You have probably noticed the dramatic change in technology in the past few years? It is amazing to see that technology has provided us with a communication platform that we can’t live with out today, it’s the cell phone. If you like it or not, mobile phones has become part of our lives and we can’t ignore the fact that it is a very essential item to have nowadays. Cell phones are completely wire-less, we can make and receive voice calls, and we can socialise, send and receive emails and use it to browse the web at any time and at any place. There are hundreds of different mobile phones to select from, making the decision process very difficult. In this article I will give a few tips on how to get the best mobile phone to suite your personal and business needs.

Because of the wide selection of different phones out there, the search process might sound like a hassle, but with a bit of knowledge you will find that it is actually very simple to find the desired phone. The first thing that you have to establish is the cell phone network provider that you want to use. In South Africa there are four major companies to choose from. All of them have different rates, terms and conditions. So do your homework on the companies to ensure that you get the best network provider for you. Once you have selected the desired network provider you will see that the search process is a lot easier now. Now the only thing to compare is different phone models.

The next question to ask your self is; what am I going to use the phone for? Do you want a business orientated phone for e-mailing etc, do you want a phone for multimedia purposes like for watching movies and taking pictures and videos with?, do you want a phone for socialising on Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Google+ etc? There are different phones for different jobs. Make sure that you choose the right one for your personal needs.

Then one should also establish some technical decisions. Would you prefer to have a phone with a touch screen? A lot of people still prefer using a “button” orientated phone, where as others like to try out new technologies like a touch screen phone. Make sure you to take a few hand sets for a “test drive”, pick it up, check the user friendliness, and make sure that you can operate the phone with ease. One will find that the keyboard phones are a lot cheaper than the touch screen ones. It’s just that the technologies in the touch screen phones are a lot more advanced than the older type of phones.

Now that you have established the network, purpose and style of the mobile phone unit, there is just one more comparison to make. You should now establish what type of contract you will be using. There are a few different packages. Some will give you free talk time during peak hours of the day and others again will give you more talk time after hours and weekends. So it is wise to make sure that you understand what each contract consists of. Be sure to read the fine print of all the different packages.

To conclude. One will see that by being armed with this information will make the process a lot easier for you. Soon you will have the desired phone that you have always wanted.

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