Mobile phones are a relatively new phenomenon, and it is astonishing to see how fast they have taken over the telephone world. When you consider that the first call made on a mobile phone was in 1973, on a “portable” device weighing 1.1 kg, and today’s comparatively tiny smartphones – only 43 years later – have more computing power than NASA used to put a man on the moon, we must admire the rapid progress the technology has made.
Three Basic Levels of Phone Quality
Today’s mobile phone market offers a bewildering number of choices, but they all fall into three basic types of cell phones.
The first category is a fairly basic phone with no extra features, like the Snapfon or the Doro Phoneasy. These are basic, inexpensive phones that only make phone calls and send and receive texts, and they are perfect for someone who only wants a phone and is not interested in cameras or apps or any of the other extras offered by smartphones. They can be paired with a very basic plan that costs very little, but is sufficient to the needs of the user.
The intermediate level cell phones are the feature phones. These phones do the basics plus multimedia, web browsing, and GPS. They are less expensive than smartphones, but can be annoyingly limited at times. The usage plans that accompany these phones are also mid-level, since the phones require less data.
The standard phone today is the smartphone, with capabilities more closely associated with a computer than a phone. Many people who cannot afford or don’t want a computer use their smartphone as a substitute and find that it does a more than adequate job. The usage costs associated with smart phones are the most expensive layer of the mobile phone market, since smartphones can use a huge amount of data every month.
The newest phone-enabled gadget that we are being encouraged to buy is the Phablet. This is a combination of a phone and a tablet, with a screen larger than that of a phone, but smaller than a tablet. Most of them come with a stylus for ease of use, and the larger screen enhances the usage of the computer functions, like watching movies or reading ebooks. They are comparable to smartphones in their costs, but can easily go over data limits, which can be quite costly.
Most wireless phone providers offer a wide selection of phone options, plan options, and data packages. The difficult part is choosing the combination that is right for you.