Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Wireless Device: Phone Research and Shopping


While conducting some research on the latest wireless phones, I came across a web site that you might find quite useful: www.infosyncworld.com

This web site has reviews for many wireless / cell phones, laptops, and digital cameras.  The site has product reviews, comparison charts, and gives you the ability to compare phones side by side in terms of their features and ratings.  For example, you can compare the Apple iPhone against a Blackberry Curve 8330 in terms of their sizes and reviewers ratings.

Besides doing your own comparisons, I recommend reading web reviews for checkpoints that may or may not be of concern to you.  You don't necessarily have to agree to the ratings or the positive / negative comments provided by the reviewers - they can serve as a starting point for things you might want to consider or be on the look out for.

If you "power users" are researching for your next wireless phone, I recommend the following methods of researching for your next wireless device:

  • Utilize reviews and comparison charts at www.infosyncworld.com and www.cnet.com
  • Download and review owners manuals for each device - usually found either at the wireless carrier's and/or manufacturers web site.
  • Consider visiting stores that have live working examples of the phones to get a feel of the devices in your hands.
  • Talk to friends and co-workers who may have the wireless device you are interested in.

For some, researching wireless phones in depth may seem an overkill.  But remember, once you purchase a device, sign up for services, and go beyond the 30 day "trial period", you are usually bound to a 2 year contract which can be equally expensive to break if you terminate it within two years.

Some say its usually good practice to upgrade or replace wireless devices after a minimum of two years to stay on top of technological advances and software upgrades.  In other cases, if your device is more than two years old and it still meets your needs - then keep using it until it gets to the point its no longer reliable or supported by your carrier.  There may be a dozen of other reasons why you may/may not want to change devices or carriers, but that's  often left up to the owners.

Lastly, when new devices first come out on the market, they usually have a few "bugs" and kinks to work out.  If there is a newer device or model you are interested in, if possible, wait a couple of months to let the "early adopters" identify and work out early issues.

1 comment:

RSGracey said...

Hi, Donald--

Do the wireless carriers offer text-only service contracts? I'm a relative newcomer to cellular phones, and I observed that the "phone call" plan was the basis for the entire contract. It would seem more important for the deaf to have a text service as the basis for the contract.