you to  look for cheaper unlocked cell phones that don’t come with carrier strings.

Then you can jump sides in the AT&T-Verizon war, using your unlocked cell phones.

Unlocked Cell Phones: A Legal Right

Palm is one company moving toward unlocked cell phones.

You may have heard that many carriers and cell phone manufacturers are dead against unlocked cell phones. Apple even tried to making jailbreaking the iPhone against its copyright on the phone. However, last summer, the federal government ruled that jailbreaking phones (turning them into unlocked cell phones) is not illegal, or at least not protected by copyright.

For many phones, however, it does void the warranty. Unlocked cell phones destroy exclusivity contracts cell phone manufacturers make with carriers, such as the iPhone with AT&T, and now Verizon.

But exclusivity creates a huge problem with demand—popular phones like the iPhone are wanted the world over (and certainly the US over), but carriers are not always available, don’t always provide adequate bandwidth for powerful phones like the iPhone, and don’t always provide quality service. The only answer, then, is unlocked cell phones.

But should you jailbreak it yourself? Probably not. If you do it wrong, your risk turning your expensive smartphone into a brick. Rather, buy unlocked cell phones from reputable retailers, or send them in to become unlocked cell phones by the same.

What’s the advantage of unlocked cell phones? Have the phone of your choice in the region of your choosing, on the best (or most reliable) carrier, and control what you do with the phone when you upgrade.

 
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