Getting the Most From your Mobile Phone

By: Ian Ball

Know Your Phone
Unless your phone is more than just a few years old, it most likely has features you don't use. Sure all phones can take or make calls, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Find your Users Guide, if you still have it, and flip through the pages. Or, look up your phone online to find the features it has. What you find might surprise you.

It is very likely the phone you've been using for years is ready to send or receive text messages, pictures, music and possibly even wireless internet. You might have extra little features like three-way calling you never thought to use.

Know Your Service
Once you know what your mobile phone is capable of, take a real eye-opening journey through your contract. Request a copy of your contract if you don't already have one or actually sit down and read your detailed billing statement. What are you paying for that you're not using?

Many contracts contain text minutes or unlimited internet access as part of a package deal. Have you been paying for unlimited text messages, but don't know how to send one? It's time to find out!

Use It or Lose It
If your phone is capable of taking pictures, give it a try. Like many people, you might become somewhat addicted to the ease of whipping out your phone to catch a quick snapshot or video. Try downloading a new ring tone or song simply for the experience. If you're paying for internet access, figure out how to get online and check the traffic. You'll never know if you like it until you try it.

Like most conveniences in life, you can certainly make do without email and weather reports on our mobile phone. However, once you see how nice it is to have that simple feature, it's hard to give up. That being said, if you realize you've been paying for a service you've never used or don't plan on using, don't waste your money. Call the service company and see if you can cancel that part of your contract. If not, at least you know what you're looking for next time.

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