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When you need to stay in touch while away from home or the office, a cell phone can be an essential communication tool. From very basic models to advanced smart phones, there is a cell phone to suit most any individual's needs, whether just looking for a simple phone to use while on the go or a device that can perform many of the functions of a personal computer. Assess your personal needs when getting ready to choose a cell phone in order to select what will work best for you.
Standard Cell Phones
If you're looking for basic phone functionality without a lot of bells and whistles, choose a standard cell phone. Even the most basic cell phones have standard features such as voicemail, Call Waiting, Caller ID, a built-in phonebook, camera, speakerphone, texting and Web capabilities. If you anticipate light cell phone usage, look into prepaid cell phones, which can be an inexpensive way to experience the convenience of a cell phone while only paying for the features and airtime that you actually use.
Smart phones offer all of the convenient features of standard cell phones, but with additional features similar to those of a personal computer. Smart phones often have more storage capacity and memory than standard phones, and thus can perform more complex functions. Some smart phones even have the capability for expandable storage. Smart phones make use of applications, or apps, to perform any number of tasks, ranging from e-mail and navigation to news and weather to entertainment and more. The plethora of available apps will allow you to customize your smart phone to suit your individual needs.
No matter what device you choose, you'll want to invest in some cell phone accessories. Cases and screen protectors will guard your phone against accidental drops, bumps and scratches. Extra chargers and portable power supplies will ensure that your phone stays powered up and ready for use at all times.